This ski is 115mm underfoot, and has a 33mm radius. It has NO camber, so completely flat. I have it mounted up with a Railflex, so that I can dial in the position fore and aft and also use it a demo ski. This ski only comes in a 185cm. It is fairly stiff, with a decent amount of metal, and a full twin-tip. There are 2 mounting positions: Center and Standard. I chose the latter. Skis came out of the box tuned at 1/1, and I just touched it up, although Coup recommended a 1.75 on the base bevel, so that the ski releases easier in the chop. After skiing this pair, I would agree, but didn't have time to touch it last night.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, solid skier, ski 40-60 days/year (averaging about 3 days/week this season so far). I like to ski fairly fast, and seek challenging terrain as well.
Review: I skied this ski briefly a couple of weeks ago, but didn't get much time on it. Not to mention that the conditions really weren't ideal. Today, it was a different story. A typical windy Bachelor storm moved through, depositing around 12-14 inches of 15-20 degree snow, but was very windpacked anywhere but the lower trees. This mountain is flat, and the parts that are not flat are very exposed and usually lousy snow. Today was no exception, as the upper bowl (which has pitches up to 40 degrees) had a nice wind-pack crust over punchy snow up to 10" deep, as well as lots of wind-lips (the storm came in windy, and probably was up around 70-80mph at the top of the mountain during the windiest part. 100mph winds are not uncommon at the summit during a storm). Down lower, the mountain was fairly tracked out from the day before, so soft bumps were common, as was lightly-skied crud. The upper mountain borders on scary with these conditions (at least scary for the knees, as you never know what your skis are going to do underneath you) and I am usually struggling to deal with the inconsistent snow.
I was excited to get on this ski. It seems like the perfect Bachelor ski: wide, traditional sidecut, no camber, and versatile. I haven't gotten on the reverse camber/reverse sidecut bandwagon, as the few skis I have tried seemed to specific to deep snow and nowhere near the versatility I was seeking. Soft bumps and well-tracked crud and those reverse/reverse skis just don't cut it, not to mention groomer skiing. But, the Huge Trouble is a combination of some of the better aspects of the more radical skis and the more traditional ones, and it seems like a fine choice for any soft-snow condition.
I was very impressed by this ski, to say the least. It absolutely made mincemeat out of tough-to-ski windpack and wind-lips, as well as cut-up crud. In bumps, it was extremely maneverable (very soft bumps, that is) and in the trees, assuming I was on a few inches of snow, it allowed me to carve through the trees. This ski totally steepened the mountain for me: now I can ski anywhere, instead of picking areas that only have enough pitch to sustain my momentum. Pitch is not really an issue on these skis, at least in moderate snow. They really impressed me at speed: I hauled ass down the Cirque, which on skier's left has built up to around 40 degrees with wind-loading. It was cut-up windcrust and chop, and everyone on the pitch was doing short turns and barely making it down. One guy ate it and slid down the whole face. But, on the Huge Trouble, I just let 'er rip. Huge Super-G arcs, going way too fast, but this ski allowed me to stay up on the crappy snow and carve it well. Not that it was easy skiing, but it felt relatively easy, especially with how everyone else was struggling, even those on Gotamas. It definitely was a holy sh** run, but hey, I pulled it off. On my narrower Watea 94's, I probably would have been tomahawking down the hill after I buried a tip at that speed.
The other thing that suprised me about the Huge Trouble was the superb versatility. I was initially thinking of buying a more radical reverse camber ski, but both some of my own demos and also the opinions of other skiers I know turned me off. Those skis just are so darn specific. At the industry demo at Snowbasin, they were all the rage, and rightly so. Conditions were perfect, although the snow was so light, frankly I didn't need anything over 90mm or so (actually, a race ski was even adequate in that snow). Still, if there is any place that a rockered or reverse-camber ski will work, it was at at Snowbasin, after 8 feet of new snow had fallen. Fast forward 2 weeks to our local demo, with crusty snow and a few inches of fresh on top of it. Reverse camber skis: all of the sudden not so popular, and all of us that did ski them were struggling. Hence my draw toward the Huge Trouble. I wanted something more versatile, that could ski most any off-piste condition: beat up crud, soft bumps, as well as the usual deep snow/windpack/challenging snow. And, this ski was all that I expected and more. I couldn't say enough about it's versatility. I started the day on it, switched to the Watea 94, then switched right back after 2 runs. No question, the Huge Trouble was the ski to have today. The Watea is a great ski, but no match in really cruddy snow. If I lived in Utah, however, I doubt I would desire anything wider than the 94. Also, I did ski an icy/windblown 40-degree pitch with this. It held OK, not great, but manageable. This ski it laterally stiff, although at 115mm underfoot, it gives up some performance on ice.
The feel of this ski was very powerful: laterally stiff, fairly stiff flex. It feels a bit stiffer and more substantial than the Watea 101, for example, and definitely trademark Dynastar. It is a laminate ski, with a lot of metal, and almost reminds me of the Legend Pro 176cm, but longer and wider, which is a good thing. It searches for the top of the snow, and rarely dives, but doesn't feel overly surfy or floaty when in variable conditions. The Huge Trouble seems to be the right blend of all-mountain performance with true soft-snow/big mountain at insane speeds capability. I could ski it slow, or fast, and it took everything in stride. It was a poor groomer ski, but that is too be expected. It was better with the rearward mounting point, but still very grabby and on/off. It liked pressure on the outside ski, and not much angulation. A wide carver, this is not.
One note about mounting: the recommended mount position (standard) is much too far forward, IMO. I had the Railflex, and ended up going back 2.5cm before being very comfortable. The recommended mount position felt horrible: I felt like I had no tip, and the ski was much too aggressive. Back 1.5cm was better, 2cm was even better (although still a little far forward) and 2.5cm was best for me: the ski became very easy, I felt like I was in the sweet spot. If you demo these, play around with it, as I would have put these in the nearest dumpster had I been forced to ski them at the "Standard" mount position. This isn't a super-long ski: the running surface is only 1cm longer than my 178cm Watea 94's. But, even with the mounting point 2.5cm rearward of recommended, they still mount up 1cm in front of the Watea 94. So, keep this in mind, as it plays a huge role in how this ski feels. If you mount it in the recommended position, you may feel like you were tricked into buying a 170cm instead of the 185cm.
So far, so good with the Huge Trouble. It did so well in the soft snow, even stuff that was only 4-6" deep, that I am considering going with this as part of a 2-ski quiver (probably the Elan 82X as the other half). I feel pretty confident that I could really enjoy this in any soft snow condition, and the 82x being such a superb carver and still adequate off-piste, I am not sure that my Watea 94 will get much use now! But, if I lived elsewhere (tight chutes, lighter snow, not as much windpack, such as Utah/Colorado) I would give a more qualified thumbs-up to this ski. For example, for what we were skiing at Aspen, it doesn't make much sense. Watea 94/888 are better all-around choices.
Great at speed, easy when going slow
Makes tough conditions skiable, and moderate conditions easy
More versatile than rockered/reverse camber skis
Skis like a normal ski
Large sweet spot
Lousy groomer performance
Slow edge-to-edge, not a nimble ski
Really heavy if you are thinking about an AT setup
Mounting position is crucial