Skier Ability: Advanced to Expert: Skipping the blue runs to get to the black runs, but sometimes a little cautious when it gets very steep, or some hesitation when your buddy says, ''You just have to clear those rocks or else you're toast.''
Expert Binding Choices: Some of the binding options (i.e. the Look/Coreupt PX 15) available for this ski have high din ranges that start at 8 or 9. A very small percentage of skiers will be suitable for these bindings. If you know that you usually set your din at 8 or above, you are in the clear for a high din binding. Otherwise, those bindings are for EXPERT SKIERS ONLY!
Ideal Target Skier: Weekend Warrior/Charger: These skiers were once upon a time ski bums, or very proficient skiers in college, then landed an internship that led to a 70 hour work week and a spouse and 2.5 kids. They are still great skiers, and ski hard every chance they get on steeps, moguls, powder... whatever they can get their hands on.
Speed: Fast: At this speed, these skiers are passing most of the others on blue square runs, and keeping up with most skiers on black diamond runs.
Hazmat: On the wider side of all mountain skis lies the Hazmat. With waist widths of 85-94mm, these are geared for all mountain conditions where soft snow or powder can really be found any day during the season. While they are a little too wide for all mountain on the east coast, they are great skis for powder days in that region. If west coast and rockies is where the skiing gets done, then the Helix is a great 1 ski quiver to get it done, everything from park to storm powder days.
Liberty Core: These skis feature strips of bamboo and poplar, bonded together to make a high performance core. Bamboo is lightweight, durable, and has a lot of rebound to spring into the next turn or off a jump. The poplar adds a consistent feel to the skis and helps the camber shape stay the same after frequent use. Both materials added together give a smooth, yet responsive ski that is environmentally friendly.
Sandwich Construction (SW): SW means that the sides of the skis are a vertical wall rather the rounded Cap construction found on most skis. Since none of the skis material needs to be exerting force maintaining shape at the edges, SW skis are stiffer than their Cap counterparts. Most people find SW skis to be damper, that is more glued to the snow, superior at high speed GS turns and top notch at busting through crud or choppy snow.
Cab Forward Stance: These skis come with multiple mounting points, with the modern and preferred mark labeled as 'Cab Forward.' This gets the skier's weight over the center of the ski, and allows for quicker turning and better balance for spins and flips. The standard mounting point is recommended for all mountain skiers, and the center mounting point is for dedicated park skiers.
Fiber Reinforced polymer: This material is added to the ski in the binding mounting area to give extra hold for the binding screws and to stiffen the mid section of the ski.
HRC 40 Edges: A fairly soft steel that is easily tuned/sharpened, and has a great resistance to cracking. This is the choice for skis being used in the park so they slide better on rails, and deform instead of cracking on hard hits to rails.
UHMW Sidewall: This stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight, which basically means that the sidewall material is just like the base material. The benefits of an UHMW sidewall is that it is almost impossible to crack, it is resistant to scratches, and if it is damaged, it can easily be repaired.
P-Tex 2000: The base material for this ski is hard and resistant to scratches and dings from rocks or anything else hiding under the snow. A hard base also translates to a fast glide, so get ready to hold on!
ISO Topsheet: This topsheet resists scratches and chips, and gives clean, crisp graphics for others to admire.
78 Degree sidewalls: The slant of the sidewall is set to 78 degrees, which Liberty has found to be the best angle to reduce the chance of topsheet chipping while still putting most of the weight and force over the edge during a turn. This translates to better edge hold on firm snow and ice.
Liberty Skis: has been around for several years, making performance twin tip skis suitable for a wide range of skiers and skiing abilities. What's different about Liberty that sets them apart from most, if not all independent ski manufacturers is their commitment to the environment. They have picked Bamboo as their main core material for its performance qualities, but also because of its nature to quickly regenerate. Within a year, a plant is ready to harvest again while hardwoods still need at least another 10 years to regenerate. Liberty also uses windpower for all energy needs from lights in the office to ski production in the factory.
Being green sometimes takes away from the quality and performance of a product, but fortunately, Liberty has found a great balance. They consistently produce quality freeride skis while showing the rest of the ski industry how it should be done environmentally.
Twin tip skis: are where its at these days. Their versatility allows you to ski powder in the morning, bumps at midday, and session the park in the afternoon. The turned up tail is also optimal for skiing backwards (switch), but for most people, it just looks cool.
If you are buying a ski and binding to mount, we will install the necessary fat brake arms at no additional charge, you do not need to add them to you order.