Ski: 2017-2018 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 169, 176, 181, 187 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.4 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2080 & 2089 grams
Stated Dimensions: 136-106-130 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136.5-107-131 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 19.5 m @ 181 cm
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 65 mm / 68 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3-4 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -3.8 cm from center; 88.9 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: (tbd)
Boots / Bindings: K2 Pinnacle 130 / Marker Jester Demo
Days Skied: 7
Test Location: Grand Targhee, WY
Sego is an independent manufacturer that makes all their skis in Victor Idaho. You’ve probably seen the likes of Lynsey Dyer on their women’s skis, and while they do have an impressive women’s line, especially for an indy brand, they also have a full line of men’s skis.
For the 15/16 season, Sego introduced the Big Horn as a playful “50/50” ski. Its carbon layup, low weight, mount point, and playful shape and rocker profile combined to target jibby skiers looking for something to tour on.
The Big Horn 106 returns for 17/18 with the same dimensions, rocker profile, and topsheet, but Sego is going with a fiberglass layup instead of carbon. According to Sego, this made the ski much more versatile and stable while gaining only a little weight.
Sego also introduced the new, narrower Big Horn 96 this year, and so has renamed the original Big Horn as the Big Horn 106.
I’d sum up the Big Horn 106’s Flex Pattern like this:
The Big Horn 106 is a little softer throughout than the Armada ARV 106, and the tips and tails stiffen up very quickly as they get closer to the center of the ski. It’s not quite a hinge-y flex, but it does ramp up very quickly from a soft section in the tips and tails to the stiffer midsection.
At just under 2100 grams per ski, the Big Horn 106 falls on the lighter end of the spectrum for ~106-108mm-underfoot all-mountain jib skis. It’s just a hair lighter than the K2 Marksman and Armada ARV 106, and over 100 g lighter than the ON3P Kartel 108.
~2100 g does seem to be a sweet spot for this sort of ski — light enough to be quick and easy to spin, but heavy enough to deal with the sort of variable snow that a ski this wide should typically be able to handle.
Shape and Profile
The Big Horn 106 does have a fair amount of tip taper; more than the ARV 106 or Kartel 108, but less than the dramatically tapered K2 Marksman.
It also has a fair amount of rocker, more splay and a deeper rocker line than the ARV 106, so it should plane well and be easy to maneuver in softer snow. Overall, though, there’s nothing too outlandish about the Big Horn in either shape, flex, or profile, which is a good thing, since we’ve really liked a lot of skis that look, (on paper at least) very similar to the Big Horn 106.
I measured the Big Horn 106’s recommended mount point at -3.8 cm from center. That’s a touch more centered than some of the other skis in this class, but it is pretty similar to the recommended -4 to -5 cm that many skis in this class have. I’ll experiment with the Big Horn mounted at recommended, but will also try the ski mounted a few centimeters back.
Initial Performance Impressions
I was able to take the Big Horn 106 out for a few laps last week. Targhee was in the middle of yet another storm cycle, and there were a few inches of fresh but slightly heavy snow on top of a firmer layer. And in this snow, the Big Horn 106 was a blast.
The skis did get bucked around in the more chopped-up sections, which wasn’t surprising given the high moisture content of the snow. But in fresh snow they planed well and were easy to throw around and slash. I hit a few jumps and drops on the Big Horn 106 and found the ski to be very stable on landings — they felt less prone to washing out than the Marksman I’d been skiing recently.
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Sego Big Horn 106 has all the makings of a versatile, playful all-mountain ski. We’ll be spending a lot more time on the Big Horn 106 in the coming weeks in a variety of snow conditions, and comparing it to the current crop of all-mountain freestyle skis. So stay tuned for the full review.
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