Skiing the powder
- Nov 12, 2015
Hey Augment, if you ever feel like sending pair out to Stowe for "testing" I'm game. Sounds like a pretty sweet ride.
I was able to get a ride on the SC (Sport Carve) though at the 164 r13 size. Absolute blast on the firm groomers at Mammoth. I did not get into the bumps with them though I think they'd be totally comfortable in there. As with the AM77 and AM88, they are super smooth and just beg you to go a bit faster and turn a bit tighter. Another fine ski from Augment.I had the opportunity to demo some Augment skis during the 2019 NZ winter season. I'm a lightweight low intermediate skier and surprisingly, was still able to have a good time on these skis. I didn't try anything as wide as the 88 but did try the AM 77 (not the carbon version) and two lengths of this ski - https://augmentskisna.com/products/sport-carving-on-piste-70
I actually had a great time on the carver - onpiste 70. I am 160cm/115lb and first tried this ski in the 156 length. My daily driver is the Black Pearl 88 in 159 length, so a 156 carver is probably on the long side for me. In this length I started having fun on the ski during my second run, once I'd got a bit used to it. I then tried it in 148 length and had a TON of fun. Despite being so skinny and turny it also handled the slush/softer snow just off the sides of the groomed trails nicely as well. They feel very damp and planted. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this ski. In the 148 length I didn't find them to be overly tiring either.
I ran into someone on the lift who owned that same ski and she loves them, has taken them all over the mountain, on and off piste (not powder ). I'd be interested to hear if others have been on this particular one?
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As far as the Stöckli feel, I would say even more solid and damp, a bit more teutonic than say a comparable Stormrider 88, more like the original Kästle MX88. Camber is very traditional.So do Augments have the same super damp feel that St have?
Is this a high camber ski or low like modern Volkls?