EC Skier, 5’5” 158 lb male, athletic
I recently picked up some 2012 Sickles in 174 (106mm under foot) for a good price and stuck some demo bindings on them. Thought is to use them as a resort powder ski on west coast trips for days with a few inches or more fresh. I’d bring my Bonafides along for other days. I’ve had them out a couple of times with the factory tune to try and get the mount point dialed and get a feel for them. Once was on hard pack putzing around on easy blues with my 6 year old daughter (mounted at 0). Second time was in ~ 5 inches fresh over eastern man made hardback mounted -2. Real cool skis but I think (hope) I need to get the tune dialed in. On hard pack they can be pretty squirrelly. I realize that these are not groomer skis but from everything I’ve read about them, they are at least passable on hard groomers. I found them great as long as they are tipped on edge but as soon as the edges disengage at all during a turn it feels like my skis are suddenly stuck to velcro, particularly the outside edge on the uphill ski. I’ve never experienced anything like it on any other ski. Is this a function of the tune? I’ve always tuned 3:1 to a razors edge on all my skis and had no issues, but I’ve also always had a bit of camber under foot. I have no idea where to start with these things. Any suggestions? BTW…I took a true bar to both bases and as far as I can tell they are flat. I also read over on TGR about some issues with some of the older Sickles that came out of the factory defective with whacked profiles. Again, as far as I can tell, the profiles on the look exactly as they should.
The good news is that they are amazing skis when in their element. Just a blast in untracked and they seem to handle the tracked out crud I came across reasonably well also (at least with the lightish density snow I had them in). I was concerned I might've been between sizes but I think the 174 will be great for me in the trees, I already know they are a blast in soft bumps. From what I can tell so far, float will not be an issue for me either. Just need try and get them dialed a bit more on the groomers now.