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Who likes them and what model is the best. There's deals out there on them right now. Talk to me.

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I don't know what to tell you about my Bluehouse experience My pair 189 cm Mavens are in my friend's condo locker in Vail. I think the Maven has like a 130 waist so it's areal canoe . I have maybe only 4 -5,days on them . If you're lucky enough to get them in 8-10 in of fresh they are a blast . But my experience with them in more modest amounts of snow is the we're really squirrelly. They felt like banana peels wanting to slide out from underneath my feet when I was on firmer snow. Maybe they are base high or something I don't know. Maybe it's the pilot!

I got a pair of Cham 107 and its like night and day. Hell , I was so stoked about the Chams I skied them on groomers between freshies and had a ball. So maybe the Bluehouse skis are not finished as well or something or maybe it was me. I did happen with limited use to tear a small sliver off the back of the ski making me wonder how they would hold up .

I' d sell my pair mounted with a decent Din 12 Marker binding for $ 100 bucks i. But I don't know when I can bring them back to Pittsburgh to ship them . When I go to Vail, I usually take 2 pair of skis out and back. Be curious to read what others have to say. In retrospect I should have purchased the Maestro and not the Mavens. I must have thought I would be skiing in Alaska or something!

Now the Chams can not say enough positive things! I got mine off eBay last year new in the wrapper for like $ 475.
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Hey Lars,

 

I seem to be the resident Bluehouse fanboy around here.  I think they're a fantastic value, the build quality is solid if not exceptional and I just love the Maestros in anything soft.

 

I paid for my first pair (Districts) before BH had started their first production run.  To tell you the truth, I never really liked the Districts but I was so impressed with the folks at BH and their business model that I purchased a pair of Maestros before they went into production.

 

Those Maestros were my go to ski for the past three years but I suffered a core shot on my last trip of last season.  I'll tell ya, man, the thought of being without Maestros scared the bejeezus out of me so I bought two more pair on sale this summer.

 

I demoed a bunch of fattish skis in the last couple of years, lots that I liked but none more than the Maestro.  I really liked the Cham 107 but didn't even consider them when replacing the mangled Maestros.

 

For me the Maestros are a really versitile five point ski.  I've got 189s, they're 118 under foot but they absolutely feel like less ski than my Kastle MX88s until the goods get a bit deep.  They'll arc just fine on groomers but they're just super surfy in the soft.  They really shine in soft bumps.... if I had to designate my fave bump ski they'd be right there with my Cabrawlers.

 

Lars, I know you like easy to ski boards with a big sweet spot and you won't consider a ski that sucks in the bumps.  You could mosdef consider the Maestro.

 

@roundturns  If you're serious about the Mavens w/clamps for $100, I'll drive out to Vail and pick 'em up!  Just let me know when you (or you buddy) will be there.

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Haven't skied them, but one of my main skiing companions spends a good 50% of his time on a 3 year old pair of Maestro's.  He's not dainty on them and runs them through some awful snow, and sketchy surfaces and they work well for him and haven't broke yet.

 

I'd say, for the money, they've delivered.  He has also skied a ski logik Rock star and an Icelantic keeper (similar skis) and says they feel pretty similar. 

 

These are really in the 'hey if the price is right you can't go wrong' category.  

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Any thoughts on Bluehouse MR's...narrower waist @ 90?

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LP, iirc @Trekchick had an early pair of those and wasn't real enthusiastic about 'em.  I only have experience with the District and Maestro.

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I did have an early pair of the MR's  IIRC they were 94ish under foot.  They needed a serious base grind and tune before they could be skied, but when I got that done, they were pretty fun.  Super soft playful ski. 

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^Damp too.     Took a fair bit of steering input in powder and felt a bit unbalanced until I moved the mounting point 4.5cm back

 

Hopefully they've sorted both sidecut profile and flex since then.

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Cantunamunch, You and I ski very differently. I didn't feel the things you did in powder.

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Cantunamunch, You and I ski very differently.

 

Well, that's certainly true.    I doubt I'll ever manage to be rid of a third of the bad habits I've developed over the years.

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I didn't feel the things you did in powder

 

Were you at the Utah Gathering when BatGirl had sore hips from steering the MRs in powder for 4 days straight and went back to her Black Pearls?

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Well, that's certainly true.    I doubt I'll ever manage to be rid of a third of the bad habits I've developed over the years.

 

Were you at the Utah Gathering when BatGirl had sore hips from steering the MRs in powder for 4 days straight and went back to her Black Pearls?

The Black Pearls are certainly more nimble, for sure. 

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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
 

Hey Lars,

 

I seem to be the resident Bluehouse fanboy around here.  I think they're a fantastic value, the build quality is solid if not exceptional and I just love the Maestros in anything soft.

 

I paid for my first pair (Districts) before BH had started their first production run.  To tell you the truth, I never really liked the Districts but I was so impressed with the folks at BH and their business model that I purchased a pair of Maestros before they went into production.

 

Those Maestros were my go to ski for the past three years but I suffered a core shot on my last trip of last season.  I'll tell ya, man, the thought of being without Maestros scared the bejeezus out of me so I bought two more pair on sale this summer.

 

I demoed a bunch of fattish skis in the last couple of years, lots that I liked but none more than the Maestro.  I really liked the Cham 107 but didn't even consider them when replacing the mangled Maestros.

 

For me the Maestros are a really versitile five point ski.  I've got 189s, they're 118 under foot but they absolutely feel like less ski than my Kastle MX88s until the goods get a bit deep.  They'll arc just fine on groomers but they're just super surfy in the soft.  They really shine in soft bumps.... if I had to designate my fave bump ski they'd be right there with my Cabrawlers.

 

Lars, I know you like easy to ski boards with a big sweet spot and you won't consider a ski that sucks in the bumps.  You could mosdef consider the Maestro.

 

@roundturns  If you're serious about the Mavens w/clamps for $100, I'll drive out to Vail and pick 'em up!  Just let me know when you (or you buddy) will be there.

Thanks for the input everyone. And Bumpfreaq, thanks for the details. I know we have similar likes in skiing and what we like to ski so your input is highly reguarded. I'm close to pulling the trigger on a new pair of powder boards and have narrowed it down to a few. Thanks again and hey, we need to make some turns again soon Chris.

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I'm a big fan of the Maestros as well, they are by far the favorite ski in my quiver. Great as a powder ski, surprisingly competent on harder snow. For example, I took them to the front range to ski pretty firm manmade and hardpack bumps at A-bay, mainly because I was an optimist.  Despite being a really inappropriate ski for the conditions, they performed well and never post control. They tend to wander a little bit when being pushed hard to carve, but they still manage to hold the edge better than a lot of fat skis.

 

In powder and crud I find them, fun, responsive, and very confidence inspiring.

 

I have last year's ski. They have about 30 days on them, and have held up perfectly, better than many other pairs of skis I have used with regards to topsheet chipping and the like. No noticeable change in the ski's pop over that time.

 

Mine also shipped in a very good state of tune, something that got addressed in more recent production years.

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