I finally got my 178cm Outland 87's out on the slopes at Sugarbush on Saturday and Sunday December 1st and 2nd. This is a first impressions report, with fuller review to come when we get some real snow in Vermont. I am a 63 year old advanced skier and at 5'9" and 185 lb., II opted for the 178cm. These green machines are 132-87-114 with a 18 turning radius. They come with the system PX 12 Fluid bindings. No metal, but advertised to have 3D wood fiber with basalt aramid particles (whatever that is) for tortional strength.. The tip is very wide and the skis felt a bit heavier in my hands than my Bonafides, which I figure was mainly because of the weight of the PX12's compared to the Griffon bindings. The tip and tail rocker is minimal compared to other skis that I demoed last March.
Conditions on Saturday were man made with several inches of freshies on top all groomed overnight with temps around freezing. - with things softening up in the afternoon. Early season trail choices were blue Jester to Downspout 2400' top to bottom with snowmaking whales from mid mountain to base to break things up, along with the steeper Organgrinder, that is usually a one trip only down due to ice and no grooming.
With really only two trails open top to bottom, I played around with various turn sizes, from short quick ones to longer GS type turns and the skis did it all with ease, with almost no effort on my behalf. OG had been winched the night before and I got on it early in the day when it was still soft and the Outlands edged great at higher speeds on the steeper terrain. As the day went on things got cut up/bumped up and I hit the huge whales of snow left ungroomed by the snowmakers and had a blast. These have a high fun quotient. Sunday was very warm in the upper 40's and things really softened up, so I never really got them out on eastern ice.
I could easily have opted for the Magnum 8.5TI's, but really felt like the 178cm length of the Dynastars suited me better than either the 174 or 181 of the Blizzards as the former felt a bit short and the latter a bit long. It has taken me a while, but with so many great skis out there, it was really worth the time to demo manufacturers' other than my true and tried to find a ski that is the perfect length for my requirements. I was looking for skis that could effortlessly handle the bumps and tighter tree lines of Slidebrook along with the hardpack and typical 3-6 inch snow days of Sugarbush as daily drivers. And, the 87's definitely have that versatility. I still need to get them out in firmer and deeper snowy conditions. And, of course, I have the Bonafides for the crud and deeper days.