- Detail Images
- Community Images
Open a bento box of backcountry freestyle flair.
- Symmetric sidecut for identical turning characteristics riding switch or forwards
- Elongated Low Profile rocker for powder float without losing edge hold on hardpack
- Fiberglass-wrapped Tough Box ash core insert for bulletproof screw retention
Share your thoughts
Awesome... but GO LONGER!
Got the 175s and I am 5'9" and 155 lbs they were fun but too short... got the 185s... perfect! The reverse camber is sweet and they're huge obviously, so you never sink. I mounted mine true center and yes you can ride switch pow if you do that! Love the graphics, held up all season (had about 15-20 days on them) and aren't too expensive. I like them more than comparable models. (rode the K2 hellbent and the EP pros both were too soft).
Well, im 15, live in SLC Utah, and ski Alta/Snowbird, 50 plus days per year. This last year, I used my chopsticks every single one of those days. I am 5'9, and weigh 140 pounds, but i bought the 185's.
Pros- The ski kills it in pow, jumps, and groomers. They are excellent for riding switch on groomers and in pow, and are awesome for hitting 20+ footers, 0 spin or switch. When I bought them, I mounted them 1.5 back from true, with the z12 binding. I felt that this was a good choice, knowing that I am a little smaller then 6'2, and 185 pounds. Also, these skis feel heavy, but if you set your spin right, you can spin it just as fast as a specific park ski. I even used these in the park!
Cons- The ski is super stiff, especially for my weight, but this stiffness makes it better in the crud. Although it isn't as good in pow as the ep pro, it is a lot more stable, especially on cliffs. If you hit a cliff switch with the ep pros when you are off balance just the slightest degree, you will wash out. This won't happen on the chopsticks. One more thing, the swing weight is pretty light for spins, but the longer length/ weight makes it a little heavier for front flips or back flips. But lincoln loops and corks are way easy.
Lastly, these skis look killer when hitting a kicker, or if your just pulling 5's off cat tracks. The sushi is awesome.
kind of good... far from great
Bottom Line: These are not the worst powder skis that I have ever skied, but they sure fall short of being close to the best as well. Sure they float well in deep snow given their girth, but they really don't perform how I would like them to, or how you would expect them to. If you want a softer/really fat/rockered pow ski, stick with the Hellbent or EP pro!
Pros: Fat? They do float well most of the time, I will give you that.
Cons: Chow Mein would have been a more suitable name for this ski, because it is soft like the chinese noodle it should be named after. A soft ski is not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case it did not work. I enjoy the K2 Hellbent and the Line EP pro when the conditions are fresh, but this ski does not perform as well as those skis either. The chopstick is slightly stiffer than the hellbent, but much more damp and less poppy. This makes you feel like you are going to be able to have fun and pop around in powder like you would with the Hellbent, but then the ski under performs and feels dead, like driftwood.
I feel like a lot of people only give these a good review because it is their first experience, or close to it, on a rockered ski and they haven't experienced everything else out there that is much better.
I honestly skied the 2008/2009 version of this ski. But because it is unchanged for 2010 I have filed the review here.
Hey Y'all, I'm keen as for these skis just...
Hey Y'all, I'm keen as for these skis just wondering if I can get away with the 175's.
I am an aggressive skier, like to go fast and bomb off things, I live in OZ so alot of the skiing I do is OS so the bigger the ski the more weight ( lots of weight restrictions on planes these days ) and the more hasstle to lug.
I am currently on the Nordica Blower 193s or something ( whatever the biggest one was ). They are sick at speed but can be a little tricky on flatter stuff, I also have a set of smaller Ninthward park skis but they suck in powder. Be good to have a set that worked for both.
Long question short can the 175's work?
This is a great ski, it does well all over the Mountain the construction will have it holdin an edge on the hard stuff while the shape will let you float in the pow. The park scene might be a lil more tricky..esp if you go that long, which I would recommend for the all mountain aspect..either way 2 outta 3 aint bad..go for it!
You could try 179 K2 Kung Fujas
Rockered. 98mm underfoot. Mid-Flex. Work well everywhere.
Chopsticks suck anyway...
Josh you appear to be a good skier, took a look at your profile... why do the chops suck? I haven't skied all of the rockered skis out there so im not an expert on them. That said i love these skis. Anywho just wanted to hear your thoughts.
Grete Eliassen and the Chopstick at North Cascade Heli.
Favorite Ski in powder.
