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Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis

Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis

It’s been a long time coming and it seems the ski industry has finally figured it out. We present the Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis complete with women’s skis that have a 169cm or longer length model in their line-up.  For years it was almost impossible to find a women’s ski that was 170 or longer. As a women whose 5’10” it was frustrating. Not all of us are itty bitty. Some of us enjoy a ski that fits our height. Finally, ski manufacturers are getting it and this season the picking is good, very good.

 

2017 Nordica Women's Santa Anna 93 All Mountain Ski

2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 

Was $749/ Basin Price $649

This ski was a multi- award winner this year and for good reason. It’s a new addition but really it’s a more slimmed down version of the Nordica Enforcer. The 2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 is available in 153-177 and is marketed towards the aggressive female skier who wants a one ski quiver. Now I’m bias to Nordica, we all have our brands and though I enjoy their skis their not my favorite. That being said, I’m weird, haha. Most ladies love this ski and for good reason. At 169 it’s got a sidecut of 124-93-112. It’s also got a Balsa wood core with a full sheet of titanal. It’s VERY similar to the Nordica Enforcer 93 but the core is different. The Balsa wood is not used in the Enforcer. It’s found in the 2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 because women respond to ski dampness different than men. We’re not big 200 pound guys, we’re kick ass skier chicks and sometimes having a reliable, yet light core is what we need. So “wahllah” Balsa was used to make the Santa Ana 93 what it is.

Personal Thoughts: To much rocker, if the taper was pushed forward some I think the ski would respond a bit better, especially in sketchy east coast snowpack. For “chundery “spring powder or East Coast Powder Days this ski is an ass kicker.

Shop Tip: Mount +1 for better edge to edge contact.

 

2017 Salomon Women's QST Lumen 99 All Mountain Skis

2017 Salomon QST Lumen 99

Was $725/ Basin Price $599

This ski comes in a 181! But put up next to the Salomon QST 99 (Men’s Version) it’s identical in every way minus the topsheet. It shares the same price too so it’s no surprise this ski is so popular. It looks playful and easygoing but it’s got a whole side to it that you wouldn’t expect. It’s a happy balance of soft and playful to kick- ass hard charging animal. The 99mm waist doesn’t hurt either when it comes to beefing up this ski. There are narrower versions in the line-up but this is a crowd favorite.

Personal Thoughts: I’ve never been a fan of Salomon women’s skis. They were the first to start the women’s specific ski trend, right around the foam core era. They were also one of the first to do away with the lesser quality women’s skis. The QST is a testament to that. Off the wall this ski makes me go wow! I’m quite impressed with it’s construction and layup, to the point where I might own one in the future. It’s a good “affordable” all mountain ski.

Shop Tip: De-tune the tips an extra inch lower so there’s better transition on edge. Consider a Tyrolia AAAttack Binding for an extra low standover height. Go with a 12 or higher for the camming heel to make easy step-in when clicking in.

2016 Atomic Womens Vantage 90 CTI W AA0025812 1

2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTI

Was $725/ Basin Price $599

There’s no kidding around with the Vantages. This ski is stable and reliable, especially at high speeds. It’s a high performance annihilator for the chick that absolutely rips down the mountain. Carbon tank mesh inlay with Titanal bridge overlap the 2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTI is all there. It’s ironic actually when I think about this ski. It’s ironic because this ski as released last year but didn’t really win any awards until this year. Atomic is one of those companies that is often overlooked in the grand scheme of things so it’s ironic that an unchanged ski from last year to this year is only now just getting recognized for its kick assery and bad-assness. This ski would fit the chick who’s an ex-racer or maybe a free rider, someone who wants something that’s stable at high speeds, that’s the 2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTi.

Personal Thoughts: Beefy, almost too beefy for me which is why I went with the 95 C not the 90 CTI. This ski is a crowd favorite and was spotted a lot last season. The perfect amount of rocker too and absolutely blast the crap out of a turn when exiting the transition.

Shop Tip: Great Tele ski!

