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post #31 of 51
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its is pretty funny.....  damned if you do, damned if you don't

 

graphics........  how about just a plain white TS with just the name on it, no fancy names for the ski either, like if it's 98 underfoot, call it a 98.... Oh wait, that's Kastle....

post #32 of 51
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its is pretty funny.....  damned if you do, damned if you don't

 

graphics........  how about just a plain white TS with just the name on it, no fancy names for the ski either, like if it's 98 underfoot, call it a 98.... Oh wait, that's Kastle....


Now, thats just crazy talk. 

post #33 of 51

Thanks Finndog for the feedback.

 

What I was interested in, from someone who rides the ski preferably, is why the tip is so thick, that is the demension from the top sheet to the P-tex base, (I'd say it's as thick as a Mantra just in front of the binding). I've seen this on other boutique skis, so I wonder why. I'm going with durability at this point, as a working theory, but that would mean that they haven't the skill to make it thinner and just as durable, as in did early models suffer broken tips and have to be subsequently re-engineered. My bias against small ski companies (without the means to formulate their own adhesives and dampening layers) is beginning to show through my "innocent" question. 

post #34 of 51
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Well I ski the nomad SFT and had the pilgrim for the past couple of seasons and will be on the Keeper this season. But I'll I will get back to (PM) you on the specifics of why they are thicker but what I can tell you is that they are very durable and solid skis, and perhaps the thickness adds to this. Thicker up front also helps with crud and bramble in terms of deflection. Also, this design is part of the feel of the ski. Its a very unique feel; not overly damp but it does absorb a lot of vibration, it has a lot of pop and energy to the ski; light underfoot.  All of this still comes in at a pretty light weight, which is why their early sucess was really with the BC and tele crowd. In fact, they were pretty much known as a AT ski brand.  Originally designed to be skied short (this season's Keeper at 189 is their longest) IMHO, they ski long for thier length due to the surface area of the ski (nomad 146-111-136) but there are many who feel the skis should be longer. That's a preference thing, I'm not going to debate that. A 189 Nomad would be cool. 

post #35 of 51

Since I already saw the topsheets at SIA, FREE BEER sounds good.  The scooter hasn't been driven down to Denver in awhile. Now if the rain will hold off.

 

Finndog - will you be there?

 

I missed that thread over on TGR.  I think I know who is responsible for the unicorn part. He had it as his avatar on a snowboard forum.
 

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Icelantic 10-11 TopSheet Unveiling...

Icelantic Skis is proud to present its 2010/2011 top-sheets! From our Head Artist, Travis Parr, this season's Icelantic line up will be displayed for the first time, alongside the original canvas paintings. This is something that you definitely do not want to miss! Beer will be provided to those 21+ by the Tommy Knocker Brewery.


If you're in Denver Aug. 6th, stop by the Icelantic Gallery for some incredible artwork, free beer, good tunes, and awesome times!

TUNE IN....

Info..

What: Icelantic 2010-2011 Top Sheet Unveiling Party
Where: Icelantic Gallery, 948 W. 8th Ave., Denver, CO 80204
When: Friday, August 6th, 6:30pm to 11:30pm
Why: To kick off the TUNE IN line up!
 
post #36 of 51
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Yeah, it was, but your skis looked really nice, they matched your outfit.


Yeah?

.....its tough finding skis to match my fine outfit 

 


Tricia DSC_9732 sm.jpg

No.......wait!

There is someone who makes skis that match my outfit........[thinking] [thinking]



 
post #37 of 51
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Unfortunately I won't be there!  But please say hello to Anne' and Ben for me. AND of course, have beer for me too!  
 

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Since I already saw the topsheets at SIA, FREE BEER sounds good.  The scooter hasn't been driven down to Denver in awhile. Now if the rain will hold off.

 

Finndog - will you be there?

 

I missed that thread over on TGR.  I think I know who is responsible for the unicorn part. He had it as his avatar on a snowboard forum.
 


 
post #38 of 51
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Why do you care what other people buy anyway? Nobody is making you buy them. Personally, I think Icelantic's top-sheets are Godawful and I'd never buy a pair.


Epic,

Let's play "what if". A really seasoned L3 Stow instructor, who may just be interested in a good tip,  is going up the quad with a private lesson using a pair of Icelantic skis. Smooth, glib instructor, know what I mean?. The student says " gosh, I love the graphics on my new skis!

 

The correct answer is:

a) godawful top-sheets and I'd never buy a pair

or

b) _________________ (fill in the blanks)

 

Talk the talk, walk the talk!

post #39 of 51

The Icelantic top sheets will start a conversation on the lifts.  Skied them a couple days last winter, it was interesting the comments that they got and who they came from.  Great skis, the SFT was great in in soft snow. 

