Ski: 2019-2020 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 177, 182, 187, 192 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.3 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2232 & 2244 grams
Stated Dimensions: 137-108-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.0-108.9-127.3 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (187 cm): 23.8 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 78 mm / 40 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~5 mm
Core: Bamboo + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: 1.8 mm Sintered Durasurf 4001
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.35 cm from center; 87.3 cm from tail
Test Locations: Deplar Farm, Iceland; Front Range, CO
Days Skied: 8
The new ON3P Woodsman series has received a lot of buzz, and with good reason.
Previously, there were was a big decision and debate whether to go with a ski from ON3P’s very directional Wrenegade series, or to opt for something from their much more freestyle-oriented Kartel / Jeffrey series. (For the 19/20 season, the Kartel series is reverting back to its original “Jeffrey” name, but the skis are unchanged.)
And lo, there was hand wringing galore from concerned skiers about whether they should mount Wrenegades forward of their recommended lines, or Kartel / Jeffrey skis behind the recommended line. There were also folks who weren’t sure about the long sidecut radii of the Wrenegade series, or the fully twinned tips and tails of the Jeffrey skis.
What was an ON3P fan to do?
There was clearly room for something between the Wrens and the Jeffreys, and that led to the creation of the Woodsman series.
(You can check out our conversation with ON3P’s founder and CEO, Scott Andrus, about the new Woodsman lineup on our GEAR:30 podcast.)
I just got back from Deplar Farm in Iceland where I was able to get a few first days on the Woodsman 108, and Blister members can read my Flash Review to get my initial impressions. But we’ll take a closer look here at the Woodsman 108, see how it compares to ON3P’s other 108mm-wide skis, and how it compares to the rest of the market.
What ON3P says about the Woodsman 108
“New for 2020 and two years in the making, we’re proud to introduce our newest line: the Woodsman Series. Featuring three waist widths, Bi-Radius sidecut, and modified Freeride Rocker, they are a modern directional semi-twin that remain stable at speed while allowing increased tail release to aid maneuverability in tight, technical terrain. Built to take a beating, all of our skis feature full length carbon fiber stringers, 100% bamboo cores, and UHMW sidewalls alongside the thickest bases & edges money can buy.
The Woodsman 108 is an aggressive yet agile offering that is the perfect blend for directional skiers who want equal parts muscle, float, and quickness in their all mountain pursuits. As comfortable in a pow slash as it is a high speed slalom turn, it is a one ski quiver that is as agreeable as it is apt – real skis, for real skiing, on real mountains.”
First, shoutout to Tanner Hall for that last line.
Second, my initial advice is that I wouldn’t read too much into that part about making “true slalom turns” on the Woodsman 108 — though I guess that could just be seen as a challenge?
But all in all, ON3P’s description seems sensible and smart. The Woodsman 108 is supposedly a “directional semi-twin,” which, judging by its shape and rocker profile, it seems to be. It’s also supposedly “aggressive yet agile” and “equal parts muscle, float, and quickness,” which, based on its flex pattern, weight, rocker profile, and mount point, it also seems to be. And it’s also supposed to serve as a 1-ski quiver for firm and soft snow, which is a claim made about many other 108mm-wide skis.
Shape / Rocker Profile
As you’d expect, the shape of the Woodsman 108 looks a bit like a hybrid between the Wrenegade 108 and Jeffrey 108. The Woodsman 108 has a bit more tip and tail taper than the Wrenegade 108 (it’s more noticeable in the tail than the tip), and maybe a touch less tip and tail taper than the Jeffrey 108.
Compared to the rest of the market, the Woodsman 108’s shape seems pretty moderate — it doesn’t stand out much in terms of having a ton or too little taper.
The Woodsman 108’s rocker profile also looks like a mix of the Wrenegade 108 and Jeffrey 108. It has what could be considered as ON3P’s signature tip rocker line — a very deep rocker line with a lot of tip splay. The Woodsman 108’s tip rocker line looks almost identical to both the Wren 108 and Jeffrey 108 and, like those skis, it stands out in the market in terms of how deep and how splayed out its tip is.
