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Review: Line Sir Francis Bacon

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By a stroke of good fortune (Love my GF) I had these fall into my lap a couple of days before a good string of weather here in the NW.

I spent three days on these ski's so far. The first day was 6 inches of fresh that was cut up throughout the course of the day. The second day started with the same cut up off trail, and freshly groomed trails with no new coverage or significant temperature swings. It ended with about 14 inches of fresh all over. And lastly I rode them last night after an above freezing day and a fog misting that created crusty conditons off piste, and slightly icy on the cut up groom.

Specs: 142-115-139 @ 182 CM with Marker Griffons mounted on the line
Me: High intermediate skier that has been on a snowboard for a while and just got back on ski's this season(26 days). I ski the majority of the time on Mt. Hood, with trips to Tahoe.

Groomed: The Bacon's perform well on the groomed for a 115 waisted ski. They were really stable at all speeds for me. I had no problem getting them up on edge and carving long turns. They were easy to throw sideways  is tight spots to scrub speed when needed.

Crud: The ski's were good in the crud. The early taper tip didn't get hooky, and i was able to ride without getting bounced around. The ski's went where I wanted them to when i wanted to.

New snow/Powder: Obviously this is where the Sir Francis Bacon really comes alive. They make a couple of inches feel deep, and fun. As the day went on and the coverage got deeper the felt really fun and surfy. This was a plus to me as this is how I like to ride. I never had any problems with tip dive. really the only issues I had were with my own technique, or lack there of. They are also really poppy, and like to fly off of the smallest features, and were really stable in landings. I don't huck off big features, but I hit a few 5 ft drops and had no problems with the landings.

Ice: This was where I was worried. I had contemplated making this my daily driver, but I was worried about ice. Obviously they aren't a railer, but they held an edge and didn't feel overly sketch in the icy conditions last night. Again i had no problem getting them on edge when i need to.

Conclusion: I'm going to make these my daily driver. If I lived in an area that was consistently icy and boilerplate they would not be my first choice. But I think they are a really great fun ski for all around riding in the PNW. They are not a charging ski,  But that isn't what they are designed for. They are really maneuverable in tight conditions, and great in powder. They made me a better skier in the areas I wanted to improve (crud, and powder). If your considering Bacon's keep in mind that next years model will come with some tip rocker to make them even better in the deep.

Quick edit for the "What about moguls crowd". I don't ski moguls and don't really think about them too much. They performed well in bumpy conditions, and came around easy for me to ski the line I wanted. But as for true moguls. We really don't have those here.

 

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 whats your height and weight?  sold a pair of skis and looking for something new. 
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I'm 5 foot 9, and about 190 without gear.

On a side note. I no longer have these. I'm riding Atomic Blog's pretty much every day right now.
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I'm 5 foot 9, and about 190 without gear.

On a side note. I no longer have these. I'm riding Atomic Blog's pretty much every day right now.

thanks.  I'm about the same dimensions. Why did you dump them?  
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thanks.  I'm about the same dimensions. Why did you dump them?  
Brand new Blogs with Solly STH16's fell into my lap for 450.

And one word...Rocker!
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Brand new Blogs with Solly STH16's fell into my lap for 450.

And one word...Rocker!
 
thanks.  Totally understand.  
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How wouls you compare the blog to the bacon?

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How wouls you compare the blog to the bacon?



This is a review of the pre-rockered bacon. I will say that the Blog would probably be better for a lighter skier, It tended to fold up on me.

 

FWIW If you are looking for something in the 110 under foot range then I would look hard at the ON3P Jeffery.

 

http://www.on3pskis.com/products/skis/jeffrey/

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