Power: A
Finesse: A-
129/82/110
16.5m @ 179cm
165,172,179,186
1850g @ 179cm
$900

Liberty V82

Last year 3 brands introduced high-end models with vertical laminates made from metal or carbon. Liberty’s version, with two aluminum ribs trisecting the bamboo/poplar core, earned the highest scores from our panelists. This season, Liberty added a third metal strut to the men’s V-series models it introduced last year. Liberty’s Vertical Metal Technology (VMT) is as effective a system for maintaining snow contact as any extant, short of loading the ski up with every dampening agent known to man. Theron Lee of Bobo’s succinctly describes how it feels: “damp but not dead.” One reason the V82 skis so well is that the metal ribs don’t work alone. Two 1cm-wide swathes of carbon straddle the center strut, poured PU sidewalls have a calming effect on the edges they rest on and a carbon base layer adds bonus buffering. The result is very close to race-ski grip without having each run feel like a workout. If one word could characterize what it feels like to take a spin on the V82 it would be “natural.” There’s nothing to adapt to, nothing to figure out.

Full Review with test scores available on members’ site.

    Find this ski at the following Realskiers Test Centers

  • Jan's Mountain Outfitters
    1600 Park Ave.
    Park City, UT 84060

    http://www.jans.com/

  • Peter Glenn Ski & Sports
    2901 W. Oakland Pk. Blvd.
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

    http://www.peterglenn.com/

  • THE CITY GARAGE
    5 MONROE ST.
    ELLIOTTVILLE, NY 14731

    http://citygarageskishop.com/

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