I started feeling a little altitude sickness from the rail plate with the addition of standard lifters on the Marker set-up. I was at least 22mm off of the ski.
These puppies ran and ran fast. I could easily see my self spending a few days in Sun Valley going mach 5 on these boards. Edge grip was incredible, stability was awsome, turn initiation was a breeze (better be with all that leverage gained from the double decker condo they had on there). Carved a very smooth round med to long turn. Not so great trying to do short swing but that is not what this ski is designed for. Turn completion was smooth and the transition was effortless. With the major amount of lift I was able to lay these dogs out and never lost my grip. Through inconsitant terrain they were a bit rough and transfered a good amount of shock but they did not loose thier path and stayed on track. Did not feel any deflection.
WHo is this for???
An aggressive expert skier searching for the ultimate hi-speed cruiser for smooth terrain.
WHo should buy it?
Someone who has disposable income and can afford to purchase a ski for the sole purpouse of ripping groomers. This is not an everyday ski (especially for the NW). But it would be easy for this pup to find it's way into my quiver for the few days a year I might spend on the groomed. It might be too much of a ski for the super slalom courses set for City League.
I do not think I would recommend the Rail version to a non expert cruiser. The standard P40 F1 would probably be fine.