The tail of the Woodsman 108 is where it stands out from ON3P’s other 108mm-wide skis. The Woodsman 108’s tail rocker line is a tiny bit deeper than the Wren 108’s, and the Woodsman 108’s tail rises up more abruptly / quickly than the Wren 108’s tail rocker line, which is lower and more subtle. Compared to the Jeffrey 108, the Woodsman 108’s tail rocker line is shallower and has way less tail splay.
For reference, here are our measured tip and tail splay numbers for the three skis:
- ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm: 78 mm / 40 mm
- ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm: 83 mm / 31 mm
- ON3P Jeffrey 108, 186 cm: 80 mm / 68 mm
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Woodsman 108:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9.5
Hand-flexing the 187 cm Woodsman 108 against the 184 cm and 189 cm Wrenegade 108, all three skis feel extremely similar. They’re all quite strong overall, with tips and tails that are a bit softer than the middle, but still pretty strong compared to many other skis in this class. The Woodsman 108 feels maybe a touch softer at the very ends of the tails, but the difference is very subtle.
Compared to most skis in its class, the Woodsman 108 is a bit stiffer in the tips and tails, though it’s not quite as burly as a few skis, like the Prior Husume, Fischer Ranger 107Ti, and Folsom Hammer.
As ON3P founder / CEO, Scott Andrus, mentioned, this is one of the key differences between the Woodsman 108, Wrenegade 108, and Jeffrey 108.
For reference, here are the stated sidecut radii numbers for those skis:
- ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm: 23.8 meters
- ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm: 27.5 meters
- ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm: 26.8 meters
- ON3P Jeffrey 108, 186 cm: 22.2 meters
We don’t put much stock into stated sidecut radii numbers, but it is worth highlighting that the Woodsman 108 does fall between the Wren 108 and Jeffrey 108 when it comes to its sidecut radius. It’s also worth noting that, like the Wren 108, the Woodsman 108 has a bi-radius sidecut (one radius in front, one in back). The Jeffrey 108 uses what ON3P calls a “Hybrid” sidecut, which means it uses an elliptical sidecut in the front (straighter in the middle and tighter as you move to the tip) and a standard radius in the back.
The Woodsman 108’s sidecut radius is still a bit longer than average, but its sidecut radius doesn’t stand out as much as the Wren 108’s, which is quite long.
With a recommended mount point of around -6.5 cm from center, the Woodsman 108 falls between more freestyle-oriented skis like the Jeffrey 108, Prior Northwest 110, and Armada ARV 106Ti, and more directional skis like the Wrenegade 108, Prior Husume, Blizzard Cochise, etc.
Many of our reviewers — directional and more playful skiers alike — have come to like many skis with mount points around -6 cm, and this mount point makes good sense given the Woodsman’s position between the very playful Jeffrey 108 and the very directional Wrenegade 108.
At around 2240 grams per ski for the 187 cm length, the Woodsman 108 is pretty heavy. Not outrageously heavy, but heavier than most.
It comes as little surprise that the Woodsman 108 comes in at a very similar weight compared to the Wrenegade 108 and Jeffrey 108, given that they share the same construction and similar dimensions.
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 to keep things apples-to-apples.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1875 & 1881 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1941 & 1994 Faction Candide 3.0, 186 cm (18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (15/16–19/20)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
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 (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2042 & 2105 Line Mordecai, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (16/17–18/19)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2113 & 2121 Moment Meridian 107, 187 cm (16/17–19/20)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Jeffrey 108, 186 cm (18/19)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
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)
2371 & 2374 Folsom Primary — Hammer Edition, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Bottom Line (For Now)
As you can see, the specs, at least, on the ON3P Woodsman 108 split the difference between their Jeffrey 108 and Wrenegade 108 in pretty much every regard. It’s not as directional and straight as the Wren 108, nor as symmetrical and freestyle-oriented as the Jeffrey 108.
