Ski: 2018-2019 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm
Available Lengths: 179, 184, 189 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 189.5 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2283 & 2290 grams
Stated Dimensions: 139-108-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139.7-109.0-127.7 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 27.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 83 mm / 31 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Core: Bamboo + 2” Unidirectional Carbon Stringers (Top & Bottom) + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: 1.8 mm 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.25 cm from center; 84.5 cm from tail
If you’ve considered buying a ~108mm-wide, directional, all-mountain ski, in recent years, chances are that the ON3P Wrenegade 108 has ended up on your short list.
And while ON3P’s “Wrenegade” line developed a reputation over the years for being big-mountain guns, we’ve spent quite a bit of time telling a bit of a different story, calling the Wren 108 a really nice all-mountain ski … but by clarifying that the most recent iteration was by no means some punishing charger that demanded that you never screw up and never slow down. Fact is, the 184 cm Wren 108 we reviewed was a very easy and intuitive ski.
Here’s what ON3P said about it:
“The Wrenegade 108 remains the big gun when groomers and speed are the name of the game, but our Freeride Rocker profile also provides the best float and maneuverability of any Wrenegade ski to date without overpowering the pilot.”
We’d underscore the part in this description that talks about the Wren’s maneuverability and the fact that it isn’t going to “overpower the pilot” (read: kick your ass.)
But to be honest, we wanted that Wren 108 to offer a bit more “big gun” stability … and we have reason to believe that that’s precisely what this latest iteration of the Wrenegade 108 will do — without becoming some demanding beast.
Here’s why we think this new Wrenegade 108 can have it both ways:
Hand flexing the new 189 cm Wrenegade 108, we’d sum up its flex pattern like this:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind Heel Piece: 9.5-9
And here is how we characterized the 17/18, 184 cm Wrenegade 108:
Behind the Heel piece: 9-8
Yep, basically, this new Wrenegade 108 goes a bit stiffer at the tips and tails than the current Wrenegade 108. (Yes!)
Granted, those skiing in a lot of tight spaces or at moderate speeds would likely notice this stiffer flex pattern the least. But for those who wanted a bump in stability … these stiffer tips and tails ought to really help the cause. But how much? We’ll have to get these on snow to see (and we’ll be doing that in Telluride in just a few days.)
Ok, but what about those out there who love the predictable, intuitive nature of the current Wren 108? Shouldn’t they be bummed that this ski is reverting back to being a pretty one-dimensional charger?
I really don’t think so. Because…
Shape / Rocker Profile
These Wrens have a serious amount of tip splay and a pretty deep rocker line — especially when compared to other ~108mm-wide skis like the Blizzard Cochise, Nordica Enforcer 110, Dynastar Legend X106, which means that, just as with the previous iteration of the Wrenegade 108, we aren’t worried — at all — about whether this ski is going to plane well in pow. And of the directional skis of this width on the market, this ought to, once again, be near the top of the category in this respect.
And furthermore, the Wrenegade 108 still has more tail splay than a lot of ~108mm-wide directional skis out there, so again: don’t be hand wringing about whether or not this ski will be good in pow; if you’re worried about that, then you should simply be looking at wider skis (like maybe the new Wrenegade 114 … which we’ll be talking about very soon).
Finally, the Wrenegade 108 doesn’t have much tip taper, and it has even less tail taper. (And perhaps just a touch less tail taper than the 17/18 Wren 108 … but don’t worry about that / any difference here; it’s marginal.)
Dimensions / Sidecut Radius
The 17/18 189 cm Wrenegade 108 has a stated sidecut radius of 28.3 meters. The 18/19 189 cm Wrenegade 108 has a stated radius of 27.5 meters. I have nothing to say about this “0.8 m” difference. Mostly, I’m just pretty happy to see that there are still at least some “big gun” skis being made these days with a 27+ meter radius.
The 18/19 Wrenegade 108 comes in at an astonishing 450 grams-per-ski lighter than the 17/18 Wrenegade 108. Yet ON3P’s Scott Andrus says that zero stability has been compromised, despite the weight loss.
Just kidding, I made all that up.
The Wrenegade 108 still comes in at a reasonable / respectable / not idiotically low weight for a ski of this type.
Comparisons — Measured Weights
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm
2530 & 2570 Head Monster 108, 184 cm
Sizing Recommendations / More on Shape + Rocker Profile
Time for some conjecture that we will be weighing in on soon:
Given how much tip rocker the Wrenegade 108 has … if you are on the fence about sizing, go UP.
In hindsight, I think we probably should have reviewed the 189 Wrenegade 108 last year rather than the 184, but we were looking to do direct comparisons to skis like the 185 cm Blizzard Cochise and 185 Nordica Enforcer 110.
Looking at the 189 Wren 108 straight on, it looks big and long. (And It is.)
But then look at our rocker pics on the next page; there is a massive amount of tip splay here for a ~108 mm underfoot ski — it has more tail splay and a deeper tail rocker line than a Rossignol Soul 7 HD. (And it has way less camber underfoot than the Soul 7 HD.)
In short, the shape of the Wren 108 very much makes it look like a powder ski rather than an all-mountain ski. So again, I have zero doubt that this ski is going to perform well in pow.
But what I am super interested to see is how well this powder-optimized rocker profile works in variable and firm / weird / tricky conditions. Because if this thing holds up as an “all-mountain” ski, I can’t imagine complaining about the flotation of this ski even on a 24” pow day.
And so getting back to sizing recommendations / conjecture … what I can’t wait to find out is if the 189 cm Wren 108 still offers the all-mountain stability of a ski like the 185 cm Blizzard Cochise … but with far superior powder performance to boot.
If it does, then I think this iteration of the Wrenegade 108 is going to interest quite a few people.
Bottom Line (For Now)
Versatile pow ski? Pow charger? Maneuverable, directional, all-mountain ski? All of the above?
We’re not sure, but testing begins this week in Telluride, and we are excited to find out.
NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics