I always wonder why this ski doesn't get more air time. Any ideas? I was looking back at my notes last spring, I had it ranked way up there in terms of energy, grip on groomers, overall powerful feel, yet felt it was super suitable to any off-piste condition. I don't know if it is a better ski than the Brahma, but it certainly is a more fun ski than the Brahma, w/o any loss in off-piste performance (I find the 8.5 more forgiving in bumps); it is just a sportier ski that aligns more with my skiing style. There are probably 10 references to the Brahma to every one for the 8.5ti.
I know I can't be the only one who really likes this ski, or finds it to a great all-mountain bias frontside ski.
In this turn sequence (sketchy grooming, marbles over hardpack, and low light as well), I feel super confident that the ski will bite and release in a predictable manner. I feel like I am drifing nicely at the top of the turn, then progressively setting up edge angle as I come into the fall line. On a different ski with less confidence I would be drifting and not trusting the ski as much, but the Magnum 8.5 gives me a very progressive edge engagement and release, with excellent snow feel.