Ski: 2018-2019 G3 SENDr 112, 188 cm
Available Lengths: 174, 181, 188, 195 cm
Blister’s Measured Length: 187.3 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight (188 cm): 1816 & 1872 grams
Stated Dimensions (188 cm): 139-112-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.4-111.4-125.6 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 25.8 m
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 59 mm / 14 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2.4 mm
- Poplar/Paulownia core
- Four layers of carbon fiber
- Two full layers of titanal
- Low friction nylon topsheet
- Polyurethane (PU) sidewalls
Blister Measured Mount Point: -11.3 cm from center; 82.4 cm from tail
Boots / Bindings: 17/18 Scarpa Maestrale RS / G3 Ion 12
Days Tested: 30
Test Locations: Front, Ten Mile, Elk, & Gore Ranges, CO; Wasatch Range, UT; Jasper National Park, Alberta; Mount Rainier National Park, WA.
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 SENDr 112, which was not changed for 18/19, apart from graphics.]
G3 says that the SENDr 112 brings hard-charging power to the backcountry, which is a pretty bold claim for a 112mm-wide ski that weighs about 1850 grams in a 188 cm length. But the SENDr isn’t like other touring skis on the market. It uses a unique combination of carbon fiber, PU sidewalls, and two sheets of metal titanal. Yes, you read that right; this ski weighs 1850 grams and has two sheets of metal in it.
One of the trends we noted this year at SIA was companies bringing back metal laminates, but G3 is the only company we know of that is doing it in a touring ski. So the real question is, how does it actually perform?
Flex Pattern and Shape
Unsurprisingly for a ski called the SENDr, the ski flexes pretty stout. I would sum up the flex like this:
Tips: 7 or 8
Some wide, light skis can be a bit flimsy and lack torsional rigidity, but the SENDr feels really solid. It has a thin profile, which makes it feel quite dense (there’s a lot of relative mass in that thin profile), but at the same time the ski feels unnaturally light overall, given its length and width.
The shape of the SENDr 112 is confidence inspiring; a fairly big 25.8 m sidecut radius gives way to a long, straight tip that doesn’t have much taper and a fairly modest amount of splay relative to the length of the tip rocker line.
The SENDr feels exactly like you would imagine on the uphill. It’s long, pretty light, wide, and has a touch of camber. It grips well enough on the skintrack, and while it doesn’t feel feather-light at 1850 grams, when you consider it’s a 112 mm wide, 188 cm ski, the SENDr feels much lighter than it should.
Kick turns were tough at first as the 188 cm SENDr is pretty long for a touring ski, but do a little more yoga and you’ll be fine.
The first thing I noticed about the SENDr is that it absolutely loves to be driven hard. The more you pressure the front of your boots and the more effort you put into skiing aggressively, the more this ski comes alive.
It is stiff, pretty traditionally-shaped, and light — a combination that I found lends itself to carving hard with the ski on edge. However, because of its low weight, the SENDr doesn’t thrive while straight-lining or reaching extremely high speeds. The ski is most comfortable at a fairly fast pace and can definitely handle very fast turns, but if you stop driving the ski hard on edge (i.e. straight-lining), it can get kicked around a bit. Again, it only weighs 1850 grams.
Much of my soft-snow testing for the SENDr was done in light, deep powder on Berthoud Pass. The terrain ranges from open wind lips to steep, craggy trees and everything in between. But none of the lines are very long. And charging in this terrain is exactly where the SENDr shines.
The SENDr excels while skiing fast in technical terrain, jumping off stuff, and shutting down speed when you need it, slashing turns and plowing through soft variable snow.
One of the most comforting characteristics of the SENDr is the ride quality. In most carbon skis that are this light and stiff, you get a chattery and harsh ride. However, with the combination of twin titanal sheets and G3’s PU sidewalls (which are softer than ABS to reduce vibration), the SENDr achieves a surprisingly plush ride. The only unexpected chatter is likely due to the low weight of the ski, not the construction used on some lighter touring skis.
But with all that being said, the SENDr is not forgiving. The tail is stiff and long, and while that support is great to have on big airs and high speed turns, if you get into the backseat, the SENDr will kick your ass (not quite as badly as the Faction Dictator 3.0, though).
NEXT: Soft Snow, Hard Snow, Bottom Line, Etc.