Where: Stevens Pass, WA
Conditions: About 12" of heavy snow and crud.
This was a few weeks ago, we had a great morning 'cause we headed up for Stevens Pass taking a chance that they'd open the road (closed due to avy's, but was *supposed* to open) before we got there. We lucked out, they did open the road a little before 8am. The morning was *empty*... most people waited to know if the road was open before driving up.
I wanted to demo some skis, and the Obsethed was the only thing that they had this day that interested me. They had some rossi s7's that I really would have liked to try out, but they weren't mounted yet.
Overall, these were very fun skis. It's a little hard to tell how they compare to my watea's since I didn't bring them with me, but they did very nicely in the heavy snow. The slight rocker did help keep the tips up, and they felt very comfortably surfy to me. I do feel like the very slight rocker makes a difference in keeping the skis up and floating. They felt a little more easy going in these conditions that I would have expected from my watea's.
I've heard they're not particularly stiff skis, but I didn't feel like they got knocked around in the crud. They road up over it but felt stable, not floppy, while doing it. Not a crud buster, but stable enough to be fun. In fact, I did feel like I could drive through the heavy crud that day easier on the Obsethed's than I usually do. I relaly wish I'd had my skis there to run them back to back to know for sure. But these felt pretty darned stable to me in some relatively heavy crud.
I did check them out on some soft groomers, too. I'm not very demanding of my skis on groomers, no racing background, and don't charge the mountain. These were fun for me. They don't have much rocker at all, and can still hold an edge on softish groomers and felt pretty easy going and lively to me. Definitely not a ski that punishes you if you want to take it easy.
Overall, I'd ski them again and would seriously consider buying a pair. I had a lot of fun on them. I might have liked them better than my watea's, but it's tough to say since I didn't ski them back to back.