2020-2021 Sego Condor 108

Ski: 2020-2021 Sego Condor 108, 187 cm

Available Lengths: 175, 181, 187 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.8 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1895 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1918 & 1931 grams

Stated Dimensions: 132-108-122 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 132.2-107.3-120.0 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (187 cm): 28 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 66 mm / 44 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: poplar + carbon stringers + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered Durasurf 4001

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.5 cm from center; 84.9 cm from tail

[Note: Our review is being conducted on the 19/20 Condor 108, which returns unchanged for 20/21, apart from graphics.]

Luke Koppa reviews the Sego Condor 108 for Blister.
19/20 Sego Condor 108
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

For the 18/19 season, Sego released an interesting ski, the Condor Ti. It was a ~108mm-wide ski that was designed with backcountry lines in mind, but it also featured a layer of metal, a very long sidecut radius, a fairly heavy weight (for a touring ski), a not-super-stiff flex pattern, and a pretty subtle rocker profile.

We skied the old Condor Ti and found it to work really well in wide-open terrain where it offered stability at speed that many touring skis lacked (you can read our thoughts in our 18/19 Winter Buyer’s Guide). But it was also fairly sluggish at slower speeds, especially in deeper snow, which made it feel like a slightly more niche tool than some other options in its class.

For the 19/20 season, Sego not only updated the original Condor, but also expanded the Condor into a series consisting of the Condor 98, Condor 108, and Condor 116. So what changes did they make and how does this new Condor 108 look compared to some of the other options in its class?

What Sego says about the Condor series

“The Condor is a hard charging ski with a long camber zone and turn radius. The long turning radius and stout camber make this ski worthy of big lines, tight chutes, and variable conditions. This year it’s back in multiple widths so you can beef it up to the unstoppable 116 or take it to new heights with the lightweight 98 under foot model that will be our choice for big days in the backcountry.”

This description is fairly similar to that of the previous Condor Ti — the Condor skis are supposed to be stable and aren’t supposed to fall apart in rough conditions, consequential terrain, or high speeds (which are the areas where many, often lighter skis lack).

Construction

This is one of the main areas of change, with the new Condor skis ditching the titanal layer and balsa / flax stringer used in the old Condor Ti. The new skis use a full poplar wood core with carbon fiber stringers and a fiberglass laminate. They still feature a sintered Durasurf 4001 base and thick 2.2 mm edges.

Oh, and they kept the avocado top sheet for now, which I’m a big fan of…

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Condor’s shape has remained pretty much the same (our measured dimensions are all within a millimeter for the Condor Ti vs. Condor 108). This ski still has a pretty tapered tip and tail, with a shape somewhat similar to the Amplid Facelift 108 and Atomic Backland 107. That said, the Condor’s rocker profile has changed significantly.

The depth of the Condor 108’s rocker lines are similar to the previous Condor Ti, but the tip and tail splay is pretty different. The Condor Ti had very low-slung rocker lines, with little actual rise until you got to the very ends of the ski. The Condor 108’s tip and tail rocker are quite different, with its tips and tails rising abruptly right at the contact points. For reference, the old Condor Ti had 55 mm of tip splay and 22 mm of tail splay, while our pair of the Condor 108 has 66 mm of tip splay and 44 mm of tail splay.

The Condor 108’s rocker profile looks fairly similar vs. the WNDR Alpine Intention 110, though the Intention 110 has a slightly deeper tip rocker line.

One of my main complaints with the old Condor Ti was that it needed a lot of speed to start planing up in deep snow, which made it feel a bit burdensome in tight trees and skiing deeper snow on mellower slopes. The Condor 108’s new rocker profile seems like it could address this, especially given the next section:

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Condor 108:

Tips: 6
Shovels: 6.5-7.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 7-6

This flex pattern is nearly identical to the Condor Ti’s, and I really liked that flex pattern.

The Condor 108’s tips and tails are easy to bend through the rockered portions, while the rest of the ski is pretty strong. This was one big reason why the Condor Ti differed from other “hard-charging” backcountry skis, most of which had very stiff flex patterns, especially through the tails. I’m personally glad to see that Sego has stuck with a similar flex pattern, given that I felt like the old Condor Ti had a pretty big sweet spot and was easy to ski from a variety of stances. And I suspect the Condor 108’s softer shovels, combined with its new rocker profile, could help in deep snow.

Sidecut Radius

No change here — the Condor 108 still has a long stated sidecut radius at 28 meters for the 187 cm length we have. The 181 cm Condors have a stated radius of 26 meters while the 175 cm version’s stated radius is 24 meters, all of which are longer than average. The Condor Ti’s stated sidecut radius felt accurate on snow, with a preference for longer turns when carving the ski, so we expect the same to be true of the Condor 108.

Mount Point

The Condor 108 still has a fairly progressive mount point, with our pair’s line coming in around -7.5 cm from true center. That’s not super far forward but definitely not super far back.

Weight

Interestingly, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change in weight between the Condor Ti and the Condor 108. Our pairs are coming in around the same average weight, with the 187 cm Condor 108 coming in at an average weight of 1924 grams per ski.

For a backcountry ski, that’s still pretty heavy, especially compared to skis like the Black Diamond Helio 105, Blizzard Zero G 105, and Line Vision 108. The Condor 108 is still notably lighter than most similarly wide, inbounds-oriented skis, but there are many touring skis that come in much lighter.

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.

1476 & 1490 K2 Wayback 106, 179 cm (18/19–20/21)
1547 & 1551 Black Diamond Helio 105 Carbon, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20–20/21)
1606 & 1641 Blizzard Zero G 105, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19–19/20)
1642 & 1662 Atomic Backland 107, 182 cm (18/19–20/21)
1660 & 1680 Moment Deathwish Tour, 184 cm (19/20)
1692 & 1715 Moment Wildcat Tour 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1706 & 1715 Volkl BMT 109, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1745 & 1747 4FRNT Raven, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
1752 & 1771 Amplid Facelift 108, 189 cm (18/19–20/21)
1784 & 1790 Volkl Blaze 106, 186 cm (20/21)
1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1787 & 1806 WNDR Alpine Intention 110 – Cambered, 185 cm (19/20)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1918 & 1931 Sego Condor 108, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
1951 & 1953 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (20/21)
1993 & 2026 Black Crows Atris, 184.2 cm (17/18–20/21)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2177 & 2180 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110 Free, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20–20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2242 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm (20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) Given its new rocker profile, will the Condor 108 feel notably looser and more playful, and will there be any noticieable downside in terms of edge hold?

(2) We thought the old Condor Ti excelled in more open terrain, or steep lines where you’re making lots of hop turns. So will the Condor 108 be similar, or will it feel a bit more versatile?

(3) Given its not-super-light weight, will most skiers prefer the Condor 108 as a dedicated backcountry ski, an inbounds ski, or one that could serve both roles?

Bottom Line (For Now)

As with the old Condor Ti, the Sego Condor 108 doesn’t look like many other skis out there. It’s got a very long sidecut radius and isn’t super light, but combines that with a moderate flex pattern, a nearly twinned tail, and a fairly progressive mount point. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below, then stay tuned for our full review.

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the Condor 108 for our initial impressions. Become a Blister member now to check out this and all of our Flash Reviews, plus get exclusive deals and discounts on skis, and personalized gear recommendations from us.

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1 comment on “2020-2021 Sego Condor 108”

  1. Love the top sheet hahaha. Sounds like a great ski. If I didn’t have a Moment DW I think this would be on my short list.

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