Advanced all-mountain skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"All-mountain skis will be my choice when conditions vary from firm to 6" of fresh snow. Better edge hold and carving capabilities should be expected compared to my powder skis. They should be competent in crud and soft bumps."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite all-mountain skis:
1. Renoun Endurance 98
2. Liberty Variant 113
2. Rossignol Experience 88 HD
To all my reviews
When it was suggested I review the Liberty ski line, I thought: Light weight ski construction, probably great for back country, and Tele. I looked at their web site, and the first ski on the list "Variant", hmmm, has metal in the layup! Ok, that might work. It was suggested I ski the 186, instead of the 179 length (which was the right choice). Before taking these out, they were tuned and waxed. The company recommends 1 degree bottom, and 2 degree side edge. The skis were sharpened tip to tail, with no detuning, also recommended. This ski goes up against my existing "almost 100 mm underfoot" quiver, of the Blizzard Bonafide in a 180 cm length, and the Nordica Soul Rider in a 185 cm.
I want this ski in my quiver!!!!!!
The Variant falls just short of the smooth and creamy turn initiation of the Bonafide in short and medium radius turns. It also may have slightly less edge hold. However.....let this ski gain a bit more speed, and edge into a GS turn, it out shines anything in my quiver. But wait......there's more! I am blown away by the dampness of this ski. Dive the tip into a bump face, and it feels like I'm driving a Mercedes or Cadillac sedan. So smooth, and forgiving. I can ride this ski forward, centered, back, it doesn't matter. Foot steering, and pivot turns come easy, with surprising quickness for this much ski. Give another win to the Variant!
The Variant 97 feels like a fully rockered ski when standing on a packed groomer, or riding the ski flat at speed, or in a tuck. Results in the tip wandering, it will keep your attention....all you need to do is put it on edge, and wow, is this fun!
This ski is made for...
Who is this for: Any skier who loves a damp ski, that is forgiving in bumps, rips GS turns, and eats up crud. It is not a super light weight ski, but don't buy it short. Encourages me to ski faster.
Liberty about the Variant 97
"The VARIANT97 will carve in all snow conditions, yet has an easy-going personality that inspires trust at any speed. Precise turn initiation from the Hammer Rocker profile and multi-radius tip, combined with an energetic bamboo, metal and poplar core make it a worthy partner anywhere on or off groomed terrain.", says Liberty. This is exactly what I experienced while testing the Variant 97.
Nordica NRGy 100: perfectly balanced all-mountain ski that allows you to race down any mountain.
Armada ARVti: stable, maneuverable and playful all-mountain ski, excellent performance in all conditions.
Blizzard Bonafide: the ideal firm snowmate to your powder skis.
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