I got to Mt Rose and onto the chair at 2pm and unfortunately most of the powder was gone: groomers, bumps, cut up crud and powder and only 1 decent powder stash but on a very easy, short slope. So I couldn't test the Made N AK in it's appropriate niche except on the latter.
I'm not happy but I must temper my dissatisfaction because it's like taking a Hummer on Skip Barber or F1 race course and saying "I didn't perform well" ....instead of taking it on dunes, mountains, meadows, and river beds. That being said, my impression of these 189cm beasts is:
- Heavy skis: my quads got tired fast, it's a lot of mass to move around
- Reasonably nimble on the smooth groomed
- Tough go in trees and moderate or bigger size bumps
- Not as playful or versatile as the Seth Pistol
- When in powder it is sweet and floats really well and better than the Pistol; pretty easy to turn in powder
Definitely a very
specific quiver ski. I will ONLY take them out when it's dumping B I G
snow. At the end of the short day I was thinking
- I wish I was on my 180cm Volkl Explosiv
- Maybe I should have purchased the Seth Pistol in a 179cm
- Maybe I should wait for the rumored fatter & stiffer Seth Vicious (?98mm)
Alas, this was not one of the days to revel in the Made N AK.