The Hellbent is 150-122-141 20/40 tip tail rocker, neutral/flat camber
mounted +6 with Griffons for a 306 BSL. the 179 actually measures at 184
Me 6' 170
Beaver Creek 6-8" fresh fairly heavy powder- trees, runs, bumps- a bit of everything
Vail - 6-8" of fairly light fresh powder- skied groomed powder-Bowls, big bumps, slushy bumped and even hardpack.
I skied this on 3 consecutive days this week. It took a few runs to get adjusted to the ski but once you get the timing of how the ski likes to turn/respond its a blast. Naturally,it has tremendous float but it has good energy, a good amount of pop and feedback and with the Griffons, felt pretty light underfoot. Super floaty and cushy ride wsa just fun. You can't bury the tips so you can really drive them. Although the tails are really soft, with this mount point, I had no issues with "Wheelying" I took a couple 3-5' drops and as long as you landed no further back than heels, they were very solid. Medium and Large turns in powder were more like skiing on soft groomers but with all the fun of powder. I really enjoyed skiing them in the heavier stuff, they made easy work of 1876 adn Buckboard at Beaver creek and I was able to carve big-ass turns down the headwall at the Beav. we headed into some easy trees off of Centenial lift area (I willpost helmet cam) and on fairly flat trees, they were quick and easy to turn after a little time of adjustment.
We headed over to Larkspur Bowl and made some runs there, not that I'm a good powder skier but where there were plenty of other skiers crashing in the heavy stuff, these just blasted through like it was light fluffy stuff. Next we hit som eof the Black bump runs off to the skiers right, here's where the soft tips and tails really helped out when charging hard on the hard bumps under the fresh stuff, very forgiving and fun.
Skied vail in 6-8" of powder, they were fantastic, floaty, fun responsive and on steeper headwalls, really held a nice line and were not deflected. Again on a headwall like "dragons Teeth" which is fairly steep and bumped, it railed. Again, others around me were crashing and the HBs ripped.
Groomers? Yes, Groomers! This thing railed soft groomers beautifully. I will post video, but with the wood core and keeping neutral, they blew me away.
Slush and crud were almost more fun than powder, the ski absolutely railed in it sending a huge spray while making nice meduim arcs on Rev's Ridge (something like that) great float and piled stuff was either crushed or you just blasted over it. The tips just couldn't be buried.
Overall this are not for everyone but I can't get over how well they performed and how much fun they were. These are really making ne think about a Icelantic Pilgrim for general use and just the HB's for everything else.
Edited by Finndog - 4/15/2009 at 05:30 pm GMT