Skill Level - 8/9 (Expert Skier/Park Rider)
Length Tested 193-cm w/Marker 9.1 SC Ti bindings
Condtions - Packed Powder, Windblown,& ICE!
I just skied my G30's yesterday for the first time. As noted above, the conditions were firm and a bit icy in spots. However, there was some really nice lines of near powder conditions that were a result of the snow makers running all day. Anyhow, these skis were phenomenal. The feel on the snow was very consistent, whether it was soft or sheets of ice. They will do nice short turns, despite what the mag tests say. I do admit that when the speed and turn radius are increased, the true racing hertiage of this ski comes out. The titanium and wood core lend to a ski that is super damp and stable at speed, yet still is managable at slower speeds and shorter radius turns. NUTS!
One thing that I was particularly impressed with is that on the groomed the waist of the Vertigo (69-mm)doesn't feel that wide. They are still very quick edge to edge. Being 69-mm in the waist didn't hinder their grip either. These things are ice skates! I would definitely recommend the G30/31 to Easterners who come out west. I am convinced that these will work anywhere.
I am also particularly fond of the shape of the ski. The 105-mm shovel pulls you into the turn with little prodding from the pilot, while the 92-mm tail allows for a varied radius turn. You just don't have that locked in feeling like on some other skis. Don't get me wrong, you get all the G-Force out of these that you want, just a bit more latitude on when to stop the turn as well.
I didn't get in any bumps, so I cannot dispell nor confirm performance there.
About the length...I was told that these boards ski long, and that a 188-cm would be better for my ability and size. I felt that the 193-cm length was great for my size, ability and style. I even threw a few Heli's in the park to prove it to myself. The 193-cm size was easy to short turn, so the 188-cm must be that much easier.
Overall, for someone who knows how to carve a turn and wants to step in up to the redline a lot, these boards have all the performance you'll ever need, with some luxury and forgiveness thrown in for good measure. Reminds me of a BMW M5...Must be a German thing.
Oh, I do have one regret...that is that I bought a XX last year and waited until now to get a true one-quiver ski! Looks like I'll have some Rossi's to post on the classifieds!
Rating - ***** Five snowflakes
One last thing - I am 27 and ski like it. I love to go scary fast, and having to "work a ski" is something I enjoy, not steer away from. Just a disclaimer for my opinion on this wonder of a ski.
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