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I am Superman! (Head Mojo 90 186 cm Review)

post #1 of 9
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Have you ever had a pair of skis under you that made you feel invincible? That's how my new Mojo 90s with flat mounted Solly S912ti bindings made me feel today. I'm more stoked about these planks than a 6 year old on Christmas morning.

Obligatory info:

Me: 38 yo, 165 lb strong level 8/9 skier with 35 yrs experience. I ski the steepest stuff I can find inbounds with a fair level of aggression while striving for some measure of fluidity and grace (need some help there!)

Where & When: Today at Crystal Mt., WA. Conditions overall were what I'd call "decent." There's only been between 2-6" of new snow since it stopped raining two days ago and it got pretty cold last night. The lower mountain was pretty icy but was well groomed, so lots of shaved ice and corduroy skiing. The upper mountain had a few stashes of well preserved but skied over softer snow on the N. faces of the steepest peaks & ridges. I also found a large area of inch thick breakable crust over re-frozen crystals, and some godawful big death cookies under powder in a couple places. More like small death boulders really. The main runs were hardpack with bumps on the upper mountain.

I was apprehensive as to how these skis would perform in the 186 length. Just last week I'd found the 184 Mantras to be a real handful on hardpack, especially when bumps were thrown into the equation (they absolutely slayed it in waist deep pow though) and 184 AC4s were fun but not the quickest feeling ski. I was willing to sacrifice some on-piste performance for pow-ability but now I really don't feel like I've sacrificed much at all.

These skis rip. They're fast, they're stable, they're very lively, and for a 186 with an 89 mm waist they're amazingly quick turning. They feel light but ski very solid. They even carve willingly though the arcs are fairly long due to the long sidecut radius and you have to get them well out from under you because of their width. A heavier skier that could flex them more could probably coax some surprisingly tight arcs out of them. The only thing I found them to be a bit of a chore in was big bumps, but the only skis I've been on this year that flew through the bumps were shorter and softer. Smaller and softer bumps weren't really a problem. Some minor kick-turning was necessary to negotiate bumpy narrow pitches in chutes or between trees but everywhere else it was just point 'em and go. For that kind of stuff the 176 would probably have been better, but I don't feel like these 186s are really that much more work. I'm finding I like them better than the 184 AC4 and they're so much better than my old skis that no comparison is really possible.

For those of you familiar with Crystal, I hit Powder Bowl from the very top and these were the most confidence inspiring planks I've ever had under me. I found myself carving a large majority of my turns on that steep, softer snow, something I've never been particularly good at. The snow in Bear Pit was nice too and some fun turns were made there as well (Powder Bowl and Bear Pit are both DD runs, pretty steep). When I hit Campbell Basin and there was icy crust and cookies all over they just plowed on through. These skis are NOT noodly by any means. I skied steeper and faster pitches today with less effort than at just about any time in my life, and I'm not in particularly good shape right now. I had a friend from work with me who is a beginning snowboarder so when I made runs with her on the groomers I just felt like I wasn't expending any energy at all and I had to be careful not to just blast on through the kiddies and beginners at warp speed, which is exactly what these planks want to do...

They do not ski switch well, strange for a twin-tip but oh well.

I can't wait to go up again, and I really can't wait 'til I get to hit some real pow with them. We need another 40" dump over three days like happened last week...
post #2 of 9
Thanks.

I used a pair of 186 mojos on Friday while catskiing near Park City. It was an 04/05 model that the guides used last year (now using 8800's). It skied great and the guides raved about it.

I just wish I had them when skiing at the resort earlier in week. I had demo'd 177 Mantras at the resort for 2 days and thought I was ready to buy (a 184) after their performance in all conditions (bowls, bumps and groomers). The mantras were much more versatile than the Pocket Rockets I demo'd last year.
post #3 of 9
Bs"D

But, if the guides are now using the 8800, then I guess they like them even more.
post #4 of 9
Reasonable inference if one assumed they were buying the skis.

Flawed assumption though.

Their choice of the 8800 was based on promotional / sponsorship deals arranged for the company overall.

I specifically asked our 2 guides how they liked the 8800. They had only gotten the 8800's a week earlier and were still relatively reserved in their judgment. The lead guide simply complimented the 8800 by saying that at least he didn't hate the transition to a new ski.

Meanwhile, they both raved about the Mojo and kept asking me how I liked it.

Personally, I would have liked to have tried the 8800. I demo'd 184 8000's last year for several days in conditions ranging from scrapped off hardpack to 15" fresh powder and really liked them.
post #5 of 9
Bs"D

Hmm, this could be a great source of info.
I am interested because I own the 8800 - it is a good powder and crud ski but not a great carver or holder on hardpack groomers. The im88 is sure to be much better on the groomed, but I suspect less good in the powder - even if still relatively good. So, I was thinking to demo the Mojo 90 to see if it is better on the groomed (like I have heard) while still being as good as the 8800 in powder.

What is the name and number (or good guy or two to talk to) of that cat outfit near Park City? Not only would I love to talk to them myself about the comparisons, but am planning to be in Park City in Feb. and may want to use their services. Where do they take you and what kind of terrain and verticle do you get?
Thanks.
post #6 of 9
Park City Snowcats. They have a website with good info.

They operate in the Uinta range about 30 minutes from PC (depart / arrive from Yarrow Hotel) at the Thousand Peaks ranch (I think 60K acres!).

Alot of available terrain but actual area skied will depend on the weakest member of your group and avalanche risk. Risk was moderate-to-high on Friday and we had one skier that was intermediate. Thus, we skied relatively moderate stuff - 10-11 runs for a bit over 10K feet. Snow ranged from very nice powder (probably +2 feet of new since they had last operated) to sun-crusted at the bottom of a few runs (very warm conditions late last week). Vertical would have been higher if conditions had been better.

They also have a heli-only and heli-cat combo package. Heli-cat combo probably the best value (of course, hiking for your own turns will really save some money).

You might need to allow for some flexibility in your schedule. Example, I originally reserved a spot for Wednesday but they canceled due to heavy snow. They did avalanche control work on Thursday and then operated on Friday.
post #7 of 9
Bs"D

Ok, thanks very much.
post #8 of 9
another second for the mojo 90
i got them last week and skid them this past weekend
Im roughly the same size weight as WillB but went with the 176 for trees, bumps, and a more all mountain "just right feel"
ive got a review up too, search for "mojo marker" and youll find it
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by pechelman
i got them last week and skid them this past weekend
I can't take seriously the opinion of a guy that skids.
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