2-Ski Quiver: Reviewers’ Choices (17/18)


Cy Whitling (see Bio)


I. What’s your 2-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?

If you’ve read my 3-ski quiver selections, my choices here are probably going to be boring. I spend most of my inbounds time at Grand Targhee in Wyoming, and my touring is done in the surrounding area: GTNP, Teton Pass, Togwotee Pass, etc., and I like wider, more playful skis. I get to ski a fair amount of soft snow, and I don’t really care for ripping groomers or laying down crazy carves, so that’s reflected in my quiver choices.

The first (and most important) ski I’d put in my quiver would be the Moment Deathwish, mounted with inserts for a touring binding and an alpine binding. That ski is all I need 90% of the time. It’s light enough that I can do longer tours on it, and its blend of playfulness and stability is really hard to beat. I just spent opening day on it, and that just reminded me how much I love this ski.

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Moment Deathwish


As far as my second ski, I’m more torn here. The safe call would be a Bibby / Blister Pro, ON3P Kartel 116, or Black Crows Anima, but with the Deathwish already in my quiver, I’m not sure I really need another great do-it-all ski. So, I’d be inclined to go a little softer and more playful and choose the K2 Catamaran, or Armada ARV 116 JJ. Those skis don’t do as well on the chopped-up days compared to a ski like the Blister Pro, but for when I want to noodle around and jib everything, either of those skis would hit the mark perfectly. Given how much snow Targhee often gets, I’d give the nod to the wider Catamaran, but it’s not a huge deal either way.

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K2 Catamaran


II. What’s your 2-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?

As far as a travel quiver that I could take anywhere in the world, I’d still go with the Deathwish and Catamaran. But if I lived somewhere that often has ice and moguls, I’d probably have to swap my fat pow ski for something like an ON3P Wrenegade 98 or maybe the J Skis Metal.


III. What ski was most difficult to leave off your list?

I’m really excited about the J Skis Metal. I’ve just started getting time on it, and my initial takeaway is that it has a higher top end than I’m used to, while still being a blast. I’ll spare you the gushing text messages I’ve been sending to Jonathan about this ski, but so far, I’m psyched.

And, as I said in my 3-ski quiver selection, the Sego Big Horn 106 is probably my second choice after the Deathwish in that quiver spot. If only it was a little wider…


IV. What ski do you imagine has the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski it, or get to ski it more?

Probably the 190 cm K2 Catamaran. If it’s just a little bit more stable and versatile than the shorter version, while still being a ton of fun to play and slash on, it will replace the shorter version in all my selections.


V. If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 2-ski quiver, which company would you pick?

This one’s easy: Moment. I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but the recipe they’ve got right now really works for me. The Deathwish and the Bibby Pro both make me smile, a lot, and that’s what I want out of a ski.


NEXT: Brian Lindahl’s 2-Ski Quiver Selections

9 comments on “2-Ski Quiver: Reviewers’ Choices (17/18)”

  1. I’m not about to limit myself to two (really?!) pair, but I often have to do exactly that on road trips. This year:

    1. Head Titan: Because if you go — and it doesn’t snow — a guy has to dig some trenches (also a great ski for technicians in the bumps).

    2. Nordica Enforcer 100. A change in this slot from my much-loved Fischer Motive 95s the last few years. Haven’t skied them yet (thanks, rain) but I’ve got high hopes.

    • Hi, Troy, couple things: (1) the Raven is my pick for everyday touring ski, and we’ve gushed about that ski for two years now. (2) We haven’t reviewed all the current skis from 4FRNT. (3) I always love the anonymous “quite highly regarded” claims — highly regarded by whom? And more specifically, what did they praise them for? How well they worked as part of a 2-ski quiver? I say all that only as a reminder that the skis listed here are not answers to the question, “Which skis are good or bad?” but rather, “Which skis work well as part of a 1, 2, or 3-ski quiver?”

  2. I don’t have 4frnt and haven’t ever ridden them – not trying to be anonymous in any way either, just have seen the top mags (powder, ski, skiing & freeskier) all gush about this year’s 4frnt line and was surprised they didn’t get a mention. U guys do great work there and your views and your opinions are appreciated. Won’t get any hate from me, was just wondering if you had input on all the praise being thrown 4frnts way. Was looking at the 4frnt MSP and have read it stacks up or beats J’s MB. Either way, they both sound like great skis.

  3. Anyone have advice on a new ski purchase? I’m skiing about 14 days a year usually in Steamboat or Park City on vacations. Southern Vermont for weekend trips. I’m Solid advanced intermediate, like everybody else looking for soft snow to ski on resort no back country. I don’t ski park but want a fun ski. I currently own a J ski Masterblaster and thinking about getting something a little wider for vacations out west. I have been looking at the Deathwish, Sego big horn 106, ON3P Wrenegade 108, and the Cartel 108. I’m sure they are all great but i’d apreciate a push in the right direction.

    • Hi, I can’t speak to the Sego Big Horn 106 – so you’ll have to track Cy Whitling’s comments about it on the site and in our buyers’ guide, but the the Deathwish, Kartel 108, and Wren 108 are all pretty similar in terms of stability, forgiveness, quickness and intuitiveness. Honestly, I think mount point will be one of the biggest factors; the Wren 108 is the most set back, and that ski is the least playful / most directional of all the skis you mention. (Big Horn 106 & Kartel 108 are most progressive, then Deathwish, then Wren 108.) Still, they are all pretty easy and forgiving skis, so I’d think about how traditional (driving the shovels hard) you like to ski, or how upright / neutral / centered you prefer to stand on your skis, and that will go along way to determining whether the Wren 108 should be in play, or whether the other 3 skis will likely be the better (and more playful) fit for you. Hope that helps?

  4. Hi Jonathan, thanks the quiver section! It’s always very interesting and helpful! I’m thinking of adjusting my quiver a bit, that’s why I’m posting my question in this thread. I bought the Rossignol Soul 7 the season it came to the market mainly based on the reviews and suggestions on blister. I’m using it as my soft snow touring ski with pin bindings ever since then and absolutely love it. So thanks for supporting me to having made a very good buying decision some years back. :-)

    In the last year’s there have only been a few occasions with 24+” of fresh powder where I wished for wider skis with better floatation. However, I will be heading to Georgia (cat skiing and touring) and Japan this winter season where I will most probably encounter more of those deep powder conditions (hopefully!). That’s why I’m wondering if I should add a truly powder specific ski to my quiver. If so, I would for sure mount touring bindings and it should deliver a noticeable bump up in float and a similar skiing experience (easy and fun to ski, versatile, directional, intuitive, nimble, good performance in Soft chop, still touring friendly) to my Soul 7s.

    From what I have been reading on blister (and I already spent hours ) I think the atomic automatics 117 in 186cm would actually be the perfect choice. However, they are not produced anymore but I might find some 2nd hand deals on the web or maybe look into their successor, the backland FR. Since I never skied something wider than the 108mm on the Soul 7 188cm I’m just not quite sure if the 117 width makes sense for what I’m looking for or if I should go even wider..?! I don’t really want to buy super wide skis that would stay in my basement for the majority of the season. I’m living in the Alps and I think I would be able to use skis like the automatic on a quite regular basis also here at home. With anything much wider I doubt that a little..

    What’s your thoughts on this one and do you maybe have recommendations which other skis might fit the bill? I’m 6″1 and around 178 pounds.

    Thanks for your advice,

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