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mmartino031467518 wrote a review of on November 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these skis to replace a 184 Volkl Mantra as an everyday East Coast ski. I wanted a ski with more rocker and a more playful feel for powder, bumps and trees. I also need a ski that rails groomers and hard pack. I ski this mainly in Vermont and its a perfect for to use all day on any terrain. The PB and J is also light but super stable at high speeds. This is ski is a ripper.

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mmartino031467518 wrote a review of on September 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these skis based solely on positive reviews and I am not disappointed. I've got 2 seasons on my Rocker 2s and I ski them as much as possible. Despite being rather wide and having big tip and tail rocker, these skis are surprising usable. They hold and edge on hard snow and are absolutely awesome in all types of soft snow. Not too mention they're light, playful and very easy to ski. And after 2 seasons of hard riding - they've held up great. I highly recommend these skis.

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mmartino031467518 wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

2 5

I purchased a pair of these for everyday resort and backcountry use. The second day I used them, one pole bent enough so it could no longer collapsed. I returned the poles and got a new pair. The new pair bent within a few days as well. I continued to use them despite the bend. A few months later, the pole snapped about an inch above the basket while I pole planted to get off a chairlift. Black Diamond makes a good product, but these are very disappointing. I've never owned such a flimsy set of ski poles. They're also not cheap, making it more frustrating. I've since gone back to a traditional carbon alpine pole.

On the plus side, I did like the grips, big powder baskets and Flip Lock adjuster.

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mmartino031467518 wrote a review of on February 23, 2010

5 5

I picked up a pair of 182 Zealots to use as alpine skis cheap off Geartrade a little while ago. I mounted them with Look PX14 bindings. I ski in Vermont and take a couple trips out west a year, so these are my powder skis. I was a little concerned about how stiff I heard these were but after spending several days on them I'm really enjoying them. I've skied them in a lot of shin deep VT powder as well as a day at Kirkwood, CA. The skis are stiff, stable and love open powder and crud. I was amazed how stable these turned and plowed through snow like a freight train. Medium to large radius turns are where the Zealot rips. As long as you stay on these skis and don't get lazy, they're great in soft snow.

The only downsides to the Zealot it's too much for tight trees, moguls and groomers. You really have to stay on these skis and ski fast or you're not really doing them justice. It's also not a ski for lighter skiers; I'm 6'2' and about 200 lbs. These skis are demanding and stiff but great for their intended purpose.

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