But the big question now is whether the on-snow performance and handling of the Woodsman 108 also feels like a direct split between the Wren 108 and the Jeffrey 108, or whether it skews more toward one of those skis than the other.
Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below for our initial impressions, and then stay tuned for our full review.
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Variable Spring Snow
Luke Koppa (5’8”, 155 lbs): Unlike Jonathan, I did not go heli-skiing in Iceland with the Woodsman 108 — his invite to me must’ve gotten lost in the mail….
But I did get to ski the Woodsman 108 in a lot of varied spring conditions, and I still had a ton of fun on it.
From the get go, the Woodsman 108 felt like an ON3P ski. Now, I don’t typically say things like that about most brands, but in ON3P’s case, I think it’s fair. All their skis use a similar construction, and as we discussed in our First Look, the Woodsman 108’s design slots in nicely between two other ON3P skis we’ve spent time on, the Wrenegade 108 and Jeffrey 108.
Like those other ON3P skis, the Woodsman 108 feels substantial, damp, and solid. Skiing fast down wide-open terrain with conditions varying from super deep slush to a mix of soft and hard snow, the Woodsman 108 remained predictable and did a great job of blasting through the more set-up snow and over the deeper, looser slush.
So overall, I’d call the Woodsman 108 quite stable. But unlike the Wrenegade 108, the Woodsman 108 felt easier to slide and pivot when needed, and unlike the Jeffrey 108, I could drive the Woodsman 108 pretty hard through the shovels.
In what will become a theme here, the Woodsman 108 feels very much like a (very nice) middle ground between the Wrenegade 108 and Jeffrey 108. And this is basically exactly what I wanted.
I could drive the Woodsman 108 hard through the shovels when skiing very fast, but I could also ski it centered when making smaller turns or setting up for an air (this is something Sam Shaheen and I both agreed on, and very much appreciated). I could make big, long turns on edge, but could also easily throw it sideways when needed.
There are definitely some more stable skis out there (particularly for really firm, icy conditions where a longer effective edge is useful), but most of those skis are not as easy or playful as the Woodsman 108. And for me, that’s important. I like to go fast and I like skis that feel comfortable doing so, but I also like to mess around at slower speeds and throw in the occasional spin. The Woodsman 108 seems like a pretty ideal ski for my style.
Jonathan Ellsworth (5’10”, 175 lbs): I agree with Luke’s take, and I primarily want to clarify one thing: in terms of stability, I’m not quite ready to locate the 187 cm Woodsman 108 between the 189 cm Wrenegade 108 and the 186 Jeffrey 108. Rather, I think the 187 Woodsman and 189 Wrenegade 108 are quite similar in terms of stability — and the most noticeable differences between those two skis is their tails and their mount points. (We’ll say more about this as we go, and also in our Deep Dive Comparisons.)
And if you ask me how many skis I’d rather be on than the 187 cm Woodsman 108 in variable spring conditions … it’s a very short list. That said, there are quite a few skis that I quite like in softer, slushier, mixed conditions, but the Woodsman 108’s blend of stability, maneuverability, playfulness, and versatility hit quite a sweet spot for me.
Luke: By now it’s fairly well documented that I didn’t love carving the Jeffrey / Kartel 108 on super firm snow (start at 43:25 of GEAR:30 episode #58). I loved that ski everywhere else, but it felt unpredictable to me on extremely firm and smooth snow / ice.
After taking the Woodsman 108 out on some very firm, early-morning groomers, I can confidently say that the Woodsman 108 offers better edge hold and is more predictable on firm snow than the Jeffrey 108, while being a bit more versatile than the Wrenegade 108 when it comes to turn sizes. I still haven’t been able to lay down true slalom turns on the 187 cm Woodsman 108 as ON3P challenged me to in their description of the ski, but everything from GS to Super-G turns felt natural.
