Lighter, Deeper Pow
I didn’t get the One in much of this, but on a day when Justin Bobb and I hiked up to the Mount Olympus summit, I did get the One in pockets of deep, wind-deposited powder. This is absolutely its element, and everything here works beautifully.
And as I wrote in my Two-Ski Quiver selections, while the 190cm Salomon Rocker2 108 proved this past season to be amazing at Taos in any fresh snow up to about 18-20” of pow (and then, at least at my weight, it reached its limit), the One feels like a ski that will work better as the conditions get deeper. I think it will require very deep, very wet, heavy snow to induce tip dive.
So my only real reservation here is that I can’t yet say how well it will handle 4” of fresh snow on top of very firm bumps and frozen chop.
I skied the One at +1, and I would not be tempted at all to move back. At the “0” / recommended line, the ski just looks like it has too little tail, and having skied them at +1, I would rather opt to go forward to +2 (if I had to) than move back to 0.
At +1, I could still drive the shovels to a surprising degree (the generous tip and tail splay had me thinking that the ski would resist driving the tips), and the ski (unsurprisingly) felt good in a more centered / neutral stance.
What the One didn’t like was backseat driving in shallow or firm snow, so in really difficult, refrozen death chunder at speed, I just forced myself to stay forward and trust the skis.
And in soft snow, the One is just fun. That said, I’m not yet sure that it is as intuitive as, say, the Rossignol Soul 7, which is a ski that I think even beginners could have a good time on.
Preliminary Sizing Recommendations
Skiers lighter than me will be psyched on this ski. Skiers who are much heavier or taller than me, I’d have some reservations, especially the harder you are expecting to push these things. The 186cm length didn’t feel crazy short, but given the rocker profile, I’d be a little reluctant to push the ski on heavier skiers.
I didn’t expect it to work well at all in the variable conditions we skied in NZ. But the ONE has definitely surprised me, and for anyone who has enjoyed the Armada JJ, but wish the JJ had a bigger sidecut radius, I’d take a long look at the ONE.
Bottom Line (For Now)
I want more time on this ski, and I’m looking forward to getting other Blister reviewers on it.
But this is a not-all-that-fat pow ski that I think will get better the deeper the conditions get. But it is also a very playful ski that will do well in deep, soft cut-up snow, soft moguls, and tight trees in decent snow.
If you’re in need of a ski to work really well in both pow and firm chop, I think a more traditional shape may suit you better. But as a soft-snow fun ski? Well, I’m already on record saying that at a place like Taos, I would be happy pairing the One with a firm-conditions ski like the Mantra and calling it good.
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