Ski: 2015-2016 SkiLogik Powderball, 188cm
Dimensions (mm): 144-112-133
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (Straight Tape Pull): 186.7cm
Sidecut Radius: 14 meters
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1,937 grams & 1,870 grams
Boots / Bindings: Atomic Redster Pro 13 / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: Factory Recommended Line
Test Location: Taos; Alta
Days Skied: 7
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Powderball, which was not changed for 13/14, 14/15, or 15/16, except for the graphics.]
Manufacturers always get points in our book when their product descriptions actually bear some resemblance to the product themselves, and don’t read like the work of some over-caffeinated PR person. So +1 to SkiLogik for their pretty accurate description of the Powderball:
“The Powderball is the ideal choice for skiers of all levels who are looking for an easy powder ski to make memories on deep snow. Soft flex and large rocker combine to provide outstanding flotation, while the short radius and pintail make for easy turning and shedding [sic]. Linking turns on fresh snow and floating through cut-up pow has never been easier. There’s nothing more special than a Powderball day.”
Note that the word “easy” appears twice in there.
The Powderball is indeed an “easy powder ski,” with soft flex, large rocker, and short sidecut radius.
Note that SkiLogik does not call this a one-ski quiver.
It’s a fun, easy, quick, predictable, lightweight ski. It’s not designed to rage down bumped-up, bulletproof hardpack.
I would quibble over calling it a pintail—we define a “pintail” as a ski where the widest point of the tail (in this case 133mm) is less than 10 millimeters wider than the narrowest point of its waist (in this case 112mm)—but it is certainly a shaped, tapered tail, and it is super easy to release—actually, it just never gets hung up.
This is definitely one of those skis (like the 12/13 Line Influence 115, the DPS Wailer 112RP, and the Rossignol S3) where a broad range of skiers—including beginners and intermediates—can hop on it and go have a good time.
The Powderball is dead easy in pow, incredibly quick in trees, produces no tip dive, has no quirky or unpredictable traits, and feels responsive and light on your feet.
Flex Pattern & Some Comparisons
In soft snow, the shape and feel of the Powderball (144-112-133mm) reminded me a lot of the DPS Wailer 112RP Hybrid (142-112-128mm) and the 12/13-13/14 Line Influence 115 (145-115-131). All three skis are easy and share the qualities of the Powderball I listed above.
Hand flexing these skis, the Powderball is definitely the softest of the three. There really is no firm section in the pattern at all, and this initially had me worried.
The Wailer 112RP is noticeably stiffer throughout, though again (and somewhat surprisingly), I didn’t find that the soft flex caused issues in soft now, even in steep, fairly technical terrain.
I’ve had these skis all over Taos and Alta. Alta’s Baldy Shoulder, Bad News, Jake’s, Wildcat, Catherine’s, Fred’s Trees, Eagle’s Nest, etc.; Taos’ Highline Ridge (Two Bucks, Corner Chute, etc.), West Basin (Stauffenberg, Zdarsky, Meatball, etc.), Longhorn, Reforma, Tell Trees, Walkyries….
In good, soft snow, I would feel OK sending anyone from a beginner to an expert out on these, for all of the reasons I’ve mentioned above, and for these reasons below.
3.09.13 was one of my Top 10 days at Taos ever (there’ve been several of those this season), and I was on the Ski Logik Powderball from bell to bell.
In deep steeps around Meatball, these skis were fantastic, and they are a phenomenal tree ski on pow days—you may have noticed that tight, 14-meter sidecut radius, as well as our measured weight per ski.
These skis are quick and light, and they even handled some of Taos’ steep, bumped-up tree runs far better than I would have anticipated. I felt very comfortable at speed in soft snow on these, and if you’re someone who is happier at slow to moderate speeds, I think you’ll like this ski even more.
Plus, we were banging out ridge laps for three straight days, and I was grateful for how light these skis felt on my shoulder while hiking.
Also worth noting: the Powderball felt noticeably lighter on my feet than the 190cm Salomon Rocker2 108, and was much easier in tight trees than the Rocker2 108, which I’ve always thought of as a very easy ski to navigate through tight spaces.