These are my first backcountry ski purchase and got them as spring season was starting. They are more than I deserve yet exactly what I need. My experience: alpine and XC from age 4-26 in Switzerland then US Northeast, XC 99.9% of the time from 26 and just picked up backcountry at 42 his winter and rediscovering the thrill of gravity. Iâd call myself a scrappy east coast moderate skier at best. I wanted skis that could do the powder out west but handle the varied terrain of the northeast US (NH and VT), be easily responsive until I can get my skills back, and stick with me as I improve. I prefer diversity over specificity, and try to extend my budget (and minimize the amount of stuff I own) by having gear that can perform relatively well in a wider range of situations.
Got these skis because of a deal I couldnât pass up and was worried about their length, 165cm , which are the longest alpine skis Iâve owned. Iâm 5â7â ( 169 cm) and 115 lbs ( 52kg), slight of build and always felt more confident with shorter skis. No problem keeping these organized on extremely varied, narrow, steep terrain on Mt Washington in NH this season. The one time I found east coast powderâ¦.I barely had to do anything, the skis were effortless. Given how well these skis took care of me on my first runs, and how they seem to get better and better as I do, I think they are probably amazingly designed beyond my knowledge to describe and Iâm not appreciating their full potential, yet - They took care of a tentative newbie, and respond amazingly well when I reached the level of doing icy moguls on steep, fast, narrow slopes that are New England spring skiing. Iâve hated moguls and generally stay away from them so Iâm thrilled to have been able to do them and keep both the skis and myself safe and in control on the diverse and tricky terrain (occasionally ideal, mostly narrow trails, deep moguls, rocks, ice, slush, powder, corn, lions and tigers and bears) I also had no tired leg (or strained knee) issues for our 6 hour days, in spite of me still not having my usual fitness or optimum skinning or skiing technique- these are so lightweight ( with my Dynafit Radical ST 2.0) and seemingly made to handle it all.
I looked at the Roamr too, but the Synapse seemed more appropriate for my desire to do have a bit more diverse skis and not wanting to be on resorts much, if at all. Iâve taken them down a few runs on a resort and they did great. Iâm thrilled with these skis and I think even though theyâre designed for more advance skiers who can take advantage of all their features, they are serving me well my first season and have a lot of potential to uncover. I do feel that theyâre playing a big part in my ability to gain my downhill skills back quickly and enjoy a new discipline.