Three years ago I was lucky enough to find myself in possession of a pair of K2′s Limited Edition PBR Brewskis. Originally I didn’t plan on mounting them, instead they were going to grace the wall above my wax bench due to their rarity. I eventually decided a ski that unique deserved to be ridden, and for the last three years they’ve been my boards of choice on most days.
Things have changed in the last couple of seasons though, with all of the kids talking about rocker this and rocker that, so I’ve slowly come to the decision to retire the Brewskis to the shop, and that means I need to replace them with something equally versatile. Fortunately I’ve got a few specialized tools in my quiver, including some Pontoons for deep days, old and Salomon Gun’s for park days. That means the ski I replace the PBRs with needs to be versatile enough to ski pretty much anywhere, but more than anything it needs to be well rounded (and like I mentioned, it’s gotta have rocker).
Based on my above criteria I’ve narrowed my choices down to Armada’s JJ, K2′s ObSETHed or Rossignol’s S7 all of which are rockered at the tip and tail with camber under foot for cat tracks, traverses and harder days. Also, all three of these skis get rave reviews from pretty much everyone that skis them.
With rocker on board all three skis the biggest outward difference between them is the fact that the JJ and S7 include reverse sidecut at the tip and tail. That means they will initiate turns a little quicker due to the shorter effective edge, but once weighted, they should feel sufficiently stable.
Here are a few quick videos from Freeskier that outline the major characteristics of each ski.
As soon as our snow pack is built up I’ll get out on the snow on all three of the skis, and weigh in with my thoughts on each one. Until then, let me know if you’ve got an opinion in the comments.