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Big, fat, and fun.

Heli skiing in BC? Chasing storms in the Cascades? Calling in sick for a powder day in Little Cottonwood? Load up the Liberty Double Helix Ski, and its fat dimensions, rockered tip, and playful bamboo core will have you drooling and howling with pleasure like the powder hound you are. Did the storm fizzle out? Your boss wise up and force you to wait until the pow's all trampled? That's OK, because the Double Helix has traditional camber underfoot and burly sidewall construction for tight edge hold and powerful steering capabilities for carving up hardpack.

The ultra-durable, lively, and sustainable, bamboo core features poplar stringers for weight reduction. This makes the Double Helix an excellent choice for touring, if that's your thing, and even if the chairlift is your preferred mode of uphill transport, it helps to avoid the jelly-legs that can happen after a long day in the pow. Liberty gave this beast HRC 48 edges for a wider, more durable profile. A protective Durathane bumper keeps the ski looking in tip-top shape and performing like an easy-turning, powder-munching monster season after season.

  • Stealth Rocker profile
  • Sandwich construction
  • Speedcore (bamboo laminated with poplar)
  • 121mm waist
  • 4lb 13.6oz (182cm)
  • Durathane PU bumper
  • HRC 48 edges
  • Quadaxial fiberglass
  • P-Tex 2000 sintered base

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4 5

The fat ski that dances like it's skinny

Thanks to Liberty Skis and Backcountry.com for allowing me the opportunity to test these bad boys. At Backcountry, we feel the best way to truly know a product is to get out and test it in the real world, and share our experience through the community.

To give you an idea of what type of skier I am, I typically love large radius, stiff skis. These skis fall into that category and so I found myself really enjoying the skis. Unfortunately while I had these sticks the conditions were less than ideal for a wide powder ski, but nonetheless I still found myself having tons of fun. To give you an idea I skied these skis in variable conditions with the best conditions being 3-5 inches of wind packed, dense, 15% moisture snow. Other than that the conditions were similar to what you would find in Utah in March or April, warm and corn like snow.

These skis surprised me how well they handled conditions they are not actually designed for. I found they ripped all the above conditions, and I am sure these would be truly at home on a deep pow day.

In addition to the fat waist, the rocker tip on these skis help to ensure they stay afloat. The rocker also helps these to find their way up and over any crud you may encounter.

On groomers these skis do quite well. I found they do best if you keep them slightly on edge. Since the skis are so wide, if you don't stay on edge they can feel a little squirrely. But for a ski this wide that is expected. These skis also love going fast! So if you love shredding wide open pow at high rates of speed you will love this ski.

Also these skis are quite light for how wide they are. Many of the wide skis in this category feel heavy and clunky. These are quite the opposite which makes them easy to hike with. However side stepping can be a challenge due to the width and large twin at the tail.

The large twin at the tail provides plenty of float so you can land switch in deep pow. I found these skis rode switch very well, which could be attributed to the larger turn radius and the skis being stable going straight. If you like landing switch as I do, these skis will not disappoint.

I rode these skis at 5 back from center or 2 forward of traditional. If you like to jib I would recommend going 3 forward of traditional and if you like to ski forward and charge hard then traditional would be the sweet spot.

4 5

Bamboo'd Powder Monster

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Today I’m looking at one of the lesser known offerings for this category, the Double Helix for Liberty. This beastly (git it?) looking ski has most of what I covered above except the core uses a not too widely utilized wood for this particular purpose in bamboo. The bamboo with poplar strings is to keep the ski sustainable, but more importantly durable, poppy and light which sounds pretty appealing in a tech speak way. Let’s see how it got on after a few off and on light pow days at Alta ski resort in the grand Wasatch mountain range of Utah:
Powder – What the Double Helix should be best for and it definitely doesn’t disappoint here. The width and the Stealth Rocker provide support for what seemingly could be an endless amount of fresh snow. I kept trying to dive the tip in and regularly failed so good stuff there. The behavior of the ski was relatively damp with a tiny bit of pop as the Stealth Rocker engaged the fresh snow so a faster speed overall will yield more favorable results. I also was happy about the landing platform of this ski as it seemed to absorb landings from airing it out better than most.
Chop – The true proving ground of a versatile labeled ski, cut up conditions turned the Double Helix into a different ski, for better or for worse. Let’s start with the better. Any softer leftovers that remained breakable the Double Helix seemed to just charge through with no regrets. The mix of the Stealth Rocker and the positive camber helped to keep me on line with speed. The hard chop however left the Double Helix feeling a bit dead considering the bamboo core is there to keep the ski lively. Don’t get me wrong, with its bomber construction, sidecut and width, it could still charge. But, when I wanted a predictable pop out of the turn for a change in rhythm or when something caught me off guard the Double Helix had a surprising lack of energy and I had to power all the way through leaving me a bit unsatisfied.

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Hard Snow/Groomers – While not it’s forte, the Double Helix did decently well on hard snow conditions. The lack of pop out of the turn was still there, but if you kept the skis more underneath you and let them run, they gave a good amount of stability even at red line speeds. Wouldn’t recommend race carving on these as the 120 waist requires a bit too much ankle articulation to get that locked into the turn feel.
Overall: With the excellent pow feel, decent offering in hard snow and the ability to handle a high amount of speed, I would recommend the Double Helix to any high speed long turn freeride skier who wants their pow ski to charge and give at least decent support on the groomers.

5 5

Simply the best!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I cannot say enough about the Liberty Double Helix! These skis have been my everyday, go to ski for the last several years. It is clear that a lot of thought went into the design and construction of this ski. True, it is a Big ski so it goes with out saying that it rules in the pow. The real surprise is how amazing it handles everything else. The Stealth Rocker profile will blast through the crud and anything else that gets in it's way. You will also be surprised at how well it skis the groomed. It will hold an edge at the highest speed and is much quicker edge to edge than you would think. It's bamboo/poplar construction makes for a light and durable ski. From the frontside, backside, and backcountry, of Vail as well as the jaw dropping terrain in Chamonix the Double Helix inspires confidence. If your looking for a ski that can truly be a "one ski quiver" the Double Helix is it. Pull the trigger and get ready to be impressed!

5 5

Fun

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is just plain fun. Nice and fat this was made for pow but skis surprisingly well on the groomers and hard pack. The bamboo construction makes it super light. It is very quick for its size, so can easily be skied every day. I have used them a lot in the backcountry where they shine due to the light weight. You will definitely be happy with the Double Helix!

5 5

Go big or go home

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Double Helix is everything you want a pow ski to be and nothing you don't. Liberty has thought of everything. It's the perfect ski for those deep days and even when it's not neck deep this ski rallies. I'm constantly surprised at how well it handles the groomers and crud for such a wide ski and when you get this thing into deep snow...well, forget ever wanting another ski again. It's perfect, it's easy, it floats like a pool toy, and it is an exceedingly fun ski.

If you want it to be your every day ski it'll work great. And when it finally does snow you're going to be blown away. No regrets. Buy this ski. Go big or go home.