These are the best well- rounded kind of do anything women ski. It’s not just a carving ski or just a powder ski, it’s a do anything, go anywhere kick a lot of ass ski. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be able to find all these skis in a 170+ length.


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2017 Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI Ski Review

2017 Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI brings new meaning to All- Mountain Ripper

 

Don’t be afraid of this bright orange graphic or aggressive, race look. The 2017 Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI is an All- Mountain, Frontside dominator. “Rippah!” as I put it, this ski is all there. I was fortune enough to be able to test this ski out at our Season Tuner Appreciation Demo Day where vendors of major brands we carry showed up to offer our season tuners a chance to test 2017 skis and snowboards. A short break between photos and videos lent me the chance to test a few of the skis for next year, the 2017 Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI standing out amongst all the skis I tried.

Mellow, casual skiers all the way up to the Olympian World Cup medalists had something good to say about this ski and I expect it to fly off the wall this fall. With minimal rocker (only 10% in the tip) and no rocker in tail this ski is all edge. Even in the softer spring snow up top this ski was still forgiving enough to not completely feel off balance. Then I get to a steeper pitch that hasn’t been exposed all morning and got to navigate firm hardpack, the perfect mixture for ski testing if you ask me. Arms, up weight forward and carve and carve I did because you could lay this ski all the way over, even over ice and it would carve perfect turns, no sliding sideways just perfect turns. I got to the bottom, looked at the rep and said, “Wow!” Will I buy this ski next season? You bet your ass I will!


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Top 5 Skis For Spring

Top 5 Skis For Spring By The Goggle Tanning Experts At Basin

It’s that time of year, the snow’s melting, the temps are rising and the skiing is getting slushier. For the diehard ski bum, spring is a time to work on the goggle tan and break out the tank tops. For us it’s a time to lay down the top 5 skis for spring skiing and how to make the most of what’s left of winter. Everyone is different when it comes to skiing but one thing is certain when skiing in the spring, there will be moguls. These bumps will be softer than your average mid- winter bump run but, you’re still going to need a ski that can navigate these bumps and flex a specific way to enjoy the bumps for all they’re worth.

I recommend a softer based ski for spring bumps skiing and find them to be a ton of fun in slushy conditions. Metal is not always your friend when it comes to spring skiing. A ski that’s to stiff is not going to have enough give in and out of bumps, especially if you’re on beer number 3 and your edge to edge control isn’t so good anymore.  Let’s face it, spring skiing is one giant party, I mean we don’t call the parking lot (below the last spring ski run open) the beach for nothing.

 

Line Sir Francis Bacon

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

For the wider waist width skiers out there I’d recommend the Line Sir Francis Bacon. This year they narrowed down the waist on the bacon and added cloud core. I like to call these wider, soft skis “Slush busters” because they float through the wet, soppy snow easily and navigate those unruly bumps smoothly. The Line Sir Francis Bacons make great powder skis and great skis and with the new cloud core technology ski smoothly through spring like ski conditions.

SPECS:

  • Waist Width mm:104
  • Length cm: 178, 184, 190
  • Shape mm:135-104-131
  • Sidecut m:4 (184cm)
  • Stance mm:Eric’s Choice -20 / Recommended -60
  • Weight:Weight: 2,045 g/ski (186)
  • Profile mm:9-3-9
    (Tip Early Rise-Camber-Tail Early Rise)

 

Nordica Soul Rider

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

Don’t be put off by this ski because it’s twin tip, park shape. The Nordica Soul Rider definitely deserves a spot in the Top 5 Skis For Spring. With a narrower waist than the Sir Francis Bacon the Soul Riders come in at 97mm underfoot. But as I mentioned above, I recommend a softer ski for spring skiing, so the Nordica Soul rider does not have a sheet of metal in it. It does have a Carbon Fiber laminate layup for snappy turn adjustment. This ski kicks a lot of butt in the off-piste choppy snow and can usually be spotted a few times on the hill in the spring.

