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
Testing a pow ski without powder
First, I want to preface, I was unable to ski the 2015-16 Liberty Schuster Pro in powder, which is the intended use for this 122mm underfoot ski. My review is based on spring conditions, which consisted of: good-to skied off groomers, refrozen crust, two inches of fresh over frozen tundra, corn, deep corn, and firm to thawed crud. Liberty's ski designer explained to me, that the Schuster Pro is fashioned after the successful shape of this years newly released Origin. (Please check out my review of the 2014-15 Origin) The 2015-16 Schuster Pro has carbon laminate in its layup. Carbon offers moderate dampening qualities (typically less dampening than a titanal metal laminate), but offers lighter weight, pop, and liveliness, that may be dulled with a metal laminate, and this is true for this ski.
I skied the Schuster Pro in a 184cm length, and felt that a 186-187cm might have been a optimal length if available, based on my profile. It did feel a touch short at times. This ski tracks great, and is very stable, while running flat or carving on smooth terrain. I liked the shape and feel of the ski. It had good torsional stability, moderate carbon type dampness, stiffer but even flex, and was moderately light. The Schuster Pro made beautiful carve turns on smooth groomers with good texture, and had well above average edge hold, actually a bit edgy. This pair had a recent shop tune. I was informed that the edge angles were approximately 1degree bottom, and 2 degree side. I believe retuning on this Schuster, and perhaps a less aggressive edge angle, would enhance edge engagement, and its overall performance.
The Schuster Pro demands a centered to forward stance, always driving your shins into the tongue of your boots, keeping this ski bent, and on edge. Skidding turns past this skis 23m radius, on uneven surfaces (particularly when firm) was not in its vocabulary. Alternate tuning, with reduced edge angles, may temper this. The Schuster Pro was good in bumps at slower speeds, and very maneuverable in this length, as long as a neutral to forward stance was maintained. Back seat driving is to be avoided.
Considering the snow conditions I was able to test this ski: the stiffness, lighter carbon dampening, relative short length, and current tune, this would not be my first choice for crud busting in the back bowls of Vail, or skiing refrozen spring tundra. I will be anxious to test this ski in the powder conditions it was intended for, and add to my review!
Who is this ski for?
Those looking for a stiffer, lighter damped carbon pow ski, with much above average edge hold -higher skill level skier able to maintain neutral to forward stance, and careful edge engagement based on current tune
Liberty about the Schuster Pro
"The Schuster Pro is the ultimate powder crushing, bakcountry booter stomping design by X-Games medalist and Liberty Athlete Joe Schuster. Premium materials including carbon fiber and a super fast race base put this ski in a category of its own, like Joe", says Liberty.