Today, at the Moonlight Basin Gathering day, Phil gave me the 185cm: 93mm underfoot (18M/23M/15M) " The Ski" to demo for an entire day. In full disclosure, when I read Phil's review above, and, was a little concerned about his objectivity because he wanted this ski to be great. I was reassured when I saw that he brought the 175 version as his daily driver for the Gathering, and, that's short and narrow compared to his normal skis of choice. He did tell me that it should be a great ski for me, so, with that in mind:
Conditions were refrozen snow for the first hour and first runs were high speed blue cruisers, done with the entire Gathering crew, who are fast. Think 20+ skiers, starting almost at the same time, blasting down a trail. I would have struggled with my carving skis, so making some skidded turns was no big deal, plus, I need to spend time on a ski to know it. On the second run, I was following Chris Geib, who was on Head Sl's and just laying RR tracks whend I just ( tried } to follow his tracks and the skis just came to life. They get on edge quickly and just carved, I'm smiling and thinking "these could be really good".
As the snow continued to soften, they were just a pleasure to ski. Nice balance, tips not stiff. Started taking them into bumps, no problems....and, I'm not a bump skier. A little later, took them into trees with bumps, again, they just carve, or skid through turns. Whatever I asked, they did. While they are 185's, they ski very short, really easy to initiate turns. Physically, very easy to ski on, as they are not demanding. No speed limits at the lower speeds I ski on. I just kept being amazed about how easily they carve and gave a great sense of grip on the softer snow. On the last runs just cruising down they went arc to arc very well with minimal input.
Phil skied with us on the 175 THE SKI. He just makes those ski in tight arcs and makes skiing bumps and trees look easy.Too bad for met that the 175"s did not have adjustable bindings.
I'm an eastern skier but if I were looking for softer snow ski that just does it all, for me, it would be very easy to fall in love with THE SKI. Thanks Phil for the loan and a great day of skiing.
Edited by Living Proof - 3/31/13 at 8:38am