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Skis well, built poorly

I was not impressed with the construction of this ski. When I got the 194's out of the plastic everything looked great. The skis fell apart under my feet after 4 DAYS!!! I blew out the sidewall with an impact (apparently) that was so insignificant I honestly cant remember the specific event. Also, the sidewall on the other ski started to crack in front of the binding toepiece with no evidence of impact at all. That said I'm 6'3" 230 lbs (dressed to ski) and I ski pretty hard. These skis are light and quick for their size. They perform best in crud and on steeps and there really is no speed limit. In deep powder, you need to be way in the back seat or the tips tend to dive even if you're going fast. Smaller, less agressive skiers will likely have trouble with the stiffness. This is a great ski for big guys the day after a powder day. I just hope that the poor construction of mine was an isolated incident.

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right on. construction not isolated. count on deconstruction at some point. 194s req 185lbs skier weight MINIMUM. 189s are great for any ripper. VERY precise skis. NOT true deep pow skis. tips tend to sink. ski 40+ mph or 40+ deg to solve tip sinking. entertaining ski for true ripper but not mother of all skis. if skiing is too easy try these for a week of steep resort pow. I'll bet your legs get pissed. also not reccomended if knees are not perfect.