Single Ski Review
Hi, It's me Tom. This is a ski review.
I am a c6c7 incomplete quad. I mono-ski at an advanced level. This review is merely my opinion of the
skis performance when used with a mono-ski.I would read a ski review in one of the ski magazines and
based on it, I would choose a ski. However, all my weight plus the weight of the mono on one ski can
change the resultof the ski's performance. So I live and learn, and post the result here. I hope this
helps you to choose a ski best for you.
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All new reviews from the 2002-2003 season.
Atomic R11.20 160cm.
If I had to choose only one ski for the season, it would be this ski. It is at the top of my list. I skied and reviewed the 11.20 in a 180cm, great ski. But going shorter was even better. This is an all mountain ski that can and will do everything. The integrated binding system makes a difference when used with a mono. It is very strong and helps provide consistent flex. The ski is strong and stable at speed, yet has a flex in the bumps that will help keep you grounded if things get ugly. Short or long turns, are not a problem. Edge to edge is strong with good holding power. You donít have to drive this ski like a race ski. But if you do, this ski really comes to life. The 160cm is very responsive, quick strong short turns. However it did start to flatten out on me. I think a 170cm will be the ticket for me. I hope to ski a 170cm soon.
The Rossignol Powerpulsion Viper STX 170cm.
Another bad boy! This ski is an all mountain ripper and moves right into my ski arsenal. Fast edge to edge, carves a mean arc. A little stiff in the bumps, but I aced the bump part of my level 2 exam with it so I am not complaining. Short medium and long turns are all no problem for this smoking gun of a ski. Pinning the rear binding took a little welding, but the binding works great. The ski is fast and strong with a lot of performance to offer. You can sit back and cruse it, or you can get on the shovel and drive it. It is a powerful ski, hence the name. I LIKE IT! This ski took a lot of abuse but is starting to flatten out on me.
ELAN MX Four Super 173cm
This is another main player in my ski arsenal. This ski has it all. It will go anywhere and do anything. Short or long turns are no problem. It is quick and strong to engage. It holds through the turn like you are on a rail. It finishes the turn very nice with a strong tail. Keep the shovel in the fall line and you can do no wrong. In the bumps and off piste you can dance. On the groom runs you can let it rip. This ski will carve a monster arc when you roll it on edge. This ski took some abuse from me and still holds it camber. I have a lot of fun with this ski. I skied the 177cm also, but did not like it as much as the 173cm.
Volkl P50 Platinum 168cm.
This little ski rocks, another main player in my ski arsenal. It took all I dished out and kept right on performing. Quick turns are easy to come by and long carvers are no problem as well. Edge to edge is quick and strong. This ski bites into the crud and holds it own. Only on the hardest of boiler plat ice will this ski show its soft side. But you canít beat the edge on a Volkl. In bumps this ski comes to life. It likes to be skied so stay on top of it for a thrilling ride. But if you just want to sit back and take it easy, thatís okay too. This ski will give you what you need when you need it. However, too much abuse and the camber starts to fade.
Atomic Supercross SX.11 170cm
What is all the fuss about! I wanted so bad to get on this ski. Donít get me wrong
it is a great ski. But I was not blown away by it. It is on the stiff side of what I like for skiing bumps. It is a snappy ski, quick edge to edge and carves a mean arc. This ski likes to carve. However, in the bumps it can be a little unforgiving. You need to stay right on top of it. You will have to work for you short turns, but with medium and long turns this ski comes to life. Roll it on edge and you are in for a carving rocket ride. I took a lot of camber out of this ski. But all in all I like it and it is a main player in my ski arsenal.
Atomic Beta Race 9.12 150cm
This is a snappy fun little ski. This puppy rocks! It has a quick strong engage and holds well through the turn. The weight of your rig will determine how strong the tail will be for you. Stay on the tip with this ski and you will have a blast! Strong edges, this ski needs to be driven. Keep the shovel in the fall line and dance. Not a good ski for jumping. It is SL race ski. But turn, turn, turn, till your hearts content. I look forward
to skiing this in a 160cm next season.
The Nordica beast 72 166cm twin tip.
This is an all mountain intermediate ski. I was thinking it would be a bit too soft for a mono, but I was pleasantly surprised. On soft snow this ski is a lot of fun. It is a responsive with good edge to edge control. However when you raise the bar and pick up the speed on hard pack this ski reveals its limitations. Then again it is an intermediate ski. It is a little too soft in the tail for me, but all in all I had fun with it. This is good for a lazy soft snow day or a spring time rock ski.
Atomic SL 11.21 181cm.
I found the SL to be a little to restricting for me. Very stable edge, bites into the hard pack, and holds well. It does not like flexing in bumps, so be focused.
It is a good ski for racing, but I would rather and all mountain ski.
Reviews from previous seasons.
Atomic Smart Zone 180cm.
