Intermediate level freeride
skier Alex's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"I like that great surfy feeling of skiing in powder snow like most people do. On extreme days a pure rocker ski is nice but usually I prefer the combination with camber. That challenges me more and supplies versatility."
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Stöckli Stormrider 95
2. Rossignol Soul 7
3. Armada JJ 2.0
To all my reviews
Lightweight, fine in powder
The Whitedot R.98 Carbonlite CL:3 is a freeride touring ski. I didn't hike up with it, so I will only tell you about my experience testing the R.98 CarbonLite downhill in different snowconditions. This version of the Ranger CL is with 98 width a cm smaller underfoot than the traditional R.108. Several days with fresh snow and two days on slightly settled pack gave me a good idea about the qualities of this ski. And the lightweight factor (1520 gram at 176 cm) doesn't need to be tested, it is simply there and that is a plus for touring of course. My first testruns on the R.98 CL were in almost bottomless powder and the amount of float was good. At the same time I had the feeling the ski wants to be skied with a more frontside position. Especially if you compare it with the Whitedot Director. Personally I like to be in a more central position, which full rocker freeride skis tend to support more. The Whitedot R.98 Carbonlite is stiffer to the tail and you feel the power in it, both in turning and speeding up. With turning not super easy and pretty stable at speed.
Harder pack, piste, groomer performance
As the Whitedot R.98 CarbonLite is stiffer than the Director and smaller than the R.108 CarbonLite, my hopes were up for the performance on groomers. And I have to say that my experiences during the testdays were a bit mixed. I like them definitely better than full rocker freeride skis on piste and the narrower waist helps to be quicker on the feet, but I suspect that the large 27 meter radius (at 185 cm) is working against me. The R.98 CL is stiff enough to be stable up to a medium+ speed, which is nice when you are able to let it run on the edge. The stiffness doesn't help to do any sudden movements or adjust your turn size. I tend to ski aggressively on groomers, but had some trouble, especially once more crowd came up the slopes. I like the stability and stiffness for the aspect of not getting nervous at speed, at the same time the large radius limits the versatility on groomers. In relation to touring skis, it does provide enough qualities to have fun off-piste and be sufficient for the piste part. Considering the Whitedot R.98 CarbonLite a lightweight touring ski with extra qualities, it is a 4 star ski for me.
Whitedot about the R.98 CarbonLite ski
"Maintaining the performance and stability of the traditional R.98, the Carbonlite brings fluidity and incredible weight saving to the model. During longer, technical ascents the R.98 Carbonlite is the ideal partner in aiding efficient energy release and minimal fatigue. Our Carbonlite construction remains one of the lightest and most powerful options on the market, when paired with the R.98 it creates a ski that is an ideal for touring without sacrificing the performance and stability during the descent", according to Whitedot. To me a ski with a nice balance between touring and skiing.