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First impressions Dynastar Huge Trouble 185

post #1 of 12
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Got these recently as a replacement for the Scott P4s. Those have ~100 days on them and I figured it was time to supplement them with a new ski while they are still in their "golden years".

Mounter at -2 from the rear line with PX18s.

Other skis in Quiver: 191 P4, 185 Praxis, K2 PE, 165 Volkl SL racing, 183 im103 (***now retired***)

Conditions: We have been getting daily doses of fresh snow this week and its starting to finally cover the rubble at the local ski hill. Heavy snow a few days ago and light blower this morning to make a great powder day. I decided to take my new boards for a spin. 8" in groomer and tracked areas, ~2' in the untracked ones.

I took 2 runs on them. Then traded them out for the praxis. Changing after two runs is not an insult to these boards they are plenty capable in pow, but for thigh deep blower I know what ski I am going to be on...

First impressions: Despite 115 under foot, these really are not powder skis. The tip doesn't really float on these. But neither did the tip really auger in either. They just sort of plane at some chosen level and seem to stay there. The skis are quite stiff up front and the tails are a more medium flex. They ski longer than any other ski in my quiver and are damp, smooth and have a really solid edge feel. Even on the first turn on these boards I felt instantly confident in the skis. The ski always feels solid running flat between turns. They seem to prefer long and medium turns to short.

I got these thinking they would replace the P4. That's not really an apt comparison... These are nothing like the playful floppy fun ski the P4 is.  The Px18 was not the wrong binding for these skis IMO. They are alot more ski than any other twin I have been on. This ski is the reason I am now retiring the im103, its a much more usable all mountain fat ski. These fit into my quiver perfectly as they are the perfect clean up ski to compliment a more extreme funshape like the praxis. 
post #2 of 12
good review...and I agree.

Despite its width, I don't find the HT to be much of a floater - it's more of a blaster

I prefer my Huge Troubles for day-after duty, and for fun in general crud/ setup condition. S7s for the untracked.
post #3 of 12
Same opinion here.  At my weight, it was plenty of float in anything I threw at it, but we almost never ski more than 12" of new. There are better pure floaty skis out there. The snow is so heavy here that you just can't go down "thigh deep".  But, this ski is an incredible resort ski, where you might find a few runs of fresh, then ski soft crud the rest of the day. It was best in that rough snow, as the HT is one of the most stable skis around. It also rules in high-speed windpack, where you may punch through from time to time, and a burly, stable ski is a must. Definitely a higher-speed freeski, and I don't know of a better in-bounds, all day freshie resort ski.  Everyone who I talk to, skiing on these, seems to love them. 
post #4 of 12
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Got another half day on these. They continue to grow on me. I took a few sidecountry runs on them and skied some mostly tracked conditions in bounds.  I think I am getting a feel for them  in untracked deep snow (not blower) - they need a bit of speed and they  ski more like a conventional ski -- not like a fun-shape.

Where the ski shined yet again was in tracked snow and mixed bag conditions. The ski just motors through with out being affected by changes in density like a softer pow ski would. And on skied out runs, bumps, groomers, and wind blown stuff they ski phenomenal. Charging down anything soft is a hoot on these and they feel so solid all the time. .

Epic ski really came through on this ski. I bought it based on reviews from Dawg and SJ and squeaky and a few others. I think the write-ups they provided are totally on point and the ski delivers.

Pictures are worth 1000 words. Here is me in some skied out remains of 50" that fell in the last 5 days. It skied like the pow used to be back in PA.

Edited by tromano - 1/24/10 at 7:12pm
post #5 of 12
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I got another day on these things.

They flat out rip. And skied great in 20" of the light stuff. Skied great dust on crust. Skied great in wind pack. Ski great in the trees where they are surprisingly quick. They don't feel quick but I can make surprisingly short turns when I crank them to get past that tree and they never over turn or do anything weird when I don't want them to...

Since I bought these I have axed the  im103 and now the P4s from the quiver. Buy skis and quiver shrinks? What a concept!  My roof rack has space for my wife's skis now.
post #6 of 12
 what are you doing with the IM103s?
post #7 of 12
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Nothing right now. Why? Do you know a place where they could find a good home? ;)
post #8 of 12
I have 8 days on mine, anything from soft groomers to thigh deep to tight trees.
Yes, not very floaty but surprisingly versatile. Super stable, yet reasonably maneuverable.
A fun ski for the day after.
post #9 of 12
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Actually I decided to keep the 103s. <3

Just kidding...
Edited by tromano - 2/15/10 at 9:36pm
post #10 of 12
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Update: Today it was hardpack (I mean real East coast hardpack the kind where hte groomer ridges don't go away all day) under about 2" of light fresh. I took these up to the ski hill because I am reorganising the quiver and this is the only All mountain ski I have available.

I am really impressed with this skis ability to arc in hard pack and now with their manuverabilty in bumps. MY home ski area has not had any moguls for the last 2 years but this year they are all over and I am getting back into them. The ski does very well in bumps given wide and heavy it is.
post #11 of 12
anyone know the sandwich construction and materials? I mount my own bindings and and metal did come out when drilling. Is there a full aluminum top sheet, or just in the binding area? just curious. love the Sixth Sense, 115mm, in the 175m.
post #12 of 12
The Sixth Sense must have a pretty broad sweet spot, and is perhaps designed to ski in a center weighted stance. When I switch mid day to my Legend Pros, I am in the back seat for several thousand vertical, until I adjust to that much more forward weighted stance for the LP. And by the time I switch off to the LP from the Sense, I am often totally beat, and that is part of the difficulty changing stance. To ski the LP and swithch off to the Sixth Sense is a far easier transition, but that's not usually the sequence.
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