2023 Lusti CWR+ 95

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Size Tested: 180cm
Location: Palisades Tahoe/Mammoth Ca
Conditions: Everything Spring

Philpug: Ever just look at a ski, pick it up and flex it and immediately know, this ski is going to be really good? Well it was lust(i) at first sight when I opened up the box and saw the Cross Wider Rocker plus 95 (CWR+ 95). Lusti is a new-to-the-US market Czech brand that is being brought in by Premier Skis.

The shape of the CWR+ 95 is extremely progressive for a brand that I assumed was extremely traditional in design. From tip to tail, the 95mm offering has it going on. The tip of the 95 has a nice amount of flair and shape, combined with a nice round early rise into a minimal cambered mid body to a square race tail that has minimal rise. This is a 95 for skiers who prefer to carve no matter what the conditions are. There is a suppleness that these skis have that usually comes with a price tag that has a comma in it. These skis look and ski well above their price point.

Scotskier: The CWR+ 95 is easy to ski and forgiving, comfortable and stable in the fall line, giving a smooth ride. Responds well without a lot of input required at medium speeds. Prefers slightly softer snow (as you would expect!). Not as much bite or hold on steeps with harder snow (slightly surprising with the flat tail) so takes a bit more effort. (eg top pitch of Sibo took a lot more work). Skis quite like a Rossi 94TI with less hard snow performance, but a but smoother ride.

  • Insider tip: The factory mount point is way off, mount +3cm (180cm)
  • One thing I would change: Another size offering for smaller skiers.
 
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Who is it for?
Those who want the rare balance of value and refinement.
Who is it not for?
Introverts, you will be asked often "Who is Lusti; I’ve never heard of them?"
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. Frontside
  2. All Mountain
  3. Powder
Ski attributes
  1. Groomers
  2. Moguls
  3. Off Piste
  4. Trees
Segment
  1. Men

Specifications

Available sizes
174, 180,186
Dimensions
136/95/120
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip and tail rocker
Size Scaling
  1. None
Construction design
  1. Carryover
Binding options
  1. Flat
  2. System
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Andy Mink

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Long Term Update: I had the opportunity to ride the Lusti CWR+ 95 at Palisades during a rather warm day. We were late getting up and conditions were mostly sticky, grabby snow. The one exception was heading down to Shirley Lake chair on the race practice course that had been salted. While I didn't get on the skis in prime conditions, bad snow will show the heart of a ski. The 95 is very stable at the lower speeds I was able to attain and I could tell it had a lot more there that I just couldn't get to that day. It's very easy to make different shaped turns and held well on the salted, firm snow. On the growing bumps on Siberia they were easy to flick around; they don't feel heavy at all. I'm looking forward to skiing them on a day when I'm more concerned about making turns in great snow than going over the handlebars in the sticky stuff.
 

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