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Gear Review

5 5

Great beginner skis

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a lot of research before buying which consistently pointed me toward these skis. This was my first season learning to ski and I wanted a ski that could do a bit of everything. I like riding groomers, trees, powder, and I wanted to be able to take these on short tours until I get more touring specific skis later on.

I had rented skis 4 or 5 times before buying these, and each time I had increased the length of my skis in order to get ready for buying a pair. The result was that each time I would ski terribly for the first half of the day until I got used to the length. My last day of renting I bumped up to 170cm and had a lot of frustration getting back up to my previous level, so I was nervous about buying these ever longer.

I ended up buying these in 179cm with Fritschi Eagle bindings, and I was able to ski well immediately the very first time I took them out. They are easy to control and ski well all kinds of snow. They don't exactly keep you on top when you try to roll through a foot of powder, but they keep going just fine and don't get stuck. I'm about 6', 185lbs.

I've also taken them on a short tour at Paradise on Mt. Rainier and although the conditions were terrible the skis did fine. This isn't exactly a fast and light setup, so it felt a bit heavy on the feet, but for a short outing they were great.

I did need to use the G3 twin tip connector in order to secure the skins to the tail. They would probably not stay on very well without it.

I highly recommend these for a beginners first all-around ski. Super versatile and fun to ride.