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Description

There's a reason this is Liberty's best seller.

The Liberty Helix Ski doesn't care which coast you live on; yeah, it loves the pow, but it also loves crud, ice, or slop. This baby floats and maneuvers well almost anywhere, giving you the lively playful pop that will remind you why you started loving skiing in the first place. 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 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.

  • Stealth Rocker profile
  • Sandwich construction
  • Speedcore (bamboo laminated with poplar)
  • 105mm waist
  • 4lb 4.8oz (182cm)
  • Durathane PU bumper
  • HRC 48 edges
  • Quadaxial fiberglass
  • P-Tex 2000 sintered base

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Blown out tip #2

Blown out tip #2

Same issue, second set of skis...

Responded on

Same thing happened to me, they sent me next years model where I think they fixed the problem. The edge doesn't wrap around the entire tip now.

3 5

Good Ski/Sketchy Quality Control

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I want to give these 4 or 5 stars. On snow experience is dialed, super fun ski, very playful, versatile ski dimensions, love the rocker profile and oh so light and poppy. Very good in most conditions, a little too soft to really rip down chopped up/heavy snow, but all around solid ski.

Onto the not so good... I purchased my pair at the beginning of December, they seemed well built but it took only five days for the tip on the left ski to blow out. Complete separation of the base from the rest of the core. Liberty stuck true to their great warranty and promptly sent me a new pair no questions asked.

Onto the second pair... only four days on the second pair and exact same blown out tip on the left ski. The pictures of the damage on the two skis are virtually indistinguishable from each other. I know what you're thinking... I must be a park rat just smashing rails and being unfriendly to my new toys. Couldn't be further from the truth... we have zero snow out here in Tahoe and am skiing nothing but groomers, a bit of spring slush style bumps and the occasional small/medium size park jump. I was in absolute shock that this would happen again.

To Liberty's credit, they stand behind their product. A rep got back to me promptly saying they found and fixed the manufacturing issue that is causing these blown out tips and was super apologetic and accommodating, giving me several different options to rectify. They are a fun, energetic ski like everyone is mentioning below... without the blown out tip, easy 4/5 star review but just wanted to let this community know of the risk you take with the 2014/15 model...

Good Ski/Sketchy Quality Control
Responded on

Thanks for the write up. I'm very close to buying these and it's reassuring to know that Liberty has taken care of this problem, and you the customer, so well.

5 5

Free Yourself in the Backcountry!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd long been curious about the bamboo-only setups Liberty has been using for quite some time now. As a smaller, petite skier the idea of a lightweight, poppy ski that didn't sacrifice durability or stiffness was very much something that I wanted to experience for myself. I was pretty unhappy with my Atomic Millennium ski, which I set up for touring with Dynafit bindings because it felt so lifeless - like a 2x4 in powder. I thought a Liberty Ski would be a fun, new option to explore with a more playful feel.

After checking out the lineup Liberty offers, I went with the Helix because I thought the 105mm underfoot would be a good compromise between the weight of hauling skis uphill and a bodacious ride on the way down. Backcountry purists will tell you 105 is too fat, too much weight, but I want to ENJOY the run I've worked so hard for, so the Helix it would be.

My 167cm Helixes (Heli - is that plural?) weigh in at 3.75lbs (1700g) which is quite a bit less than my last touring setup, I was stoked to see if these weight savings would mean less fatigue on climbs.

I took these on a week-long trip in the Canadian backcountry. I was astounded by how massive the approaches were when compared to our humble Wasatch range. I can confidently say that the lightness of these skis when climbing absolutely helped me survive the entire week. They are a dream to climb with, and when paired with Dynafits, I was super happy with climbing performance.

I found these skis to be nimble, responsive and energetic - exactly what I was hoping for and the polar opposite from the joyless ride I'd been suffering through the last 2 winters on my Atomic skis. The bamboo was lively and playful, surfy in powder.

Drops were landed with ease on the stable platform of this ski, and I never felt that the bamboo lacked stiffness.
I found the camber profile to lend excellent support and stability in mankier snow or chopped up powder.

Free Yourself in the Backcountry!
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REVIEW CON'T

The rocker profile meant that surfing and slarving in the plentiful powder snow was both effortless and fun! (Novel concept!)
Even though I was using a shorter length (167cm) than I typically ski - to save weight - this ski never felt squirrley or too short. Despite the longer turn radius of 19.5m, I still found them to be manageable in tight trees and chutes.

