Skifreak

Skifreak

Spokane, WA and surrounding areas.

Skifreak's Passions

Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Skifreak's Bio

Community Ski Expert on Backcountry.com and I live in Spokane, WA. I'm 43 years old and been skiing since I was 3. I average 35 times a year and always trying to ski my age but day job slows my numbers down. I love to rip everything and anywhere. Groomed runs, bumps, trees, deep stuff, make a fool out of myself in the park with my kids, you name it. I'm addicted to the gear of the sport and l LOVE helping skiers make the difficult decisions of ski buying. I'm married with four kids and outfitting them on a regular basis fuels my gear addiction even more. Snow skiing is my passion followed by water skiing a close second. Excellent mountain biking trails out my backyard and I do enjoy swinging the sticks when I can. We all love anything to do with snow, sun, water, and fun.

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Skifreak wrote a review of on October 5, 2014

5 5

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

One of my favorite skis that I kept coming back for during the spring demo days. I might have to finally put my original Kendo's up for sale and go for a new hard snow ski that is easier to pivot and smear through the bumps.

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Skifreak wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I spent more time on it today with nice firm groomed conditions and about 5" of fresh snow on top of icy crud. I can't say enough about this ski, it just truly blows me away in terms of edge grip and stability when locked on its edge. A lot more muscle than anybody would think, but still retains a huge playful side. That turn radius is just a blast on groomers. Its hip dragging time if you find the center of the ski and it wont let go unless you're on pretty steep icy pitches. I have a Griffon on it so the added leverage and platform I'm sure helps the edge grip.

The 184cm mounted on Eric Pollards recommended line will NOT be enough float for me in the deep, no way. I will be over the tips pretty fast and would have to mount the binding farther back or go to the 190cm. But personally I wouldn't give up the fun factor of the 184cm for the float of the 190cm. I would just get a different ski for the deep days. Quick in the trees, fun in the bumps, surfy, smeary, buttery, and still has enough backbone to blast through crud. Im a JJ lover through and through and this just feels like a carvier, stronger ski than the JJ. Better in busted up crud if you can keep yourself from going over the handlebars from that short tip. Remember Line skis run a little short versus Armada so the 184cm is actually pretty short in my opinion. For deep snow the 185JJ will float quite a bit better than the 184cm Bacon. I have always loved my 185jj on any kind of groomed snow but I have to say I think the Bacon out does it in that department.

FUN SKI!!

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Skifreak wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

4 5

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

Today I jumped on my sons 184cm Bacon, typical spring soft snow conditions and only a couple groomer runs. He has a marker griffon mounted at Eric Pollard's recommended line. After about a dozen turns I figured the ski out and oh my this is fun. That tight turn radius and really soft tip and tail with early rise just flowed seamlessly into and out of the turns. I know I just said soft but it didn't ski like it was soft. It had amazing hold and bite, even at higher speeds as long as you kept the edges fully engaged. That buttery feeling wasn't there when I was locked on edge today. If it was my ski only I would have mounted the binding another 2-3 cm back or possibly even on the recommended line. I don't ride switch and park just isn't my gig. The extra float on the deep days would be needed versus being so center mounted. But even with it like this it was amazingly stable on groomers and fun.

I can't wait to jump on them again and enjoy some powder, bumps, and some firm icy groomers. Only giving it 4 stars until I can try it in other conditions.

Home run ski for my son!! And of course Dad. Love it when the kids grow up and I can justify buying them skis easier:)

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Skifreak wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

Puzzled
3 5

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

I spent the last two days skiing the Super 7 on and off in spring conditions. First day was pretty firm groomers that encountered freeze and thaw cycles so got pretty marbly in some spots. Nasty off piste that nobody was skiing. Today was warmer conditions that at least softened up the groomers nice and smooth. Moguls were typical soft spring snow and very fun.

My title said puzzled and that's exactly how I'm feeling after this weekend about this ski. I realize this is targeted as a powder ski but I like a little more substance in my powder skis to have some on piste versatility. And I just struggled finding it. I will start out by saying this ski is VERY LIGHT which I loved, mounted with a FKS 140. Honestly I feel this ski only belongs in deep powder days or at least anyday that has at least very soft groomed conditions. And yes I do know that is what it's targeted at but I've skied a lot of other powder skis that I really enjoy on everything else.

The super 7 in my opinion has to be the softest ski I've skied in a long time, or just might be the softest. I'm thinking that an Axial 2 or Marker Griffon would have given the ski more of a platform and more edge bite in the middle of the ski but who knows. I just couldn't get the ski to bite in and hold. It pulled me into the turn quick but then just wouldn't hold it. I mounted the FKS at recommended 0 but I swear it needed to be at -2 or more, something just not quite right. In big soft bumps it surfed and smeared even more than my 185 JJ, again feeling much softer throughout the entire length of the ski than anything else. This alone makes me feel it will be awesome in light fluffy deep powder.

Nimble, very light, agile, soft flexing, forgiving, surfy, smearable is how I describe the ski. For off piste soft snow.

From what I've seen so far it just doesn't have any of the on piste performance that I require, even from my big powder skis.