SPECS:

  • Waist Width mm: 97
  • Length Cm: 169, 177, 185
  • Shape mm: 134-97-124
  • Sidecut m: 5 (177cm)
  • Stance mm: Recommended -60
  • Profile: All Mountain Soul Rider (Rocker Tip- Camber Underfoot- Rocker Tail)

 

Atomic Vantage 95C

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

A redesign off the old Vantage Theory the Vantage 95C is redesigned and reconstructed for a more multi-dynamic ski. The 95 C is designed with Atomic’s carbon tank mesh layer and a Lite wood core. Again no metal but still a great ski.  In fact this ski does quite well in a variety of conditions, not just spring snow. With their trademark firewall and superior sidecut and tip/tail rocker this ski is a powerhouse without the skier having to put a ton of effort in. Unlike other skis with rocker, Atomic has extended their sidecut and reduced their rocker down to the perfect amount so that the ski is very stable. Turn initiation in and out is also very fluid and doesn’t slip out exiting a turn. A really fun ski in slushy bumps.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 134 (@186cm)
  • Waist: 95 (@186cm)
  • Tail: 121 (@186cm)
  • Radius: 18.9m (@186cm)
  • Weight: 1.85 kg (@186cm)

 

K2 Pinnacle 95

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

Some people love this ski some people hate it.  I think it’s a contender as one of Top 5 Skis For Spring because it’s got a great design to it. The 95 in the name stands for 95mm underfoot and it has similarities to the old BBR skis, the difference being these ski in a little bit more dynamic manner and the tip is wider than the waist. This ski comes with a metal laminate but it’s not a full sheet of titinal. The only incorporate the metal into the outside of the ski for strong edge hold and chatter reduction. Their nanolite core is a mix of a mystery nanolite wood and aspen. Aspen tends to be a snappy wood and provides a solid alternative to carbon without additional weight. This ski has a good amount of tip rocker and helps when turning in and out of spring bumps and flowing through the slushy chunder.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 132
  • Waist: 95
  • Tail: 115
  • Radius: 17m @ 184cm

 

Armada Eldollo

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

This is Henrik Harlaut’s signature ski. You know, that guy who is crushing it in the X-Games. The one with the dreads down to his waist? Well he may look like a park rat but he has some great ski designing knowledge and this ski performs well in a multitude of conditions including spring slush which is why it’s on of Top 5 Skis For Spring. At 98 underfoot this ski is seriously fun and has this hybrid double zone core so that it engages and disengages pressure in a responsive manner. A great floater in soft spring like conditions.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 133 (@ 178cm)
  • Waist: 98 (@ 178cm)
  • Tail: 123 (@ 178cm)
  • Radius: 20m @ 178cm

If any of the skis interest you or you have your eye set on something not listed above, and are curious how it performs in spring conditions give us a call, we’d be happy to help you find the right ski for you. We can be reached 7 days a week too!


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Top 4 Skis Of 2017 – At Least In Our Opinion

Top 4 Skis Of 2017 A Look At What’s In Store

Classifying the Top 4 Skis of 2017 is no small feat.  For one thing I have to narrow down a plethora of skis out there to four and well this year is sure full of surprises and a few oddities. SIA is over, orders are in and President’s Week is almost over.  With the way winter has been going for us here on the east coast many of us who are multi- seasonal are chomping at the bit to get into mountain bike season which hopefully produces a better season that the wintery mixture we’ve received this year. But I’m getting sidetracked and well let’s get down to the Top 4 Skis of 2017.

 

  1. 2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD

 

 

Top 4 Skis Of 2017
2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD

 

 

Let’s be honest here for a second. The S 7 series was getting a little stale. The once best-selling ski in the world needed a makeover and Rossignol delivered.  The 2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD is the new and improved Soul 7 with a few major changes. We’re going to look past the (in my opinion) horrendous color scheme and focus on construction because that’s the more important part right?

What you can look forward to is a new carbon alloy and paulownia core construction. This makes the ski a bit stiffer in attempt to reduce that pesky tip and tail flap and increase stability that was lacking in previous models. You’re still getting that air tip technology and powder turn rocker but the major changes are the construction of the core and laminate integration. Turn radius and dimensional specs are identical, but Rossignol felt a makeover was needed and the new and improved 2017 Soul 7 HD is bound to attract a new audience.

