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Why wait in the lift line when you can have the backcountry all to yourself?
- Lightweight paulownia and poplar wood blend makes up hills a breeze
- A 105mm-waist gives you the flotation to crush the deep snow but still carve it up in-bounds
- An early rise tip makes breaking trail effortless and some traditional camber underfoot provides a stable platform on firmer days
- Classic sidecut for predictable, traditional ski behavior
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G3 Zenoxide is fun
Just took a demo pair of these out for the weekend and promptly came home and purchased a pair. I was deciding between this and the Tonic. This ski will be used 90% for touring, and I do most of my touring in the spring or several days after a storm, so I wanted something that could punch through crud and handle pretty much everything else. Based on the reviews here, I felt like the Zenoxide was going to be too soft and do poorly in crud, so I expected that I would need to haul the extra weight of the Tonic in order to have a sturdy, crud-busting ski that can handle powder or bulletproof. My opinion was exactly the opposite. I found the Tonic hooky in weird snow and I thought that the lighter Zenoxice was easy to throw around and plenty stiff to punch through the most stubborn chunder that I could find. It doesn't turn like my GS race ski on hardpack, but I don't care so much. Tried the ski in some tight chutes that had filled in with soft snow and found the ski was easy to jump turn. The ski also likes huge GS style turns when things open up. It isn't going to be carvy in the trees like the Tonic, but it was very smearable and I had no trouble in the tightest of trees. I found the ski very stiff, with plenty of tail for landing small airs (5-10 feet) without having to be perfectly balanced.
Weight wise, the Zenoxide feels like a touring ski - plenty light for all day hikes. The Tonic felt very heavy - I wish I could have weighed both, but the difference was huge.
Me: 5'10", 175 lbs, ski ~70 days/year with about 25 of those being backcountry
Skis I love: 4FRNT Turbo for daily use, Moment Bibby Pro and Atomic Bentchetler for Pow, Rossi RC112 for big lines
Skis I hate: K2 Antipiste, Surface New Life, Dynafit Stoke, Black Diamond Justice
Did the 2012 version change much compared...
Did the 2012 version change much compared to the 2011 skis?
Yes. It got an early rise tip and reduced camber underfoot. Slightly narrower shovel. New ultralight cap construction. Overall weight dropped 300 gr. (11 oz.)!!
Zen Oxide-zen on the climb
Awesome lightweight ski.My perfect spring touring ski for those big long days.
If you are looking to save weight this is the ski to have.Works well in the powder to.Save your energy on the climb so you can rip the downhill.
Short steep section!
Backyard chute.....photo Mike Traslin...climber Andy Traslin
I have been wanting to get these skis for a couple years now....After a couple early season ski tours, they have been a blast! Light on the up, Fat on the down! Great performing backcountry ski!
Light on the up....Fat on the Down!
This is a great touring ski, given it's light weight and powder capabilities. I have a Dynafit setup and this is pretty light - I am sure there are more featherweight options available, but you likely give up some stability and beef. I agree with Matthew that this is not your choice for in resort, but I don't think that was ever the intent. And, they certainly work well enough on the groomers if you come back in from the slackcountry. A good choice given the weight, width and skiability.
Great in the Pow!
Perfect ski for skiing up and down in the pow. This ski performs poorly in a resort setting. On groomers and smooth hardpack it is mediocre, and in any choppy or cruddy snow it is awful in mixed condition. Great in fresh snow. Nice lightweight setup with Dynafits!