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Light and fat.
- Paolownia and poplar wood combine for a snappy, lightweight core
- Semi-cap construction at tip and tail for torsional rigidity
- Sidewall construction underfoot for a smooth, solid ride and increased edge control
- Multi-axial fiberglass sandwich construction puts two layers of glass above the core and two layers below the core to boost longitudinal and lateral rigidity on gnarly descents
- Same footprint as G3�s stable, rockin� El Hombre
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Its great for its design. Lightweight for touring, easy to manuever in tight chutes (have the 177's) and the design is simple and classic, not too flashy. This job gets the job done, period. Mount with Freerides and you have a nice setup, mount with Dynafits and it'll make touring a breeze.
Recommended for randonée, not for the slopes
A good combo of lightweight and a fun ride down the mountain. I'm not overwhelmed though, and for the slopes I choose an other ski, even my powderplanks.
But again, a ski recommended for randonée.
Zens @ peak
touring makes you gas even with the Zens... but the reduced weight makes you love them
for what it's designed to do.. dead on
These are not perfect deep powder skis. These are not perfect groomed slope skis. These are not perfect skis to pull chicks at the after ski. But these skis will take you up the mountain and down again in a good way. I bought mine in October 09. Since then they've been put through a beating in a range of different conditions..: groomed slopes, deep heavy norwegan pow, light ultra-cold backcountry pow, uphill touring, downhill shredding... and they have performed excellently. Not saying they compare with superfat rocker powderplanks, but they're most def my ski of choice in 2009-2010!
Zen Oxide #2
Great for touring and a good ski for 90% of conditions enocuntered unless you're a paid pro..
My 177cm zen oxides tearing up fresh pow @ Solitude, UT, feb 2010
If this ski is the same footprint as the...
If this ski is the same footprint as the el hombre and is one pound lighter why would someone buy the el hombre? I'm trying to choose between the two and want to make sure I'm not missing something.
From the look of it, there really aren't any big differences except for the small one pound difference in weight. The lighter ski might be a better choice for spending time in the backcountry especially if you are doing some touring. Other than that, they are basically the same ski in terms of dimensions, but with different graphics. Hope this helps.
Lighter is not always better. A lighter ski is more easily deflected by crud and uneven snow, and may feel less stable. The removal/substitution of material that gave the weight savings may make the ski less stiff (sometimes good, sometimes bad), or make the ski less well damped, so that it chatters more at high speed.
And even though one pound might sound like a substantial and useful weight saving, the fractional difference is not that great: let's say your uphill rig weighs 9lbs (skis), plus 4lbs (bindings), plus 8lbs (boots), plus 1.5lbs (skins), plus probably at least 0.5lbs of snow and ice. That's ~23lbs on your feet. If you shave 1 pound off your skis, you've saved about 4%.
I'm not saying the Zenoxide isn't a great ski. I've not had a chance to try it myself, but I've heard lots of good things about it. I'm just saying that the perfect weight vs. performance tradeoff is not obvious and needs to be thought about carefully.