This is my new favorite ski and makes skiing in powder a breeze. After skiing on this ski my smile on a powder day became even bigger. I did not realize it was possible. Because of the reverse camber technology and the width of the ski you just float on the pow. So nice.
Why ski anything else?
I'm 6'2'' got the 185's and i couldn't be any happier. You can ride anything with these. The rocker makes them whip around in the trees and the length gives you enough board to huck your meat and ride away clean, In any condition. Really these skis are just damn fun all over the mountain. So ask your self, "do I like to have fun?" if so get these. Damn, now i want to go ski.
A few notes:
*De-tune your tip and tail edges, but don't go as far back down the edge as normal, stat with only a slight amount and do more if needed.
*I mounted them dead center and I feel it was a good choice.
*If you haven't skied rocker skis give them a full day, you will have a shit-eating grin by the end trust me.
*Bring two pairs of pants on a powder day. You will crap your first pair.
Fun and Playful
These skis love soft snow, but as others have said, can get on edge with ease on groomers. The reason these skis are so fun for me in the pow is becasue of the rocker. I haven't been able to sink a tip on these things no matter how deep the snow is. They'll help you land cliffs confidently and ride away at high speeds without feally like you're on a wet noodle. I've taken through the park a few times and had lots of fun. They're not exactly meant for it but it's nice to have the option, especially with how well they ski switch.
how short do these ski? I'm 185lbs 6'3"...
how short do these ski? I'm 185lbs 6'3" and a very aggressive skier. Too short?
If you're a very aggresive skier then i'd say yes. Im 5'10, 180lbs and the 185 center mount work perfect for me. With your height and ability i'd suggest going with something like the Rossi Super 7 thats taller, but still has rocker to it.
After sking about 8 inches of Utah light and dry, I felt compelled to write about my awesome experience in the untouched goodness. Skiing the groomers back to the lift were super easy. And the pow performance? Unbelievable. They floated, surfed, smeared, and pivotted their way throught the trees, then charged in the bowls. I also was able to ski some smaller lines switch on these, and the amount of tail rocker helped push my tails out of the deep. Overall my new favotite ski, even when its dry!
So I recently replaced a pair of old 177 Nordica Beasts with these in the 185...it takes a lot of speed to get them on edge, but once you do they rip on the groom. They even carve better than my old Beasts. I didnt get a chance to ski them in the park or pow, but will write another review when i have. Overall, a great pow ski thats totally do-able as an all mountian stick...oh ya, switch skiing is a breeze with these boards.
because of this skis symmetric sidecut...
because of this skis symmetric sidecut should they be mounted center? or does it not really matter?
if i plan to use these for strictly backcountry and touring how should i mount them?
You should always mount a symmetrical ski at core center. They will feel really awkward if elsewhere, and way harder to ski, even in the pow.
I know this might be a little late, but i'd say center mount them. Having your weight over the direct center of the ski really helps make it playful.
How easy is it to stomp cliffs with the...
How easy is it to stomp cliffs with the Chopstick?
If I land slightly back, is it automatically a backslap?
Is landing completely centered required?
It's just a ski, so the stomping part is up to you. But that said, the stiffer flex makes it easier to stay up on them if you land a bit backseat, so perfect landings are not a requirement.
Dude, stomping with these skis is super easy. I find that I like to stomp a little in the backseat on these boards. They're stiff enough and the rocker subtle enough that if you find yourself a little forward or back of center, the skis will pop you back into that upright stance. Super easy to stomp on.
How does this compare to the Kuro in terms...
How does this compare to the Kuro in terms of stiffness, ability to charge, ski crud, ski trees, stomp landings, and survive on the hardpack?
improve your skills with these bad boys
If you want spin off cliffs, do big flips, ski lines and land and ski backwards, the chopstick is what you want. This ski is unlike any other rocker camber ski on the market. It has the strength that a lot of competing brands do not. In my mind, one of the down falls to having reverse camber is that it can put you in the back seat much easier than a traditional ski. That is why the Volkl skis kick ass. They are stiff enough to counter act the back seat problem but are still playful. This also helps to eliminate some of the hand dragging, butt in the air, pike position switch ride outs that you see people doing all over the hill on every powder day. These skies changed my switch skiing ability and if you want the same I suggest you try them.
Rode these all last year all over Utah and couldn't help but love them. I am a really light kid at about 150 pounds and ride the 185's. It's a lot of ski but these things shred groomers just as well as they do pow. There's enough rocker to keep your tips and tails up and they do great on any sort of Backcountry booter. Overall a great ski.