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jmpilo wrote a question about on February 7, 2010

My girlfriend recently rented a pair of last years Auras’. I couldn’t believe how much her skiing improved, she instantly (ok I hate to use say it) fell “in love” with the skis. She has rented them about ½ dozen times this year and now and with the $$ we’ve been putting into rentals I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a new pair. She is 5’7” about 130 -135lbs intermediate skier and likes the 156. I’m thinking she may out grow them as she improves. Unfortunately the ski area where we rent does not have any 163’s to rent.

Length Suggestions – I’m leaning toward the 156 because that is what she is comfortable on??

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jmpilo wrote a question about on October 27, 2009

Mounting Freerides on Pontoons Crazy?

I’m considering mounting my Fritschi Freeride bindings on a pair of Pontoons. Is this crazy? What kind of brakes work? What type of skins will attach, to a shovel that big, will I have to make up a custom rig, and if so is it even practical to skin on a pair of toons?

I sure wouldn’t want to be on a tight side hilling situation. I am also concerned about the touring capabilities of a reverse camber ski with the toons dimensions.

I envision using this as more of a side country access set up rather than for multi-day BC trips and would primarily use if for inbounds but would like the versatility of the AT set up. Has anyone done this?

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jmpilo wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

5 5

If you are just skimming this review GET THIS SKI it won’t disappoint.

Disclaimer: I am no ski review expert but have been skiing for over 30 years, ski Front Range Colorado area; here is my 2 cents worth.

After many weeks of struggling as to which ski (and length) to purchase, believe me I tried them all, I finally pulled the trigger on the ObSETHeds and I couldn't be happier.

I'm 6'1, about 190 and ended up purchasing the 179cm ObSETHeds as I get older I've gone toward a shorter ski, with my everyday ski being a 177 Mantra.

My main motivation for purchasing this ski was for better performance in the softer snow / powder but I didn't want to get a full on Powder ski.

Conditions on my first day with the ObSETHeds were about 1 to 1½ feet of fresh powder WOW I had a perma-grin on my face. I honestly couldn't believe how responsive the skis were and how easy they were to turn. Rockered skis may be the way of the future.

Skiing the ObSETHeds took much less effort. I'm 50 years old and after a full day of hitting it, my knees, legs, back, etc. were much happier than they would have been if I had been skiing the Mantras.

My only concern after that first day was that I could have gone with the longer length.

But now having skied the ObSETHeds about 6-8 times in most all conditions I am for the most part happy I went with the 179s. These skis do great (at least for my style of skiing) in everything including hard pack, wind blow, even tight bumps! I am really surprised at their versatility. They hold an edge well with little to no chatter on the hard pack /front side getting me back to the parking lot. + They have excelled in all of the back-country conditions I have encountered.

I am going to find it very hard to go back to my mantras. As a matter of fact I may sell them and purchase a big fat power ski to complement the ObSETHeds on those BIG powder days for my annual CAT ski excursions.

FYI: I mounted Fritschi Diamir Freeride AT bindings on them

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jmpilo wrote a question about on January 5, 2009

Seth, Thanks for the response, to answer your question by hiking i am referring to skinning up, using Fritschi Freeride bindings - I looked at a pair of the Obsetheds' today and WOW they are a long 179 cm, especially when compared to my Mantras’ @ just 2 CM’s shorter.I’d love to rent / demo a pair of the Obsetheds’ before deciding but will most likely pull the trigger on a pair ASAP. With the next size down being 169 cm I doubt I should go any shorter than the 179’s being as I am 6’-1” and close to 200lbs. Would you concur? Ps (here we go again with yet another choice and question) how would you rate BD’s Megawatt against the ObSethed’s? Thanks much – joe

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jmpilo wrote a question about on January 4, 2009

Coomba weight – last question, I swear – ok well maybe not the last. I sure am struggling on a choice, so many skis and soooo little cash. I was leaning toward Gotama or Coomba, now I am seriously thinking about Obsethed as my second ski to complement my Mantras. (ski Colorado Front Range) Question – on occasion I like to hike for my turns reviewers say the Coomba is a light ski for its class, well exactly how light? I’ll probably go with the 181 cm if I pull the trigger on the Coombas, Can anyone tell me what the weight is on 181’s? The Obsethed I believe are rated at 4.72 lbs for 179 cm. I am leaning toward the ObSethEd due to the rocker platform, which I have never tried, but sounds like it makes sense, but if the Coombas’ are significantly lighter it may sway me. Thanks much!

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jmpilo wrote a question about on January 2, 2009

How would the ObSethed be compare to the Coomba and Gotama? I ski about 70% inbounds 30% touring backcountry, don’t ski switch (on purpose) and am looking for a one-ski quiver for West Coast conditions if that’s possible. For comparison purposes I am currently skiing Volkl Mantras’ although a great overall ski, they tend to dive in hard wind packed conditions and deep powder, so i was looking toward a wider platform & possibly rockered?? One last question, I'm 6'0" and due to my advanced age am now pushing the 200 lbs mark. My Mantra's are 177cm and I have liked shorter length due to my occasional bump runs, --- should i go with 179 or 189 range when choosing my new skis - many thanks

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jmpilo wrote a question about on January 2, 2009

Coomba vs Gotama? I’ve perty much have my choice narrowed down to the K2 Coomba or Volkl Gotama. I’m looking for a fatter ski to complement to my Mantra’s which I ski now and use both for in-bounds and back country, most likely will use with fritschi Freeride bindings. Can someone resound with a brief comparison to these two skis? Many thanks

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