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
Superb carver with great powder credentials
I was able to ski the new Libert Origin 106 for 2016-17 season in beautiful mid 50 degree spring type conditions, including softened mash potatoes (from the over 2 feet that fell earlier this week) in the back bowls of Vail. This is Liberty's third iteration of the Origin ski, now available in 116mm, 96mm, and this new 106mm underfoot. Talking with Liberty's ski designer, the 106 shares common design characteristics with this years 96, that excels on piste, with excellent edge grip. The tip rocker has been reduced on both the 96 and the 106, compared to the current 116. The reduced tip rocker helps eliminate tip flap on these skis. Liberty's graphic designer created another top sheet on the Origin 106 that will be a lift line hit! Liberty is again, (like the 96) offering this ski in a good selection of sizes to correctly match your profile, with their across the board, more attractive pricing.
The Liberty Origin 106 is a superb carver at all turn shapes, on groomed terrain with consistent good conditions. Medium radius turns made me smile every time. Stability is good, with moderate-moderate light damping characteristics. Turn initiation is very quick, for its 21m turn radius, and this 187cm test length. The Origin 106 has less pop in its rebound, compared to its 96 counterpart (improving its off-piste performance), even though both skis use a similar carbon laminate in their layup. Liberty's designer explained, "as width increases, so does weight, damping qualities, and torsional stability" based on the same construction. Edge grip can not quite compete with the 96, but is still good for this width category. The 187 length felt correct based on my profile.
With its moderate (Mounted with Liberty (Tyrolia) demo bindings that add some weight, damping, and stiffness, with metal plates under toe and heel) to moderate light damping, a stiffer mid section, and 187cm length, the Origin 106 is good in today's softened front-side bumps, but probably not where it wants to spend the entire day.
as mentioned above, these were warm spring conditions, but we were able to get into nicely softened (6-12 inches) of mashed potatoes in the back bowls. The 106 had surprising float and stability for this width, and carved beautifully, even when it was cut up. I believe it will perform the same, in light powder conditions with its moderately high and soft front rocker, and easy release tail.
- 1 degree bottom, 2 degree side edge angle.
- Standard (as marked on ski) binding mount positio.
- Flex: moderately soft tip and tail, stiffer mid section.
- Weight: 1970g @ 187cm flat
- Buy this ski longer vs shorter.
- 187cm may not be enough for larger straight line, higher speed skiers.
Who is this ski for
- If your looking for a one ski quiver for the west.
- Will appeal to finesse skiers, who like a quick turning ski, love to make beautiful carve turns on groomed terrain, and flow through powder and soft conditions.
Liberty about the Origin 106
"With a huge performance window and the right width to be an everyday driver on bigger, snowier mountains, the Origin106 hits the sweet spot. Plenty of float for deeper days, and the torsional rigidity to carve harder snow at high speed, the new Origin106 is a tasty bamboo/carbon sandwich best enjoyed with friends". says Liberty.