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Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman

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Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman wrote an answer about on January 31, 2013

Hey - I recently bought a pair of these skins myself, so I can tell you a few things about them. First of all, the tip and tail mounting hardware is great, my buddy just got Black Diamond skins, and we both agree my hardware is nicer. However, the tail piece attaches by cutting the skin down to about half its original width, and then doubling it back through. So if you cut the strip long enough to pull it through and make the skin tight on the 185, you would have about 10 cm of skinnier skin under your ski on the 195s. Not necessarily a problem, but something to think about.

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Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this ski last year after the Liberty demo truck came to my hill. To be honest, I was intimidated by a ski this big, and was really just interested in the Double Helix. However, after one run on the DH I had to go work for a bit, and when I came back they were checked out. So I decided to give the big guy a try. Halfway down the first run I was trying to figure out whether I had enough money in the bank, or whether these were going to have to go on my credit card. Obviously, these things slay powder like you wouldn't believe, but what really blew me away was how light and quick they are. I have skis that are 35 mm narrower, yet heavier and slower turning. The rocker and side cut really do work miracles, and the bamboo core is light and lively like you wouldn't believe. I'll even ski park on these a little bit if it's only going to be a few runs and I don't feel like switching skis.

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Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman wrote an answer about on December 18, 2012

I'm 6'6" and 200 lbs and I have the 187 and 194. I find that the 187 is so quick when you get it in tight spots in the powder, you might forget you don't have snowblades on. Given your weight, I'm sure the 181 would float you just fine, but if you take some big drops you might like the extra stability from sizing up.

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Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman wrote an answer about on December 18, 2012

They DO NOT weigh a lot. This is the lightest big ski you will ever find. My Gotamas (a ski I also love) mounted with rossi axial2 bindings is noticeably heavier at 183 cm than my Genomes with the Tyrolia binding at 194 cm. And I can spin a 360 on the Genomes with about 6" of air. Also, on account of the rocker, I have found myself able to maneuver through tighter trees than ever before. Of all the skis I've demoed, this is the only one I knew I was buying halfway down the first run.

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Aaron Hoffman

Aaron Hoffman wrote an answer about on December 18, 2012

I would just like to address the comment of these skis being heavy and unwieldy for touring. Try comparing them to the Carbon Megawatt by Black Diamond, which is touted as being extremely light and good for touring. In fact, at a 20 mm narrower waist, they have almost identical weights. And the Carbon Megawatt is pretty near the high end when it comes to "touring skis."

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