Originally Posted by OldEasternSkier
At $250 for patrollers, I decided to pull the trigger and get a pair for him for his b'day (coming up just after Xmas). He can always fall back to his K2's on hard snow days, but give him 6" of fresh and a decent base and he's likely off in the trees, bumps and anything ungroomed where the width would be more appreciated. The 18m radius compares with the Soul 7's - which seem to be the current soft snow, all mountain ride of choice ... this may not be his daily driver, but I think they'll do fine for anytime we've got some fresh on the hill.
I've seen some posts over on TGR related to binding mount points. I see you mounted them back of the line, but did you happen to check what Surface recommends? Also curious about flex. He's 5'6" and about 145, so he hasn't got a lot of weight to flex a stiffer ski (like a Mantra, for example), so I'm hoping the flex is a bit softer than some of the beefy skis that are normally thought of as Eastern skis.
Surface has a pdf with all the reccomended settings for the skis except the Save Life. The reccomendation came from other patrolers that had mounted center as it should or 6-8 cm back - and most of the patrolers from Mount Washington who had the ski, mounted the same way as I did and loved the ski - 4 of them mounted center and hated the behavior and latter on mounted back as the others.
Those are wooden core skis (maple and popplar) so should be ok and the 18m radius is good on big mountain but a good skier can make them work on short radius. I'm a 4 year skier with over 350+ ski days but tried a lot of skis. My other set is a Elan Waveflex 12 (awesome skis, asymetrics and sweet for slalom) but I'm sold with the surface because they are light, very forgiving and is great to work a shift with. As I've said once you have a pair on hand, you will see the difference and I can tell you - las week end with a 12in they were a blast.
Also regarding been a 100mm I was skkiing with folks with 85mm + and that's becoming the norm, so we're a compromise from the 120+ POW skis and the 74 slalom machines. Good luck to your son and hope he'll enjoy the b'day gift and have a great ski season .
the Surface manual http://www.surfaceskis.com/mounting.pdf
Edited by c4ipp3r - 12/17/13 at 6:01pm