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 good directional charger
I am writing quick reviews of 13 new 2016-17 freeride skis that I rode at the SIA demo days. This ski is one of eight skis I demoed in this approximate 115mm underfoot width. Conditions were soft, with 12 inches that fell the previous two days. Some face shots in the bumps on the first morning. Cut up groomers to test stability, and skied off areas to check edge hold.
I gave this ski 4 stars, even though it does not fit my profile. I prefer a more maneuverable ski, with better bump capabilities. This ski fits the description of "Directional Charger" for those straight line, higher speed skiers.
As mentioned the Völkl Confession is a very good directional ski, that is reasonably stable at speed. I have to say that its dampening qualities were not as high as I would have expected, considering its heavier weight, and stiffness, and results in a 4 star rating (I expect dampening qualities to increase respectively, as weight, and stiffness increase). However, compared to other carbon layup skis I have ridden, this ski has decent dampening qualities. Considering this is a burly feeling ski, it is pretty quick edge to edge. It is heavy up front, like a 5 point side-cut ski with a wide forebody.
The Völkl Confession is ok in bumps, but is not a top pick in this width ski.
I was impressed with the Confessions float and stability, in the limited time I was able to spend in powder.
- Demo bindings mounted in standard position, demo bindings have metal plates under both toe and heel, increasing weight, stiffness, and dampening in a ski.
- Weight: 2250 g/ski. Feels heavier on your feet?
- Carbon stringer layup.
- Tthe 186cm length felt correct based on my profile.