Available Lengths: 181, 187, 194 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.2 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2350 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2417 & 2469 grams
Stated Dimensions: 170-141-157 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 169.5-140-156.5 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 23 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 79 mm / 54 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Core: Bamboo / Poplar + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: Sintered P-Tex
Factory Recommended (“Standard”) Mount Point:
- 7 cm behind Liberty’s “Center” mark; 81.5 cm from tail
- -10.6 cm from Blister’s measured “true” center; 81.5 cm from tail
These days, it seems like more and more companies are aiming making their powder skis more moderate — narrowing the waists down, mellowing out the rocker profiles, and lightening them up to make them easier to use when conditions aren’t all-time.
While these kinds of skis certainly make a lot of sense for most people, sometimes it’s refreshing to see a company go the opposite direction, and make a ski specifically for floating in really deep pow. This year, Liberty introduced their redesigned Genome, and at 140 mm underfoot, it looks like it should be a pretty ideal tool for bottomless snow.
Here’s what Liberty says about the Genome, which will also be coming back unchanged for 18/19:
“DON’T FEAR THE GIRTH. The Genome is surprisingly nimble, due to tip and tail Bomb Rocker and lightweight construction. You can float, pivot, and romp deep snow, but can lay down tracks on harder stuff because of the unique camber profile. The Genome will make you a believer.”
So, while Liberty is claiming a bit of versatility, we’re taking those claims with a large grain of salt given the ski’s massive dimensions.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Genome actually strays away from the shaping techniques we normally see for dedicated pow skis, namely, a lot of taper and a ton of rocker. While the Genome certainly has plenty of tip rocker, it’s tail rocker line isn’t all that deep (it looks more like a big twin tip).
What’s also interesting is the addition of camber underfoot — we wouldn’t normally expect this from such an enormous ski, but considering that we don’t know of any skis this wide with this sort of rocker-camber-rocker profile, we’re interested to see if it really does help the Genome handle firmer conditions (though we’re still very skeptical of Liberty’s claim that it can “lay down tracks on the harder stuff”). We’re also curious to see if that camber affects the surfy-ness / maneuverability of the Genome compared to similarly large, but fully rockered skis. Check out our tip-to-tail rocker profile specs for a few notable skis below:
Liberty Genome, 187 cm: 79 mm / ~3 mm / 54 mm
DPS Spoon, 190 cm: 96 mm / 0 mm / 40 mm
DPS Lotus 138 Spoon, 192 cm: 105 mm / 0 mm / 42 mm
Here’s how we’d sum up the flex pattern of the Genome:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
It isn’t a burly charger, but it’s not a complete noodle either. The Genome has a pretty round flex pattern, though the tails do soften up pretty quickly — it doesn’t feel like a hinge point (it is a smooth transition) but it feels like the ski goes straight from “9” to “7” between the heel piece and the tail. The Genome’s softer tips / tails and gargantuan width should make for plenty of float.
The Genome’s dimensions definitely stand out on paper. Because the ski has very minimal taper, it’s tips and tails are really wide, and we suspect they’ll feel pretty big when trying to whip the ski around. For reference, here are the dimensions for the few skis that are comparable:
Liberty Genome, 187 cm: 169.5-140-156.5 mm
Volkl Three, 186 cm: 150-135-140 mm (stated dimensions)
Praxis Powderboards, 190 cm: 134-138-127 mm (stated dimensions)
DPS Lotus 138 Spoon, 192 cm: 147-138-143 mm
DPS Spoon, 190 cm: 159-148-150 mm
Most of the similarly fat pow skis out there either use full reverse sidecut, or extremely long sidecut radii (e.g. the Volkl Three’s stated 50.9 m sidecut radius for the 186 cm). However, the Genome again bucks the trend here by using a relatively short sidecut radius of 23 meters for the 187 cm version. So, we’re interested to see how this shorter sidecut radius affects the Genome’s stability at speed, and its preference for small vs. large turns.
The Genome doesn’t employ an ultralight carbon construction like DPS’ super fat skis, so it’s not very surprising that it’s a pretty heavy ski. This, combined with the not-very-tapered tips and tails and the more moderate rocker profile (at least compared to the Spoon and Lotus 138), make us curious about how maneuverable the Genome will feel, especially in tight spots.
Liberty Genome, 187 cm: 2417 & 2469 grams
DPS Spoon, 190 cm: 2093 & 2115 grams
Praxis Powderboards, 190 cm: 2268 grams (stated weight)
DPS Lotus 138 Spoon, 192 cm: 2285 grams (stated weight)
Volkl Three, 186 cm: 2508 grams (stated weight)
The Genome is currently up in Alaska, where Blister reviewer Paul Forward will be putting time on it and comparing it to a bunch of different pow skis, from deep-snow specialists like the DPS Spoon and Lotus 138, to the more moderate, narrower options that make up most of the market today.
Bottom Line (For Now)
If you are looking for maximum flotation, the Liberty Genome looks like a pretty safe bet. Its massive dimensions and softer tips / tails seem like they should offer plenty of float for the deepest snow, and it’s unique shape and rocker profile (at least compared to other 135+ mm underfoot skis) look like they could potentially offer a bit more versatility than the other super fat pow skis. We have the Genome in Alaska right now, and should be getting it into some deep snow very soon.
NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics