And so they lived happily ever after....
Just to let you know I have found my own personal holy grail of Skis. Yes I have found THE PERFECT SKI. Well for me at least anyway.
Just spent a week on them at Thredbo (Australia). Fine Sunny days of around 10 degrees (celcius) with overnights of -3 gave us hard fast slopes tending to heavy at the bottom where the man-made stuff was turning to sand/slush. Lots of nice bumps dveloping on the drier, upper slopes and also some chopped up, windblown crap to navigate in areas as well. And these skis were really quite cosy on every condition
Not to mention every turn type. Zip 'em in quick snappy shorts, practise technique in perfectly rounded mediums and scrape your hip on carve turns that cut like butter. The front edge was super responsive, millimeter adjustments changed the turn radius dramatically. No mucking around. Be on top, in control and drive the front like a shiny red Jaguar.
Wide tips floated to the top of heavy slush and sand like conditions resulting from melting man made snow on the lower slopes.
Narrow waist made it seem like you just cruise down the fall line of a bumps run.
Torsional rigidity allowed super stability at mach speeds.
In short they just rip!!!!!!!!!
As for length, as was asked in another post; I am 168cm, female (heavy set but sorry you don't get my weight
I used to ski on 190cm straights, moved down to 185cm for my Lacroix shaped skis (though now looking at them I am hard pressed to find a curve at all on these match sticks), then after much convincing moved down to 178cm for my K2 Fours. I am an ex-instructor and tech who prefers fast technical turns but of course wants the dit it all ski. So what did I get? Well the sales assistant was trying for 154 but that was just tooooo bizarre, even 161 I had to be talked into but I think that was the perfect choice. I think the next length up would be OK for fast groomeds but would defeat the purpose of the ski, that is being able to take these skis off piste and in shitty conditions and still feel like you're skiing 10cm dry. Also it is not necessary it would just be a macho-livin'-in-the-'80s-how-many-vert-feet-did-you-do-today-wanna-come-back-to-my-lodge thing
: , which very well may suit some skiers (especially those still cruising around in their one piece suits).
Other reviews I have read of this ski mention it being nervy at the tip and maybe too short, all I can say have you ever seen someone who thought they were a bit of the shit but were actually in the tails relying on the length of the ski to keep them up, try to take a ride on snow-blades and complain about the tips wobbling around so much. As I said earlier you must be on the tips of these ALWAYS (good advise all round though really), and remember that every millimeter adjustment translates as a huge adjustment in turn radius. I read about some people saying that they should de-tune the front of the skis
: . Yeah right. Buy a Jag then put some bald tyres on the front (but hey at least you're still in the Jag...right?), alternatively buy a Honda and stay under speed limit. Seriously though, my husband is not as technical or in the drivers seat as much as I am and he just loves the Vertigo Motions with their wider waist, wider tail and slightly narrower tip allowing for more forgiveness when not on your front edge but still giving a nice platform.
I don't know how these skis would go with a lazy skier or with someone who tended to sit in the back. Ski these skis, don't ride them (riding is for lazy snowboarders
). Be confident of your turn shape, keep your legs under you. On ice make sure your angulation matches your inclination, but then of course this matched with keeping your edges in good nick is all what is required for ice, I don't think the ski makes any difference (comments on this opinion?). As I said I did not get to take them into powder but seeing how they performed in slush was good enough for me as slush is so much heavier. Being a skier that prefers a narrower ski in a world of mid-fats I was a little concerned about the width of the tip. But the narrow waist and tapered tail made it OK. I also think with this shape if you were a sl skier who tended to wash your tails this shape would not help. As I said you must be on the tips, maybe not quite as much as say the Elan Integra 9.0 or the Sal equipe series 10 3V but then these are race skis and feel like moon boots with turbo boosters in the tails in slush and heavy powder
Oh, and also love the binding system that you can change in about 3 minutes. My partner bought the Vertigo Motions with the same binding system and we kept talking about swapping all week. Problem was we were both just too much in love with our own skis and they suited our styles so much we didn't want to waste a run. Maybe we'll head up this weekend and give it a go.
From the Extremely blissed out one. [img]tongue.gif[/img]