Originally Posted by srooney
What do you guys think of the 4FRNT Turbo?
I demoed the Turbo last week and loved it.
I also demoed the TST that same morning and hated it.
A lot of people love the TST, and I'm not going to say it's a bad ski, but it's a bad ski for me. That's why it's so important to demo skis yourself, as what makes any given ski a good fit or a bad fit is very unique to each individual skier. If we all had the same performance preferences, there wouldn't be hundreds of choices.
I'm 5'10/165 and definitely no longer a teenager. My quick take on each:
-TST in 174 and 102 underfoot, very pronounced early rise. I found it twitchy, jittery, and nervous skiing....or maybe it just made me nervous skiing it. Got tossed easily by deep, chopped up crud with a thin layer of easily breakable crust on it. On firm snow, left & right ski seemed to wanna do different things. Confidence-robbing rather than inspiring.
-Turbo in 175 and 104 underfoot, subtle early rise tip and tail. Skied right after TST in same conditions, and it was night and day...awesome ski. Burlier, damper, smoother, more accurate, and a crud-crushing machine! It balks at short-radius turns, tho, and much prefers them to be medium to long radius. Rails turns on firmer snow as long you kept to a longer radius. Floated and slarved really well for a 104 ski in what little untracked I could find. More nimble in the untracked. Had I not been looking for a ski that more nimble overall, I would have bought the Turbo on the spot...was tempted anyway!
YMMV, tho, and you may find the opposite. The funny thing is that I expected to love the TST and didn't. When the shop guys recommended the Turbo instead, I was skeptical, yet I loved it. Point is that what looks good on paper may or may not be in real life for you, which is yet another reason to demo, demo, demo....