Overall: Five Stars for barely more weight than many race skis yet with a relatively substantial 77mm waist.
Background on product familiarity: I’ve used this ski so far for a single test outing, in the 160cm length, mounted with Dynafit Low Tech Race “1.0” (i.e., older version with the tripod heel three-screw mount), driven by Dynafit RC1 boots (size 26). I plan to use these for long outings in the late spring and early summer where I would have previously used my Hagan X-Race, Hagan Cirrus, or Trab Magico. Other skis I’ve previously used with a 70s waist width include the Trab Duo Sint Aero, Hagan X-Ultra, and some of the many incarnations of the Atomic 9.22/R:9 design.
First, the first impressions out of the wrapper: The sidecut depth is on the more curvy end of the spectrum. But the tip > tail differential is fairly high so should avoiding “hookiness” in potentially tricky snow. The tip has noticeable rocker / early rise, with a race-style skin notch that is angled to provide extra security. The tail is fairly flat.
Second impressions, in use: Edge hold was very impressive on moderately steep resort ice. None of that carbon chatter. The only unconsolidated conditions during my test outing were large heaps of damp loose granular, but I was still very impressed by how the slightly rockered tip easily plowed its way through. And overall, felt much more stable and secure that I would have expected from the 160cm length.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: I can’t pass judgment on that yet, but my old Movement Fish-X was still in almost perfect condition after almost half a million earned vertical feet. (My old Logic-X is also still in great shape, but far less usage.) The Big Fish-X also has a fairly beefy cross section (i.e., unlike some other lightweight skis that are very thin) and relatively thick edges.
Update now with ~40,000' vertical: the smile in the attached picture pretty much says it all! My initial impressions of a stable and secure platform (despite the 160cm length) have been confirmed while on 45-degree corn that has not always been as soft as I would prefer. At the other end of the spectrum, the 77mm waist coped reasonably well when some new snow featured a mank line that was rapidly moving up in elevation throughout one morning. And for conditions in between, perfect!
Checking back in now after ~134,000' vertical, this is one of those skis that I loved at first and since then have grown to love even more!
The only drawback is that I've mainly been reserving them for very long tours where they also have to spend some time of my pack, given that they're barely heavier than a race ski, and noticeably lighter than other ultralight skis in my quiver.
(Picture attached of an overnight hut tour this past May -- the lack of snow in the background provides a hint at how much time they had to spend on my pack!)
Yet they ski so well even in variable conditions, and they are so surprisingly stable even though I went with merely a 160cm, that they deserve to be skied far more often than I've been using them!
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