Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
To all my reviews
Very wide, very versatile, extremely fun
This is the second season I have had the Genome in my personal inventory. This ski is very low maintenance, and does not require frequent tuning to maintain its superb edge. Now that I own this ski, I have had the opportunity to ski this in a variety of conditions, and I am shocked at this skis versatility (The Genome has made me a better skier. If you meet this skis demands, it offers delicious rewards.)! It carves beautifully on groomed slopes with good condtions, and is stable at speed (provided you don't stray to far from its 23m turn radius). It is quick and maneuverable in bumps, that have some texture and softness, and rips powder bumps. It makes untracked powder skiing a delicious dream, even when the pow is heavy, or old. I will say, it does not like skidded turns on chunder, but keep it on edge, and near its turn radius, it will negotiate cut up terrain. Obviously, ice, or skied off groomers should be avoided, but it's edge hold is shocking for a ski this width. During the last few weeks of spring skiing in Vail, with temperatures in the 50s F and full sun, no crowds, mushy soft groomers with corduroy that lasted through the day, mashed potatoes in the back bowls, and soft corn snow bumps, the 141mm underfoot Genome EXCELLED! Carving deep troughs with precision, blasting through piles, smearing turns-carving-or running the zipper line in the soft bumps.....Wow! I thought I might need a ski width in between this and my 98mm underfoot ski, WRONG, I could almost make this a one ski quiver here in Vail. It prefers a slight forward to centered stance with high angulation. It has adequate dampening for a ski with no metal in its laminate. Torsional stability is also very good. This ski tips the scale, medium to moderately heavy.
I bumped into one of Liberty's owners in line on a powder day, while carrying my Genomes, and he commented, "The Genome is very easy to ski"......couldn't agree more! During an interview at the end of the 2016 season, Liberty's ski designer told me......"The Genome is one of my best designs" I'm convinced!
Who is this ski for?
- if you ski powder, yet still want to carve it up on groomers with good conditions
- east or west...ski excels even in heavy untracked pow
- buy this ski longer vs shorter based on your profile
UPDATE!!!!!! I have just spent a week on the limited release 2016-17 Genome. 15 inches of powder over the last few days. Superb new graphics, and the same amazing, versatile ski as the 2015 model, with no change in construction. Liberty did apply their new textured top sheet material to the Genome, that appears to be more resistant to chipping. This ski will run for two seasons without change. The Genome is not listed on Liberty's website. Liberty's sales manager told me they only have a limited number, primarily for pros, but you can call Liberty directly and order a pair for yourself (If there are any left)!
- if you like a conversation starter on the lift, (how wide are those?)
- backcountry, if you don't mind the extra mass and weight
- If you are able to give this ski the high edge angles it demands.
- if you avoid skidded turns at speed, on firm, cut up snow, or chunder.
- if you can maintain a centered to forward stance.
- I believe there is a relationship between ski width, and the skiers height. I have seen threads on the internet that suggest wider skis for taller riders, with longer legs, and I believe this is true for me, at 6'1". If anyone can prove this with a mathematical equation, or geometric diagram, please forward on to me. It seems logical, that longer legs will allow for higher angulation, which this ski prefers. I do know that the 141mm underfoot Genome works shocking well for me in our Colorado conditions.
Who is this ski not for?
- if you live in a area that never sees powder conditions
- if you prefer skied off groomers, ice, frozen chunder, cut up snow
- if you can not meet the criteria listed in "Who Is This Ski For"
- Marker Griffons mounted "standard" traditional.
- 187 cm length is ideal based on my profile. High speed straight line, or larger skiers may prefer next size up.
- Medium-soft flex.
- Recommended edge angles: 1 degree base, 2 degree side for all models. Skied both out of box new, and tuned with 1 and 2.
- Weight: 2350g @187cm flat
Liberty about the Genome
"Don’t fear the girth. The Genome is surprisingly nimble, due to tip and tail Bomb Rocker and lightweight construction. You can float, pivot, and romp deep snow, but can lay down tracks on harder stuff because of the unique camber profile. The Genome will make you a believer", says Liberty. I agree.
- I have not skied anything quite like the Genome!