Skier: almost 50
Days on the snow: 40 or so
Flex: stock, Medium-Plus
Skied at Steamboat in 12-16" of blower, open runs, trees, broken untracked piled.
2014 187 Protests actual tip to tail is 185.5, weight was just about 2100grms per ski
Mount point "line" (note change from past season)
Dimensions (mm): 139-128-132
Turn Radius: 30 meters
Who is this ski for? anyone who skis powder and broken, a tree skiers tool for sure.
I put the link over to Blister as they pretty much nailed it and have more time on the protest. If you are not looking for a dedicated powder board, this is not your ski.
Summary: (that's really what you want anyway) this is simply the finest powder ski I have ever had the pleasure of skiing. A ski that is not simply only for powder but will reward the right technique on groomers. Not that this is for groomers, nor am I advocating you buy it for anything other than a powder ski (although i am sure others are using this ski for any powder that falls..)
The Protest is a different ski, it can feel like a reverse/reverse or more traditional and wants to be skied balanced and centered. Because of the design, it will take a few runs to "get" the ski. Once you do, you will find it to be a remarkably nimble and precise ski in the trees and ski it on open, broken snow and you will find it will simply destroy any piles and smooth out the terrain. I can guarantee you will ski faster and more confidently in this kind of snow.
I'm not an engineer and I am not as eloquent and many reviewers here but here's my take on this gem. Praxis has some tricks up their sleeves and it shows. Although dims and TR may make some raise an eyebrow, I can assure this 128mm wide ski will slink and maneuver with ease and accuracy. it is stable and confidence inspiring. It can be charged or skied carefully. One of the first thing you notice about the design of the ski is how the tip dims and tail dims are narrower than most powder skis despite its 128 underfoot. then you notice Praxis moved the widest part of the ski down the shovel about a foot in front of the toe this is what I think gives it the feel of a reverse/reverse on the snow. There is some sidecut and even some camber. The tip and tail splay are modest for a ski of this class, the first few inches of the tips and tails are very soft but quickly but progressively turn rather stiff but the overall pattern is a very compliant flex. Hmm, this is not your typical floppy hugely splayed powder ski; but its also not a uber stiff cruise missile.
On my first run in at least a foot I got off the Gondi and headed down to the Storm Peak lift. there is a nicely pitched blue run that gave me my first taste of this ski. I was amazed how well you could get this on edge and rip big GS turns. I could feel the stiffness of the ski underfoot and the tips held and tracked. I was flying and already skiing faster than before in this much powder. The ski just ripped through like a soft groomer. Hmm, this is 128??? You would never know it. I moved fore/aft to get the feel of the ski, I could tell it like to be skied centered, from there, you had total control of the ski and could feel the tips/underfoot and tail through the turn.
Up on the mountain I headed down a black run with some piled snow from the previous cycle now covered with the new foot plus. The Praxis turned into a different ski; it simply destroyed the soft piles and I was skiing it with total confidence, I stayed centered but could modulate the tips by pressing with my toes through the troughs. I found myself flying again. The ski tips will sink but don't get bogged down or deflected, you could make tight quick turns at will too.
Next i headed into some Aspens that were untracked, the Protest morphed again, this time skiing very well at slow speed. I entered the line upright and stacked with skis flat, from here, you could literally turn the skis by simply slightly weight shifting and using the toes to lightly press down and unweight the ski. It turned on a dime with such little input and I slinked my way through making nice even smooth turns. I headed to some steeper tight evergreens next that were wind loaded and still holding from the last storm, these are trees where you need to make a lot of quick pivoting turns; the Protests literally spun 180* at will. If you keep the body in the fall line and release the downhill edge, they just spin. Wow..... this line was knee deep.
Bumps, Here's where I was blown away; on soft piled bumped out snow the Protest rock. Not just survivable but down right good. No kidding and I am not the best bump skier.
In summary,, read from the beginning! Thanks Keith!!!
Edited by Finndog - 12/13/13 at 3:36am