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Does anyone with connections at 4FRNT...
Does anyone with connections at 4FRNT (Cody? You there?) know when this ski will go into larger production?
I did some searching, and it looks like 4FRNT is making the renegades in-house again this year, but also adding a 196 length.
IMHO this is the ski to have in 2010-2011....
IMHO this is the ski to have in 2010-2011. Will you be getting more of these? I want them so bad!
Well engineered powder slayers
There's some good engineering in these skis. They've got really mellow sidecut so they track straight in powder/choppy stuff. They're sufficiently fat to float, and stiff enough to blast through crap and not "goo-out" when you power a powder turn. All the things you'd expect from a fat/straight/stiff/rockered ski.
The shocker is how lively these can be on hard-pack. It think it has to do with the rocker radius matching the sidecut radius, but when you lay these skis over to carve they lock in, and then rebound out the other side with some intense pop. You can let them run and they'll make nice wide turn like their 35m sidecut would suggest, but if you get over the front of them and bend the skis you'll have some real carvers.
I think this dr. jeckll and mr. hyde nature of the skis it what is really impressive. They don't feel cumbersome or like a liability on hard pack or ice, even at top speed. Quite the contrary is true, they're lively and stable. Even tracking straight on hard pack they don't feel wobbly or snaggy. Also impressive considered the full reverse camber.
In powder they really shine, but that's to be expected. You get somewhat of a similar phenomenon in powder as on hard pack though. When you want to go straight, they got straight, no hooking or trying to initiate a turn. But if you get over the front and power them they start getting lively and snappy again.
I'm 150lbs, but I'd say the tail is stiff and it gets a little softer in the tip, but still sturdy. They'll kick you are if you don't stay on top of them, but if you do you're rewarded with a solid platform. They're plenty nimble and can pivot on a dime. I say bring on the 196 :)
Building the Renegade with Cody Barnhill
Backcountry.com and 4FRNT Skis athlete Cody Barnhill stepped away from the ski press for a few minutes over the summer to give us the low down on the completely handmade, very limited edition Renegade ski from 4FRNT.
Skiing Renegade At Baker
This is a photo of me skiing on the renegade at Mt. Baker last year that got some play up in Canada. The photo is by Grant Gunderson
2010/2011 4FRNT Renegade Ski
The fully-rockered, limited release, Eric Hjorleifson pro model 4FRNT Renegade Ski doesn’t have any Facebook friends, but it sure-as-shit knows how to impress at high altitude. This fully wood-cored ski likes the deeps, and the steeps, and it likes them fast and hard. A full maple core offers stability as you slash and slarve, and the sintered 2000 base stands up to whatever abuse you can put it through.The fully-rockered, limited release, Eric Hjorleifson pro model 4FRNT Renegade Ski doesn’t have any Facebook friends, but it sure-as-shit knows how to impress at high altitude. This fully wood-cored ski likes the deeps, and the steeps, and it likes them fast and hard. A full maple core offers stability as you slash and slarve, and the sintered 2000 base stands up to whatever abuse you can put it through.