(Note: I had some comments in here about some other skis, but as they were largely negative and not very technical reviews on my part, I decided to remove them)
Decent skier, all terrain, no big cliffs or drops
ski 40-50 days (in a normal year)
5'9, 170 lbs
Blizzard Gunsmoke (186):
After trying a bunch of skis in the 100-115 range, I found the one I liked the best.
The Gunsmoke was by far the most harmonious marriage of sidecut, camber, flex and rocker of all the skis I tested.
On groomers, it felt like the whole ski hooked up nicely, with very little tip flap for this kind of ski.
In general, it was easy to ski, but stable and solid wherever I took it. It doesn’t have any of the extra light features many skis have these days and it is a full sidewall construction. It’s not overly stiff, and I found it great in bumps and tight spaces. It could be 10% lighter, but it also has a solid, damp feel on runouts, which is a good thing. I found I could pressure the ski and moderate my speed easily, and make quick tight turns in the nice bump sections.
This is a ski that was easy to ski at my size even in the 186 length, I never felt like it required exaggerated movements to engage it, and I could ski it hard or at a relaxed pace. You don't need to be a super strong charger to enjoy it. I like the length: at my weight, this will be killer when I get them the deep stuff.
I skied this for half a day, all over, and never found a condition or terrain where they weren’t enjoyable. It’s great to find a ski at 114mm underfoot that is this versatile. I can’t imagine a day where I’ll regret taking them out.
I’d love to try the Peacemaker as well, but I’m buying this one, as this will be the wide end of my quiver. I did flex a Peacemaker, and it is a stiffer ski, so it might not be as easy to ski.
Edited by squawbomber - 2/15/14 at 6:42am