 

  1. 2017 Nordica Enforcer 93mm

 

Top 4 Skis Of 2017
2017 Nordica Enforcer 93

 

 

With the tremendous success Nordica had with the Enforcer this year (Ski Magazine Ski Of the Year) they felt it was only right to expand the enforcer collection and offer a different waist option. Behold the 2017 Nordica Enforcer 93 a new addition to the Nordica Enforcer family. With dimensions of 126-93-114 and the same construction as it’s big brother it’s bound to catch the attention of east coast rippers.

This flat mount, full sidewall ski guarantees that you can lay the edge over and carve up a storm with these bad boys.  And we have a few left from our early release order available, but you have to call to get in on the goodies.

p.s… rumor has it a wider than 100mm waist option may be in the works for 2017/18

 

  1. 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti

(Photo Coming Soon/ It Looks Rad Though)

A crowd favorite at SIA this year the 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti is turning heads. Five years ago a lot of people wouldn’t even consider Armada as a major company in the ski industry. And they weren’t, they had a major freestyle following then. Since then Armada has gained momentum as an All- Mountain/ Freeride Ski company and have been producing some kick ass skis. They’ve tried really hard to cater to a wider audience and for 2017 I think they knocked the nail right on the head. The 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti is not a park ski, in fact it’s classified as an All- Mountain Directional Ski.

Construction wise there’s no messing around with these sticks and I wouldn’t recommend this ski to a beginner. The 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti comes with two sheets of titanal (One on top, one on the bottom) and Carbon Kevalar Struts in the laminate. At 133-99-123 this ski sports dimensions similar to any popular All- Mountain ski in the 100mm waist range and even has a power lite core. The difference being that the 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti sports tip rocker soley with a flat tail for more camber underfoot.  This ski would be a good option as an aggressive in-bounds dawn patrol type ski if you wanted to mount it up as a tour option. Obviously, you don’t have to go tour but, as an All- Mountain ski the 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti is going to be a powerhouse option and is one of Top 4 Skis Of 2017.

 

  1. 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI

 

Top 4 Skis Of 2017
2016 Atomic 100 CTI. 2017 Shares same color way with slight differences in lettering layout.

 

 

If you read our Top 4 Skis Of 2016 from last year, you’ll recognize the 100 and I’m putting it back on here for a reason.  This ski was (what I felt) kind of left behind due to the popularity of the Nordica Enforcer this year and it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around it because almost every skier that works in this shop has bought a pair of Atomic Vantages and yet It fails to get the recognition it deserves. The 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI shares similar characteristics of its popular counterpart but there’s a few major differences.

The biggest would be rocker design. The 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI has 20% Tip Rocker and 10% Mild tail Rocker. The 2017 Nordica Enforcer has 25/5 Rocker and that slight difference makes all the difference. For one thing the effective edge (The edge in contact with the snow) is more forward on the Vantage making edge initiation easier. Next Carbon, mhmmm carbon. Carbon Tank Mesh makes the Vantage snappy as hell and incredibly dynamic. That combined with its titanium backbone makes this ski an incredibly fun multi- dynamic ski. Having that effective edge more forward means that when you’re on edge and preparing to exit the turn, your skis stay stable underfoot and don’t “wash out” on exit. They power in and out of the turn.

Ice, Crud, Slush, Powder the 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI can do it all and will transform your ski experience from a “meh” kind of ski day to an amazing day on snow which is why it’s one of the Top 4 Skis Of 2017.

 

To Conclude

 

Just to be clear, I started off with the intention to write up a top 5 skis blog. And well, I wasn’t super impressed with some of the things coming out this year. Many are attempts at older concepts from five years ago that didn’t work. But Niche is in and hey maybe they’ll work. Now to wrap up this blog…

These are the Top 4 Skis Of 2017 for a reason. They’re dynamic, stable and work in a multitude of conditions. All these skis are in the 100mm All- Mountain class because that’s the biggest ski audience at the moment. If narrower skis is your cup of tea, or maybe you’re a “powdah hound” then calling us is the best route you could take.  We won’t force a ski upon you just for the sale either, sharing passion is our number one goal and we’d rather see you on snow than not at all.

