I like my the fact the PR's are floppy.
This might give you more context. I also have Kneissl Tankers 93mm waist and Goode Carbon skis 90mm.
The PRs are for inbounds deep and crud. The Tankers and Goodes are both backcountry setups. The Tankers are a pretty hefty alpine ski (daytrips) and the Goodes are a super lightweight setup (multi-day traverses and tours).
I've also skied Rossi XXX's and B3s 92mm Head Mad Trix Mojos 90mm; G3 Barons 84 mm and Black Diamond Havocs 87mm.
All those measurements are waist sizes and Im going from the top of my head so please excuse me if I'm wrong by a few mms.
When I'm in powder I want a ski that rewards my bad habits; that lets me be a little lazy, sit in the back seat, pick a poor line, land off a drop tail first etc.
The PRs are that kind of ski. I've had them in pretty shitty crud and in typical snot Whistler snow and they've done well. The bottom line is that I dont have to muscle them. They're light and they ski like it. I doubt they will be a 200 day ski but I've got enough skis and don't ski inbound enough that maybe a 100 days on the PRs will be 3 years for me. Typical scenario, I dive into trees and the trees get tighter and tighter. I don't have to back off on speed - I can be fairly confident that I can turn quick enough to steer around anything and go where I want to go. This is more the ski then me; I didn't have that same confidence with the XXX's for example.
I also had R:ex's and wasn't crazy about them in deep pow. The Rex's are 84 mm waist skis so aren't as fat but also the tips are stiff and would dive. I also tried my wife's G4s and hated them in the snow. Too much ski for me. They were an 84 mm ski and I hated every minute I spent on them in the 30 cms of nice fluffy light interior powder we got at Sun Peaks. I have to work way too hard to keep the G4s under control and bottom - line the PR's were effortless in that snow.
I stick to the same ski all day and the PRs work fine in late day cement and crud conditions. Again they just make life pretty easy. Not so good in the scraped up bumps but I don't expect them to shine there.
Originally Posted by ShawnB
I guess the hijack is complete. Whoops! Sorry, Huckfinn...
But hey, while you're here, LeeLau; how do you feel about the PR's in what's endemic to us left-coasters--heavy crud and chop? And how do they handle crusty or re-freezing pow, a la late afternoons here in the west? This is the kind of stuff I really worry about with them, since their tips are so allegedly floppy--but I defer to those who have experience with them, unlike me.
P.S. Huckfinn wants to trade 185 PR's for 175's, if anyone's game. It doesn't hurt for us to keep this thread bumped up to the top gabbing about other stuff, but I don't want the original intent of his post to get lost!