Skier, smooth, calculated, there has been a variety of my skiing posted, but maybe I can put up another clip.
Level 3 psia (from 15years ago), I like to wander mixed terrain at slow to moderate speeds and use natural features and snow shapes to create smiles, not rebound or speed) 5ft 11, 170lbs, 44yrs old, ski @75 days a year.
I enjoy skis that have a good blend of playfulness, edgehold, predictability and ease.
(Dawg, can you put the clip of me skiing my mx 98 on nightmare chute at mt rose for skier type reference? thx)
Conditions: rain a couple weeks ago, then a hard freeze, so base is quite hard and frozen solid. some loose snow on top from a couple of dust on crust storms in the last couple weeks. Ski companies should really dial tunes for days like today, some do, some, no.
I skied the same couple runs repeatedly in this demo trying to get a good range of conditions. starting w/ feeling ski on bulletproof unloading ramp and testing tune there, to carved turns down moderate groomer slope, Left to 4 or 5 short swing turns down wind deposited fluff on edge of run, R to off piste trees w/ good pitch and w/ icy bumps underneath, to fun bowled out tree line w/ bumps and scraped out firm sections, to mixed radius access groomers, finished w/ higher speed arc'd turns back to chair.
(for clarification, i didn't see many other skiers testing skis off piste, seemed similiar to Scott's impression in CO of fast groomer skiing for most testers)
These will be quick impressions, based on a couple runs (If I liked it, 1 run if not) not full reviews. I will rank them for me for today, because that is fun, and I'm not a retailer.
Stormrider 95 174
Good feel. Lively but solid.
Mount felt back about 1/2 inch, good edgehold for moderately soft ski. Potential to be great, not sure about long low rise tip, and mounting point.
Y85, stocki, 177
Odd. So shapely you don't want to lock it into a carve except on the flats,
Fun in drifted turns and flats. Tip makes it feel slow edge to edge though, and tail felt like it went away. after 1 ski run, I would have tossed it, but I decided to take another. I changed my skiing, and it was happier, skied more like a psia level 7/8 skier and it smiled more, still felt slower edge to edge then 85mm ski should be.
Felt solid predictable, damp but fun.
A scosh long for what I like in an "on the snow" ski, but solid and easy, after the first 2 stocklis, I felt much better tossing these into the icy bumps.
E88 178. rossi
chair, Feels short on chair. Feels skinny for 88, and shapely.
Great grip and feel. Super shapely. This was a surprise. so much shape, I thought it would bug me, but it rocked today. best tune of day, for sure, tips really lead you around well, you can feel entire ski working.
Salomon quest 98.
Light but predictable. Rocker not annoying, easy, pretty good hold for wide ski w/ such a light agile make up, and some rocker.
Élan spectrum, 95 w/ metal, 180
Odd. Slippery. Too big of tip, I can't believe they are getting rid of the 888 and 999 for these quirky things. so much for the great ski company w/ no marketing, yuck
Liberty variant 97, 179
Bamboo w metal.
No liveliness. Only happy in open turns at speed. I guess if you only make pure arcs on the backside of vail at 30plus, these may be fun. not for me.
Head rev. 80, 177
Great feel on foot. Lively.
Good shape. Not grippy enough for 80m ski, I thought tune was soft, but it also lacks more substantial material in ski.
Nordica hell and back, 177
Grippy predictable but lively
98mm ski that is playful, holds well, fun to carve, short swing, and bounce from bump to bump. Best of day.
Dynasty 87 Outland, 178
chair, Feels heavy low tip. Tune not too sharp on nail test. but, skied great, solid, fun, good, not great hold, tip leads you around well, drifted good for such a shapely wide carver, overall good ski.
then, I skied my ski for these conditions:
Elan 888, 177 stock tune.
Easy, solid, predictable, top 4 in edgehold here, drifts well, doesn't carve as well as top 3 due probably due to less sidecut, less aggressive tip, but better drifting between bumps to edgeset on face.
Order of the day best to worst for me on this day:
-Nordica hell and Back, hell yeah!
-Energy 88, woo hoo, carver w/ extra skills, best tune of day, nice work Rossi.
-Elan 888, sound, solid, releases the body to ski and not think about the ski
-outland 87, riding around behind the solid tip and smilin'
-stocli vxl, predictable, damp, nice flex, just good
-stockli 95, so much promise, but mount point made me leary to trust it, seems having the low, early rise tip may have confused the designer on where the ski turned from. could be top 2 or 3 w/ correct mount I think.
head rev 80, need to try 85, w/ more solid construction for hard snow days like this.
-Y 85, hey, I guess I'm old school, I see what they are trying to do w/ these platypus designs, but they try to be everything and end up with confused performance in my book. i get the same feelings from the Cham, the bbr, the original icelantic shaman that had this type of tip, and the one below.
-elan spectrum, damn, and I really love this low key company w/ great people representing it. Plake, McCoy, bring back the real skis, and leave the toys to some other company. 888 999, 1010, just money skis, they do it all, spectrum... hum.
If I don't end up teaching tomorrow, I want ski Brahma, as it's getting hype and I want to see if it's justified, the REV 85, maybe steadfast, as I loved Hell and Back and Enforcer. also, E98 since I liked e88 so much. I will report tomorrow, and maybe follow up on others.