These Skis are not available on our website yet but many of their 2016 Counterparts are and can be found by clicking the buttons below.

 

2017 SIA Ski Collection Sneak Peak

2016 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI

2016 Nordica Enforcer

2016 Rossignol Soul 7 

 


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Salomon Ski Review: Astra & Gemma

Salomon Ski Review Of The Astra & Gemma- Frontside Skis for the Outdoorsy Ladies on the Slopes

New for Salomon this year, the Astra and Gemma bring new levels of exploration to the frontside carver ski for the timid women to the aggressive speed demon cruiser. Out of the Salomon Constellation collection the Gemma and Astra explore all the options for frontside skiing.
 

Salomon Ski Review
2016 Salomon Womens Astra Ski with Bindings

Salomon Astra

If you’re wondering what I mean when I say frontside, I mean a ski that’s mainly sticking to groomers and is shaped directionally instead of twin tipped.  With the Astra you get a narrower waisted option coming in at 78mm underfoot. This allows for precise edge to edge transmission and manageable skis for a novice to intermediate skier. The Salomon Astra is also a system ski which means it comes with a binding, the Lithium 10 ski binding.  Any ski that has a built in rail system incorporated into the design comes with bindings. It doesn’t necessarily make the ski better or worse, it’s just easier to adjust and can be swapped easily if you were to change boots down the line.  With dimensions of 125-78-106 and a 13m turn radius at 161cm, the Salomon Astra makes a great carving ski for the lady who loves to cruise the groomers.  The Astra also comes with a Semi- Sandwich wood core and a Basalt Layer.  Rossignol has been using this concept for a few years now and it’s said that this layer of Basalt helps dampen the ski and allow for a smoother ride. Or so they say, it all comes down to the skier and what they’re looking for. I personally felt a minimal difference with the Basalt layer incorporated into the design. To make this ski women specific Salomon also added there “Control Frame” into the design of the ski which supposedly helps make the ski more manageable.  This again points back to the more timid skier who likes to take their time, the control frame helps stabilize the ski and make it easy to turn, making your time on the slopes enjoyable. Maybe you’re a weekend warrior just like to ski at your own pace, the Salomon Astra is an option you should be considering.
Available in 147,154,161, and 168cm
 

Salomon Ski Review
2016 Salomon Womens Germma Ski With Bindings

Salomon Gemma

Wider than the Astra, the Salomon Gemma offers up the option of venturing off trail every once and a while a possibility.  Coming in at 85mm underfoot, the Salomon Gemma produces a wider platform for the adventure seeking lady out there.  No Basalt layer in this ski, instead an ultra-light woodcore is incorporated to help you fly down the slopes.  But don’t think that removing the Basalt layer makes this ski any less of a power house, in fact it’s listed as stiff or the stiffest option on Salomon’s website. In fact, we’d recommend it to the upper intermediate to advanced skier out there.  And it’s not necessarily groomer specific.  If you felt the urge to jump in the woods or hit the off-piste bumps, the Gemma would be able to carry you through it.  Also a system ski the Salomon Gemma has a Salomon XT10 Binding with a 3-10 DIN range. The Gemma guarantees the most control on multiple snowpack conditions.
Available in 157,163, and 169cm
 


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Salomon Ski Review: Astra & Gemma

Salomon Ski Review Of The Astra & Gemma- Frontside Skis for the Outdoorsy Ladies on the Slopes

New for Salomon this year, the Astra and Gemma bring new levels of exploration to the frontside carver ski for the timid women to the aggressive speed demon cruiser. Out of the Salomon Constellation collection the Gemma and Astra explore all the options for frontside skiing.

