Overall: Five Stars for a great ratio of surface area to weight, plus excellent versatility in variable conditions.
Background on product familiarity: Just two bc outings so far on the 166cm, mounted with Plum Race 165 bindings (equivalent of current 170 model), driven by Scarpa Alien 1.0 boots. Conditions ranged from nice powder to heavy powder to cut-up powder to compacted snow.
Somewhat similar skis I have used include the Volkl VTA 88 Lite (170cm, 88 waist with modest rocker, and love them except for their refusal to sell to Skimo Co!), Hagan Y Flow (173cm, 87mm waist with significant rocker, loved them!), Movement Response-X (169cm, 89 waist with significant rocker, loved the great float yet was disappointing on firm), Dynafit Manaslu (169cm, 92mm with early rise tip, great ski for its era), K Skis Wild Jelly (170cm, 90mm waist with modest rocker, prototype way ahead of its time, but extremely fragile, almost disposable!), Movement Logic-X (168cm, 88mm waist with traditional camber and geometry, and still in use for really low-snowpack outings), and Dynafit Mustagh Ata Superlight (169cm, 89mm with traditional camber and geometry).
First, the first impressions out of the box: Bought in a moment of impulsive weakness given the other similar skis in my quiver. Internal binding retention plate is stunningly strong – sharpen that drill bit (4.1mm for sure) and fully charge your drill battery! Sidecut is very innovative, just like the Denali skis I also love, with max tip width extended further back, and extremely tapered tail after the max width point there.
Second impressions, in use: I immediately felt comfortable on this ski. Powder skied well despite the modest waist width, and firmer consolidated conditions felt stable. My two concerns had been the relatively short length and the potential “hookiness” of the sidecut, but both of these seemed fine.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: No basis for that yet, but the metal reinforcements at the tip and tail bar are reassuring.
Very nice to have a ski this versatile with visibility like this in conditions that pretty much definite "variable"!
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