Now, this ski has a ton of rocker and it’s 108 mm underfoot, so it’s not an amazing carver. Those who prioritize on-piste performance from their 108mm-wide ski should probably look to skis with less rocker and taper. But if you’ve skied the Wren or Jeffrey and are familiar with how ON3P’s heavily rockered skis carve on groomers, I think you’ll be happy with the Woodsman 108. And when the snow is fairly soft and you put in the work to bend the Woodsman 108, it produces lots of energy, which I appreciate.
Jonathan Ellsworth: All I know is that I had one of the best times of my life on the 187 cm Woodsman 108 skiing literally perfect, 100% all-natural groomers down the massive aprons of northern Iceland. And no, this is not some slalom ski (Scott Andrus, did you put that in the description??). And though I haven’t skied this on any bulletproof groomers yet, (1) the only 108mm-wide ski I’d want to ski bulletproof groomers on is the discontinued 184 cm HEAD Monster 108, and (2) why do you care how a ski like this carves on bulletproof ice? I just don’t believe that anybody who is actually seriously thinking of purchasing this ski will care.
My hunch: this ski will be fine. It won’t blow your mind. You will get back to the lift safely and soundly.
And what I can already say for sure is that, on slightly soft groomers — even slightly soft roughed-up / beat-up / end-of-day groomers, these are quite fun to carve.
Moguls, Trees, and Tight Terrain
Luke: The Woodsman 108 isn’t quite as surfy and loose as the Jeffrey 108, but I think I still prefer the Woodsman 108 in tight terrain over both the Wren 108 and Jeffrey 108.
If I maintained a somewhat forward stance, the Woodsman 108 was fairly easy to work through moguls and trees. In really tight bumps with deep troughs, it definitely felt like a big ski. If you really want a ski that’s super quick and easy to flick around, there are loads of better options out there than the 187 cm Woodsman 108.
But if you’re mostly liking the sound of how solid and stable the Woodsman 108 feels, and you are fine dealing with the weight that’s a big element behind that stability, the Woodsman 108 is pretty manageable in tight terrain. It’s easier to slide and pivot than many skis that are this heavy, it produces lots of rebound when pushed hard, and I don’t think physically strong skiers will have much of a problem with it.
I wouldn’t recommend the Woodsman 108 to beginners (it’s heavy, stiff, and doesn’t have a super forgiving tail). But I think physically strong intermediates could get along well with it (probably in a shorter length), and advanced to expert skiers shouldn’t have a problem adapting to its heavier weight.
Jonathan Ellsworth: Yep, I agree with all of the above. The biggest factor in tight spaces is going to be how much physical input is required to work this ski around at higher speeds. There are a zillion lighter, quicker skis out there that will require less input. And there are a bunch of skis out there that will require more. So check out our Deep Dive section if you want to locate this ski among them.
Playfulness (and Other Attributes)
Luke: As always, there are several factors that go into the overall “playfulness” of a ski. The Woodsman 108, like many skis, is playful in some regards, and less playful in others.
First, the Woodsman 108 is pretty loose; you can ski it pretty centered; and it’s very energetic when you ski it hard. All of those traits help make it feel like a pretty playful ski, though I think less aggressive and / or less strong skiers will find it less playful as you have to work a bit harder to move it around and get energy out of it than you do with softer, lighter skis.
And then there’s the Woodsman 108’s swing weight. This is not a particularly quick ski, just like the Wren 108 and Jeffrey 108. But like those other skis, I quickly adapted to the Woodsman 108’s weight after a few runs, and I had no issues getting used to that weight during shifties and spins. And the -6.35 cm mount point offers a nice middle ground between letting you drive it and keeping the ski fairly balanced in the air.
