Ht - 5'8", Wt - 170#'s, Level - 8/9
Binding - Marker 9.1 SC Race
Last Friday, I got take the Big's out. All I could manage was a day trip to the local SoCal stuff, so this will be a limited review. As a benchmark, I began the day on my 193 G30's, with which I am very comfortable. Conditions were "spring", to say the least. The morning snow was groomed to perfection, but it got really mushy as things heated up.
So, here is what I thought:
My initial impression was that the Big's (188-cm) don't feel that wide! I was astounded by the way that they carved so effortlessly. Really nice edge hold. The tip feels much softer than I would have expected, but then again, I spent the first part of the morning on the G30's. Short turns popped off easily, which was yet another surprise. At high speed on the groomers, the sidecut felt just about right. They make nice round large radius turns with little effort. Although there was no powder to speak of, there was about 3"-4" of mashed potato snow near days end.They mowed right over it like it was groomed! I can only imagine how they might be in the real powder!
After skiing a 191-cm XX for a season and a half, I wanted something that deals in the soft stuff, but still rips on the groomed. I believe that this might be it. Of the fats that I have skied (XXX, 10EX, Pocket Rocket) this was definitely the easiest and most forgiving. Perhaps that stems from the slightly more slendor dimensions of the 188 length (112-80-102).
I took these guys for a ride in the park, too. I found that despite the funky "swallow" tail, this babies will land fakie! Very easy to spin with, too. (Nice information for the "new schoolers")
Anyhow, Absolutely no buyer's remorse here! Now, if I could only get one last powder day this season!
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