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El Hombre remains El Jefe of big backcountry terrain.
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this ski should be used when powder is in the mix. performs best on cut up crud, fresh powder, tracked powder. this ski needs to run a little faster than regular powder skis, which is great for an old gs skier like myself. because of the speed it lacks responsiveness in tight trees but if the powder is deep enough you can turn these puppies on a dime. good floater ski, need to ski edge to edge on groomed runs a little more than i'd like but its give and take, and i'll take the off piste abilities and give up a little stability at high speed groomed runs.
I have only had one day at the resort with these and they handlded really well in the trees with about 8 of fresh. I have skied about 20 days on these in the BC and I love em. The excel at high speeds and Medium/Long radius turns. I can still get them to make short farm turns with relative easy. The ski will give you as much as you can hadle.
Pow Day on the El Hombre's
Right before we slayed 18" at Snowbird. The El Hombre's absolutely killed it.
Not an all-mtn ski. The Hombre definitely skis best when at medium-high speeds. Turn initiation at slow speeds is tough, and the trees became a nightmare instead of a pleasure. Also, going down 15' or less wide chutes became a bit dicey when you have to hop-turn cause the ski aint nimble. Not my favorite, but maybe its yours...
At age 70 I thought my next ski should be...
At age 70 I thought my next ski should be a lighter and wider ski than my Atomic Metrons, maybe add an hour or two to the day on the mountain. But a ski shop pro said I was assuming incorrectly, that since one is going downhill, it actually takes less to ski a heavier ski and I should not go lighter. It doesn't seem logical that swinging more weight around would take less toll on the muscles than less weight ?
There is less chater in a heavier ski so that might save energy,you will be able power through more variable conditions more easily so that will save energy.But the compromise is the weight on the legs will take a toll.If you are skiing dry powder all day I think a lighter ski would work.
One of the best
After the binding inserts ripped out of my K2 Anti Pistes, I demoed a pair of El Hombres and immediately bought them. One of the best decisions I've ever made. These skis are stiff and fully cambered, so they require a lot of force to make them respond. But if you ski with enough speed they come alive. Quick edge to edge, absolutely amazing in deep snow, but the camber and sidecut allow them to set a firm edge on the hard pack. If you ski fast, or want to, don't hesitate, buy these bad boys.
I'm 5'10" and 175 lbs. I would like to...
I'm 5'10" and 175 lbs. I would like to try a pair of these for 50/50 resort and backcountry paired with the freeride plus. My question is: what size would suit me best? I'm a fairly agressive skier but, don't have the most perfect form.Thanks!
For you, I'd suggest a 177 in this ski.i have to say i would disagree, though it would depend on what length you have used in the past. the ski i had before i got the el hombre was a 176 and i thought it was too short, so i went with the 185, and i wouldn't go shorter. i am 5' 8" and 150. so i'll respectfully disagree with cory and say get the 185. now it is up to you.
This ski is killer it floats through the deep rips through wind buff skins very well wont have it any other way. I like last years graphics better ugly or not it gets the job done...........
I'm looking to add a el Hombre or a Rapid...
I'm looking to add a el Hombre or a Rapid Transit to my stable,I run on a Ticket or Baron resort side, but would like to replace myfoam core BD verdiect with wood core all round ski to hit out side the resort.
well it looks like i am getting paid by G3 for all my props for the El Hombre. However i am not (though wouldn't turn it down) i would got with the Big Boy El Hombre. i ski the 185 and find it great for just about everything. a true one quiver ski. you will find that it excels in the steep and the deep, but don't be surprised when you reach for it when you are staying in bounds. it is truly a great ski. Go Big or Go Home!have fun this winter!
Still a Ripping Ski
this ski has not changed from last year. it is still one of the best all round AT/Tele set up for people who want to rip down going mach 5. this is not a ski to go slow, it comes alive in deep powder and manky crud. i have yet to ski a better ski for California, Oregon, Washington, and BC.