Ski: 2019-2020 Liberty Origin 112, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 176, 184, 192 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.3 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2150 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2097 & 2103 grams
Stated Dimensions: 144-112-132 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 144-111.5-132 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 21.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 75 mm / 48 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2 mm
Core: Bamboo/Poplar + Carbon Stringer + Fiberglass Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.95 cm from center; 81.2 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: -8 cm from center
Boots / Bindings: Salomon QST Pro 130 / Marker Griffon Demo
Test Locations: Telluride Ski Resort, CO; Snowbird, UT
Reviewer: 5’8”, ~155 lbs
Days Skied: 7
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 18/19 Origin 112, which was not changed for 19/20, apart from graphics.]
For the 18/19 season, Liberty is introducing the Origin 112, a brand new ski that slots into their “Origin” line of freeride skis.
(In addition to the new Origin 112, Liberty gave the Origin 90 and 96 new rocker profiles, the Origin 106 comes back unchanged except for a graphics update, the Origin 112 effectively replaces the Origin 116, and the Schuster Pro returns as the Origin Pro, but is unchanged apart from the name and graphics.)
Here’s what Liberty says about the Origin 112:
“The new Origin 112 features a refined camber/rocker profile in a new waist width. A solid bamboo, poplar, and carbon core works perfectly with the new geometry to ensure the fun never stops, even if the snow does. Surfy enough for the big days, but quick and stable for the days in between, the Origin 112 will elevate your game”
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Origin 112 has a lot of tip rocker, and a more moderate tail rocker line. Though Liberty went narrower from the Origin 116 to the Origin 112, the new Origin 112’s rocker profile still looks like it should perform very well in powder, something that has been true even for the narrower skis in the Origin line. So we’ll definitely be reporting back on the Origin 112’s performance in pow, and we’ll see how the ski’s rocker profile affects its performance in firmer and more variable conditions.
The Origin 112’s shape is very similar to that of the Origin 116 and Origin 106. The Origin 112 has a bit of taper in the tips and tails, but that taper isn’t pronounced, especially compared to skis like the DPS Wailer 112, Rossignol Super 7 HD, or Dynastar Legend X106.
Hand flexing the Origin 112, here’s how we’d sum up its flex pattern:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Behind Heel Piece: 9.5-9
The Origin 112’s tips and shovels are fairly soft, and when combined with the ski’s deep tip rocker lines, we expect it to perform very well in powder.
Those soft tips transition smoothly to a stiffer midsection, and the tails are noticeably stiffer than the tips. So, while the tips are very accessible, the back half of the ski should feel pretty supportive.
The main difference between the Origin 112 and the Origin 116 is obviously the narrower width, which is in line with the trend we’re seeing across the industry of skis getting narrower. Based on the dimensions alone, we’d expect the Origin 112 to do a bit better in firmer snow, which Liberty emphasizes in their description of the Origin 112.
The Origin 112 has a pretty traditional recommended mount point of -9.95 cm from center. However, Liberty has told us that they’ve been liking the ski about 2 cm forward of that mount point, so we’ll be testing the ski with the bindings at different positions to see where the Origin 112 feels most natural to us.
Like the other skis in the Origin series, the Origin 112 is coming in fairly light for its width. While Liberty doesn’t mention touring in their description of the ski, we think the weight of the Origin 112 puts it in the category of skis you could consider using both inside and outside of the resort.
Here are some of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for a few notable skis in this category:
1920 & 1936 Line Sick Day 114, 180 cm
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm
2006 & 2011 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188 cm
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm
2042 & 2105 Line Mordecai, 186 cm
2045 & 2071 DPS Alchemist Wailer 112, 189 cm
2097 & 2103 Liberty Origin 112, 184 cm
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm
2196 & 2199 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm
2252 & 2254 Liberty Origin 116, 190 cm
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious about
(1) Is the Origin 112 best categorized as a dedicated pow ski, a versatile pow ski, or as a wider all-mountain ski that works well in both soft and firm snow?
(2) Though the Origin 112 has a pretty traditional recommended mount point, it also has a lot of rocker and a nearly twinned tail, so how will it respond to different skiing styles (especially a more playful freestyle approach to the mountain)?
(3) How similar or different does the Origin 112 feel from the Origin 106? Pretty distinct, or lots of performance overlap?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The new Liberty Origin 112 looks like it is going to perform well in deep snow, but its narrower waist suggests that it should perform a bit better as an all-mountain ski compared to its predecessor, the Origin 116. We’ve actually already gotten some time on the Origin 112 at Telluride, and we’ll be getting more days on it soon. So stay tuned for updates.
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