Originally Posted by NEMatt
After the PE/Extremes were recommended in another thread I've been doing some reading and a ton of people seem to say they are pretty heavy and chip like it's their job. No real complaints about the ride or anything, just these two points. Anyone want to comment on this?
Their supposed heaviness is related to two things:
1. They ski really short, so people get them longer. I had them in a nominal 174cm, which had less edge but were physically longer than my 176cm Gotamas, 176 Big Troubles, and 172 Legend 8000's. They skied great in that length, but of course the added actual length means added actual mass.
2. They're billed as part-time park skis, and in that application they're heavy. That said, I'm not really aware of any lightweight park skis that do well for all-mountain.
Delicate topsheets: at least in the case of PEs (dunno about the Extremes), the topsheets were made of a denser UHMWPE (same stuff the bases were made of). They seemed softer than other topsheets, but I had no particular problems with them. That said, I sold those PEs to Lemmiwinks
, and he noted they were easy to damage. So I guess YMMV.