Ski: 2018-2019 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 169, 176, 181, 187 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.4 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2080 & 2089 grams
Stated Dimensions: 136-106-130 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136.5-107-131 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 19.5 m @ 181 cm
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 65 mm / 68 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3-4 mm
Core: Poplar + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -3.8 cm from center; 88.9 cm from tail
Boots: K2 Pinnacle 130 & Nordica Strider 120
Bindings: Marker Jester Demo
Days Skied: ~35
Test Location: Grand Targhee, WY; Taos Ski Valley, NM
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Big Horn 106, which was not changed for 18/19.]
Sego is an independent manufacturer that makes all their skis in Victor Idaho. You’ve probably seen the likes of Lynsey Dyer on their women’s skis, and while they do have an impressive women’s line (especially for an indie brand), they also have a full line of men’s skis.
The Big Horn line is Sego’s all-mountain freestyle series, consisting of the Big Horn 90, 96, and 106. Luke Koppa and I have now both spent time on the Big Horn 106, and we’re both pretty high on the ski. So let’s take a look at why the Big Horn 106 stands out in the competitive all-mountain freestyle category.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Big Horn 106:
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-8
Behind Heel Piece: 8-7
The Big Horn 106 has soft tips and tails, but they stiffen up very quickly as you get closer to the center of the ski. It’s not quite a hinge-y flex, but it does ramp up very quickly from a short soft section in the tips and tails to the stiffer midsection.
At just under 2100 grams per ski, the Big Horn 106 falls on the lighter end of the spectrum for ~105mm-underfoot all-mountain freestyle skis. It’s just a hair lighter than the K2 Marksman and Armada ARV 106, and over 100 g lighter than the ON3P Kartel 108.
For reference, here are a few of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for a few notable skis:
1941 & 1994 Faction Candide 3.0, 186 cm (18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2032 & 2062 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm (18/19)
2341 & 2318 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (17/18, 18/19)
Shape and Profile
The Big Horn 106 does have a significant amount of tip and tail taper — more than the ARV 106 or Kartel 108, but less than the dramatically tapered K2 Marksman.
The Big Horn 106 also has pretty deep rocker lines and nearly symmetrical tip and tail splay. Overall, though, there’s nothing too outlandish about the Big Horn in either shape, flex, or profile, which is a good thing, since we’ve really liked a lot of skis that look, (on paper at least) very similar to the Big Horn 106.
We measured the Big Horn 106’s recommended mount point at -3.8 cm from center. That’s a touch more centered than some of the other skis in this class, but it is pretty similar to the recommended -4 to -5 cm that many skis in this class have. I’ll experiment with the Big Horn mounted at recommended, but will also try the ski mounted a few centimeters back.
NEXT: The Full Review