Hey there guys and gals. It's been a while since I've posted anything of substance, but I really owe it to you all to tell you about something I've had the distinct pleasure in getting a sneak peek of. They're a ski Worth is working on for next season called the Magic. Myself and a few others were called in to discuss what we felt would be the best all-around everything EC ski for a rocky, tight and steep mountain like Magic (or MRG or Smuggs, Jay etc). After a ton of back and forth, tweaking and fiddling, discussion and head scratching, this is what we came up with and sent to Keith over at Praxis to fab up.
Measurements are 135-109-120 in the 185cm length (other lengths to be added soon), w/ a 35/25 splay in the tips and 20/21 tails, which are a rounded twin. It also features a double carbon layup- wall-to-wall carbon fiber sheets on the top and bottom of the core to increase the snap and rebound in the layup without having to stiffen the core too much and lose playfulness. The finished skis also have a 26m sidecut instead of the 25 shown, and about 3-4mm of camber instead of 6.
The overall mission was to make something chargy yet playful, turny without being hooky and that had a shark nose front end that would not deflect in heavy snow. We wanted something snappy and fun, but that would still straightline comfortably, air nicely and most importantly, be quick edge to edge and be nimble and smooth in the trees and bumps. Basically, we wanted a unicorn.
Crazy as it may sound though- what we got was even more than we bargained for. (shown with optional green mountain spine relief topo map topsheets)
Skier: 30yo, 5'8", 170lbs, expert
Skis: 185cm Worth Magics, Response core, Double carbon layup.
Bindings: FKS 18s, mounted -2cm from dimple (PERFECT!)
Boots: Lange FR130s, 300mm BSL
Days on the skis: ~15ish (hardpack, bumps, knee deep pow, chop, crust, bulletproof crust, refrozen doll heads, death cookies, dust-on-crust faces, thick boot-top pow, chalky bumps, powdery bumps, breakable styrofoam crust, slush, and airs 15ft & under so far)
Pros: Great flex, awesome sidecut and tips, initiation is so easy and transitions from big turns to little tiny ones and vice versa are telepathic. Straightlines like a steamroller and the tips positively assault chop and BOMBER edges and bases. Been beating them mercilessly since I got them and not a single core shot or even deep gouge as of yet.
Cons: Can't really fault them so far. They're not an SL ski on ice, but we all knew that and with a fresh tune they actually skied it much better than I was expecting, just don't throw them sideways and try to hockey stop- they don't like that very much.
Basic impressions of the ski: Where to even start? I've never really been on a ski that does this many very different things this well. Myself and a few other Worth testers have jokingly call them the Honey Badgers, because they do not give a shit what the snow is like, they just own it. To compare it to the other Worths I've tried- mainly the Daily Bread and the Humpback- it's got a much larger sweet spot and is far more flickable without losing that rock solid confidence and traditional turning feel. Whether you're super forward and driving the tips into little banger SL wigglers or rotating back in the bumps and riding your tails, it just feels so compliant and smooth and is right there with you the whole time. Hucking is a damn joy, since even if something happens you're still landing in the money zone unless you screw up big. SG turns on hardpack feel just oh-so-confident, which I was not expecting coming from a more square-tailed Daily Breads as a daily ski. Speed just awakens them but you're never "locked in" and can make pretty much any turn shape on your next transition which is nice for bigger lines and unpredictable environments. HUGE for skiing trees of sketchy steep shit/cliffs and such. They charge like my old 183 AK BROs when you open them up, but they're so much more compliant and playful in the tight spaces and so much easier to maintain speed using round turns rather than just chucking them sideways it isn't even funny. As for the feel? They are a bit of a conundrum. They're stiffer than my Daily Breads but nowhere near unmanageable as a result of it, and the layup has a lot more snap to it. The energy in them is apparent when you get up some speed, and they really just come alive and chomp at the bit for whatever you're willing to do... But they are just so smooth and damp and forgiving, light and playful it is a bit of a mystery to me... Or maybe it's magic!
Things I simply have to say: The tip shape is the bee's knees. That shark nose ellipse-like shape feeds in so smoothly and pointy from the sidecut, it just sashays through chop with nay a deflection, even in heavy, wet snow. I think it's this seamless matching up of the big four elements: 1-overall tip shape from widest point to tip 2-sidecut 3-rocker rise/splay and 4-camber profile integration/layup rebound that really makes this a perfect ski for not just freshies, but also when the hill is getting chopped up. They are just so uniform in so many different conditions that I have a hard time explaining it sometimes. They plane predictably and smoothly in pow without keeping you way up "on top", and they punch through chop like a champ. They swivel quick for the bumps and they straighline like few others I've been on. It's really the perfect steep resort pow ski because it simply makes everything feel hero. Just this past Sunday, my sexier half and I met up with NmbrdDays and ML242 for some ripper laps in the sun and in the copious amounts of chopped up mank and wet, thick slush and snow. The snow was manky and I mean MANKY. If you didn't have the right wax, you were periodically almost going over the handle bars kind of super grabby wet spring mank, chop, bumps and the like- this is probably the heaviest snow I've had them out in so far and I couldn't have been happier with them- They are incredibly predictable and fun when slithering and slashing through the heavy snow, and having that tip shape is almost like having a cheat code for mank. Very smooth, and that enormous sweet spot just shines everywhere. Popping off of rollers and bumps, landing back in the smashed potatoes, slash a quick few turns, compressing thorugh the piles of snow and airing again... Just really allows you to ski them the way you want to when it's easy to get bogged down or deflected and knocked around in that kind of snow.
That shape and profile. That flex. That sidecut. That layup. Fkn perfect for every day, and that's coming from someone who NEVER thought a 109 underfoot ski could feel more in control and on top of things in the bumps than my Tahoes @ 96mm, or could hold an edge on a big turn and straightline like my 99 underfoot BROs and feel confident and fun in pow like my Billy Goats... And be smooth like that with that much carbon in the layup. Insane. I can finaly just settle on one ski for any day. Dare I use that term that we all hate???!?!? I will avoid it for now, but that's totally how I feel about these. Really trying to resist the urge to sell my other skis right now, and that's saying something because I'm a huge whore when it comes to skis- I just have no desire to ski anything but these, even when the snow was low- they're that much fun.
Also worth mentioning that the skis were mounted by and tuned prior to my skiing them by the ace race tuners at the Totem Pole in Ludlow, VT. I will find out from my buddy what bevel and base pattern he used, because it was like lightning cleats! Whatever he did, do that exactly. It was a perfect tune! Great peeps at The Pole!
So yeah, feel free to ask me anything about them. I have a hard time just blabbing on without feeling like I'm being repetitive, but I will do my best to answer accurately any question you might have. I know there are other testers out on them right now too, so I would expect them to chime in with their feelings as well and if not here than certainly TGR. I just wanted to get something in black and white now that I've had a fair amount of time on them, as they are hands down the best damn ski I have ever been on. Not just for one thing, or the best day ever- but for everyday, all the time, in all conditions from your best day to your worst if you're a fat ski lover. Freakin' amazing- if you don't believe me and have a ~300 BSL, come find me and take them for a run or two. Just prepare yourself aheaed of time to start believing in Magic