Picked up a pair of 4x4’s in a 172 last week and had them tuned by SkiMD before taking them out. Skied Sat and Sun. It poured Fri. afternoon into Sat. morning and then the temps dropped down into the teens. The mountain was a sheet of ice on Sat. I could not have been on a better pair of skis for these conditions but didn’t realize that until my first run. These skis are stiff and have incredible edge hold. They never once chattered or skid out on a turn. It took me a bit to trust them because the conditions were so poor but I have never been on a pair of skies with this type of tenacious grip.
Sunday was a much better day with some much needed grooming on Sat night. After having spent a full day on these skis, I was completely tuned in to their personality. Just lay them over and hang on. You need to stay on top of them but if and when you do, you are rewarded with short quick turns or longer GS turns. You can really load up the tails on these skies and they will send you across the fall line air born into your next turn (love that feeling). Did I mention that these skis are stiff with plenty of pop in the tails. I have read comments where people say that they are one trick pony’s. Based on the dimensions, (122-75-106 15m@172) I just don’t see that. I would classify this as an all mountain powerful carver that is smooth and super stable.
I ran the NASTAR course a few times. I was more than a second faster than the pacesetter. I just railed going into and could feel the acceleration coming out of every turn. The course was icy and the edge grip just inspired confidence through every turn. It was full speed ahead and they never let me down. Hell, I pulled a better score than someone on his 183 Atomics LT 11’s and he won the National championship (NASTAR) in his class at Steamboat last year.
Well, I only have two days on the skis and was all over the mountain but it was pretty groomed out due to the weather. I’m looking forward to this weekend for more powder/crud and bumps to really test theses skis out.
Other skis in this years quiver:
Fischer RX Fire 8 170
Fischer RX-9 175
Head Monster im78 177
Head Monster im82 172
Nordica Enforcer 177