So for directional skiers who are coming from similarly heavy skis with more traditional mount points (e.g., Wren 108), I think the Woodsman 108 will feel quite playful. For those who are coming from more freestyle-oriented skis with lots of rocker and forward mount points (e.g., Jeffrey 108), the Woodsman 108 will feel a bit less playful in terms of swing weight and looseness. But when considering the entire 108mm-wide ski market, I’d still put the Woodsman 108 on the more playful end of the spectrum.
Jonathan: Somewhat surprisingly, if I had to rank some of the traits of the Woodsman 108, I’d order them like this: (1) stable (2) versatile (3) maneuverable (4) playful.
The 187 cm Woodsman 108 is not some lightweight jib stick. It is substantial and stable, a lot like the Wrenegade 108.
And yet, it still works fairly well at low / slow speeds — and much better than more directional chargers that have flatter tails. (I.e., it’s fairly maneuverable.)
And given the relative heft of this stable ski that is still fairly maneuverable, there aren’t too many types of conditions where I would really regret being out on this ski. I love it in slush. It’s pretty well-mannered in refrozen garbage. There would be few clearly better options for super thick, gluey, coastal snowpacks. And I would not hesitate to ski this thing in a couple feet of super-light, blower pow. And while there are easier, more forgiving skis in moguls, those with good technique and pretty good strength (i.e., you don’t tend to opt for lightweight skis in order to be able to ski the whole day) should do okay in moguls — and especially if you’re going with the Woodsman 108 in a shorter length.
Who’s It For?
Luke: I had in my notes that a lot of people who previously bought a Wrenegade 108 or Jeffrey 108 should probably be on the Woodsman 108. If you already loved the Wren 108 or Jeffrey 108, then you obviously don’t need to go out and buy a Woodsman 108. But the Woodsman 108 makes a lot of sense for people who were split between the two. It’s more playful, looser, and arguably less one-dimensional than the Wren 108, but a bit more stable, a bit more versatile, and more capable of being skied with a forward, traditional stance than the Jeffrey 108.
Outside of the ON3P bubble, I think the Woodsman 108 makes a lot of sense for skiers who value both playfulness and stability. Don’t want to go with some super burly, super traditional charger but also don’t want some flimsy, ultra playful, and not-that-stable freestyle ski? The Woodsman 108 could be your ski.
I think the Woodsman 108 excels in soft snow, but it’s totally manageable on firm snow. I’m also confident that it’ll float really well for its width in deep snow. So it could easily serve as the widest ski in the quiver for people who don’t see a ton of 2’+ pow days, or as a 1-ski quiver in areas that see a lot of snowfall.
As I noted above, the Woodsman 108 wouldn’t be my top pick for beginners, and if your top priorities are quickness and forgiveness, there are plenty of lighter, softer options. But I think physically strong intermediate skiers and advanced / expert skiers will get along with it, particularly if you want a ski that’s pretty loose, energetic, and maneuverable while still offering very good damping and stability.
Jonathan: Physically strong / strong-ish skiers (you do not need to be the physically strongest skier on the mountain) who are looking for a less one-dimensional / more versatile ride than their stiff, flatter-tailed skis that have a fairly far back mount point should take note, because the Woodsman 108 is going to be one of our top recommendations for them.
The ON3P Wrenegade 108 and Jeffrey 108 are both very, very good. But their respective demographics are narrower than that of the Woodsman 108. The Woodsman 108 is quite stable, pretty playful, versatile across a lot of conditions and terrain, and accepts a wide variety of skiing styles. That’s a combo that we think a lot of skiers will like — especially if you value stability over a super light, super nimble feel.
Deep Dive Comparisons
Become a Blister Member or Deep Dive subscriber to check out our Deep Dive of the Woodsman 108 to see how it stacks up against the ON3P Jeffrey 108, ON3P Wrenegade 108, K2 Mindbender 108Ti, Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, Salomon QST 106, Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, Liberty Origin 106, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Line Sick Day 104, Elan Ripstick 106, 4FRNT MSP 107, Black Crows Corvus, Moment Commander 108, J Skis Metal, Prior Husume, and Blizzard Cochise.