So, for those that don't know, Meier skis is a boutique ski manufacturer located in Glenwood Springs, CO. Its been one guy working out of a garage for a few years that would make skis during the week, then set up a demo tent at Sunlight or Aspen on the weekends. This year, he got some partners with investment money, and they have built a production facility and have really stepped up their game- they are on the demo circuit throughout the West and have been getting LOTS of accolades.
I've demoed their skis before, and never found one I disliked, but nothing really stood out either.
Last weekend, I was surprised to find them setting up a demo tent at Wolf Creek on a big time faceshot powder day, and I came out and grabbed a pair of Heritage Fats:
They skied insanely good. I've demo'd probably 50 pairs of skis and never found anything I liked more than my Obsethed, but that changed in the first turn on these. The skis are made from an Aspen/Pine wood core, and are just absurdly light, much, much lighter than any other ski I have in that length. I was nervous that the light weight would mean these skis were absolute noodles, but that didn't seem to be the case. They seemed just as stout as the Seths (which is a noodle too, but is a noodle that weighs a lot more).
The sidecut portion of the ski has a very tight radius, which had me pretty skeptical, but I think that coupled with the light weight makes these skis pivot insanely fast. Even skiing these at 3:00 when everything was turning to cut up crud, I was ripping the most confident lines I had all day on these. On groomers, the skis engaged and responded well to carving inputs, and taking them on parts of the lower mountain that were moguled up the skis were a dream.
I want a pair terribly bad, but I'm not exactly a guy that can generally afford to drop $900 on a pair of indy skis. I generally buy skis I like in the off season when I can get them for about 50% MSRP, but that's not really an option here.
But, my experience tells me that I really need to be demoing more 5 dimension skis, especially light ones. Can anybody steer me towards other skis that would be similar? Most manufacturers don't really show the weight of their skis.
I want to build up a list of stuff I should be demoing.
Also, if you see a Meier tent at your hill, do yourself a favor and take some for a spin.