Lives for powder, but can ski anything...just like CR.
The story of Charles Russel Johnson reminds the world why we ski: because it's damn good fun. The 4FRNT CRJ Ski helps confirm that notion by providing one of the most playful powder platforms known to skidom. For those of us who never knew CR, we are left with his legacy of video segments, photos, and this ski, which he designed on a napkin. At the time, the combination of traditional camber underfoot, tip and tail rocker, and a tapered tip and tail seemed silly. Only when 4FRNT built and tested this ski did it realize how ahead of the times he truly was and what he left the world: a poppy, go-anywhere powder ski that's as happy in powder as CR was.
- Raised tip and tail are tapered to bring the edge contact closer to your boot for better control, turnability, and float in everything from deep pow to manky crud
- Hi-Lite Woodcore Block uses poplar and beech to provide a playful platform with lots of rebound for spinning, slarving, and buttering up fat pillows
- Handmade sandwich construction fuses the core, fiberglass, base, and top sheet between the sidewalls for durable strength and stability during face-melting speeds
- Long-lasting fiberglass sheets add longitudinal and torsional stiffness for sustained raging on crud and hardpack between righteous dumps
- Sidewalls and a 360-degree full-wrap metal edge channel the power from your ski-bum legs directly to the snow for controlling your downhill destiny
- Dampening system features rubber foil between the edge and core to silence chatter during high-speed turns, without giving up CR's engineered flex
- 115mm underfoot (180cm) keeps you on top of the deepest snow in-bounds or way out in the backcountry
- The sidecut and traditional camber underfoot grab old snow and cat tracks so you can still get rowdy weeks after a storm
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Fun & playful ski
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I demoed these briefly last year, got a 188 CRJ for a good deal & gonna make them as my Dynafit setup this winter. They have camber with slight rocker in tip/tail. They are really lightweight (why I'm doing them as a Dynafit setup) but still got some stiffness, but not overly stiff, but very playful in powder.
I can't wait to do days on Teton Pass, Grand Teton National Park & other WY/MY/UT touring zones this winter putting them through the wringer.
I think I heard the CRJ is in final year of production, get them now before they are gone for good.
Wondering how chargey these things are....
Wondering how chargey these things are. Looking for a more playful pow ski, but I want to still be able to point 'em straight and not worry about getting tossed around.
For most people this ski will charge just fine. If you really charge hard then you may want to look at other options such as the 4Frnt Turbo which is an amazing all around ski but is a little stiff as a playful pow board. A couple other amazing skis to charge on from 4Frnt are the Hoji and the Renegade. Both of these skis can handle anything you throw at them and will ask for more when they are done with the task at hand. 4Frnt is releasing a ski to replace the Turbo for the 2013-14 season called the Devastator. This ski will be similar to the Turbo but has some rocker tip and tail and is a tad softer throughout making it an ideal all around ski for anything from the park to pow.
I was pleasantly surprised by this ski since it really intimidated me when I first stepped in. At 188 its way longer than I would ski (granted I don?t have a resort setup and generally ski in the 170s). First things I noticed right away is that they felt very heavy on my feet (think they are about 6lbs a piece) and that they looked super long, maybe too long for me. After being reassured by Wally that all I had to do was ski them aggressively and trust the ski I threw caution to the wind, and had a blast. The size and heft that I first feared ended up giving me a ton of confidence in all of the conditions we had on the course. They blasted through chop, stayed on top of the soft stuff, held an edge very well on the groom, and never flinched. The faster and more aggressively I skied, the better the skis responded. The thing to note is that if you got lazy with these skis they?d start to stray so you really had to be on top of them. In the end they skied a bit shorter than I thought they would have and were really quick edge to edge. Some things I didn?t like was the weight when I had to make tighter turns in the trees but I guess that?s the tradeoff for the stability at all other times. I think as a resort only ski I would love this ski, but if I had to schlep it up any hills I would quickly pass on this setup as its just too heavy for what I do. This is a good ski for someone who is breaking into skiing some faster lines that are a bit more complicated and they sort of know what they are doing. They are definitely confidence inspiring.