Ski: 2018-2019 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 175, 181, 187 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.7 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2210 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2112 & 2125 grams
Stated Dimensions: 139-107-129 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139.6-106.5-127.8
Stated Sidecut Radius: 21 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 72 mm / 21 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2-3 mm
Core: poplar + titanal (2-layers) + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.65 cm from center; 84.2 cm from tail
Last year 4FRNT announced the return of one of their original skis, the MSP. We recently posted our full review of that ski, and the short story is that we think it’s a very versatile and intuitive all-mountain ski that should work for a really wide range of skiers. This year, they expanded the lineup to include the MSP 99 (which is the same ski as the 17/18 MSP) and the brand-new MSP 107.
We’ll soon be posting more of our on-snow impressions of the MSP 107, but for now, let’s take a look at how its design compares to the diverse category of wider all-mountain skis.
What 4FRNT says about the MSP 107:
“Last season we introduced the MSP99 and it immediately became our #1 selling ski, so we’ve now introduced this completely new wider MSP107 as a larger sibling. It expands the MSP series capabilities beyond the groomers and into the pow. The 107 is intuitive from the first turn instilling a higher level of confidence everywhere on the mountain. The dampness and stability inspire you to ski faster, while the tight sidecut carves on a dime. The tips are playful and extra wide for floating in the steep and deep with ease.”
I think the key phrases here are “intuitive,” “dampness and stability,” “carves on a dime,” and “floating in the steep and deep.”
In other words, it doesn’t sound like 4FRNT is hyping up the MSP 107 as some super burly charger, but they do seem to be emphasizing its versatility across a wide range of conditions.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The MSP 107 has a bit of tip and tail taper, but it’s pretty subtle compared to many similarly wide skis on the market. Skis like the Nordica Enforcer 110, Dynastar Legend X106, Moment Commander 108, and Rossignol Soul 7 HD all have more tip and / or tail taper.
For a modern, 107mm-wide ski, the MSP 107 also has fairly conservative, shallow rocker lines. The MSP 107 still has a bit of rocker in its tips and tails, but there are plenty of skis with deeper rocker lines (e.g., ON3P Wrenegade 108, Prior Husume, and Nordica Enforcer 110).
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind Heel Piece: 9
The MSP 107 has a noticeably directional flex pattern with fairly soft tips and shovels, a stout midsection, and a pretty strong tail. There aren’t any noticeable hinge points in its flex pattern — it’s a pretty smooth ramp up.
The MSP 107’s flex pattern unsurprisingly feels very similar to the MSP 99, and is fairly similar to the flex patterns of the Enforcer 100 and 110 (two skis we like a lot).
For a 107mm-wide ski with two layers of metal, the MSP 107 comes in at a pretty average, if not slightly light weight of around 2120 grams per ski for the 187 cm version. It’s not falling in line with super-light metal-laminate skis like the Faction Dictator 3.0 and Moment Commander, but also isn’t in the category of chargers like the Blizzard Cochise and ON3P Wrenegade 108.
For reference, here are a bunch of our measured weights for a number of notable skis. As always, keep in mind the length differences to try to keep these comparisons apples-to-apples.
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18-18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18-18/19)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18-18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18-18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18-18/19)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18-18/19)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18-18/19)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17-18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16-18/19)
Bottom Line (For Now)
Sometimes we can get caught up in the latest trends — whether that’s super light skis, skis with tons of rocker, or those with wild new shapes. But all too often, those skis don’t stack up to the skis that just stick to proven combinations of shape, rocker profile, flex pattern, and weight. The 4FRNT MSP 107’s specs seem to make it fall into that second category. Its flex pattern is moderate without feeling flimsy, its rocker profile and shape are similarly middle-of-the-road, and its weight is neither super heavy nor ultralight. We’re continuing to get more time on it, and will post updates very soon. Stay tuned…