A true all-terrain slayer, the new Liberty Variant 97 Skis can take on any terrain. A bamboo and poplar core make this ski lively, while a Titanal layer adds torsional rigidity and also aids in dampening vibrations from choppy snow. Liberty's Hammer Rocker is a very low rise tip rocker with camber under foot for incredible edge grip and effortless flotation in soft snow. A skin-friendly tip and tail means that the Variant is ready and rearing to hit the side-country straight out of the factory. No matter where you take it, you're going to have a good day.
Hammer Rocker Hammer Rocker has very low rise tip rocker, combined with camber back to the tail for amazing edge grip with easy turn entry and flotation. Makes ski stable and predictable, more versatile, and more powerful exits out of turns.
Mid flex in the tip and stiff flex underfoot and in the tail
BC Tail A flat, stiff, tail section with minimal camber that allows strong turn finishes, won't hook up on the steeps, and is a strong landing platform.
Bamboo Backbone Every Liberty ski features a hand-made, bamboo/poplar laminate core that is light, strong, lively and eco-friendly. Each core and flex pattern is fine tuned for the intended application, but starts with the strength and durability of bamboo to provide a dependably energetic ride, time after time. If you've never ridden a bamboo-core ski, definitely give it a try.
FRP Mats of dense Fiber Reinforced Polymer that are to increase screw retention and to add rigidity
Quadaxial Fiberglass Liberty's custom E-Glass creates torsional stability while allowing easy longitudinal flex to initiate turns and absorb terrain.
P-Tex 4000 The fastest, hardest base available.
HRC 48 Liberty's specially treated HRC 48 edges feature a wider profile with larger anchors for greater durability and longer life.
Skin Compatible Low profile tapered tip and notched tail for quick and secure skin attachment.
We recommend a brake width equal to or at most 15 mm wider than the ski waist width.
|Tip Width (mm)||132||132||132|
|Waist Width (mm)||97||97||97|
|Tail Width (mm)||119||119||119|
|Turning Radius (m)||18.5||21.0||23.0|
|Indiv. Ski Weight (g)||2100||2200||2350|
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Comments about Liberty Variant 97 Skis 2014:
Here's a little bit about me and what I ski:
Me: Chica, 29 years, 5'9", 135lbs, love deep fluff and fast groomers.
Location of skiing: Mostly Western and Central Colorado
Type of skiing: Downhill-mostly resort, some side and backcountry
Skis:'14 Liberty Variant97 172 and '13 Liberty Helix 176
Boot: Salomon Quest 10 25.5
Binding/AT Setup: Liberty Adrenaline A/T 16 Binding on the Variants, MFD Alltime/4FRNT Deadbolt 15 on the Helixs
I fell in love with Liberty Skis after my first pair and knew I'd never own another brand. I spent an entire season on the Variant 97s in and on every condition imaginable in Western Colo. On groomers, there's no comparison, they can straight line it at top speeds. Or make the most beautiful turns of any kind at whatever speed on groomers and untracked pow. Once I got them out in the wide open powder filled chutes and bowls, that "hammer rocker" tip rose right up and we had some good floatacious shmeary turns!
They have a perfect amount of pop, always feel super stable and never feel like they'll ski away without me. In powder up to 1'+ they give me the perfect amount of float and are so easy to turn while still allowing me to get in deep for some serious face shots. The thing I love most about this ski is that on days where I want to rip as hard and as fast as I possibly can, these skis rip and then some, never feeling too stiff and definitely never soft and noodly. And on days where I just want to take it easy, they are absolutely great for some easy cruising!
It's weight with the Adrenalin A/T binding was just right when it came to hiking Telluride's Black Iron Bowl and Palymya Peak multiple times, Bald Mountain and up to the Gold Hill stairs. I loved its stiff flat tail. I feel like that tail made tight maneuvers at the top of chutes easy peezy! And with these shred sticks, skinning for some mild backcountry laps was a breeze!
I've taken some good hits to the base and edges over rocks and these babies stand up to anything! And my mind is always at ease with the fact that they come with an outstanding 3 year warranty.
The Variant 97s are super solid skis that kill it all over the mountain!
Comments about Liberty Variant 97 Skis 2014:
I use the Variant 97 as my mountaineering/backcountry ski. It is perfect for both. For mountaineering it is the perfect size at 97 under foot. It is not the lightest ski out there, but that is ok with me when it preforms so good while skiing. I know I can trust it on super steep exposed faces on hard pack. When the snow is soft it is also amazing. It has a slight rockered tip that helps it float really nice. If you like skiing the steeps in the backcountry this ski is for you.