 

Salomon Ski Review
2016 Salomon Womens Astra Ski with Bindings

Salomon Astra

If you’re wondering what I mean when I say frontside, I mean a ski that’s mainly sticking to groomers and is shaped directionally instead of twin tipped.  With the Astra you get a narrower waisted option coming in at 78mm underfoot. This allows for precise edge to edge transmission and manageable skis for a novice to intermediate skier. The Salomon Astra is also a system ski which means it comes with a binding, the Lithium 10 ski binding.  Any ski that has a built in rail system incorporated into the design comes with bindings. It doesn’t necessarily make the ski better or worse, it’s just easier to adjust and can be swapped easily if you were to change boots down the line.  With dimensions of 125-78-106 and a 13m turn radius at 161cm, the Salomon Astra makes a great carving ski for the lady who loves to cruise the groomers.  The Astra also comes with a Semi- Sandwich wood core and a Basalt Layer.  Rossignol has been using this concept for a few years now and it’s said that this layer of Basalt helps dampen the ski and allow for a smoother ride. Or so they say, it all comes down to the skier and what they’re looking for. I personally felt a minimal difference with the Basalt layer incorporated into the design. To make this ski women specific Salomon also added there “Control Frame” into the design of the ski which supposedly helps make the ski more manageable.  This again points back to the more timid skier who likes to take their time, the control frame helps stabilize the ski and make it easy to turn, making your time on the slopes enjoyable. Maybe you’re a weekend warrior just like to ski at your own pace, the Salomon Astra is an option you should be considering.

Available in 147,154,161, and 168cm

 

Salomon Ski Review
2016 Salomon Womens Germma Ski With Bindings

Salomon Gemma

Wider than the Astra, the Salomon Gemma offers up the option of venturing off trail every once and a while a possibility.  Coming in at 85mm underfoot, the Salomon Gemma produces a wider platform for the adventure seeking lady out there.  No Basalt layer in this ski, instead an ultra-light woodcore is incorporated to help you fly down the slopes.  But don’t think that removing the Basalt layer makes this ski any less of a power house, in fact it’s listed as stiff or the stiffest option on Salomon’s website. In fact, we’d recommend it to the upper intermediate to advanced skier out there.  And it’s not necessarily groomer specific.  If you felt the urge to jump in the woods or hit the off-piste bumps, the Gemma would be able to carry you through it.  Also a system ski the Salomon Gemma has a Salomon XT10 Binding with a 3-10 DIN range. The Gemma guarantees the most control on multiple snowpack conditions.

Available in 157,163, and 169cm

 


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2016 SIA Sneak Peek

SIA Sneak Peek Get’s Us All Excited

We don’t work in retail for the good hours and good pay. We work in this industry because we love gear, you could even say we’re addicted to it (getting the latest gear for skiing and mountain biking).  Each year the Ski Industry Association holds its biggest annual show in Denver, Colorado where Snowsports vendors swarm to display their newest products for the 2016-2017 ski season. This is how our buyers test gear and decide on what to carry in the upcoming season.  Though only Ski Industry Association members are allowed to attend we felt it was only fair to share our addiction and excitement for next years gear with our fellow winter sports enthusiasts. Some things in this SIA Sneak Peek is carryover into the following season but with a color change.  The most noticeable would the Rossignol ski lineup for next year where they’ve revamped the S series into the S-HD series and added bolder colors. Let us know what you think about the SIA Sneak Peek and what you’re looking most foreward to.


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2016 Nordica OMW Review

Nordica OMW- More than Just a Park Ski

2016 Nordica OMW SkiThe Nordica OMW is interesting enough as a ski classified for Freestyle.  It’s much more adaptable than that and for someone on a budget who may be a weekend warrior or vacation goer, would find that the Nordica OMW is much more capable as and All- Mountain Ski than anything else. People who still particularly enjoy a traditional cambered ski would like the Nordica OMW.  Honestly, a lot of freestyle specified skis shouldn’t be overlooked as an all-mountain option. The Nordica OMW is just another great example of that with its traditional camber and Energy 2 Carbon Sandwich construction which means it’s snappy and quick.  Basically, Nordica took carbon stringers and integrated it into the construction to liven up the ski.  Despite its freestyle classification it also made the ski a great bump/mogul ski and with its 89mm waist width it does pretty well all over the mountain.

