In most areas where durability issues typically arise, the Vice passes with flying colors. Topsheet chipping was minimal, which I was impressed with, as this issue frequently occurs with sandwich-construction skis. Edge damage from rails was also very minimal after nine days of heavy abuse. Upon lengthy examination, I couldn’t find a single edge crack on either ski, with few burs or problematic spots. The edge rounded off properly after a day or two and felt smooth and predictable for the entire testing period.
I did experience one durability issue that I should mention. Around day six of the testing period, I found that the base and edge were beginning to pull away from the sidewall and core on one of the skis. When I first noticed the issue, the area (which seemed like delamination in progress) was only about two or three inches long. Since then, the area has doubled in size, but hasn’t increased in vertical movement (increased distance between base and sidewall).
As of yet, I haven’t noticed any change in the ski’s performance or flex pattern as a direct result of the delamination. This leads me to believe that the issue is somewhat benign, but I’m curious to see if the issue becomes a real problem, and will be sure to update this review as necessary if it does.
The Vice is great option for an everyday park ski, primarily because it makes skiing rails a lot more fun, and blasts through variable snow conditions. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a surfier ski that can open up new possibilities for their rail skiing.
The Vice isn’t necessarily the perfect one-ski park quiver, though, and anyone looking for an ultra-stable competition ski should probably look elsewhere. Still, with how much I enjoyed each day of riding on the Vice, I’d recommend it as an incredibly fun jib and jump tool that will allow anyone to have fun and get creative on skis.