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Gear Review

3 5

Light enoug, but maybe too flexi

I mounted 2009 Havoc's with Fritschi Free Ride Pro for something lighter than my Volkl Katana/Marker Baron combo- yes anything is lighter than that combo. I skin with both skis in my Technica Dragon 120s. At 215lb, 6'1" i went with the 185cm. I woukd say the ski is pretty good at a lot of things, and not particularly great at any one of them. Suprise for me was in moguls I think it shines. in powder depends on skill level and for me that means I like a fatter powder ski. Seems soft to me on groomers cuz my 215 is bending them like noodles. Some chatter when bombing groomers. I think they are light. One issue I encountered has may be partially the ski or maybe the binding or boot or all three but... I had/still have premature binding release way too many times. Skis binding and boots all brand new. All equipment checked and rechecked 3 times by people smarter than me. Kept cranking up the DIN, still releasing on puny water bars and in unexpected places. This is not a condition that breeds confidence to ski steep tree lines. I put this down to a combination of flex in the ski and binding. Same bumps on Katana/Baron or Salomon x-wing fury and no release even at lower DIN settings. Who knows. Curious if anyone else had similar experience with the FreeRide pros on BC or freeride skis.