Dimensions (mm): 131-112-128
Sidecut Radius: 20 meters
Boot / Bindings: Rossignol Experience Sensor 130 / Rossignol FKS 140 XXL’s (DIN at 9)
Mount Location: -1cm from recommended
Test Location: Taos Ski Valley, San Juan and Sangre De Christo backcountry
Days skied: 5
[Editor’s Note: Smaller ski companies get to enjoy lots of indie cred, but they also have to figure out how to make a go of it financially in an already crowded market place. This past week, Coreupt announced that it was going to be going through a financial restructuring, which is simply the latest example of just how difficult the path is for smaller, new companies.
We don’t know what this will ultimately mean for Coreupt, but we do know this: we’ve been reviewing the Coreupt Slasher, these skis can now be found at a discounted price, and we want to let you know whether the Slasher now represents a deal that you should jump on. Garrett Altmann reports.]
Founded in 2008, Coreupt is a relatively new company that was started by French freeskiing champion Guerlain Chicherit. With a line of freestyle & freeride skis, fresh outerwear, Coreupt definitely has a progressive lineup of freeskiing goods. For the 2012-13 season, the progression has continued with the introduction of the Slasher, a remarkably fun and playful ski for soft conditions and big drops.
The Slasher is the second-generation Richard Permin pro-model, intended for backcountry jibbing, hucking, and, of course, slashing. The design comes from Permin’s former pro-model, Born to Drop, which features traditional camber with a powder-friendly backcountry rocker.
My first runs on the Slasher were on the groomer, Powderhorn, at Taos. As I usually do with any new skis, I only waxed them and didn’t detune the edges. Conditions were firm and a bit icy due to sustained high winds, but the Slasher was able to perform large, relatively stable carves. The sharp edges became an issue only when initiating and transferring my weight between turns. Otherwise, the factory recommended mount point felt appropriate for initiating short-swing slalom turns, as well as driving longer-radius carves.
After a couple of test runs, I detuned the tips and tails to a point about 2-3” before the start of the rockered sections. The skis felt less catchy following this standard adjustment, but still didn’t feel completely comfortable on hardpack. Perhaps this was because the ski is relatively large at 112mm underfoot, but I also think this was the result of the hybrid construction, which appeared to be a fiberglass cap atop a vertically laminated wood core. The Slasher didn’t dampen vibrations all that well, but it did maintain a beefy, traditional-camber flex.
The next day, an advancing storm blanketed Taos with 17” of fresh (see our Taos trip report). For a mid-March squall, the snow was deep and surprisingly blower. As our crew headed down a groomer toward lift 2, I noticed that the Slasher felt a better than it had yesterday, now that there was some forgiving snow on top of the hardpack.
I saw some untracked on the shoulder of the run, carried my speed, and was able to crank a surf-like slash in the perfect pow. The Slashers now felt very much at home, and I headed up Lift 2 to access the Ridge.
For their size, the carrying weight of the Slasher felt very light during the hike up to the ridge, though I was also using my relatively light Rossignol FKS 140 bindings. (I think the Slashers mounted with FKS’s on a pair of next years Green Mountain Freeride Cast or MFD plates would make for a pretty ideal setup for shorter tours.)
Upon cresting the ridge atop Juarez, we could see that Kachina Peak was socked in, so opted to descend the Kitchen Wall and head toward North Chute. Conditions looked pristine. As a window of light illuminated a steep pocket in the trees, I dropped in to find more than 20 inches of blower had accumulated. These first turns were absolute heaven.
Throughout the day, the Slasher’s tip rocker allowed for surf-like floatation, and the camber underfoot allowed for immediate response and directional control. The narrower waist of the Slasher (112mm compared with 125 on the Born to Drop) also helped with this. When transitioning from high-speed slarves into speed-controlling slashes, the ski’s weight and BC rocker profile worked harmoniously. This proved especially useful for negotiating trees, as well as initiating speed checks for cliff drops, which is where I found the Slasher to shine brightest.