Gear Review

5 5

Great touring/inbounds quiver

Bought these skis for Utah backcountry and inbounds powder days. I am 5'6" 145lbs, and bought the 168s. They rode pretty backseat for the first couple days on them, but I quickly adjusted and found my balance. Sometimes I wished I had more ski under me, perhaps the next size up would have been good. All in all though, these skis are amazing.
In the backcountry I have hit untouched bottomless fluffy powder to windblown faces to damp, heavy sun-drenched snow. On the descent they killed it whatever the conditions. Fantastic float in powder - I couldn't imagine needing much more underfoot (than again I'm a smaller guy), and light enough to whip quick, technical turns in sketchy conditions.
Speaking of light, on the ascent they are unreal. Super light for multi-day tours, strapping to your pack, or slogging through wet, sticky snow. I have them mounted with dynafit tlt st bindings.
Inbounds I used them only for powder days and they were just as good. From the early morning first tracks to late afternoon chopped up crud, they floated and powered through whatever I hit. Great big ski for hucking off whatever you want, and light enough so you feel in control. Granted, my setup wasn't ideal for cliffs with my dynafit bindings, but its hard to have your cake and eat it too. But these skis came damn close.