I was skiing a number of new Dynastar demos the other day on very hard east coast snow. I was testing the versatility of widish 'all mountain skis', which I assume would be fine in softer snow but I like to see how well skis handle conditions they're not built for.
After skiing the Cham 97 (metal version) and the Powertrac 89, I got on the Slicer, mostly due to the rep's advice, he said it had a great 'edge' and was as competent on hard snow as the other two models, just few people tried it because it is promoted as a park and pipe softie. But he felt that was a real mistake.
I looked over the 175cm model: minimal camber, notable tip and tail rise, twin-tip, 98mm waist, medium/ soft flex and was skeptical. But, after skiing it for an hour on some of the hardest snow of the season here in Southern New England, I was very, very impressed, even shocked by it's stability and ease of use, on edge, in very firm snow. I'd go so far as to say it inspired confidence where I had been trepidatious.
It's behavior just didn't seem to match it's appearance (why demoing is so important, I guess!), but, I had to agree with the Rep, I liked it's hard snow manners much better than the Cham and as much as the Powertrack 89 (which, is a pretty fine hard snow ski for a widish board as well). In fact, I thought is handled as well as my Rev 90 which I own and have been liking a great deal.
So….ever in the search of a better mousetrap, I began thinking about trying/ buying the 181cm version of this ski as a 85% of the time East coast all-mountain ski, good western travel ski and medium to low (or even deeper) eastern Glade ski.
From what I can tell, this is the exact same ski as the older 6th sense Slicer…does anyone know if it is different at all from that ski? Anyone skiing on this version (or an older version) of the Slicer or have any input on the versatility of the ski and in relative lengths??
FWIW, I liked the 175cm, but felt if a longer length would increase its use envelope east and west? I patrol (pro and folly 50/50) and travel for skiing, and i thought it would make a decent work and play ski.
I've been thinking of simplifying my ski life (shrinking my quiver from 4 to two skis: One frontside ski, one backside ski w/ AT/ hybrid binding-Slicer in a 181 being the wider version).
Also, and I suppose this is a long shot, If anyone has the knowledge, can you compare the Dynastar Slicer to this year's K2 Shreditor 102 184cm, another ski in the running for this slot. (I have skied the Shreditor 92 and liked it a lot..)
OH, addendum, for those who care, Not the biggest fan of the Chams (they're quick and capable, popular on patrol but somehow not my special sauce), I am a fan of the new Powertrack 89 in hard and funky snow…love to take it in trees and bumps to see it's limits.
Thanks, and yes I have searched and read every related review I can find on Epic and beyond (there is nothing all that current..).
Thanks Guys…anyone got a long term forecast for snow in the east…dry and cold as far as the eye can see!