Ski: 2018-2019 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm
Available Lengths: 171, 176, 181, 186, 191 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.6 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2300 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2221 & 2245 grams
Stated Dimensions: 136-108-130 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137-108-130 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 22.2 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 80 mm / 68 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm
Core: Bamboo + 2” Unidirectional Carbon Stringers (top & bottom) + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: 1.8 mm 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -4.6 cm from center; 88.7 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: On the line
Bindings: Marker Jester Demo
Test Locations: Telluride Ski Resort, Aspen Snowmass, & Arapahoe Basin, CO; Snowbird, UT
- Luke Koppa: 5’8″, 155 lbs
- Sam Shaheen: 5’10”, 140 lbs
- Joey Teahan: 6’3″, 190 lbs
Days Skied (total): 10
The ON3P Kartel 108 has become somewhat of a staple in the category of all-mountain freestyle skis. We’ve been very impressed by its blend of playfulness and stability, and it has repeatedly won one of our “Best Of” awards.
Yet for 18/19, ON3P has tweaked the Kartel 108. But before we start cursing and hoarding pairs of the 17/18 Kartel 108, ON3P has encouraged us to remain calm, saying the changes are pretty minor. It’s also worth noting that ON3P is getting rid of the Kartel 98 for 18/19 and replacing it with the Kartel 96, which has new dimensions and changes to the sidecut that are similar to what we’ll be discussing below.
(For more info on the entire 18/19 ON3P line, check out our recent conversation with ON3P founder, Scott Andrus.)
Shape / Rocker Profile
In terms of shape and rocker profile, the Kartel 108 comes back pretty much the same. It still has a lot of tip and tail rocker for a ski of this width, and maintains the fairly squared-off tips and tails.
Hand flexing the Kartel 108, here’s how we’d sum up its flex pattern:
Tips: 7 or 7.5-8
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5-10
Behind Heel Piece: 10-9
Despite the very playful rocker profile and shape, the Kartel 108 does not have some noodly flex pattern. Its tips feel accessible but not super soft, and the back of the ski actually feels pretty strong. Compared to the 18/19, 189 cm ON3P Wrenegade 108, the Kartel 108 feels slightly softer in the tips and a bit softer in the tails, but the difference between the flex patterns of the skis is not very dramatic.
This is the main change to the 18/19 Kartel 108 (and Kartel 98 / 96).
According to ON3P, the current 2017-2018 Kartel 98 and 108 uses an elliptical sidecut in both the front and back of the ski. This basically means that the sidecut is longer / straighter in the middle of the ski, and gets shorter / tighter as you get closer to the ends of the ski.
For 18/19, the Kartel 108 and 96 will now use what ON3P is calling “hybrid sidecut,” which is elliptical in the front of the ski, and standard radius in the back of the ski. (The Kartel 116 will return unchanged, maintaining a bi-radius sidecut)
Here’s what ON3P’s Scott Andrus says about the change to the sidecut:
“As we push the Kartel line a bit more all mountain, we wanted a bit less hookiness in the tail, while keeping the skis ability to carve going forward. So this will hold the turn shape in the tail a bit more consistently and takes out a bit of catchiness. That said, its a minor change so I’m not sure that most people would be able to notice.”
We didn’t find the 17/18 Kartel 108 to feel particularly hooky, but we’ll be keeping this sidecut change in mind while testing the updated Kartel 108.
At around 2230 grams for the 186 cm, the 18/19 Kartel 108 is coming in at nearly the same weight as the 17/18 version, and we expect it to offer a similar level of stability.
For reference, here are a few of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis:
2032 & 2062 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm
2109 & 2145 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm
2221 & 2245 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm (18/19)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm
2262 & 2270 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm (17/18)
Bottom Line (For Now)
The updates to the 18/19 Kartel 108 are supposed to be subtle, so we’ll be weighing in on how subtle or significant those changes feel on snow.
Flash Review: ON3P Kartel 108
We’ve already started to get time on the Kartel 108 in Telluride, and Blister members can now read our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review of the Kartel 108.
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NEXT: The Full Review