But on huge, open faces you can really let these skis charge. I prefer big, carefree GS style turns in powder, so I really appreciated the bigger turn radius in that respect.

All the conditions I encountered this ski handled with ease.
I obviously didn't get to try them on groomers or real terrible chop/chunder, but maybe I'll take them inbounds one of these days for an experimental session.

CHEERS!

Responded on

Good stuff, Lexi! Great to know these are a solid touring option. Looks like a lot of people really like this ski.

Get OUT there

Get OUT there

Contemplating the rock formation called Escargot (it looks like a snail) during a dusky ascent back to the lodge.

Hi I am a 6 ft tall woman and I weigh about 150lbs. I ski in Alaska and the PNW. I've been riding 184 rosignol S7s. Which length helix do you think would suit me best?

Responded on

If you like the 184 Rossi S7, which has tip and tail rocker, then it will ski most like the Helix 182, because it only has tip rocker and no tail rocker.

5 5

Will not let you down!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a supporter of Liberty skis since they arrived on the scene 10 years ago. A bit about me, 5'11'' 230 lbs, lifelong skier. As the title states the Liberty Helix will not let you down. I have put this ski through it's paces and it has always left a smile on my face. This ski will rail
on the groomers, float through the powder, and blast through the
crud. It is a fun, lively, and durable ski. This ski has also helped access the goods on many hut trips and backcountry lines. The skis are light and tour like a champion. If you are looking for a nimble, strong ski, that does it all the Helix is right up your alley!

5 5

Everyday workhorse

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Im a patroller in the Rockies and these are my everyday all mountain skis. Energetic and lively, they can hold an edge in all conditions and float nicely when there is some new fluff on the ground. They have spent alot of time in avalanche terrain before it is open to the public and have proven to be very durable in thin rocky conditions. Great all around ski.

5 5

Quiver of One

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you can only buy one ski, this is the one. I find myself on the Helix just about every day all winter. It does everything I want it to. Perfect width for anything from the deepest pow to hardpack and even bumps. The light weight makes it easy for me to shoulder them and hike. They are also super nimble in the tightest of trees. If I could only ski one ski for the rest of my life, this would be it.

5 5

The one ski to rule them all

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

I'm super impressed with how durable the Helix is. I'm not nice to skis and these skis hold up season after season. Once I'm finished charging hard during the winter I turn them into spring touring skis. This is, with all honesty, the best ski I've ever owned. I trust it enough to get me out of some tight spots in big backcountry lines and it can edge like a race ski when you're challenging your friends to an amiable competition to the bottom. From first chair to last chair, dawn patrolling, and the occasional sled mission these skis have carried me to all the best places because they're simply the best ski out there. If you want a ski that can literally do it all you can't go wrong with the Helix. No regrets. Buy it immediately.

5 5

Simply Bodacious!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here's a little bit about me and what I ski:
Me: Chica, 30 years, 5'9", 135lbs, love deep fluff and fast groomers, and the colors deep purple and bright green!
Location of skiing: Mostly Western and Central Colorado
Type of skiing: Downhill-mostly resort, some side and backcountry
Skis:'14 Liberty Variant 97, '13 Liberty Helix 176 and '11 Liberty Double Helix 174
Boot: Salomon Quest 10 25.5
Binding/AT Setup: Liberty/Tyrolia Adrenaline 15 AT Bindings and
MFD Alltime/4FRNT Gr8ful Deadbolt 15

I fell in love with Liberty Skis after my first pair and knew I'd never own another brand. These have been my favorite skis for every condition for 2 seasons now! They have the perfect amount of stiffness, flex and pop. On groomers, there's no comparison, they can straight line it at top speeds or make the most beautiful turns at whatever speed or condition. They never feel unstable or like they'll ski away without me. In powder they give me the perfect amount of float while still allowing me to get in deep for some face shots. The thing I love most about this ski is that on days where I want to rip as hard and as fast as I possibly can, these skis kill it and then some, never feeling too stiff, or to soft and noodly. On the other hand, on days where I want to goof around, jump off things, make big 'ol turns, throw in some spins and twirls, these skis are chill enough to hang with me while I play! Oh, and the colors ... Bodacious!

Love Liberty Skis and love love love the Helix!

Simply Bodacious!