185 Humpback Review
February 6th, 2012 by Adrian Kostrubiak
Thanks to BC_ski_BC of the Teton Gravity Forums for an awesome review of our Humpbacks!
Skier Background: 6’5” 200lbs. Racing background, now mostly BC and paying for tickets on weekday powder days. Go to ski is 184 Volkl Mantra/barons driven by Garmont Adrenaline.
Pros: Stable, quick edge to edge, crud busters.
Cons: not really a con but longer is better with these.
I will preface by saying Stowe, VT received 5-7 inches the day before on top of a medium/hard base, but not too much ice, plus my first day there ever. Day started on some freshly groomed tracks to get the feeling of a wider and less shaped ski than I am used to, didn’t take too long, fast and poppy from edge to edge! They did at first feel shorter than my Mantra’s and lighter, but quickly I got used to it and was letting them loose at high speeds. Did a more than decent job at holding steady at high speeds, but really stood out when going through pushed around powder and crud, smooth sailing!
Found some untracked powder mid-day, along with some tighter than usual trees. These skis were a ton of fun, light and responsive, and seeing as the snow has been poor at times in N VT, conditions are variable and the ski responds very well from powder to chop.
Later in the day, the steeps were skied off with patches of ice, not a fan of ice but felt stable and enjoyed attacking the pitch in the afternoon sun. I would definitely considered theses capable of being a daily driver. Based on the minimal powder I got to enjoy, my assumption would be these will be awesome on a deep day!