Smoking, Jamming, Rocking, Strong and Alive. Carves like a dream, short turns and bumps, it eats them
up. It is very stable at speed. I can not say anything bad about this ski. It is at the top of my list!
Atomic 11:20 Beta ride, 180cm.
You can not go wrong with this ski, for good all mountain fun. Quick turns in bumps with the stability
of a mid-fat. Are you ridding it or is it ridding you. The ski carves such a sweet arch, short or long.
It has a great bite on the ice and crud, yet it floats over the powder. Like I said, good all mountain
Atomic 9:12 beta race 170cm.
Great ski, a lot of fun. Roll it on edge and carve a mean arc. Quick turns are all that and more.
This ski is alive and if you sit back it will take off with out you. Stay over the tip on this puppy
and you rip some of the tightest turns of your life. I find the added height of the riser takes me out
of my comfort zone.
Atomic 9:16 beta race 180cm.
Great ski, a lot of fun. Roll it on edge and carve a mean arc. This puppy likes to go fast and it holds
It's own on the hard pack. The more you work it the more it gives back. But if you just want to relax
this ski will play that game too. Again I find the added height of the riser takes me out of my comfort zone,
but I like this ski a lot.
The Volkl Vertigo G3 178cm.
This ski has good edge control and pretty good edge to edge a little slow in bumps
Strong in long and short turns, holds up well at speed and floats nice in the soft stuff.
It gets a nice bite on the ice and carves a mean arc.
The Volkl P40 RC 178cm.
This is a Smoking ski! Edge to edge is fast, quick in the bumps. Carves a mean arc
and holds up great at speed. Likes to go fast. Short turns are easy to find and long turns are
fun, fun ,fun. What can you say about a do it all, any where, any condition, ski. It's Smoking!
Volant Epic T3 183cm.
Great ski, fast edge to edge with great control. Soft in bumps yet holds up at speed.
This is an all mountain ripper. It likes to carve a big arc, but can snap out short turns
with the best of them. The T3 has good stability through a turn and finishes off with a strong tail.
The K2 ENEMY 184cm
(Tested 01-01-02 on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp with a pinned Marker M51binding.)
This is a serious ski with every thing you need to do it all. It carves like hungry electric knife. Snappy short turns are easy to find and the ski is very stable. This ski is the Enemy of hard pack and ice, it just chomps right through it. In the powder it floats like a butter fly and in bumps it stings like a bee. I zippered the bumps with this twin tip mid fat like I was dancing. Quick edge to edge with great flex. I give this ski three cheers two thumbs up and a hand clap.
Atomic 9.22 beta race 180cm with riser and binding.
(Tested 01-01-02 on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp.)
This ski is a rocket. Take it for a ride or it will take you for a ride. It carves like a dream, Lots and lots of energy. The snap out of the turn will launch you into next week if you are not paying attention. Quick snappy turns are easy to get and the edge to edge control is smoking, the ski has great stability and flex. The added height of the riser through me off a bit, but it also let me lay it way over for some monster carving. I give this ski two thumbs up and a hand clap.
The Rossignol T-Power 9S 167cm
(Tested 12-22-01on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp with a pinned Marker M51binding.)
WOW! T-Power RULES! I was a bit unsure of a ski this short under my
mono, but in one turn I was sure. As I came to the slick, scraped off, high side of a dropping slope, I engaged the ski as if to say with an attitude, "show me what you got, little T-power". The ski replied with shocking stability and a lot of "lets rock this mountain" attitude. Short radius turns were all that and more, quick turns, with a nice snap. Carving big at speed, not a problem, very stable, T- Power = stability, did I say this 167cm ski was stable? In the bumps, zipper line baby! right down the fall line with fast snappy turns. On the icy steep double blacks, Ha! what a joke, the T-Power was taking me for the ride of my life. Laughing at the terrain as if to say "Is this all you got!" I can not say anything bad about this ski. Actually After skiing a 167cm
I am not sure I will go back to a 180cm. But one important consideration as you go shorter with a ski.
Make sure it is a strong ski. The T-Power is strong with all the tenacity it needs to take on what ever you can give it. I give the Rossignol T-Power 9S 167cm three cheers two thumbs up and a hand clap
Salomon Scream 10 Pilot 193cm.
(Tested 12-22-01on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp.)
The Salomon Scream 10 pilot 193cm.
First attempt at skiing this ski was day one back in Nov.
I had a pin problem and released from the pilot binding.
Just a block in place of the spring did not work for me. I then used the drill and tap method of pinning the front binding, with a cap screw, that worked fine. The conditions were hard pack,
but the snow gun were blasting so there was a lot of powder to be found.
The longer ski lacked the quick turn response I like in a ski. But this ski loves to be rolled on edge
for big carving turns. I love to carve, but I love to dance more and I could not dance with this partner.
