so, this is a totally off the radar ski, and I'll get more in depth as I get more conditions, but with 2 mornings on it, I'll put out my first impressions...
me: 5ft 11, 164lbs, level 3 psia, ski moderate speeds. focus on smoothness and precision over excitement and energy, ski all terrain, prefer off piste 3D snow and terrain. 47yrs old, still get out a few days a week, for a couple hours.
I tend to ski 88 to 98mm ski all the time. 888 elan has been my skinny ski; favorite ski of all time that I still ski a lot is Kastle MX 98; favorite current model ski, Fisher Motive 95 ti.
177 stockli Scale Delta, 128-83-110, 17m radius, little bit of early rise.
I skied it in powder over packed, 4-8in, then skied out pow and packed off piste, bumps and loose snow today, so not really the ideal place for my skinniest ski, but I'll get more hard snow tests on it later...
To give you some other reviewers background, I am pasting review comments from skicanada:
This sporty little driver has a tip to yank you through any turn, anytime, anywhere and at any speed. The Delta is snappy and full of energy, and would allow you to enjoy those times you second-guessed a tight line. It has a powerful, grippy bite that eats a turn early, ripping through an arc with superior stability and performance. how“smooth, stable and easy it is to ride for that aggressive all-mountain guy.” "perfect for “expert skiers who like the versatility of both short and medium turns.”
as it came to me and I looked at shape, length and construction, I was impressed. It's a stockli, and shape looked great, flex felt great.
I noticed the mount line, and freaked out a bit. It looked waaaay back. So I put in next to similar length skis, with similar amounts of early rise. measured narrowest part of ski, sidewall depth, and decided I needed a demo binder for sure, and would start well forward.
I mounted the demo binding 4CM forward, and it looked about right.
WOW, what a sweet feeling, flexing, carving, rebounding, floating and smiling ski!
First runs, moderate pitch, a few inch on top of groomed snow. This ski begged to be flexed, and provided predictable response and energy. tip engages early, asking to be tipped higher, transitions super smooth between edges.
Then, steeper terrain opened, and I mixed up radii and speed in 8in over packed bumps. Once again, this ski asks for energy, and responds with predictable flex, rebound and seamless releases. it's predictable but exciting, if that's possible. I had 5 of my best runs of the last couple years, in pow, on a 83mm ski... hum, just a great ski.
2 days after storm:
skied out pow, bumps, windpack, wind scoured harder snow, steeps, some odd terrain w/ new openings, rock/tree/bush avoidance.
In this terrain, this ski was quick, flexible in line change, edgeset to drift. That said, this ski prefers to be edged, it will drift to the next good spot, but that is not it's default. So many skis these days are designed with drift as the default, but there are also skis that are so edgy they can't be drifted happily. In bumps, the high end construction, tip shape and predictable flex team up to absorb irregularities extremely well, edge change is quick, and the tip likes to be engaged early.
Carving turns, groomers, compared to my other skis, this is a carving ski. It likes to be hooked up early, and can mix up a variety of radii at different speeds.
So, really, all I need is a real hard snow day to complete this impression, and I'll do that.
Back to mount point, that is the funky part, but I think 4-5cm forward is money. That is narrowest part of sidecut, tallest part of sidewall, and in line w/ other skis of similiar design.
That also puts it about where a Kastle mount point would be, but still behind many skis, like most french skis, elan k2 etc.
check this one out, it's not marketed (at all), but it just a wonderful all around ski, that maximizes fun in every condition! I ski for sensations, and I don't think I"m the only one. The sensations of this ski are highly refined, silky smooth, but energetic and ready for anything! You just find this amazing feel every day.
Edited by Holiday - 12/15/15 at 4:50pm