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
One of the best on piste
When I picked up the new Origin 96, it was suggested I test the 187cm length instead of the 182, which was the right decision for my profile. This ski has a Bamboo-Poplar-Carbon laminate construction. The size selection offered by Liberty in this ski, will make it easier to match proper length to your profile. Some ski manufacturers will jump nearly 10cm between sizes. List pricing has become far more attractive across the Liberty line.
I was not the first person to ride these, so I did tune them with a 1 degree bottom, 2 degree side edge before heading out. Conditions at Vail were listed as packed powder, but more packed than powder, and the bumps on the front side were firm. Back bowls had softened on the south facing slopes, from the morning sun and warm temps, and a few powder remnants remained around the trees from 4 or 5 days ago. Overall, ideal conditions to review this ski!
The 96 is superb on groomers, with "race ski" like edge hold. Boiler plate is no match for the edge on this ski, but can require thoughtful edge engagement, to prevent chatter, when attempting to shorten its 20 meter turn radius. It makes beautiful medium radius carve turns, and is no slouch at short and long radius turns. Edge change is quick, with a centered to forward stance. A weight back position at the end of your turn, can keep the ski from releasing its amazing edge. More aggressive detuning of the tail may be helpful based on my profile. The ski has a mild "carbon type" pop out of turns. It is very stable at speed, even with its rockered tip, and transitioned from skied off areas to piles with ease.
I would rate the dampening qualities of this ski as moderate with the demo bindings, and probably moderate light with a standard binding. (Please check out my profile page for more information on ski dampening). It had Liberty (Tyrolia) Attack 13 demo bindings mounted. These bindings have metal plates under both the toe and heel, which can add to the stiffness, and dampness of a ski, when compared to a standard fixed binding (I do like these bindings). I am used to a 180cm length in this width ski, and I did notice the extra length of the 187cm in larger, tight, firm bumps, but feel the 182 in this ski (with its high rocker in the tip) would be too short overall, based on my profile. The 96 is ok in bumps, but the above characteristics are why this ski is superb on-piste (70%), but offers a little rougher ride in bumps, and cut up off-piste conditions, compared to a ski with higher dampening qualities, or softer flex.
I was able to sneak into some powder around the trees in the back bowls, and would rate the flotation as average for this width ski. It does have a more traditional sidecut, compared to some multi point sidecut skis with a wider forebody, and above average float. It transitioned smoothly in and out of the powder stashes, and felt very stable.
- Tuning: factory recommended 1 degree bottom-2 degree side. Light detuning (feathering) to tip and tail.
- Weight: moderate for length and width, with Liberty Attack demo bindings (heavier than fixed binding).
- Stiffness: moderate, with stiffer cambered mid section.
- Torsional stiffness: good- no noticeable tip deflection in bumps
- Ski length: buy this ski longer vs shorter based on your profile.
Who is this ski for
-If you prefer groomed terrain, but still venture into bumps and off piste slopes.
-If you have been looking for a ski with better-"superior" edge hold. Excellent choice for East or West US snow conditions
-If you prefer a ski with moderate-moderate light dampening and some pop.
-Excellent firm snow partner to your powder skis.
Liberty about the Origin 96
"The all-new Origin96 is nimble and powerful with Speedcore/Carbon construction, tip rocker, and a low rise tail. Carve hard on the frontside, ski some trees, or even bash bumps with the Origin96, it’s up for anything. And, who doesn’t love a good sunset?", says Liberty.