2023 Peak 98

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Philpug:
Length Tested: 184
Location tested: Snowmass/Alpine Meadows
Conditions: Old chalky snow/6-8" of fresh.

I skied the 88 first and then got on the 98. The 88’s wider brother is a different animal and a strong one at that. If you watched Bode's explanation of his design philosophy, he prefers to adust the turn shape, not by sidecut, but by flex, and this is where Peak's Keyhole Technology comes into play, allowing torsional flex without compromising edge control. On harder snow, the keyhole can torsionally bend into a turn nicely and the longer radius keeps the ski going where you want it to go in deeper snow.

Having the Peak 98 in our long term test fleet I have the luxury to take it out in a multitude conditions and terrrain that I see fit. I initially took the 98 into days old bumps, crud, and mixed, and this is where the longer radius really felt at home. On the groomers, the 98 was a little more relaxed with more of a giant slalom feel ...attributes that will lend itself to wind buff and steeps. It was when I took the Peak into some deeper snow where it really started to shine and let its personality come through.
  • Insider tip: Look past the numbers, this is a much more versatile ski than the numbers dictate.
  • One thing I'd change: I'd like to see graphics that are a bit bolder and the "Keyhole" acknowledged in the graphics.
 
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Who is it for?
Those who like to be in control of the shape of their own turn.
Who is it not for?
Skiers who must demo before purchasing, Peak is a direct to consumer brand.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. All Mountain
  2. Powder
Ski attributes
  1. Moguls
  2. Off Piste
  3. Trees
Segment
  1. Men
  2. Women

Specifications

Available sizes
168. 178, 184
Dimensions
128/98/116.2 @178cm
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip and tail rocker
Size Scaling
  1. Construction
  2. Dimensions
Construction design
  1. All new
Binding options
  1. Flat
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"We test things so you don't have to" is kinda a necessary strapline for a DTC brand that simply is not putting out any demo skis. And the 30 day return is from start of ski season so make your mind up by 15 Dec probably, even if you've only had a few hours on them. Plus they know damn well that few will go to the trouble of stripping bindings off to send a ski back.

Here's hoping they actually put more pairs into soft rep situations like skitalk.
Last week I got my "few" new Bode skis, along with a "thank you" letter.
(Will post pics at some point.)

Two things:
In an Included brochure was a "No Buyer's Remorse - Ever!" Notice:
"...you can return your skis for a full refund or replacement until December 31, 2022. After that,
the return policy is good for 30 days post-delivery. Save this box [the one each pair of skis was shipped in]
until you're sure." Better than some had feared.

Second, on first impression, the width dimensions are a bit unusual on the ones I got:
the tip area is not as wide relative to the other dimensions as we've come to expect in skis that have sideshape.
The tail seems almost as wide, and neither is wide relative to the waist.

This fits controlling the turn shape through flex rather than sidecut, as the reviews here have said.

So I'm looking forward to a bomber of a peak experience.
 

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