ABS sidewall is also added to the Nordica OMW which is hard not to find in a Nordica ski these days.  It basically makes the ski absorb vibrations more efficiently so you feel less in your knees and more power in your skis. Best of all it comes with a 2 year warranty instead of the typical 1 year option which is pretty nice to have. What else? 20m turn radius at 174 which is again the norm for the typical all- mountain ski. Dimensions are 121-98-113 making this ski hold up in most east coast conditions.

Take away should be that if you are looking for an affordable all-mountain option that’s built to take a beating then you should be considering the Nordica OMW as an all- mountain option.

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2016 K2 Shreditor 92 & 102

Freeride Focused, All- Mountain Dominator

2016 K2 Shreditor 92 Ski
2016 K2 Shreditor 92 Ski

Throwing it back with some old school graphics, the K2 Shreditor 92 and 102 is often overlooked by many looking for All- Mountain Ski.  Both the 92 and 102 share the same name but, have some pretty different construction designs.  Wood core, sidewall build up and turning radius are just a few. But don’t let this retro, full twin tip ski scare you off, there’s plenty behind this ski that has made a name for itself.

Shreditor 92

This fierce all-mountain ski is kick ass.  This non-metal charger has a turning radius of 21m @ 184cm and can charge powder like the rest of them.  With 124-92-118 as its dimensional shape the 92 does just fine in an east coast powder day. But, it’s going to excel in the unnatural, freeride terrain.  If bumps are your calling then the 92 is calling to you (see what I did there?).  Fir and Aspen make up the core in the 92 with a fiberglass laminate sandwiched in there. The Fir/ Aspen mix adds stability at high speeds and suppleness in tight shit. It’s got absorb sidewall made up of a Urethane mixture so you really snap in and out of turns, and you can lay it over if your into that sort of thing.  But bumps and trees is where this ski will excel.  The tight technical stuff is what makes the K2 Shreditor 92 stand out.
It’s also skin compatible so you could put a BC setup on it if you wanted.  But, it’s available in 163, 170, 177, and 184cm so there’s gotta be a size in there that suits you.  This true twin tip ski is blunt tapered as well.  The blunt taper is supposed to reduce weight and make the ski more maneuverable.  You’ll find this blunt taper design in both the 92 and 102. If you ski off- piste more than on but will occasionally charge those groomers, don’t overlook this ski because it’s going to kick a lot of ass.

Shreditor 102

2016 K2 Shreditor 102 Ski
2016 K2 Shreditor 102 Ski

Phat skis seems to be the common choice amongst skier’s nowadays. The Shreditor 102 gets overlooked way too much.  This year they put the throwback graphic on it and it reminds me of the old Scott P4’s I think they were from 2010? Anyways, the graphic is different but I often find myself telling customers don’t pick a ski because it matches your outfit, or because your favorite color is green.  Buy the ski because it fits your skiing style.
 
When I think of the ideal Shreditor 102 customer I think of the guy/gal who tried park but decided it wasn’t for them.  The skier who gets bored skiing groomers all day.  The skier who sees that little hit off trail and makes a B-Line to lip off of it. It’s a true twin as well and that often seems to scare off the older crowd.  I’ve more times than not had an older gentleman who I convinced to take out a twin tip ski come back with a big grin on their face.
So what you get is an Aspen/ Paulownia core ski.  A little softer than the 92 but still fun. The main purpose of the Paulownia is to reduce weight and reduce swing rate for turning.  Same blunt taper in the 102 but then there’s the TwinTech sidewall that rolls up into the ski to reduce wear. If you’re a ski wacker then you’ll like this ski. It’s designed to be beat around. Lengths available are 172, 177, 184 and 191 and is skin compatible for the backcountry powdah- hounds. The biggest difference between the 92 and 102 besides waist width, is the 102 @184 has a 20 meter turning radius.  That’s shorter than the 92 and mainly because of core construction.

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