Finally out on the ski
With 18" of snow this week, I finally took out the iM88's.
Me: 5'10", 160 lbs. aggressive skier
Skis: Metron B5 in 162 and PE in 169. iM's in 175
Where: 3 days at Waterville Valley, all hard pack, no ice.
First impression: I over-tuned these skis. I went from the factory 1 degree to a 2 degree side edge. At first, they were really hooky at the tip. De-tuning may have helped. But after 3 runs, I either adapted or the skis de-tuned from the hard pack underneath. Either way, no more problems.
This ski is the longest ski I've been on in quite a few years. The skis surprised me how they hold an edge. Also surprising was the quickness from edge to edge. By the end of the day, I was very comfortable on these skis and turning was more fun each run down the hill. A day of skiing was a lot less tiring than I'm used to
They are the most stable ski I've ever been on. The trail was perfectly groomed (if there is such a thing) and I was able to ski with more control, more speed and after learning to trust the ski, had amazing edge hold at speed.
These skis don't replace the Metrons, but those won't be coming out unless I know there's going to be wind blown boiler plate ice on much of the hill. As far as the PE's go, I don't know when I'll use them anymore. The 88's do everything the PE's do plus hold an edge a lot better.
I have 4 years and 120+ days on my Metron's and will be replacing them at the end of the year. I am now thinking of replacing them with the new Nexon line or the iM78's. I like the 88's so much, maybe I should stick with the im78's instead of the nexon's. Is it the sandwich construction that I'm liking so much in the 88's? The 88 has a level of stability I haven't felt in a ski before.