Today I was able to demo a few skis and this is one of them that was on hand. The ski itself was not a world cup version and sort of a different breed of GS ski. The specifications I see on the ski is that they are 17m which puts them at an odd spot in GS. They are also very light weight wise and not all that stiff of a ski. They have something they call Doubledeck 3.0 technology which is supposed to act as shock absorption, acceleration and easier turn initiation.
Either way the first thing I tried was rail road turns on flat. Something most any gs ski will laugh at you for trying. This ski just turns. It is very easy to initialize with little forward pressure even on flats. It seems to like mildly fast transitions and faster turns than a traditional GS ski. The ski feels over all semi stable at speed but sort of off. I don't know how to explain it but when going at speed something about them doesn't give me the confidence to lean them way over on ice. It could be tune I had or not being used to the ski either way I felt that I had to back off a bit on how much I wanted to angle the ski. Also this ski lacks rebound energy and feels somewhat damp. I know they try to add shock absorption to the ski but it left me wondering whats going on. It could be a good or bad thing but it was a noticeable difference. This also could be the reason I didn't feel the confidence in the ski laying it way over on edge when things got slippery. It was a fun ski though but left me wondering how good would it be in a course.
Over all though if you had to choose just one ski, this might be it. The ski was something I could see being that one ski quiver as it probably doesn't do GS as fast as others but it probably does slalom as well. I could see this sort of ski doing everything. It was fun enough, fast in transitions could do longer turns as well. I could see just running around on this all day on or off a course. It is that sort ski which brings the fun back to GS skis, but is it for me... well no
Everyone is saying don't use these for slalom... While I don't 100% agree it can be dangerous if you are not good at sliding (stivot) turns. If you have no clue how to stay forward, slide when needed or really flex a ski don't try slalom on GS skis. It will only get you hurt. My point was more that it would be possible. When people start racing its best to not even go down a slalom course. Don't even mess with it what so ever. Get some GS under your belt and some training. Then if you feel confident enough on the ski, it would make it through a slalom course. You will not get a good time, but that is the reality.
Edited by utahsaint - 3/3/15 at 8:31am