Wiley's park ski that loves powder.
A new three-foot layer of frozen frosting gives Wiley Miller's 4FRNT YLE Ski the perfect medium for constant buttering, spinning, and inventive downhill expression. Essentially a park ski designed for powder, this fat, symmetrical, and tip-and-tail rockered ski encourages switch pillow drops, statuesque stomps, tree taps, and surfy turns in billowing blower. A bit of traditional camber and sidecut grip snow between storms so you can keep the butter train rockin' until another storm buries the canyon with a foot (or four).
- Rockered tip and tail provide easy buttering, turnability, and super-float in everything from deep pow to manky spring crud
- Hi-Lite Woodcore Block uses poplar and beech to provide a playful platform with lots of rebound for pop, slarving, and buttering up fat pillows
- Semi-cap (or torsion box) construction fuses the core, fiberglass, base, and overlapping top sheet between the sidewalls for strength, stability, and top-sheet durability
- Dampening system features rubber foil between the edge and core to silence chatter during high-speed turns and in-runs
- Long-lasting fiberglass sheets add longitudinal and torsional stiffness for sustained raging on crud and hardpack between dumps
- 118mm underfoot (177cm) keeps you on top of the deepest snow inbounds or way out in the backcountry
- Traditional camber underfoot and park-friendly sidecut grab old snow and cat tracks so you can still get rowdy weeks after a storm
- Sidewalls and a 360 full wrap metal edge channel the power from your legs directly to the snow for control
- Symmetrical design means the binding should be mounted 2mm back from true center; provides a low swing-weight during spins, effortless switch riding, and still handles great in the forward direction
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I use the 177 as my daily driver. Im 5-8" and 150 and thought the 177 would be too short, boy was I wrong! It kills all conditions except for the super deep days.With a low swing weight for a wide ski its easy to initiate a turn and spins. Its super playful and poppy, also after a year or so it will soften and butter super well. I mounted mine 2cm back from center and its a perfect mounting point for me. If your looking to get into the backcountry the 187 is a great touring ski, and will handle all the fun you can throw at it.
How would this compare in terms of performance compared to the pettitor and double helix? I've used the liberty DH for 2 seasons and am looking for something a bit more playful, but just as chargy
How does the 187 yle compare to the 184 bibby pro and 186 atomic automatic. looking to replace my 2nd gen 190 bibby's with something easier to manage in the trees...
These are completely different from the Automatics as they are used for different purposes. The YLE have a symmetrical sidecut unlike the Automatics which are have a directional sidecut. The YLEs are used for more backcountry freestyle while the Automatics are more of a big mountain charger. I cannot give you information on the bibby pros as I haven't used them but you currently own a pair so you have an idea of how they ski.
Would these skis be any good for use in an AT setup?
Thanks for the question. The YLE could definitely be of some use in the sidecountry and backcountry when it comes to hitting booter jumps and gaps. It would be a bit tough as a daily driver though as hard and uneven conditions shake the YLE up a bit. Also, I'd put an alpine binding with a touring function (Marker Baron or Duke, Salomon/Atomic Guardian/Tracker) on there if you go with this ski.
Although the YLE does appeal to people interested in hitting big jumps in the backcountry, it's actually an unreal all around powder ski and is a great option for an AT setup. I have a pair of YLE 187's with marker baron's and this has proven to be a versatile use of the ski. I can enjoy them in the resort on pow days and take them on any "reasonably" length tour in the BC without much effort. Don't sell the YLE short. It's an amazing pow weapon and a ski that's just light and slim enough to make it a great option for a AT setup.
The YLE is the result. A straight up poppy, playful and fun ski that can also slay pow and not be soft enough to get in the way of itself when things get intense. The swing weight is definitely easy for the size, but the appropriate manufacturer's mounting point on the ski helps this as well.
It is a bit soft for those of you who prefer your turns to feel like your on race skis, but for that park skier who wants that easy transition to the BC or for pow days, here is your ticket!