Maybe a shorter Scream would be a more suitable partner for me. Actually I will not ski any thing over
a 180cm. For me it is a waist of a run, and that could get shorter yet. The pilot system will raise you
up a bit higher then most binding, that was cool and the ski can flex very well with the Pilot system.
I think it is a good ski and binding system. On the ice it was a little skiddish, in the powder it has a nice float to it, a little slow in the bumps and way too long. On the groomed stuff it is very much at home. I give the scream 10 pilot 193cm one thumb up.
Volkl P40 F1 193cm & 183cm
Oh Yeah Babe! This ski
rocks! Top to bottom faster then ever before with stability to spare.
Need I say more? Okay, I will. I attacked the ice like it was fresh snow,
and took the high side of every run I skied. Edge to edge is quick and powerful.
And this ski can carve it up. it eats up bumps and rips through the crud and keeps you level
and grinning from ear to ear. The P40 F1 Rules! three cheers two thumbs up and a hand clap.
Atomic TEN EX 184cm
This is more then a mid fat, this is a extra-wide freeride ski with
unsurpassed stability in steep, while delivering easy turning characteristics on groomed slopes
and on the hard pack. In my opinion, this is an all mountain all condition do it all ski. But use inserts when
mounting your binding for a mono. Quick turns in bumps, great edge to edge control
and fast. I powder it floats to the top and lets you surf the mountain.
A great ski, I give it two thumbs up and a hand clap.
Fischer Revolution Super Control 188cm
Fast, lean and mean. A little soft
for the hard pack but I was not complaining. It was like skiing a corvett. Quick snappy turns with great edge control, and it holds well at speed. A little more tail would be nice, but the ski can hold its one and rock the mountain with the best of them. I give it two thumbs up
Head Cyber Cross Ti 180cm
This is a great ski with a lot to offer. It is stable at speed, soft in
bumps, and has great edge control. Roll it on edge and hold on this puppy loves to carve and
dance through quick short turns. A good strong all mountain ski I give the ski three cheers two
thumbs up and a hand clap.
Head Super Cyber Cross 180cm
This is a fun ski that is easy to get use to. It is a little softer then the Cyber Cross Ti and it's a mid fat. Stable at speed, soft in
bumps, and has great edge control. It loves to carve and can dance through quick short turns.
On the hard pack it shows it's soft side. A nice fun ski. I give it twothumbs up.
Fischer Alltrax Expedition 193cm
I like the ski for stable cruising, but I felt it lacked the
attack and quick turns, I like in a ski. I would go shorter. I give the ski a thumb up.
Elan SCX 15, 173cm
I skied two cruisers and then headed for the bumps. The shorter ski was a
bit weak at speed but still quite manageable and held on. In the bumps turn, turn, turn. This ski can turn
with out effort. It is a fun ski the likes to dance. A bit soft. I give it two thumbs up.
K2 MOD-X 174cm
This is a fun ski. In all conditions the MOD-X holds it's own. I was impressed how well the 174cm held up on the hard pack. It turned like a dream with great edge control. It carves well and has a nice snap out of the turn.
I give the ski two thumbs up.
The ELAN X2000 188cm
(Tested on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp mono-ski with a pinned Marker M38 binding)
This versatile all-mountain ski with its 69mm waist offers unconditional performance anytime, anywhere. Just roll it on edge and watch out. This puppy can turn, carve and hold it's edge at speed and on ice. It is a lot of fun and I skied everything the mountain threw at me. In the powder it was a sweet, smooth surf board. On the hard stuff it was
a no nonsense bad boy. I LIKE IT! I give the ELAN X2000 188cm two thumbs up and a hand clap.
The Atomic 9.20 Beta Race 180cm
(Tested on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp mono-ski with a pinned Tyrolia 650 binding)
This is one fun ski. It was my first time skiing a 180cm. Short but sweet. The edge control is awesome, Boiler plate ice, No problem. The camber is high and the release (snap) out of a turn is fast. This is a great all mountain ski. At speed the 180 was not as stable as I like, but for dancing in the bumps and just fun free skiing it is a great ski. I give the Atomic 9.20 Beta Race 180cm, three cheers, two thumbs up and a hand clap.
The Atomic 9.26 Beta Carve 180cm
(Tested on a REVOLUTION Pro Comp mono-ski with a Freedom Factory Monster binding)
This is one great ski. I love everything about it. The edge control is awesome, Boiler plate ice, No problem. The camber is high and the release (snap) out of a turn is fast. This ski gave me so much confidence, black, double black, it did not matter I just rocked them all. This is a great all mountain ski. High speed carving was not as stable with the 180cm as with the 190, but the quick turns in the bumps resulted in my first zipper line bump run. I give the Atomic 9.26 Beta Carve 180cm, three cheers, two thumbs up and a hand clap.
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