2019-2020 Liberty Origin 106

Ski: 2019-2020 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm

Available Lengths: 171, 176, 182, 187 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.5 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2005 & 2035 grams

Stated Dimensions: 138-106-128 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.1-106.6-128.2 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (187 cm): 21.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 68 mm / 49 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm

Core: Bamboo/Poplar + Carbon Stringer + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: “High-Carbon Race Base”

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.45 cm from center; 84.3 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the 19/20 Liberty Origin 106 for Blister
Liberty Origin 106
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

The Liberty Origin 106 has been around for a few years, and since it was released, we’ve been fans of it. It’s a moderately wide ski that performs well above its width in deep snow, while still being pretty versatile when conditions aren’t super deep. And most of that seems to be due to its radical rocker profile.

But for 19/20, Liberty is tweaking the Origin 106 (and the women’s Genesis 106), with an update being made to the skis’ rocker profiles. So just how different is the new ski?

What Liberty says about the Origin 106

“Charging big-mountain lines but still want a performance driven ski for low tide days? With our signature bamboo, poplar, and carbon fiber construction, the Origin 106 is ready to crush whatever you’re feeling.”

Liberty also describes the “target skier” for the Origin 106 as: “An athletic all-mountain skier who wants a proven performer with edge grip and the versatility of a 106 waist.”

Pretty standard stuff here. There are a lot of companies talking about the versatility of their ~106mm-wide skis, and Liberty is no exception. “Edge grip” wasn’t one of the things that made the original Origin 106 stand out to us — it has so much rocker that, compared to many skis in its class, it didn’t exactly excel on icy or super firm snow. But there’s a good chance that Liberty’s update to the ski could improve that.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Origin 106’s shape remains the same — it’s still got moderate tip and tail taper lines and a fairly traditional overall shape. The Origin 106 has more taper than some skis in its class like the Blizzard Rustler 10, 4FRNT MSP 107, and Elan Ripstick 106, but not as much as others like the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Dynastar Legend X106, and Line Sick Day 104.

The Origin 106’s rocker profile is where things look different. And to be specific — the tip rocker line.

The original Origin 106 had one of the deepest tip rocker lines of any ski we’ve tested in the ~106mm-underfoot category. And at 78 mm, its tip splay was also very high.

The new ski still has a similarly deep tip rocker line that’s still deeper than almost every other ski in its class, but the rocker line has been brought down a bit / made more gradual. So while the original Origin 106’s tip rocker line rose pretty abruptly, the new Origin 106’s tips rise slower and don’t splay out until closer to the end of the ski.

Luke Koppa reviews the 19/20 Liberty Origin 106 for Blister
19/20 Liberty Origin 106 (left) and 16/17–18/19 Origin 106 (right)

The new Origin 106 retains the same tail rocker line as the current ski. Its tail rocker line is pretty deep compared to the competition, and its tail splay is also higher than most other skis in its class, apart from freestyle skis.

The difference between the new and old Origin 106 isn’t extreme — the new Origin 106 still retains a very deep tip rocker line by today’s standards. But its lower tip splay and more gradual tip rise should equate to more contact area when the ski is tipped over on edge.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Origin 106:

Tips: 6
Shovels: 6-7
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9-8
Tails: 7

No real change here. The new Origin 106 maintains the original’s forgiving, fairly round flex pattern. The Origin 106’s tips and shovels are pretty soft, and its flex pattern has more of a gradual ramp-up in stiffness compared to several other skis like the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free & Enforcer 110, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, and Head Kore 105.

Weight

Like the current Origin 106, the new ski comes in at a fairly light, but not crazy-low weight of around 2000 grams per ski for the 187 cm length. That puts it right in line with several skis that we’ve recommended for 50/50 use like the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Salomon QST 106, Elan Ripstick 106, and Line Sick Day 104.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try and keep things apples-to-apples.

1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1843 & 1847 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (17/18)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1898 & 1893 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (18/19)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1941 & 1965 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, 182 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (16/17–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
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 (17/18–8/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The current Origin 106 is one of the best, if not the best ~106mm-wide ski we’ve used for deep snow. So will the new ski, with its slightly more subtle tip rocker line, still retain the original ski’s excellent float?

(2) On the other hand, just how much better will the new Origin 106 be on firm snow?

Bottom Line (For Now)

With the new Origin 106, Liberty has taken a good ski that performed very well in a particular area (deep snow), and they seem to have potentially made it more versatile. We’re eager to see how noticeable the difference is, and will soon report back with updates.

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Rocker Pics:

Full Profile
Tip Profile
Tail Profile
Top Sheet
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