Ive never posted a review so bear with me at times. First off I'm James Watson been skiing for 40 years.: Some freestyle long time ago and basically free skiing most of my life. I bought a Pair of Hart Phoenix Boss skis 189cm 120/92/110 from a tester in Vail for Hart. The skis have the twisted Twin graphics with a shape more like the Fuelie boss. I skied one day last Saturday with the mounting position BOF witch never turned out well so wouldn't recommend that to any one. I remounted the skis boot center on the skis line and that turned out excellent today!! the skis are you would expect by the side cut not for the faint of heart! They like to go Fast and are very stable for someone who enjoys ripping down the mountain in any condition at speed. The temperature was -12c 35cm fresh powder the night before. the ski skied the powder with ease as long again you like to go fast. Shorter radius turns in the powder are fine but what this ski really wants to do is make longer faster arch's. After the boarders and skiers coped up the runs I was impressed how stable the ski was ripping threw any chopped up powder with GS type turns. The ski can be playful in terrain that a slalom ski would need to make turns in. Like steep rutted bumps with chopped up crud and icy patches. The Phoenix Boss just tears it up and holds an edge anywhere you want it to on anything while always remaining stable. The faster you go the more stable the ski felt!! As the day went on I pushed myself and the ski harder and harder and while doing so I was always more rewarded faster I went.: I hooked up with a downhill coach friend of mine and he was impressed how the ski handled a couple of the runs we went down together. I left him in my dust! He said I looked real smooth on those skis. I wasn't used to going so fast down these double black diamonds but other than the fear inside of me I felt more confident than ever knowing the ski wasn't going to let me down by then. There were no groomed runs on the mountain but there was a run that was skied by most that had the powder flattened out on it and its safe to say this ski turns like a champ on the harder packed runs also. I made fast side to side turns and long GS turns all the while feeling the ski respond nicely. I would say to sum up that if you want to be the first one down the mountain in more difficult terrain this ski is the one!! Stable fast and responsive at speeds that most skiers will never go. I would call it a strong intermediate ski but more leaning toward an Experts ski because of the way the ski prefers to charge Hard down the mountain over grace and stylish on piste turns.I did manage a few larger air moments and found the landings very soft under foot. Phil the Hart rep on this site told me a Pro has this similar ski the Fuelie Boss 121/91/111 and is hucking 50fters with it I have no doubt at all! Pucker up and hang on because this ski will take you for the ride of your life!! A true All mountain with envises on BIG mountain performance. Athletic strong skiers ski. A lot of ski!!
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2/1/08 at 5:10pm