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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great ski with some weaknesses
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Comments about Surface New Life Skis 2013:
I have these skis in a 184, mounted with Dynafit bindings and use them with BD Prime boots. I'm 5-8, 155lbs. These skis are amazing in untouched snow of any depth. The rocker profile means they turn quickly and easily in any kind of soft snow. They are also pretty stiff, so you can run them surprisingly fast, and they still feel great. The twin shape makes them very surfy in deep pow, lots of fun in the trees, but still more than enough power to stomp some big airs. On the other hand, the extremely short effective edge means that they don't grip very well in hard snow. I use these skis for touring a lot, and this means that while I have a ton of fun up high where the snow is good, the exits through lower altitude, freeze-thaw snow can be tough. Finally, the bases on these skis are pretty slow. You have to wax them pretty often, or else you will be creeping through the flats. As a touring ski, I have really enjoyed this ski. The huge surface area means you get a lot of grip with climbing skins (pair these skis with skins that have hooks, like G3, not loops, like BD. The noses are so rounded that the loops don't hold well). Sometimes it would be nice to have a little bit of camber to get a little more bite, but I haven't had too much trouble. as far as weight goes, its a big ski, but fitted with Dynafit bindings, its not bad. On the other hand, a buddy of mine has these in 194 with Dukes, and that setup is unbelievably heavy. The hard snow performance is mediocre, but you just have to ski a little more carefully on the exit.All in all, this ski is a ton of fun some days, but I wouldn't recommend it to be your only ski. If you are limited to a single pair of skis, I'd say you should get something a little more versatile, but if you pair this with something narrower and more suited to hard snow and mediocre to decent resort contitions, you will be in great shape.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Whistler, BC
These things destroy all other powder skis! Some other pow skis I've ridden are Hellbents, Obsethed, Rocker2 and JJs and none of those even compare. The super stiff flex is perfect for cutting up crud. They cut rip through chop like nobody's business and are still more playful than any other ski I've been on. Butters and 3s come naturally on these things. The 3 stage rocker profile allows the ski to surf on anything always stay afloat. Tip dive is just not possible on these things. The symmetrical shape makes switch skiing and park tricks in the back country so easy and believe it or not, these things carve harder on groomers than any ski Ive been on with a 100mm or larger waist. Simply unreal skis. Buy these things!
Good Skis, Great Service
By Ham Johnson
from Ane City, CO
Skis are great in powder. My only complaint was the factory wax job was down to nothing after 3 days out and I was sticking badly on cat tracks.I mainly gave 5 stars because of the Evo service. They were great to work with and honored the price guarantee without any hassle. I will absolutely get my gear here from now on.
from Underhill, Vermont
The surface new life ski's were a good investment for back country skiing. I had never heard of them until visiting EVO. Great cruising ski in deep powder but a little choppy on groomers.
Surfing pow on my Surface New Life's
By White guy in the white room
from Missoula, MT
The first thing that comes to mind when I strap these babies on is "YEEEEHAAW!" I absolutely love the Surface New Life's because of how light, stable, and PHAT they are. At 5'7" and 155lbs, I chose the 174 to allow for more maneuverability thru the tight trees. They are super stable a speed on and even more so off the groom. Being a telemarker, I mounted some 22Design Axle telemark bindings on them, but did not mount them at boot center as the manufacturers recommend. Rather I mounted the bindings 8 cm back to allow for more tip flotation, but can still ski these things backwards when I want. Plus, I was able to get the skis from EVO at a highly discounted price. These skis also won the skiers choice award from Powder Magazine and I know why. I highly recommend these skis to anyone looking for a rippin powder ski for a very cheap price....go ahead and compare, I don't think you would find a better deal.
Service and delivery comments:
EVO has the best prices and quickest delivery I have ever encountered. I chose to standard ground to ship these skis free of charge and the skis arrived in three days.