Let's start with DPS’s all-new Foundation Cassiar 94, which has been in our test fleet since last season; read the long-term review HERE. The 94 was a huge upgrade from the outgoing 95 model in that it is much more powerful and connected than the previous Cassiar, which did have a top end. The 94 will take whatever you give it yet does not demand 100% of your attention.
Liberty is making the transformation to full-line ski company. IMHO it got tired of being labeled as just another freeride brand and felt it was time to put up or shut up -- and putting up it is with the new V-Series VMT skis. The VMT acronym is pretty explanatory, Vertical Metal Technology. The V92 here is a wider hard-snow ski; its elongated sidecut and extended tip profile work great with the vertical metal struts, which give a great balance of pop and dampening.
- Why choose the Cassiar 94? You are looking for off-piste playfulness and a ski that you want to work and smear through a turn if you choose.
- Why choose the VMT V92? You want off-piste ability, but high-speed GS turns are really your thing; there aren't a lot of options when it comes to that. You don’t mind being asked repeatedly in the lift line "Liberty?"