Testing skis so you don't have to.
- Mar 5, 2017
Size Tester: 177cm
Location: Palisades Tahoe/Mammoth
Conditions: Spring refrozen to corn
Philpug: Talk about a “tail” of two skis. I had high hopes for the PC 77. I loved the dimensions at 130/77/112, nearly identical to one of my favorite skis, the Blossom AM77/SkiTalk Sideral at 131/77/111, but with a beefier construction and mounted with a Vist Speedlock. What’s not to like? Well, at first, a LOT. @ScotsSkier, PrinceGrump, @DocGKR and I all got on the PC 77 at Palisades Tahoe for the first day of testing and quite frankly, none of us liked nor could mesh with this 77 mm All Mountain ski. We moved the binding up, we moved it back; none of us could figure the PC 77 out. Terms like truck-like, disconnected and unbalanced rang through the testers under a cloud of disappointment. Honestly, this group of testers should have been able to figure the ski out, but we couldn't.
I had a couple of options left with the ski; send it to @Drahtguy Kevin, a tester who can pound any ski into submission ... or break it trying, or remove the beefy Speedlock plate and mount the ski up flat with a Look Pivot, a binding that has worked well on other skis in this class. @Andy Mink looked at the ski and commented that not only was the ski overly sharp, but it was razor sharp from the tip of the tip to the tail of the tail. This allowed a third option to arise: retune the ski. I measured the ski with my SVST bevel meter and sure enough the ski was flat, but the side bevel was all over the place. At that point I put on a .5° base bevel, and with my TOKO World Cup electric bevel, I did a 2° side bevel two passes with a medium disc then two passes with the ultra fine). After cleaning the ski back up and rewaxing it, I held my breath and took it out again.
Holy &^%*. This is the ski we expected. Like the other Lusti skis we have been testing, smooth and powerful and none of the truck-like feel that we experienced a day prior, unless you consider a BMW X4 M a truck. That’s what the PC 77 felt like after some love, a BMW SUV that was M-assaged. The turn-in and how the ski held through every turn is extremely confidence inspiring.
- Insider tip: Check the tune. I jest, IMHO this was a one-off issue.
- One thing I would change: A warning label. "Lighter/finesse skiers need not click in.”
- Who is it for?
- Stronger skiers that feel most of the skis in this class are a little too warm and fuzzy.
- Who is it not for?
- Lighter, more finesse skiers; no worries, there is the MP 77 or the Blossom AM77
- Skier ability
- Ski category
- All Mountain
- Ski attributes