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A fat big-mountain ski with all-terrain friendliness.

The Folsom Gambit Ski defies its powder-ski roots with agility and versatility not usually found in such an animal. On deep days, you'll benefit from the fat waist and rockered tip and tail, and when the snow gods have been holding back, the traditional camber underfoot and sandwich sidewall construction give firm grip and turning power on hardpack. The tapered tip and tail keep things together, without tip hook or tail washout. This powerhouse ski won't loose its lively peppiness, thanks to a durable, vertically laminated poplar and bamboo core. A carbon fiber and fiberglass composite matrix keep this board from fluttering at high speeds and add to torsional rigidity. Whether you're on untouched, cut-up, or even firm snow, this fatty with a nimble spirit glides like butter and floats like a dream.

  • Soft Snow rockered profile with traditional camber underfoot
  • Early taper tip and tail
  • Sandwich construction with UHMW sidewall
  • Vertically laminated poplar and bamboo core
  • Carbon fiber and fiberglass composite matrix laminate
  • Rockwell 2.5 48 edge
  • 4001 sintered base with die-cut logo

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5 5

Gambits are for the ladies too

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a pair of 186 Gambits which I've skied on 5-6 days a week for the past two seasons. Never have I wished to be on a different pair of skis.
I first got hooked on these skis when I borrowed a friend's pair on a deeep coastal pow day and immediately felt confident and comfortable on them.
The comment from my boyfriend? "Babe! You're skiing like a dude!" Now, I know that shouldn't necessarily be a compliment and before anybody gets upset and points out that there are plenty of chicks who can ski circles around the dudes, let me qualify that compliment. What he meant was that I was confidently pointing the skis down the fall line like a bad ass: the Gambits are forgiving yet sturdy and will give any skier the confidence to let them run fall line through slush, pow, chunder, etc.

The Gambits are large, to be sure. But they are shaped to be nimble in tight trees and sturdy on big alpine faces. They can also handle high speeds. Make no mistake: the tips will flap a little bit, but as long as you don't look down (which you shouldn't be doing anyway!), you won't even notice!

They come with cool graphics too. And you know you think that's cool.

Gambits are for the ladies too
5 5

300+ days strong

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my 195 Folsom custom Gambits for four seasons now, at the very least they have 300 days on them, probably many more.
I'm 5'9" 165 pounds. Skis are mounted with tyrolia peak 18, I ski a head raptor 130rs.

This is the most fun and playful ski I've ever been on! They will turn on an instant, seemingly allowing you to think "oh crap, I should've slashed a turn" and yet somehow you still have time to do it! One would think such a responsive ski would give up something in highspeed stability but these don't at all, sure the big tip will flap a bit at mach speeds through chunder, but the ski is so solid underfoot it doesn't care how hard you push on it, you won't push through this ski, it's really kind of unbelievable until you try it out. The gambits have been my daily driver, resort ski, since I got them and I've never wished I had a different ski for any conditions. Sure icy conditions require a little more efffort than say, a narrower ski, but if you put in the power you get it right back out in grip and pop. Which brings me to another point, these skis are super poppy. It's almost effortless to pop off of any tiny little bump with them and soar far further than you'd expect. There's a lot of energy here.

In 300 plus days they have suffered a single core shot, it's on the edge, you can even see some of those little teeth that mount the edge to the ski. They've been that way for years now and it hasn't affected anything it seems. Folsom builds one of the most bomber skis in the industry, I've smashed this pair on rocks, roots, trees, etc. With total disregard for their well being, and sometimes seemingly my own, yet haven't been able to do much more than scratch the bases.

This is a pair of skis you'll love for many seasons to come!

Has anyone put tele bindings on this ski....

Has anyone put tele bindings on this ski. How is the 195 for tele? I ski pretty tight skis at times and was waffling between the 195 and the 185. Any info would help.

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I skied this ski in the 195 length with NTN for several seasons and it is a fantastic tele ski. The 195 skis shorter than you'd think in technical situations owing to its rocker profile, but rips like you'd expect it to in big, open terrain. I'm 5'11, 150 and have no problem controlling the 195. My wife skis the 185; this will be her sixth season of 100+ days on this ski.

In further regard to durability: my Gambits were a prototype, and I received them after they'd been throughly thrashed in Argentina by a bro with about 80lbs on me. I skied them hard for a few seasons before replacing them with a new set of Raptures, and donated them to a buddy. He's now put over 100 days into them and the topsheets look almost new, the bases in great condition, and the ski still has tons of pop. The difference between a handmade ski and a mass-market ski is extraordinary.

I skied this ski in the 195 length with NTN for several seasons and it is a fantastic tele ski. The 195 skis shorter than you'd think in technical situations owing to its rocker profile, but rips like you'd expect it to in big, open terrain. I'm 5'11, 150 and have no problem controlling the 195. My wife skis the 185; this will be her sixth season of 100+ days on this ski. <br/>  <br/> In further regard to durability: my Gambits were a prototype, and I received them after they'd been throughly thrashed in Argentina by a bro with about 80lbs on me. I skied them hard for a few seasons before replacing them with a new set of Raptures, and donated them to a buddy. He's now put over 100 days into them and the topsheets look almost new, the bases in great condition, and the ski still has tons of pop. The difference between a handmade ski and a mass-market ski is extraordinary.
5 5

195 gambit: Rip and Play

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mounted on the line ( -7cm I think) with Atomic ffg16. DIN 10.5, Me - 6'0", 31 years old, 165 lbs. I bought this for a versatile tree ski --some combo of play/charge. The Folsom guys likened the Gambit to an equally stable, but slightly more nimble and playful 190 Bibby. They say they will be just as awesome at day 200 as they are now. Pin tail w/ shark nose. Construction is bomber. Most notable for the ease of use. They are stupid easy to ski. Time to charge? Point em and go. They work best if you channel your inner racer and drive the tips. Centered style works, but they are more lively if you're forward. Perfect turning radius for railing groomers. Time to play? They will pivot and shut down on a dime. Great in tight spaces.
Nimble in the bumps. They can even do deep trough icy bumps without beating me up. Nimble and pivoty in the trees. In soft snow, they plane easily. No tip dive. They could be a little stiffer, especially in the tail. Ridiculous versatility w/ stability/playfulness in a SWEET blend?something like 45% stable/55% playful?but it's not quite right to think of it as a total of 100%, because when you ask them to rage, they can still do it. They just don't have to.

Cons/changes
Flex - I wish they were a little stiffer.
Rocker - I want a slightly shallower, slightly longer tip rocker. Slightly shallower tail rocker.
Hookiness - The fat shovels are little prone to hooking, so detuning them is critical.

Summary: Complete quiver of one. Amazing ski.

Responded on

SupreChicken my name is Rob I am one of the builders at Folsom and I'm pumped you loved the Gambits!

So you know in the future - everything you listed as a "Con" is something we can definitely resolve in a full custom package. Especially the stiffness and the rocker, we recently added a low rise rocker that would remedy exactly what you mentioned. Please email rob@folsomskis.com if I can ever help!

I've had my eye in this ski for a year now...

I've had my eye in this ski for a year now and I'm not sure why. I bought a pair of 193 automatics last year and mounted them on the recommended line, that was a horrible decision. They were my first real go at tear drop shaped pow skis and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I like a more center mounted ski then a tail draggin surfer in the deep. does anyone have any insight on if this skis similarly, from the dimensions alone I would think it does. the love of my life is the moment deathwish if that helps at all.

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From your statement of a more center mounted design and feel of a non tail dragger...go with Bent Chetler in a 192...never look back happiness...the end.