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Pro skier, Thayne Rich known for his award winning backcountry freestyle video segments in Level 1 completely re-designed his ski last year. Imagine the snow is stacked up outside, and you’re on a mission to build a booter and land in bottomless powder. You don’t just want to hit it, you want to stomp it switch. This ski has the power to charge, yet also the ease to slash, pop, spin and ride out switch everywhere on the hill. It achieves this through it's unique reverse camber that allows you to drive the ski underfoot vs. pressuring the tips like a traditionally cambered ski. The result is tips that automatically rise out of the pow in all conditions like no other. New this year, Thayne tightened the sidecut from 35 to now 25m radius and mellowed out the reverse camber to be flatter enabling the ski to turn quicker while maintaining the same weight. If you want to ski natural features like you're hot lapping the terrain park, Thayne’s signature ski is your ticket to stick it.
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As an all mountain skier with freestyle as the main emphasis, this ski really allows me to do everything. It charges extremely well on steep and fast terrain, but is also nimble and playful in the trees and little side hits at your local resort. This ski stomps forward and backwards like no other ski I have ridden, and the swing weight is hardly noticeable. If you are looking for a ski to really push your riding to the next level in bigger terrain, and in the air, you've found it.
MOST FUN I'VE HAD ON A PAIR OF SKIS...
Best ski I've ridden, hands down. Very stable at high speeds without any of the twitchiness of skis with a shorter turn radius. My first day I was surprised by the combination of playfulness and charging ability, whether straight-lining through avalanche debris or popping in and out of pow stashes. his is now my one-ski quiver that I ride for everything except dedicated park days. Great ski for the big mountain charger or backcountry freestyler.
Ski Construction and Technology
Eliminating deflection, delamination and fractures in the ski tip. These three issues have long plagued the durability of freeride skis due to the abrupt change in snow conditions and tip slap on impact from catching air. The bordering material in a ski tip that joins the core end is most commonly comprised of hard, non-elastic polymers. We began experimentation in our White Room using different grades of Neoprene to withstand the shearing impacts and provide absorption for change in conditions. The result is a dampened feel that calms the ski feel and increases the durability.
We started with clear Aspen and Maple stringers running the length of the ski at min/max tolerance of the binding screw hole pattern. To reduce weight, we eliminated the Maple stringers, making the core 100% clear Aspen and then milling a 4mm x 60cm pocket where the min/max of the binding mount will occur and use clear Maple inserts to support the binding retention without adding all the weight. We rely on carbon stringers to support the tip/tail end of the core where the Maple is no longer present.
A complex insert which adjoins the core end and runs out to the tail edge perimeter. Full wrap metal edge skis often stood on their tail end have a tendency to delaminate, due the weak joint bearing the skis weight between metal, rubber and fiberglass. A tail block eliminates the sensitive joint between laminates and edge and allows for non-invasive customization for skin tail clips if so desired.
Semi Cap ABS Sidewall>
Similar to how you construct a sandwich, layers of premium raw material pile high into a 3D cavity that secures the shape outline with an ABS sidewall over edge. The semi cap design provides longevity and durability of the top sheet edge by stepping down from the square edge of the sidewall leaving a smooth 360 degree round-contoured edge perimeter. The exposed sidewall protects the core from moisture while also dampening vibrations.
A non-elastic alternative to traditional fiberglass. The carbon runs the length of the ski like a stringer, acting as a springboard of flex, superior to what traditional fiberglass is capable of. Carbon Fiber adds an incredible amount of strength with very little added weight.
Our premium ski base, also known in the industry as a “race base” because it integrates carbon to further strengthen its gliding properties. At 1.3mm this fast, freely gliding and tough carbon base is much more durable than other base material and matches perfectly with our 2mm edge material. The sintering process occurs prior to extrusion, where the the carbon and plastic enter into an extruder in pellet form, therefore individually contributing its own dense properties to the final product.
|LENGTH||181 cm||188 cm|
|DIMENSIONS||138-117-129 mm||138-117-129 mm|
|TURN RADIUS||23 m||25 m|
|EFFECTIVE EDGE||1303 mm||1370 mm|
|TAIL TO WAIST||825 mm||860 mm|
|MOUNT POINT FROM TAIL||845 mm||880 mm|
|TIP HEIGHT||74 mm||74 mm|
|TIP ROCKER HEIGHT||6.63 mm||7.16 mm|
|TIP LENGTH||335 mm||335 mm|
|TAIL HEIGHT||61 mm||63 mm|
|TAIL ROCKER HEIGHT||5.32 mm||5.70 mm|
|TAIL LENGTH||352 mm||355 mm|
|NEGATIVE CAMBER RADIUS||50 m||50 m|
|RUNNING SURFACE||1123 mm||1190 mm|
|WEIGHT||1875 gr||1995 gr|
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