Ski: 2018-2019 Folsom Trophy Carbon, 188 cm
Available Lengths: 180, 184, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.9 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1895 & 1906 grams
Stated Dimensions: 145-115-140 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 143.5-113.8-139.4
Stated Sidecut Radius: 17 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 76 mm / 54 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3-4 mm
Core: Poplar/Bamboo + Carbon Fiber Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -5.65 cm from center; 87.3 cm from tail
Folsom says their Trophy ski is “one of the quickest and most nimble powder shapes on the market,” and they also say it has the “go-to geometry for soft snow stunts, jumps, butters, and more.”
In other words, the Trophy is designed to be a very playful powder ski. And last week we got our hands on a pair that was made with Folsom’s full carbon layup, which results in a ski that’s significantly lighter than the standard fiberglass-layup version.
We’re still getting more time on the Trophy Carbon, but for now, let’s take a look at how its design compares to the other skis in its class.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Trophy we’re testing uses Folsom’s “powder rocker” profile, but it’s also available with a variety of other rocker profiles.
While it has a lot of tip and tail splay, the Trophy’s rocker lines are not actually all that deep compared to most playful ~115mm skis. The ON3P Kartel 116, Atomic Bent Chetler 120, and Moment Wildcat all have at least slightly deeper tip and tail rocker lines.
In terms of its shape, the Trophy’s shovels start to taper quite early, but they don’t taper to much of a point — it’s more of a straight section for about 10 cm of the shovel. The Trophy’s tails don’t start tapering until the last ~15 cm of the ski, and they are also fairly straight after the taper point, rather than narrowing to much of a point.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Trophy Carbon:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
The tips and shovels of the ski are easy to bend, but then there’s a smooth ramp up to a very solid section around the bindings. The Trophy Carbon finishes with tails that are a bit stiffer than the tips. All in all, this flex pattern feels very nice, especially for a ski that’s supposed to let you butter and spin off features — the tips are pretty soft, and the tails are a touch stiffer, which should help on landings.
Folsom said the Trophy Carbon we’re testing has their standard “Demo” flex, and if you were doing the custom process with them, you could make it softer or stiffer.
The Trophy has a fairly tight sidecut radius of 17 meters for all available lengths. This, combined with the tip and tail rocker, seems to fall in line with Folsom’s talk about how nimble the ski is.
As noted above, the Trophy we’re testing uses a full carbon layup, rather than fiberglass. As a result, it’s quite light for its size at ~1900 grams for the 188 cm. The Trophy Carbon’s low weight slots it right into the (fairly small) category of playful pow skis that are light enough to drag around in the backcountry.
For reference, here are a few of our measured weights (per ski, in grams) for some notable skis. As always, keep in mind the length differences to keep things apples-to-apples.
1710 & 1744 Atomic Bent Chetler 120, 184 cm (18/19)
1795 & 1817 Moment Wildcat Tour, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1895 & 1906 Folsom Trophy Carbon, 188 cm (18/19)
1910 & 1941 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1965 & 2009 Moment Wildcat Tour, 190 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2083 & 2097 Line Magnum Opus, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2130 & 2130 Moment Wildcat, 190 cm (18/19)
2133 & 2133 Salomon QST 118, 192 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2183 & 2190 Black Crows Anima, 188.4 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2196 & 2199 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2297 & 2317 K2 Catamaran, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Kartel 116, 186 cm (17/18, 18/19)
Bottom Line (For Now)
The carbon version of Folsom’s Trophy shares a lot in common with some of our favorite playful pow skis, but comes in at a weight that makes it a prime candidate for 50/50 and touring use. We’ve already gotten a couple days on it, and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below for our initial impressions. Stay tuned for our full review…
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