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I have about 15 days on my new Steadfasts this year and really love them, and felt they were consistent with all the great reviews that lead me to buy them without a demo.
I really see two very different criticism of the Steadfast above:
1. They're also difficult in crud, chop and your variable conditions.
I really don't agree, as I loved them in all kinds of snow conditions from power to chop and even (especially) spring slush. They are a "serious ski" compared to a more rockered and/or softer ski, so they do reward some skills and require you to stay on top of them.
I did find them to be hookey at first off-piste, and even went down a couple times in perplexing falls as you describe. I de-tuned the tips and tails a bit and the problem went away and they became far less demanding off-piste. I think the combo or a relatively short TR with camber and sharp tips caused the tips to grab occasionally. Try de-tuning a bit if you haven't, knowing you'll give up some on-piste performance, of course.
2. (They were) deflecting all over the place at really high speeds.
I think this is a completely different deal. I'm pretty sure the OP of that review is a 1%er... as in he's a better skier than 99% of us. His really high speeds are REALLY high speeds. My context for that are his comments about liking the Kendo better in that review. I love the Kendo and skied it for three years before getting my Steadfasts, and yes the Kendo is better at high speed, but I rarely if ever ski anywhere near the speed limit of the Steadfast. They are both great skis with different personalities. In some conditions I prefer the Steadfast and others the Kendo, but I'd be happy taking either out just about any day.
Yeah by no means do I mean to blame all my off-piste issues on the Steadfast. I know my skill and technique are much more to blame than my gear. However I definitely hit a speed-limit on the Steadfasts in variable terrain, even chopped up groomers. I don't know how fast I get up to, I don't really measure that kind of stuff. Certainly not as fast as the one-percenters though that's for sure. I'm going to assume its a combination of my technique and the ski.
It's also not the first time I've heard the suggestion that I de-tune them. One of my instructors thought it might be a good idea, too. I don't know though, I really like their performance as a groomer ski. It's something I'll think about though.
@Alpenglow, instead of spending your cash on a second set of new skis, perhaps it would be better spent on tuning equipment? :-)
Then you could get to the point of telling how tuning tweaks affect the ski's performance. I start getting my skis ready in October....
I'm going to build a tuning-bench this summer and plan on picking up enough kit to at least do my own waxes. It's all going to be part of my Tiki-themed Rec-room.