Originally Posted by Bob Peters
I'm expecting a report once you've had a chance to run them around a little.
So I've been able to ski my 100s about 10 times, on everything from early-season/man-made hard pack to 18" of blower powder (and everything in between) and can confirm that this is a great ski for a guy like me.
About me: 36 years old, 6'2" / 185, more aggressive than finesse, probably a level 8+ with some race experience and have been on skis since before I can remember. Most frequently skied mountain is Taos, NM.
Groomers: As all the other reviews state, the E100 is a very capable carver in Western hard-pack. The flex is certainly on the stiff side, being medium-stiff in the tip, medium-stiff to stiff in the middle, and stiff in the (wide and flat) tail. Torsional stiffness is very, very impressive for a ski this wide. Out of 10, I'd rate the spring-back energy of this highly-cambered ski at an 8 and the dampness at a 7. Personally, if I were to make one change, I'd add a bit of dampness in the shovel, at the expense of the honey-comb tip. At first, I thought Rossi had made a mistake with the 18m sidecut and thought that 21-25 would have been more appropriate given the rest of the construction. However, now that I've had a chance to take it out, I think 18m is just about right: it allows for exactly the type of short GS turns that I prefer, and hasn't seemed to prevent me from making big SG turns when the mood so arises. All that said, the E100 is a very light ski and not particularly damp, which makes it less than desirable for very firm snow. I would not recommend this ski as an East coast one-ski quiver for that reason.
Moguls: At 100mm underfoot, with a big, wide, flat tail -- and a stiffer than average flex from tip to tail -- the E100 does not make a great bump ski when the conditions are firm. The tail wants to grab and the edge wants to hook-up. Get in the back-seat with these, and you'll get taken on a ride! However, if you stay over your skis and keep your bases flat, these can definitely be tamed. Indeed, once I got my balance right, I began to really enjoy tearing down even the tightest of zipper lines.
Steep, technical terrain: Here's where the E100s really shines. The E100's mighty edge grip, combined with its fat width and low swing weight, translates into the exact ski I want when the terrain gets steep and hairy. Taos is filled with super-steep lines either in the glades on through the chutes. This is where you want a ski that will soak up variable terrain and keep you planted on the snow. The E100 is as good as anything I've ever been on in these conditions, a real A+.
Powder: A lot of negative words have been written about the E98's powder performance. On that, I can't comment. The E100, on the other hand, is fantastic. I spent a wonderful day playing in about 1.5 feet of dry New Mexico powder and was able to switch back and forth between the E100s and my Blossom Offshore (120mm underfoot, flat camber). I have to say that I enjoyed the E100s more, unless the terrain flattened out, then the Offshores did better because of their superior ability to coast on the top of the powder. The 100s provide plenty of float, and I never had any problem with tip-dive. They floated when I needed them to (like first tracks down a run I knew had plenty of rocks uncovered by anything except the powder that had fallen the night before), and bashed through the heavy chop at the end of the day. Really, a very nice powder ski for a traditional skier (like me), that isn't looking just to float, and still tends to make dynamic turns even in the deep stuff.
In sum, the E100 makes a great addition to a quiver for a guy like me and is probably the ski I'll take out 80% of the time (with 15% on my GS skis, and 5% on the Offshores). Its flex may prove too stiff for lighter skiers, and its 18m turn radius might prove to be too short for someone who likes big-mountain-style skiing. For me, I have no problem getting the ski to engage even at low speeds, and wouldn't trade the confidence this ski inspires in technical terrain for anything.