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

Scott Nelson (see Bio)


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

As someone who primarily skis park most of the year, my 2-ski quiver would revolve around two distinct purposes: (1) big jump days and (2) everything else. I’d want a stiff, stable, traditional-camber park ski for days when the wind dies down and we can go out and hit big jumps in Freeway at Breckenridge. For those perfect days of 70+ foot jumps, I’d take along the Salomon NFX due to its best-in-class stability.

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Salomon NFX


Of course, the NFX is so incredibly stiff and distinctly not playful, so for everything else (jibs, trees, steeps), I’d want something a bit wider and more playful that’s still fun for mellower park laps, while also being able to handle anything off of Pali chair at A-Basin. The RMU Apostle 98 handles a lot of variable snow conditions very well, both in and out of the park.

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RMU Apostle 98


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

As I get older and spend fewer and fewer days each season in Freeway (and if I move away from those perfect Breckenridge jumps), I’ll have less and less of a need for skis like the NFX each year. For a dedicated park ski where I’m spending equal time hitting decent-sized jumps as well as jibs, the Head Caddy suitably handles all kinds of park features, and only makes a slight sacrifice in stability compared to the NFX.

To complement the Caddy, I’d choose the Nordica Soul Rider 97 as a wider, more playful option for all-mountain jibbing, tree skiing and spring slushy park cruising. While the Head Caddy is a practical option due to its versatility as a dedicated park ski, the Soul Rider 97 is an absolute blast on just about any terrain with the exception of charging big lines.


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

The Faction Candide 2.0 is a very playful all-mountain jib ski that can handle a variety of different conditions that I ski daily in Colorado, from park jumps and jibs to trees and steeps. Its tip and tail rocker combined with a medium-stiff flex underfoot can handle medium sized jumps while still maintaining a surfy and buttery feel on jibs. I left it off this list, however, due to it not quite being as burly as the Apostle 98 at higher speeds and in variable conditions around the mountain. Not that the 2.0 struggles in these conditions, but I found that the Apostle 98 consistently outperforms the 2.0.


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?

I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to get on the ON3P Kartel 108 in the near future. It looks stiff and burly for hard charging around the mountain; wide and rockered enough to float in powder; but still surfy and playful enough to be my daily park ski.


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

I don’t yet have a clear answer to this question; in short, I need to get on several more skis that are on my radar. So my answer here is hypothetical, but if I had to choose 2 skis from the same company for this upcoming season, I would either go with RMU or Faction.

With RMU, I already love the Apostle 98 for its burly stiffness as an all-mountain jib ski that’s comfortable at high speeds and blasts through slush, and I’m very intrigued to see whether / how these qualities are reflected in the Apostle 106. While the Apostle 98 has been my daily driver, both in and out of the park in the past, the Rippah also looks like a potentially versatile dedicated park tool that blends playfulness and stability.

With Faction, it seems as though the same performance elements could be achieved with the combination of the Candide 1.0 and 2.0. The 1.0 looks like it could theoretically be a capable big jump ski that would fill the role of the NFX in my two-ski quiver above. And as I also mentioned above, the 2.0 is a playful all-mountain jib ski that capably handles my needs for just about everything else, from park jibs to tree skiing, steeps and most powder days.


NEXT: Sascha Anastas’ 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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