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The power of rocker and the liveliness of bamboo.

The Liberty Helix Ski doesn't really care which coast you live on, it floats and maneuvers equally well almost anywhere. The mid-fat 105mm waist provides a stable, predictable platform for blasting through crud or floating over powder, and it gives you plenty of real estate to land on when you punt that little cliff under the lift. Often, all-mountain skis give up torsional rigidity to achieve versatility, but the Helix is beast of a different breed. Sidewall construction and a lightweight, but stiff and snappy bamboo laminate core ensures that you can drive this ski as hard and it'll hang with you right to the bitter end.

Spit into the wind on a stormy day and you're undoubtedly going to hit a rockered ski, and the Helix is no different. Liberty's Stealth Rocker uses a longer rocker profile at the tip, traditional camber directly underfoot, and lower rocker at the tail. You can lean forward a little, pivot, and slarve a high-speed turn or two to dump some speed at the choke of a chute, and then float your way all the way to the exit. Who wouldn't want easier turn entry and a little extra buoyancy on a particular deep day? ...that's a trick question, the answer is no one.

Last year's Helix won a grip of editor's and skier's picks and choice awards, so you can rest assured that Liberty carried over much of the technology and construction that made the Helix a winner. Cinch this ski on your pack, take it touring into the backcountry, or lap it off the tram--this is no one trick pony, it's the whole show.

  • Stealth Rocker profile (rocker, camber, rocker)
  • Sidewall construction with bamboo laminate core
  • 105mm width underfoot
  • 176cm size offers a 22 meter sidecut

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The Ultimate 1 Ski Quiver

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I've been skiing the helix 182 since it debuted a few years back. Hands down my favorite all mountain, throw anything at em, utility ski. Bamboo core with quadaxial glass wrap is stiff, lively, lightweight, and durable. I've currently got these set up as a touring ski mounted with the new marker tour f12's. Lightweight and able to charge. For burlier days I have a pair of last years model with the marker duke. All around this ski dominates. Predictable power, feels like an extension of my body. Think Bamboo can't handle punishment? I've sent this beast 3 times on em and still skiing them daily.

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Awesome clip Chris!!!

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The perfect ski for everywhere

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on the hunt for a playful and forgiving ski that I could still charge on. The Helix is that ski. The stealth rocker keeps it floating on pow days, the bamboo is super playful while still being able to power through choppy snow, and this sucker can hold an edge like a pair of my old race skis. I'm tiny (5'6" 115lb) and still feel super confident on the 182. I can turn it quickly in tight spots and I can rail a GS turn on ice and trust this ski implicitly in all situations. I'm also incredibly impressed at how well my bases have held up. I'm not very nice to my skis and despite finding myself is seriously rocky and sharky terrain these skis look (almost) as good as they did the day I bought them which has impressed me the most of all these ski's features. If you're a one-ski-quiver kind of person look no further; this is your ski. Big enough for shredding powder, poppy and responsive enough to ski the whole mountain, and charging enough to lay over some serious and fun turns on those hardpack, high pressure days. The Helix is my go-to ski for everything from competing to mellow pow days and it hasn't let me down once. This may actually be the most perfect ski ever made.

Looking for a versatile east/west ski-...

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Looking for a versatile east/west ski- backcountry, trees, frontside- something that can shred it all. Could this be the ski?,

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I was hoping somebody else would jump in ahead of me because I don't have much experience with Liberty but didn't want to leave you hanging. I do have a local shop that sells Liberty and they all really love them. I know the manager pretty well and he says whenever they have had demo days people are amazed at how well they ski. Your description above is very broad so this ski will cover all what you are looking for. Has a good waist width for float and it's not to big so you will still have fun on the groomers.

Can I ask what you currently ski on?

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Hey sorry for the delayed reply! I own a few pair of skis but mainly on a Nordica H+B.

Would these skis be a good choice for an...

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Would these skis be a good choice for an AT setup? I still haven't decided on AT bindings (can't choose between tech or frame bindings at this point) but would these hold up on the climb up and on the down?

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Hi Gene,

A question you will need to ask yourself is HOW MUCH touring do you plan on doing? Will the approaches be steep or long? Or are you primarily doing quick/short tours through resort gates? The intensity and frequency with which you plan to tour will help you answer this question.

If you are banging out lengthy, all day adventures, than this ski wouldn't be my first choice. At over 4lbs per ski, you could DEFINITELY go lighter without sacrificing too much float. This too will help you determine if you want tech or frame bindings. If you are going to be out all day, you will RAPIDLY come to appreciate the weightlessness of tech bindings and a lighter ski when compared to a ski like this helix and a frame binding.

So consider the type of touring you plan to bang out, and I think this will help guide you. If you are just banging out short quick laps, these will be awesome!

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The one ski quiver

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced my atomic coax with this ski because they had relatively the same width.
These skis have out performed my coax and have become my go to ski.

The stealth rocker allows for some float in the powder well the flat tail allows you to hold an edge on boiler plate (east coast) I have used these skis on the east coast and in Utah powder. They handle well in all conditions.

Mount a pair of hammerheads on these and your set.

I also own the Double Helix and the Genome.

Liberty makes a hell of a ski.

5 5

I finally found my all-mountain ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been searching for a great all-mountain ski for the past few years, and I finally found it. Living in Utah, I was looking for something between 100-105 underfoot. I wanted a fun ski that would be at home skiing trees, bumps, groomers, crud and powder for days with less than 6" of fresh. The Helix lives up to this task.

I have 3 days on the Helix so far, and they have all been laugh out loud fun. The bamboo core gives this ski a liveliness that you won't find with other types of wood. I find myself launching off kickers and bumps with a lot more height and energy. They are stiff enough to hold an edge on slick groomers, and the small amount of rocker means the tips aren't flapping. I find myself skiing faster on the Helix because they feel so stable in all conditions.

The bamboo core also means you need to stay on top of these skis. They are not friendly if you get back-seat. Ski them fast and forward and you will have a blast.

If you are looking for a daily driver that can do it all while putting a smile on your face every run, check out the Helix. Liberty did it right with this one.

5 5

Might require new pants.

I'm a ski snob. I don't like a lot of skis. I burn through too much money waiting on the right ski.
Found it.
I cannot tell you how wonderfully stable and fun this ski is. I have spent the past few days absolutely blasting the crud while still maintaining float in the soft snow, swinging the bamboo around in the park, and still holding a darn good edge on hardpack. This ski does everything. I have taken it off kickers, into the trees, through the moguls, and I have not found anything to complain about. It's the ultimate Colorado ski.

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The ski is easy to handle on the track. albeit in small curves because of its radius it takes a bit to get to activate what we want, but the counterpart is that it is ultra comfortable in a wide curve on the groomed.

In HP, the total is the foot stiffness was perfect for my size. not too physical or too soft. the perfect cocktail. Thanks to its good width skating, skiing never flows, we are always at the top, ready to attack when we have a minimum speed. supports are good, the nose is virtually unsinkable!

In short, a great ski for use FR / BC in powder, which is also known to take days or conditions are not hellish