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jpdp86898 wrote a review of on November 2, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I demoed several of the Elan Spectrum series skis last winter. While I liked how the 95 Alu skiied, it was a bit heavy. The all wood no metal Spectrum 95 I tried was much better. The other Spectrum skis were okay, but really quite heavy with all that aluminum, my only major gripe with Elan is that their line needs to shed some serious weight! The days of having a competitive 95-115 width ski that is heavy are over.

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jpdp86898 wrote an answer about on October 7, 2013

I'm mounting my 188's tele with Mondo 28 75mm 3-pin bindings. I don't have any experience with NTN (too $$$$$) but my suggestion is to go boot center or maybe 1 to 1.5 cm back of boot center. This ski design favors a centered stance, so I wouldn't go crazy. Mock it up with your boots/bindings and see how it looks- I had a pair of Black Diamond Current's in 185 that I had to remount 1.5cm back, and they worked far better than factory recommended boot center- that ski's design is very similar to Soul 7 so I'll pay particular attention to that when I mount. Best of luck!

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jpdp86898 wrote an answer about on August 29, 2013

Been trolling the internet for months and not seen anything concerning this ski being used for telemark yet- but Max Mancini used the S7 sucessfully tele, and he and that ski are more aggressive than this one. I'm 5'10", 210 lbs, and going 188 for telemark. In checking out my friend's 188's, the effective edge is short, and the ski has a nice round medium/soft flex (slightly firmer underfoot than old BD Amperage) without a significant "hinge point"(like Armada JJ) in the amount of flex throughout. Holding one ski like a kayak paddle, I can attest that the swing weight is low. My conclusion is that the Soul 7 is designed as a set of boards that is easy to ski whether free or fixed heel.

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jpdp86898 wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've read a lot of the posts slamming this binding, and feel they are unfair. I have owned several pairs of HH's, and while they do ski fine, I really did not like the loose tolerances and broken heelpieces. I always felt that the duckbills were sloppy in the HH, not so in the BD02. Frankly, I think the pivot point feels better in the 02 than the HH, the engagement of the springs smoother. Once the binding is installed and the cables seated, all that is needed is a narrow ribbon of Gorrilla duct tape to "lock" the cartridges together, and they will not loosen! True, the HH has fewer moving parts, but I don't feel it skis tighter or better than the BD02 when correctly set up. It should be noted that BD has not changed the design of the 02 for some time, and HH's are ending production.

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jpdp86898 wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Finally had a chance to ski these Current's last Sunday for the first time. Mounted tele with BD's 01 binding, Garmont Ener-G boots. Conditions were variable snow early with 31 degree snowfall later, about 3" over compacted snow as it was early season.
The Currents are quite light with great swing weight. Very easy to initiate in turns, definitely a nice round flexing ski with enough firmness in the tail. Making "telepine" turns was the same. In the only 8" or so of soft untracked snow I could find I found that these skis floated nicely.
My only gripe with the skis is my going with BD's factory pin line recommendation: 833.7mm's (818 +15.7). I found that the tails "hung up" just a little despite detuning and checking bases are flat. IMHO, the BD recommendation leaves more "real estate" behind your boots than necessary. Making a long story short, I am convinced that the recommended pin line should really be 10-20mm's back from what BD claims it should be to bring it in line with the 175 Amperage's 51.62% (pin line for 27.5 boot is 12.5cm's forward of boot center mark on that ski), where I had none of these "hang up" issues. (These 185 Currents place the pin line at 52.55% from the tail per BD specs, which is clearly closer to the tip.) Although I somewhat hate to do so, I'm going to remount with pin line 12-15mm's back as I think that will assist greatly. I'd have to say that even if I was mounting alpine or at, I would seriously consider mounting at least 10mm's back of boot center mark.
But otherwise, a smashingly good handling, turning, floating and fast ski! Will post an update once correctly mounted.

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jpdp86898 wrote a review of on October 18, 2012

4 5

Just received these in 185 from Backcountry. Having owned the Amperages since mid last season, I was looking for a narrower ski with similar design concepts, i.e., rocker, camber & slightly rockered tail. My first impressions are that build quality is extremely high (for those China Haters, I looked at a pair of USA made Hart Attack and there were clear voids in the layup, still $600!!!- please!), generous 21m-ish sidecut, rockered tip very similar in shape and slightly shorter than Amperage but not by much, 7-9mm's of camber (5mm more than Amperage), and very subtle rockered tail. Torsionally, these seem very stiff. Medium soft tip, medium firm (but not 2x4 stiffness) mid-section under the running length, and a medium soft tail, stiffer than Amperage.

A guy at BD I spoke with earlier this Fall '12 told me that most of their skis henceforth will share this design concept, and I can see why- the Amperage formula works and is fun to ski. As for the Current, it is too early to ski these (only 4 stars because), but know the shape and flex of the ski will work for me. It's nice to see early rise/rocker added to narrower ski builds, and I don't think everyone needs a 125mm waisted ski to have fun! Chest deep pow conditions aside, I predict that we will start seeing ski waist widths decline once folks figure out you can have just as much fun with less girth.

Will post further update once mounted (telemark in my case) and skiied.

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