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R  McCarthy

R McCarthy wrote a review of on March 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After about 10 days in all types of terrain, east and west, ice and pow, I have nothing to complain about. Ski is big but doesn't feel it. The "sweet spot" recommended mounting is 4.5cm behind center. Helps the ski feel shorter than it is, and add in the slight rocker and you have a very maneuverable big ski. I skied these in the east where I live on icy hardpack as well out west on a trip to Jackson and Silverton where we got dumped on. Skied well on the hardpack and carved hard, which is all we can do here so I was relieved. In the POW these are sick. I didn't find myself leaning back at all to compensate for the deep snow and basically made the same style turn I would on hardpack. Only difference was it was silent and flowy and amazing. The ski really seems solid although I did scratch up the topsheet and sidewall pretty good in a few spots. Our trip was pretty punishing for a new pair of skis so overall they did well. The bases held up well and I was surprised they weren't in worse shape. I am 5'11" and 195lbs, I bought the 191 and it's perfect. I was considering a slightly narrower ski, but this seems to be right on for a big mountain ski. The magne-traction wasn't as noticeable as I expected. They claim it "turns ice into powder", I would adjust that to say "it turns really hardpack into much softer feeling snow". They ski as good as anything else on real ice, but it sure isn't powder. I mounted these with Salomon Guardian 16 Touring bindings, makes a pretty good touring setup. No real negatives to report, hoping they are durable because I plan to put a lot of days on them. They get a lot of attention in the tram line with the graphics and crazy sidecut. Hope this helps, I could hardly find any reviews on these.

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