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
I now have the 2016 version in my personal inventory. I have skied both the 2015 and the 2016 Origin in a variety of conditions, from packed powder, to 6-8 inches of fresh powder, including a variety of bumps.
Both of these skis are excellent carvers on groomed runs with good conditions. Short, medium, and long radius turns are a pleasure, with well above average edge hold for this 116mm underfoot width ski. Good stability at speed, with some tip flap from the high front rocker, that is unnoticeable in off-piste conditions. I can ride this 182cm Origin weight forward (except in deep powder, based on my profile), centered, or back, it is very forgiving.
The 2016 Origin is moderate light to lightly damped, with more pop than I noticed in the 2015 model. The 2016 ski has a more carbon type feel. I have these mounted with fixed Marker Jester bindings. When I skied the 2015 last season, they were mounted with demo Liberty Attack bindings, which have metal plates under both the toe and heel. I believe this demo set up may increase both stiffness, slight weight increase, and dampness in the ski. In my review, I noted the 2015 had good dampness. I asked Liberty if the layup had changed between the two model years. I was told there were some minor changes in the layup, including a increase in thickness in the tail of the ski. In hand flexing both the 2015 and the 16 side by side, I did not notice a significant difference in flex or weight. Due to less dampening and more carbon type pop, I found the 2016 to be more challenging to ski in the bumps. However, this is still a quick, and flickable ski, and performs well in soft snow bumps. Torsional stability is good in this length.
Liberty states that the Origin has a multi radius side cut. When looking at the ski, it appears to have a more traditional side cut, compared to many of the current five point sidecut, wider forebody skis. In the 182 cm length, I found the flotation in the front part of the ski, to be the light side of average for tested length, and required a centered to weight back position based on my profile.......but this skis balanced behavior all over the mountain, make it a winner.
-Marker Jester bindings, mounted "standard". I wish I would have mounted these with demo bindings, and set them 1-2 cm behind standard, to increase length up front.
-Test length 182 cm.
-Ideal length probably, 185-186 cm if available, based on my profile. Faster straight line skiers my size, will want to bump up to the 190cm.
-Edge angles: skied new, out of box for 2016, 1 degree base 2 degree side for 2015 model. Recommended angles: 1 degree base, 2 degree side for all models.
-the Origin is moderate in weight.
-flex is medium to medium-soft
Who is this ski for
-The Origin will be coveted by a wide range of skiers, particularly those in soft snow regions, like Colorado. From intermediates to experts, this ski has what your looking for, if you ski the whole mountain, or want to.
-Eye catching graphics (usually starts conversation on the lift)
-Medium to larger frame ladies will want to check out the 174 cm length. My wife loves hers!
-Buy this ski longer vs shorter
Liberty about the Origin 116
"THE ORIGIN is back and better than before with an updated core profile. What hasn't changed is the award winning combination of a hard-carving midsection and bomb rockered tip and tail. Quick and easy turning from the rocker and carefully matched multi-radius sidecut, the Origin makes any terrain your personal playground", says Liberty. This description sums it up nicely, I think.