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Skifreak wrote a question about on March 8, 2014

How much lift do these bindings have? Griffons sit at 22mm, new Salomon STH wtr 13 say 18mm, and I think I found these sit at 20mm?? What about the differences in ramp angle between the three? And the brake sizes aren't interchangeable correct?
Been thinking about trying some instead of my long standing favorite Griffons the next time a buy a binding. I owned a pair of the turntable heels many many years but just went away from them.

Thanks to all!

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Skifreak wrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

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

This review also goes for the Bushwacker. I demoed a Bushwacker and Brahma back to back but not extensively. I own a Kabookie and skied many days on a Bonafide. I love them both but the Bushwhacker was just more FUN. In a mogul field the Bushwacker was a blast. Zipped down with ease, very pivoty, light, quick, predictable and easy to stay in control. Brahma was smoother, more damp, heavier and in comparison to the Bushwacker a little lifeless in the bumps. On hard pack the Brahma takes over for higher speeds, more dampening of the terrain, and just more power. Exactly the differences between Kabookie and Bonafide in my opinion.

If you want a light, quick, snappy, energetic, and a better performer in a mogul field go Bushwacker. On the other hand for the guys that like more horsepower in a full metal jacket that is still extremely versatile and quick even with the metal in it go Brahma. I could honestly own them both and have a blast depending where I was spending most of my day.

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Skifreak wrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

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

I demoed a Bushwacker and Brahma back to back but not extensively. I own a Kabookie and skied many days on a Bonafide. I love them both but the Bushwhacker was just more FUN. In a mogul field the Bushwacker was a blast. Zipped down with ease, very pivoty, light, quick, predictable and easy to stay in control. Brahma was smoother, more damp, heavier and in comparison to the Bushwacker a little boring in the bumps. On hard pack the Brahma takes over for higher speeds, more dampening of the terrain, and just more power. Exactly the differences between Kabookie and Bonafide in my opinion.

If you want a light, quick, snappy, energetic, and a better performer in a mogul field go Bushwacker. On the other hand for the guys that like more horsepower in a full metal jacket that is still extremely versatile and quick even with the metal in it go Brahma. I could honestly own them both and have a blast depending on the day.

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Skifreak wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

5 5

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

Great ski for everything if you like a flat wider tail. Very light but doesn't ski like it. One of my favorite of the demos today. Awesome carver at any speed!! Way more fun on groomers than my kabookie but didn't spend much time on it off groomed today but I'm sure if you don't mind the more aggressive tail you will love it.

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Skifreak wrote a review of on January 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I owned a Bonafide for between 5-7 days this year and as much as I LOVED the ski in any condition I chose to part with it for the lighter Kabookie. Halfway through the days the heavier Bonafide was affecting my knee, heavier swing weight skis do this to me but was hoping it wouldn't be a problem because the ski was so nice. After demoing a kabookie over the course of the weekend I knew it would be the better option for me.
Today was my first day on my new Kabookie with firm, fast, and icy groomers, AGAIN. For people wondering is there that much difference between the two skis my answer is yes and no which is a good thing. Bonafide has more bite on icy slopes, little smoother and damper at higher speeds, and in the same lengths won't ever get overpowered when pushed really hard at high speeds. But I will say this, if you have never skied the Bonafide you will think the Kabookie is all of that, unless you are quite a bit heavier than me or huge racing background. It is a great ski despite not having any metal in it!! I traded a slight loss in overall power for a lighter more playful version that I can ski all day.
I'm 6'1", 178lbs, 42 year old expert that skis truly all mountain. I have an extensive quiver and a gear freak. My style is described as technical and finesse but I charge very hard when skiing without all my family. Love moguls and trees of any size until my knee says no more.
Summary of the two skis is this. If swing weight isn't an issue for you, strong and healthy knees, you keep your skis on the ground all day, and just prefer more powerful skis then go Bonafide it's that good for a one ski quiver. If you are lighter, spend more time jumping around and trying to make your ski playful, prefer a little lighter weight ski to have on feet all weekend but still want unreal high end performance then Kabookie. I can't wait to ski mine in anything softer than I have skied it on.

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Skifreak wrote a question about on January 21, 2014

Looking to get my son a pair of bigger skis end of season, he's 14 now, about 5'6" and 120lbs. Skis half park and half all mountain. Coming off salomon threats. Any thoughts? He skied my 185jj on a deep powder day and loved them but even going down to a 175 seems just to wide to toss around in the park all day to me. Same with the bacon which he really likes. Any thoughts? Stick to around a 90mm waist? Atomic vantage panic?

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Skifreak wrote a question about on January 17, 2014

How do these compare to marker griffon? I've always used griffons on all my skis for many years and no issues. I like the compact light swing weight they provide, wide platform, etc.. Just wondering if it's worth trying something different and these look pretty damn cool. Weight comparisons? Any other differences?

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Skifreak wrote a question about on January 6, 2014

How does the 179cm sick day 110 stack up against a 185cm JJ in terms off all around use? I don't ever ride switch unless by accident but curious if the JJ lovers like myself have spent any time on the SD 110. I know they have to be smoother and more damp than a JJ but can they carve as good as my JJ? Any die hard JJ fans know how good a JJ can carve so curious if the sick day can hold its own or is it to soft in the middle?

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