[The Genesis 90 is unchanged from last year, as is its review.] As we have often observed in these pages, the interests of the off-trail skier and the preferences of the fairer sex converge in that both parties want lighter weight that doesn’t compromise performance. And so we find the Liberty Genesis 90 perched among the leaders for Finesse properties in a genre that prizes off-piste proficiency. Even though the Genesis 90 earned estimable Power scores as well, it’s fair to say that its principal appeal is the ease with which it travels off-trail. “A very good ski in powder and afternoon slush,” avers Clare Martin from Peter Glenn, who essayed the Genesis in Colorado spring conditions. “I felt very confident picking up speed in both conditions,” Clare continues. “I had to work a little harder than I’d like to get on edge on piste. A great ski for pow days!” That a ski with an off-trail (i.e., less shapely) sidecut that’s 90mm wide at the waist doesn’t dive into the turn like a Frontside ski is a minor demerit in light of the Genesis 90’s exceptional scores for Off-Piste Performance, Rebound/Turn Finish, Drift and Finesse/Power Balance. Liberty founder and ski designer Dan Chalfant made a few tweaks to the Genesis 90 for 2019, most notably a lower tip rocker “for more immediate tip edge engagement,” and the substitution of Paulownia for poplar in the two centermost laminates in its otherwise bamboo and poplar core. The modifications make the Genesis 90 the lightest ski in the women’s AME genre with a little softer flex that doesn’t seem to hinder its on-edge security one bit. “This is a great ski to build confidence in situations where you need float and a platform of stability,” advises one of Willi’s Divas, who tested the Genesis 90 in eastern conditions. Another Diva noticed its agility, hailing the Genesis 90 as “light, with great response through the turn in ice AND crud.” It bears mention that the street price for the Genesis 90 makes it an exceptional bargain and brings it into a price range that makes it affordable for a lot of skiers. For its extraordinary combination of lightweight agility, torsional rigidity, facility in off-trail conditions and value for a wide range of skier abilities, we award the Genesis 90 a Silver Skier Selection.
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