At the bookstore got Ski, Freerider, Powder and Backcountry. Skiing seems to come later.
Skimmed them some.
Like speed-drinking Cokes for half a morning, I guess.
Anyway, noticed a few first impressions (in my usual late summer haze). Please feel free to correct any errors.
The Atomic Ritual and Crimson Ti seem to have disappeared in favor of the Auto 102 and 109, and the comparable-sized Vantage series skis of ~85 and ~95. Oh well. I liked both the old ones.
The Volkl Gotama and Bridge seem to have given way to the Volkl 100eight and 90eight, whatever they're like? Both eights got good reviews. I liked the Gotama and Bridge. Almost got them, annually. Guess I'll have to demo the eights. Maybe the Gotama and Bridge just weren't submitted to the testers but still exist? (Both are gone from the Volkl website.)
Various wider Kastles and Stocklis are being offered up for testing (mostly BMX models, for the Kastles). Now if I could just find em for demoing early on. (Not the FX 104, Finn. )
Gotta try the Enforcers and Monsters. (Sound like the latest street gangs.)
The Rosi Super 7 is back on top in several mags. The Soul 7 not as much.
The Bent Chet looks very different, but is apparently the same.
The Volkl RTM 84 is back in the reviews - being pushed again, maybe (over all the other width RTMs, I guess).
Maybe I'll try the K2 i-Konic 85ti. A favorably reviewed frontsider I've never heard of, let alone tested.
The Stockli AX gets favorable reviews instead of the narrower SRs, mostly. What is that about? What has changed or is new with that ski?
The ON3P Billy Goats are unchanged!!!!
Oh, and the Moment Bibby Pros are changed back to the way they were 3 years ago, when BlisterGear really loved them most. (And the horror movie graphic has changed slightly?)
Finally, the bluish Salomon R2 100 is mostly unchanged and still under the radar - but not to Epic readers, thanks in large part to Phil (and Naybreak summer skiing posts with "his" and "her" matching R2 100s on Breck's Peak 10).
Edited by ski otter - 9/2/15 at 3:13pm