Icelantic’s The Keeper was the first ski I got on at the NW On Snow Demo. I had been super excited to ride some Icelantic’s since seeing them at the SIA show a few weeks ago. Unfortunately I’m not so sure the conditions did the skis justice. The Keeper is branded as a pow ski by Icelantic and still comes with the traditional camber under foot and the early rise rocker in the tip and tail and is available in Lengths of – 167, 178, 189 and dimensions 150/119/136. However, I was not skiing pow so remember that as you read through. Also keep in mind I only skied them briefly and it was first thing in the morning. So maybe I didn’t do them justice either. But either way here’s how they rode.
These skis loved to be on edge however don’t plan on gettin’ crazy with the turns while you’re on them because the turning radius was gigantic. I actually had a hard time getting them to slide out or come off of their edges also. It was kinda crazy feeling actually; I didn’t have to do hardly anything before I started to feel the edges digging in. And When they dug in they held on tight. It was just an odd feeling though because for as easy as it was to get them there, I just felt that the turning radius was limiting me. Now if you want to get on the rails and bomb down the hill then you’re in luck. But I was in the mood for something that was ready to go play as well, and theses skis were all business and no play. Definitely a stiff ski and I’m pretty sure they don’t know the meaning of the word “butter”. For their shape, and width they’re a pretty light ski. But they really weren’t as agile as I would have hoped. Now I’m assuming if I was to rock them every day I could get used to them no problem. But I didn’t have that luxury, so I’m just saying I wasn’t about to go ski tight trees with them on my feet after my time on them. As a demo, or a ski that you’re just getting on, I think if there was say 4-6” on the ground they would be great. I see The Keeper as an advanced ski, or something you’d ride to get better. The bigger turn radius and the way they just wanted to charge is almost certainly going to make you ski faster. Part of me felt bad for having to return them so soon, I don’t think I really unlocked their potential. But when I compare them to the rest of the skis I was on that day, there really isn’t much I can say. The way The Keeper skied, I really couldn’t say it’s an all mountain ski or for the person who’s looking to build a one ski quiver. But that’s how Icelantic created it, it’s a pow ski that you can take on the groomers. I’ll give them that, but I personally wouldn’t bring it up unless I know there’s going to be new snow. Obviously your best bet is to get out and demo a pair yourself. I would just recommend that it’s during a storm cycle where you can put them to work in a few different types of snow. Not just groomers.