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Missed-reviews and Mis-reviews 2014

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The thread title sums it up. 

 

IMO the following skis deserved material coverage that they did not get. At least not that I've seen. 

 

Praxis Great Pacific Octopus ( 140-116-128 ) @ all lengths : This  ski dominated last season's Freeride World Tour. It took Drew Tabke to the overall win and two first place finishes. And Lars Chickering-Ayers to a first place finish. The videos of Tabke and Chickering-Ayers on the ski tell a lot of the story.  It was designed as a traveling "one ski quiver" for big mountain comps. I think it is a contender for a western one ski quiver, period.  I have one day on the 187s & was really excited. For a ski "as narrow" as 116, it is surprisingly surfy and loose when you want it to be. Solid edge on hard snow and crud when you want that. It just ate everything up (by my reckoning anyway).  Extra nice that it can be ordered customized. Praxis construction is about as good as it gets. I have yet to see any meaningful reviews….

 

Elan Boomerang TBT  ( 140-120-140 ) @ 190: This is one of the most innovative  and interesting skis out there this year ( IMO. ) A tested basic five pointy shape with the addition of a hulled 3D base ("Triple Base Technology").  For all the buzz generated by the DPS Spoons, this ski  is even more interesting to me. Unlike the Spoons, the Boomerang TBT has a 3D base that extends over much of the ski's length - from tip and tail, tapering  to just under toe and heel.  I skied it for a few runs last winter under less than ideal conditions. I was impressed. It seems like it may offer much of the crazy looseness of the fully hulled Garywaynes (which probably deserve a review too). But without the terror the Garrwaynes induce on hardpack.  The Boomerang TBT  was surprisingly capable on hardpack and mixed firm conditions - including cookies.  It required a bit of steering to enter turns (which I was apprised of in advance by an Elan tech who was notably stoked on the ski). But as it engaged it was surprisingly solid and tracked well despite a nasty surface for much of the run(s). I think it'd be a hoot in powder or windbuff - clearly its intended playground. From what I could tell, it seemed like a very nicely made ski. The only review I could find is via Ski's skinet presence - and it is a very mushy and unsatisfying "review". If you can even call it a review with a straight face.

 

DPS Spoon ( 158-148-151) and spooned 138 and 120:  Super interesting. Not clear to me that a "hull" just at the tip is the answer. But it could be for what this ski is designed for… I'd love to give them a go. Not nearly the detailed reviews and perspectives that I'd expect out there for skis that aim to be game changers. Lack of test skis or lazy reviewers? Or both?

 

IMO, all of the above skis deserve "more". While there are some DPS reviews out there - they not nearly detailed enough. And, for different reasons, Elan and Praxis are not on the magazine review map at all. Given some of the skis they have in play, I think this is bad form on the pat of the review machinery. If the magazines want to claim to deliver anything resembling "journalism", they should make an effort to get their hands on skis that are "interesting" and possibly define new directions, or are likely pinnacles of a particular design space. Whether or not the manufacturers pay to play. Or for that matter,  make it easy to get the skis in hand.

 

I'm also curious about the Soul 7. All the reviews are singing its praises, including some here. I have not tried it yet. But on inspection, it struck me as having way too much camber and too flat a tail… Has anyone who, like me, prefers a decent amount of tail rocker for even an all mountain ski, skied it and have an opinion? Likewise the Volkl One. To my eye, that shape should make for a decent soft snow biased PNW all-arounder. But the reviews were all over the map - some very negative with respect to anything but powder. Any fresh comments?

 

Soooo…. What have the latest round of glossies missed in your opinion? What, based on your experience, have they blown it on?

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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post

This  ski dominated last season's Freeride World Tour. It took Drew Tabke to the overall win and two first place finishes

subjects are in the wrong place!

Tabke dominated the tour and took the gpo to 2 first place finishes and overall first place!

I've been seeing lots of good things about the gpo, it's very desired among skiers, I think we don't hear much as well as any other praxis because of the company approach it takes with magazines and overall ski media! We would probably hear much more anout praxis!
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post


subjects are in the wrong place!

Tabke dominated the tour and took the gpo to 2 first place finishes and overall first place!

 

Well yes, true. But I thought it might catch someone's attention more if I framed it the way I did. I was right!  :D  No doubt Tabke is the man. I love watching his skiing. I know I'm not the only one who thinks he sometimes does not pull all the points he deserves because he makes some things look too easy! In that context, it is probably worth noting  that the GPO is Tabke's baby - designed by Tabke and O'Meara at Praxis.

 

Additionally interesting: Lars, another seriously sick skier,  pulled a first on that ski after only a total of something like 4 test runs on it. 


Edited by spindrift - 9/3/13 at 9:11pm
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