Just received these and wanted to post up some details on this ski. It's a very intriguing design for a 85mm ski. The Flip core design has a little more rise than I expected, but this is not a bad thing. It also has a slightly turned up tail; something I was also surprised to see. Another hint that this is not the typical front side carver. It seems that this soft snow groomer oriented ski may just be even better for the conditions I want it for than many of the reviews I have read indicate. I wanted something for no new, harder (read, not hardpack) with some softer groomed and occasional forays into trees/off piste that was stable and capable in the bumps.
Dimensions are spot-on, 125-85-111 but the 181 when measured from tip to tail on a straight line was 178.5, The tip, when decambered has about 30cm of low rise run (most call this early rise), on the snow, felt or true rocker will be less as the rise near the POC tapers down quickly and is slight. I like this; it will be enough to respond to uneven terrain but low enough that when on edge, it will hook up nicely. There is little splay; about 1cm at best; again decambered. The tail has substantially less run with virtually no added rise, maybe a few mm's, so little in fact, I doubt you will really feel it but when paired with the rounded raised tail you get the impression that it will hold a turn when desired but you can probably break out when needed; I am thinking this is going to be fun in the bumps and just be a little more versatile.
The ski is quite stiff overall with just a touch more flex in the shovel area above the POC. again, I like this design. There is about 13mm of camber underfoot.
Here are some pictures. the tip rocker looks like more than in person.
Edited by Finndog - 12/1/12 at 6:09pm