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

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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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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.

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.

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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...

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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.