2-Ski Quiver: Reviewers’ Choices (17/18)

Picking a 3-ski quiver is tricky, and you’ll notice a fair amount of hand-wringing and second guessing in our 3-ski quiver selections.

When narrowing a quiver down from three skis to two skis, a wide range of factors still come into play: your skiing style; the snow quantity and snow quality (heavier/wetter vs. lighter/drier) of the area you typically ski; the sort of terrain you ski most (tight trees? groomers? big faces?); whether you travel much to ski elsewhere; and whether or not you do any ski touring, or do all of your skiing inbounds.

So, once again, we’ve asked our reviewers to weigh in on their two-ski quiver picks to let you see how they think about these issues. And once again, we’re interested to hear how you do, too.

Finally, if you’re looking for a broader range of quiver combinations for low-snow areas and higher-snow areas, be sure to check out our 17/18 Winter Buyer’s Guide, where we offer our quiver selections based not on our reviewers’ personal choices, but on ski pairings that we think work particularly well together.

 

The Questions

For each of our reviewers, we asked them to answer the following questions:

I. What’s your 2-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?

II. What’s your 2-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location? (We’re framing the question this way to emphasize (1) durability — these skis need to hold up for 3 years, and (2) versatility.)

III. What ski was most difficult to leave off your list?

IV. What ski do you imagine has the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski it, or get to ski it more?

V. If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 2-ski quiver, which company would you pick?

 

NEXT: The Selections:

Jonathan Ellsworth
Cy Whitling
Brian Lindahl
Paul Forward
Scott Nelson
Sascha Anastas
Kara Williard

 

9 Comments

  1. Smooth operator November 26, 2017 Reply

    Finally, the scott scrapper 115! Can’t wait for the review!

  2. Blister Member
    Tom November 28, 2017 Reply

    I’m not about to limit myself to two (really?!) pair, but I often have to do exactly that on road trips. This year:

    1. Head Titan: Because if you go — and it doesn’t snow — a guy has to dig some trenches (also a great ski for technicians in the bumps).

    2. Nordica Enforcer 100. A change in this slot from my much-loved Fischer Motive 95s the last few years. Haven’t skied them yet (thanks, rain) but I’ve got high hopes.

    • Author

      Looking forward to hear what you think of the Enforcer 100. By no means do I believe you’ll think “Basically the same as my 95s,” but that also doesn’t mean that you won’t like them.

      (And we still need to get on the Titans. We were supposed to already, but it hasn’t happened yet…..)

  3. Troy M Layne December 1, 2017 Reply

    No love for 4FRNT and their line of skis that have been quite highly regarded this year?

    • Author

      Hi, Troy, couple things: (1) the Raven is my pick for everyday touring ski, and we’ve gushed about that ski for two years now. (2) We haven’t reviewed all the current skis from 4FRNT. (3) I always love the anonymous “quite highly regarded” claims — highly regarded by whom? And more specifically, what did they praise them for? How well they worked as part of a 2-ski quiver? I say all that only as a reminder that the skis listed here are not answers to the question, “Which skis are good or bad?” but rather, “Which skis work well as part of a 1, 2, or 3-ski quiver?”

  4. Troy M Layne December 2, 2017 Reply

    I don’t have 4frnt and haven’t ever ridden them – not trying to be anonymous in any way either, just have seen the top mags (powder, ski, skiing & freeskier) all gush about this year’s 4frnt line and was surprised they didn’t get a mention. U guys do great work there and your views and your opinions are appreciated. Won’t get any hate from me, was just wondering if you had input on all the praise being thrown 4frnts way. Was looking at the 4frnt MSP and have read it stacks up or beats J’s MB. Either way, they both sound like great skis.

  5. Blister Member
    Jdellorusso December 2, 2017 Reply

    Anyone have advice on a new ski purchase? I’m skiing about 14 days a year usually in Steamboat or Park City on vacations. Southern Vermont for weekend trips. I’m Solid advanced intermediate, like everybody else looking for soft snow to ski on resort no back country. I don’t ski park but want a fun ski. I currently own a J ski Masterblaster and thinking about getting something a little wider for vacations out west. I have been looking at the Deathwish, Sego big horn 106, ON3P Wrenegade 108, and the Cartel 108. I’m sure they are all great but i’d apreciate a push in the right direction.

    • Author

      Hi, I can’t speak to the Sego Big Horn 106 – so you’ll have to track Cy Whitling’s comments about it on the site and in our buyers’ guide, but the the Deathwish, Kartel 108, and Wren 108 are all pretty similar in terms of stability, forgiveness, quickness and intuitiveness. Honestly, I think mount point will be one of the biggest factors; the Wren 108 is the most set back, and that ski is the least playful / most directional of all the skis you mention. (Big Horn 106 & Kartel 108 are most progressive, then Deathwish, then Wren 108.) Still, they are all pretty easy and forgiving skis, so I’d think about how traditional (driving the shovels hard) you like to ski, or how upright / neutral / centered you prefer to stand on your skis, and that will go along way to determining whether the Wren 108 should be in play, or whether the other 3 skis will likely be the better (and more playful) fit for you. Hope that helps?

  6. Blister Member
    derfredl December 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jonathan, thanks the quiver section! It’s always very interesting and helpful! I’m thinking of adjusting my quiver a bit, that’s why I’m posting my question in this thread. I bought the Rossignol Soul 7 the season it came to the market mainly based on the reviews and suggestions on blister. I’m using it as my soft snow touring ski with pin bindings ever since then and absolutely love it. So thanks for supporting me to having made a very good buying decision some years back. :-)

    In the last year’s there have only been a few occasions with 24+” of fresh powder where I wished for wider skis with better floatation. However, I will be heading to Georgia (cat skiing and touring) and Japan this winter season where I will most probably encounter more of those deep powder conditions (hopefully!). That’s why I’m wondering if I should add a truly powder specific ski to my quiver. If so, I would for sure mount touring bindings and it should deliver a noticeable bump up in float and a similar skiing experience (easy and fun to ski, versatile, directional, intuitive, nimble, good performance in Soft chop, still touring friendly) to my Soul 7s.

    From what I have been reading on blister (and I already spent hours ) I think the atomic automatics 117 in 186cm would actually be the perfect choice. However, they are not produced anymore but I might find some 2nd hand deals on the web or maybe look into their successor, the backland FR. Since I never skied something wider than the 108mm on the Soul 7 188cm I’m just not quite sure if the 117 width makes sense for what I’m looking for or if I should go even wider..?! I don’t really want to buy super wide skis that would stay in my basement for the majority of the season. I’m living in the Alps and I think I would be able to use skis like the automatic on a quite regular basis also here at home. With anything much wider I doubt that a little..

    What’s your thoughts on this one and do you maybe have recommendations which other skis might fit the bill? I’m 6″1 and around 178 pounds.

    Thanks for your advice,
    fred

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