24 comments on “2018-2019 Liberty Origin 106”

  1. So Basically in any chop, hard groomers, skied out powder, the 3 things that most people deal with 99% at any resort, the ski will fold, and is not the best. but in perfect conditions its great. WOW, you guys have real round about way saying that the ski basically sucks in real word conditions, ever thought about being a politician.

    • The goal of every one of our reviews is accuracy. And this review is accurate. We then leave it to readers to decide whether the performance described is what they are looking for. The Origin 106 is the best deep-snow ski of this width we’ve ever reviewed. And we say that. We also say: “In really nasty, firm, chunked-up conditions, the Origin 106 behaves pretty well and predictably, but difficult conditions are not the forte of this ski; instead, consistent snow — clean groomers; wind-buffed slopes; soft, uniform moguls — and deep snow is where this ski shines. Still, I’ll offer the caveat that those who tend to operate at slow to moderate speeds will likely feel that the Origin 106 provides pretty satisfactory stability while also remaining fairly maneuverable.” That’s not being diplomatic or political … that’s being really accurate.

      • Great answer, but I’d for real absolutely love the deep dive comparison that features this ski. Please send!

  2. Hey Buddy,
    For the 181 Sickle, do you like this ski or the Meridian as a potential replacement? Moment will be at Mt Rose on Sunday so I can check the Meridian out hopefully.
    Thanks, Bruce

  3. After reading your review – thank you guys – I selected Origin 106s as my ski for this year and I am very, very happy. Coming off a SFB, I was looking for playful and manoeuvrable yet with much more directional, performance on-piste, as we all spend much time there and not always in great conditions. Origins feel very light and I am really happy with how fast they turn in trees and on moguls. Crazy fast in fact. They evened me out against hard charging friends that power down. I could take a quicker route. The best thing I like are the tips. When I hit bumps of loose snow at speed they just slice and float as if they aren’t even there. Adds to greater confidence in uncertain terrain. Rip and, in doubt, turn fast. The weakness, as expected, is on hard ice. They will slide out if trying to carve too aggressively on icy hardpack. Solution is just to straight line or take it easy. Thanks for your Gear Guide!!! Worth every dollar.

  4. For a 185-lb 6ft higher-speed skier who wants a daily driver, how would you compare the Origin 106 to the 96? Sounds like this ski is a little too soft-snow focused for a daily, and I already have Salomon QST 118’s for freshies, so maybe the 96 would be better for non-pow all-over-the-place skiing?

      • Thanks Jonathan. I ski the QST 118 in a 185, got any thoughts on length for the Origin 96? If it’s my daily, was thinking 182 to make it a little quicker in tight trees and steep bumps. Was skiing the Head Motörhead Rock ‘n Roll in a 180 as a daily in previous seasons, and it seemed like a decent compromise do-all length (knowing that top end stability is generally lessened when not going with the longest length). Thanks for your thoughts on length.

  5. You say these “ski longer than you might expect” given the significant splay. Based on this, which length would you recommend for me at 6’2″ (188cm), 78kg (172lb), and intermediate skill level; 182cm or 187cm?

    Great review as always..Thanks for any reply :)

  6. How do they compare to the Rustler 10 (if you guys have spent time on those yet)?

    Versatile tree and soft snow in slightly tight spaces (and I am not a speed demon-moderate/ controlled paces is my game) is what I’m after in a wider ski.

  7. I picked up a pair of these last season, mounted with Marker Jester bindings at the factory line, but mounted against my super old 31.5 alpine boots. Quick summary: I love these skis! =D

    However, a few days ago I finally invested in getting a new pair of better-fitting 29.5 boots, and I’m trying to decide strategy for remounting.

    The BSL delta between the old/new boots is pretty close to 2.6cm, so I think that puts me out of the adjustment range of the bindings in their current position, which means a remount. If the shop says we have to remount, I’m trying to decide between mounting further forward vs backward from factory line. Further back seems like a sane default?

    Primary use-case for these skis is deep days here in CO, and Japan. Thanks! :)

  8. Hi guys,

    Does anybody know if they changes something on the 2019 version? The stated dimensions are the same I think….


  9. I love blister and work in the ski industry. I read a lot of blister reviews and especially like to read the reviews in skis that I have demoed a lot.
    I disagree with a lot of this particular review and feel that it is unfair, especially after reading reviews on other 104-108mm skis, and their performance on firm snow.

    In my opinion, the origin 106 rips carves like a dream. I feel like some opinions are hatched prior to even skiing, looking at the splay, rocker point, ect..

    I feel that there are not many skis in this width that can finish a carve like the origin 106. My favorite ski (doesn’t exist) is one that is between 104-110 under foot and can carve like a race ski. This is a light construction for some heavier dudes, but if you don’t believe this can tear up a gs course or carve a circle, I would be happy to show you

  10. Hey so I’m thinking about purchasing these skis for $400 for mainly east coast skiing but I will be making some trips out west. Will these skis be too soft for the ice and little snow in New England? Moving to the west next year so also these would be an investment.

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