 

The graphics are very tasteful compared to many on the market today (just not necessarily my taste but so what).  Their graphics seem like part of the cooperate soul of Icelantic, and if the presentation includes free beer they have good taste too.

post #40 of 51

Since they are made by a snowboard company and are really just snowboards in disguise, they're okay in my book.  Free beer makes it better. I'll be sure to wear any Never Summer gear I can find laying around the house.  I was looking for free beer at the Icelantic booth during SIA but they kept it to themselves.  I had to go the Transworld Snowboarding booth to get some free refreshing beverage. That night two couples in their 60-70's made it known that THEY were first in line at the TWS refreshment line. They got nothing but respect for having some attitude. The ladies were wearing stickers that said "Nice Rack" in a strategic location too. They were a hit.

 

Whoever gives me free swag, beer, and extreme discounts gets my attention. They have to earn the recommendation though. 

post #41 of 51

 

Speaking of swag, I would wear a unizzly bike jersey. 

 

post #42 of 51
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b) _________________ (fill in the blanks)


What beautiful skis! I've always wanted to try a pair!

post #43 of 51


 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post




Yeah?

.....its tough finding skis to match my fine outfit 

 


Tricia DSC_9732 sm.jpg

No.......wait!

There is someone who makes skis that match my outfit........[thinking] [thinking]



 

Tis a damn fine hat ...
 

post #44 of 51
Thread Starter 

I think these would go nicely !    P7290127.JPG

post #45 of 51
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Tis a damn fine hat ...
 

Its on loan from a rippin chick I know in Colorado 

Wait til you see the completion of the ensemble ....

 

 

Finndog, you're baaaaaad!
 

post #46 of 51
Thread Starter 


1- you nailed it!  Really, I think they put the graphics on that they like first. I know there isn't a huge market study of customer preference, In fact, the core customer pretty much just is into the whole vibe of Icelantic. If you go to the HQ and meet the crew, You'll meet some really cool and genuinely nice people who have a true passion about what they are doing.

 

2- yes, the nomad SFT is a really awesome ski, but even though I know they are tired of hearing me say this; I would love to have a tip 20/10 rockered version.....  (insert "ducking" emodicon) 

 


 

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The Icelantic top sheets will start a conversation on the lifts.  Skied them a couple days last winter, it was interesting the comments that they got and who they came from.  (2) Great skis, the SFT was great in in soft snow. 

 

The graphics are very tasteful compared to many on the market today (just not necessarily my taste but so what). (1) Their graphics seem like part of the cooperate soul of Icelantic, and if the presentation includes free beer they have good taste too.

post #47 of 51
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Come on' they match perfectly and they are 111 underfoot, approved the customs check at the border....
 

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Its on loan from a rippin chick I know in Colorado 

Wait til you see the completion of the ensemble ....

 

 

Finndog, you're baaaaaad!
 

post #48 of 51

Interesting to remember that Icelantic broke into the scene as the first company to produce fat skis in short lengths (around 150, right?) for small skiers. I am so impressed by their not just finding a niche there, but serving a group of skiers that was being ignored as not worth (financially) the trouble. These skis were also the first suitable for 8-10 year old powder skiers, give or take.

 

That indicates that they are not just serious about quality construction but about the skiing community, inclusive of diminutive members

post #49 of 51
Thread Starter 

well, kinda.... the frist ski on the market was the scout, it's still only in a 143, although the SFT is designed for lighter skiers (>120)  it was intended as a BC blaster.

Here's the info from the site:

 

"The Scout is the Conceptual Flagship of Icelantic. This ski embodies our goal of creating an ultra maneuverable, extremely stable, high performance tool ideal for any skier. This go anywhere, do anything ski is great for fast backcountry laps, ripping untapped tree stashes, blasting through cruddy, sun-baked snow, or just charging the resorts with friends. The Scout’s signature stiffness, aggressive sidecut and totally unique shape come together in a fast, fun and explosive skiing experience. "

 

but yes, the scout SFT would be a great pow ski for kids or light-weights.  The Nomad is really just a larger Scout.

post #50 of 51

 I seem to recall them saying that this new concept made it possible for anyone (average size skiers) to ski their very short lengths. I was not convinced of that then and still am not. Super short skis for powder (stand height to your collar bone?). Why? Super maneuverable? Takes a unique skier. I'm 158cm tall and ski a 175cm powder ski. Plenty maneuverable, and it can get up and go.

post #51 of 51
Thread Starter 

That is correct regarding the concept of skiing shorter lengths, however I have not heard of the collar bone height rule? Not sure where that's from?  I am not disagreeing with you regarding the length in general although the concept is a little different than many other big skis where Icelantic has retained the sidecut radius in it's skis. They are a different ski and worth giving a try in what many consider a short length. They do ski longer than they seem. I have skied the 168 Nomad (I'm 6' 170) in 28" of fresh with no issues but I do prefer the 181 SFT overall. The 168 in trees and tight spots is a blast. The actual dims are 146-111-136 so the surface area of that ski is is pretty huge. compare that to most other 110 wide skis and you sill see they are wider in the tips/tails., I find the tails can be released without issue so I don't see an issue with the Sidecut.   Its a preference thing.  There are a lot of great skis out there and that's good for all of us.  Speaking personally, I am a big fan of the indies for a number of reasons and I really enjoy learning about them. I will really try to get on more of them this season.

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