Originally Posted by monologuist
For those that have used the 888 ALU as well as the 999 ALU, is the 999 pretty much the same ski but just a little wider? If this is the case, I wonder why it has not received more praise? Based on the feedback on the 888 and 1010, you'd think the 999 would be a hot ski give the growing popularity of skis that are 94-100mm underfoot?
I loved the 888, but the pair Dawg sold me started to delam at the tips after only 6-8 days! The whole ALU topsheet is peeling right off for no apparent reason.
That sucks! At least you will get a free pair out of it, though.
The 999 is based on the 1010; same layup and construction, different sidecut and width (obviously). It is a great ski; it skis just like the 1010, only narrower. Soft tip, not too much sidecut: a real powerful crudbuster and superb wide bump ski. A bit more versatile for daily use, as the 1010 is too wide for a 1-ski quiver, but the 999 fits the bill very nicely if you are looking for a primarily off-piste ski that is still somewhat responsive.
The 888 is more of a power crudbuster, and is a bit stiffer. They all share the same feel, but the 999 is smoother, de-cambers more, and has a bit more snap. The 888 feels more like a GS mold. Big tip means you should ski it a little longer than you might otherwise (177cm 888=180cm 999)
I am making the 999 my AT ski, in a 180cm length.