So this week's demos were the Icelantic Nomad and the K2 Sidestash--both 181cm with Hammerheads on the K2's and AXL's on the Nomads--in what the areas' marketing departments describe as "packed powder" at the Jane. Way tougher conditions for a ski than last week's actual powder at Copper...
Started with the Sidestash. Last week, Diamond Back's Justice won out over Surface's Live Life for its stable, big mountain ride. The Sidestash is at least as smooth as the Justice--it wants to go fast making big turns and it's nicely damped when doing so. Going back and forth between skis the last few weeks, I'm appreciating how important this quality is to me in a ski! Sidestash is more of a carver, whereas the Justice is prone to schmeering turns. It's also more nimble than the BD ski was in tight trees and bumps. Not as turney as the Live Life, but definitely capable and easier to swing around than the Justice.
Icelantic's Nomad certainly has the coolest graphics of the bunch. Unfortunately, that's about the only category it won out for me. Sorry Icelantic fans. I wanted to like these locally manufactured skis, but they just didn't have the big mountain ride of the Sidestash/Justice or the pop of the Surface. Being a non-jibber, with no business in the park or inclinations to ride my teles ass first, I've got no need for a twin tip and found that back one getting in the way. No doubt, this ski drew the short straw in my challenge, as I'm sure at 140-105-130, they would have shined in the powder the week before. But all these skis can do that. I have no worries about the Sidestash's float with that 138mm shovel rocker. Combine that with their outstanding all-mountain performance, and I've found my new skis!