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First Look: 2017-2018 4FRNT Devastator

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Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the 4FRNT Devastator for Blister Gear Review.

4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the 4FRNT Devastator for Blister Gear Review.

4FRNT Devastator

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the 4FRNT Devastator for Blister Gear Review.

4FRNT Devastator – Tip Profile

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the 4FRNT Devastator for Blister Gear Review.

4FRNT Devastator – Tail Profile

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the 4FRNT Devastator for Blister Gear Review.

4FRNT Devastator

 

 

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the 4FRNT Devastator for Blister Gear Review.

4FRNT Devastator – Bases

8 Comments

  1. Smooth_operator March 14, 2017 Reply

    Interesting! curious about a cochise/katana comparison.
    And what about the faction dictator 4.0, getting on that one anytime soon?

  2. Evan March 14, 2017 Reply

    I’ve been on the 194s all season and loved every second of them! I’ve got a friend who has borrowed my old 186 sickles a few times this season, though I’ll never part with them, these might be a stiffer alternative for him as he’s looking to buy! (Bigger guy, 5’9″ 260, but not super high speed most of the time)

  3. Blister Member
    Dan March 14, 2017 Reply

    I’m excited you guys are finally getting some time on the 184 cm Dev. I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat myself at the risk of being rude: these are the new Sickle 186 replacement, especially when the Devs are mounted -1 to -2 cm from rec.

    Interested to see what you think about lengths. I’m 5’9″ and 150 lbs on a good day, so the 194 Dev never appealed to me. And I love the 184 for bumps, park, groomers, and skiing switch. It does, however, feel a touch short in front of the binding when skiing fast on steep pitches in variable snow/deep chop.

    So after two seasons on the 184 Dev, I am experiencing the first world skier problem of the goldilocks phenomenon for the OSQ. Ultimately, my dream one ski quiver ski for splitting time at AltaBird and PC/Canyons is still a 189 cm (straight pull 187 cm) Devastator mounted -6cm from true center.

    Please 4Frnt, please?!?

    • Patricio March 17, 2017 Reply

      Dan, then you should check the new Blizzard Rustler 11. I’m in no ski company’s payslip just to make it clear. Both are very similar, Devastator is a little bit more agile but Rustler 11 is much more stable, light and in 188, so somewhere in between 184/194. Definitely the best skis I’ve ever owned, which previously was the Devastator.

  4. Blister Member
    Tom March 15, 2017 Reply

    Very interested in this review. I now own and am very impressed with the 187 meridian as I felt it was/is the the 189 devestor that I longed for. Wish it had a bit more weight to carry through chop and therefore deflect less but other than that have loved the meridian.

  5. Blister Member
    gabesalk March 16, 2017 Reply

    Hey just wanted to gently point out you guys omitted the mountpoint for the Candide 3.0’s

    ” The Candide 3.0 (mounted on the “all-mountain” line) ___ , ”

    doesnt really change anything but its a lil detail that fell through the cracks

  6. Blister Member
    Michael March 16, 2017 Reply

    I too am excited to see how you guys make out on the 184 Devastator. I’ve been skiing on it for a couple years now (at the recommended mount point) and had to get used to the ski, but now I love it. I’ve found the ski likes a more upright and centered body position, but while being active in the lower body and using high edge angles. I guess I’d describe it as using more ankle/knee than hip to engage the ski. You can run the ski flat and it pivots on a dime, but then engage the relatively long edge and it’s super stable. It’s been really fun to be able to use the edge angle to change the character of the ski so much. Once I learned how to use this ski I’ve been able to trust it and open it up/shut it down in any terrain.

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