My quiver has been considerably downsized since last year’s weigh in. In fact, I have essentially scraped my entire 2011-2012 quiver (or at least relegated those skis to extreme thin cover only) and started a new quiver from scratch.
Turn Earning duties go to the G3 Tonic. The Tonic is 185cm long with a flat tail and a 100mm waist. I expect this ski to be awesome in the gullies of Mount Washington and on reserved trails at ski areas. G3′s recommended mounting position for AT Boots looked perfect so I mounted my Dynafit Vertical FT12s right on the line and I am pleased with the result. The Tonic’s aesthetics are pleasing to my eye; I can’t help but think of snoliage turns.
The Tonics replace my Fischer Watea 94 in 178cm which was too short for my girth and aggressive style. Had I only known about the Watea’s massively turned up tail, I would have opted for a longer size. In any case, after less than a dozen days, the Watea’s are available for sale or trade. The Dynastar Legend 8000s with Freerides remain on backup duty for June/July Tuckerman Ravine abuse.
My alpine quiver has been substantially downsized into (dare I say it?) a quiver of one. I demoed the Atomic Theory last season with thoughts of replacing my Fischer Atuas (due to the tips going floppy, I’d get another pair if I could).
The specs are very similar and I found the Theory to have that same playful “make any turn” vibe. I was only able to demo the Theory on hard pack so I am anxiously awaiting verification that its powder performance can match the Atua. Performance on hard pack was sufficient enough to relegate my Dynastar Legend 8000s to rock ski duty and permanently closet the Volkl Six Stars.
I agonized over the mounting position for the Look Pivot 14s. Unfortunately, I failed to take note of the boot center location on the demo bindings when I sampled the ski. Atomic has ten suggested mounting points in 0.5cm increments. But even the furthest back mounting point seemed too far forward. I settled on 1cm back from the rear most recommended line.
Only time will tell if that was far enough back. In comparison to my Fischer Atua’s, the Theory mounting is noticeably forward. The Theory’s tail extends well past the Atua’s tail despite the same length. The Theory’s tips are slightly less pronounced so perhaps the variance can be attributable to running length. But with an early tip rise, I would expect more tip and less tail for the Theory.
So there it is: a one ski quiver each for downhill and turn earning. While I’ve previously been of the mind set that all skis are rock skis, I may pull out the Legends or the Atua’s to really trash them on a thin cover day. But otherwise, I have considerably simplified my morning ski selection this season.