2020-2021 Majesty Superwolf

Ski: 2020-2021 Majesty Superwolf, 178 cm

Available Lengths: 148, 154, 160, 166, 172, 178, 184 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 176.3 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1450 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1477 & 1481 grams

Stated Dimensions: 131-91-111 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 129.9-90.6-110.1 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (178 cm): 18 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 14 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4 mm

Core: paulownia + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered IS7200 “fast base”

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.85 cm from center; 78.3 cm from tail

Boots / Bindings: Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 / Majesty R12

Test Locations: Crested Butte & Mt Sneffels, Colorado

Days Skied: 11

Luke Koppa reviews the Majesty Superwolf for Blister
Majesty Superwolf — 20/21 Top Sheet
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Intro

Last week we posted our First Look & Flash Review of the new Majesty Havoc, a 110mm-wide, lightweight freeride ski. As we noted in that post, we’re also reviewing Majesty’s 118mm-wide, twin-tipped Vanguard and the ski we’re discussing here, the 91mm-wide Superwolf.

The Superwolf is new for the 20/21 season and essentially replaces the Majesty Werewolf, serving as the middle ski in Majesty’s touring collection and slotting between the ~85mm-wide Superscout and ~103mm-wide Supernova.

I’ve now been able to spend a bit of time on the Superwolf in Crested Butte, mounted by The Alpineer with the new Majesty / ATK R12 bindings, and Blister Members can check out my Flash Review for my initial on-snow impressions. For now, let’s take a closer look at the design of the Superwolf and how it compares to the competition. We’ll also be posting a video First Look soon, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on that and our other videos.

What Majesty says about the Superwolf

“Superwolf is the ultimate, multi-purpose ski to handle diverse conditions, fresh tracks and steep, technical lines. We have equipped our new re-engineered skis with an early rise tail, rocker tip, semi-cap construction, paulownia wood core, triax and biax fiberglass. It is a high performance ski mountaineering skis that’s usability has been increased with the longer contact edge and more control. Construction and radius makes Superwolf stable at high speed and maneuverable in tight places.”

While many people would think of a ~91mm-wide ski as a pretty narrow, firm-snow-oriented option, Majesty is highlighting the versatility of the Superwolf in their description. And as we’ll get into below, I think they have some reason to do so just looking at the design of the ski.

It’s also worth noting that Majesty makes several of their touring skis in both “standard” and carbon versions. The standard Superwolf we’re reviewing uses a pretty simple construction with a paulownia wood core and fiberglass laminate, and then the Superwolf Carbon ditches the fiberglass in exchange for a lighter carbon laminate and consequently lower weight (stated weight of the 178 cm Superwolf Carbon is 1310 grams). Despite these skis being designed with low weight as a priority, they still feature pretty standard edges and sintered bases, and a semi-cap construction with most of the ski featuring a pretty tall sidewall.

Luke Koppa reviews the Majesty Superwolf for Blister
Some of Majesty's 20/21 Touring Skis

Oh, and I also want to commend Majesty for the graphics of their touring lineup. This is obviously totally subjective, but where most touring skis tend to stick to more minimal, arguably bland graphics, I love the retro ‘80s look of their 20/21 touring skis.

Shape / Rocker Profile

As soon as I saw the Superwolf, I immediately thought of the Salomon MTN Explore 95, which is one of our all-time favorite skis in this class. Like the MTN Explore 95, the Superwolf has a directional shape with a tip that’s pretty tapered and a much less tapered tail. This is in contrast to more traditionally shaped skis like the Line Vision 98 and Blizzard Zero G 95, and it’s a big reason why I suspect that the Superwolf might be a bit more versatile / easier than some of those skis in deeper and more variable conditions, where minimally tapered — and especially really light & stiff — skis can feel hooky and difficult.

Compared to the Majesty Werewolf, the Superwolf’s shape dials back the dramatic tip taper and the shape is overall a bit less radical than the very tapered (and pretty straight) Werewolf.

The Superwolf’s rocker profile looks like it matches its sidecut, with a fairly deep tip rocker line (for a ~91mm-wide ski) and a much shallower tail rocker line with a fairly flat tail. The Superwolf’s rocker profile is also quite similar to the MTN Explore 95’s, though the MTN Explore 95’s tip rocker line is a bit deeper while its tail is a bit flatter.

Flex Pattern

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

Tips: 6.5
Shovels: 6.5-7.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 8.5-8

For reference, Majesty says the Superwolf has a directional flex pattern and lists the “flex ratio” as 7.

Their note about the Superwolf having a directional flex pattern is definitely accurate — its front half is notably softer than its back half. Overall, the Superwolf’s flex pattern is pretty dang similar to the MTN Explore 95 and Dynastar Mythic 97, and stiffer overall than the Line Vision 98. The Superwolf has tips and shovels that are fairly easy to bend, there’s a slow-and-smooth ramp up as you move from the shovels to the middle, a strong section underfoot, and a slight decrease in stiffness as you move to the tail.

Sidecut Radius

One of the defining aspects of the old Majesty Werewolf was its long sidecut radius (26.2 meters for the 184 cm length). While our reviewer Cy Whitling found that to be nice when making hop turns down steep couloirs as it kept the ski from feeling hooky, it also made the ski fairly difficult when he just wanted to make shorter carved turns on mellower slopes.

The Superwolf sticks with a less radical sidecut radius, with the 178 cm length having a stated sidecut radius of 18 meters. I’m curious to see if this moderate radius will help make the Superwolf easier and more fun on moderate slopes, without making it hooky in steep terrain.

Mount Point

Like many other skis in this class, the Superwolf has a pretty traditional mount point of around -9.8 cm from true center.

Weight

The Superwolf is definitely a lightweight ski at an average weight of 1479 grams per ski for the 178 cm length, though there are also plenty of lighter options in the ~90mm-wide, touring category (including the carbon version of the Superwolf).

But, as frequent readers of Blister know, we tend to be content skiing slightly heavier setups in exchange for better downhill performance, and we know many other skiers feel the same. So, personally, I’m pretty excited about the weight of the Superwolf. It’s similarly light compared to skis like the K2 Wayback 96, MTN Explore 95, & Line Vision 98, but heavier than some of the superlight options like the Fischer TransAlp 90 Carbon.

You could always go lighter by picking the Superwolf Carbon, but I’m excited about the potential stability and suspension of the Superwolf vs. some of the lighter options in this class.

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.

1250 & 1256 Fischer TransAlp 90 Carbon, 176 cm (18/19–19/20)
1353 & 1358 Majesty Werewolf Carbon, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
1353 & 1376 Blizzard Zero G 95, 185 cm (16/17–18/19)
1390 & 1439 Salomon MTN Explore 88, 184 cm (17/18–20/21)
1446 & 1447 Line Vision 98, 179 cm (19/20–20/21)
1469 & 1477 K2 Wayback 96, 177 cm (18/19–20/21)
1477 & 1481 Majesty Superwolf, 178 cm (20/21)
1489 & 1545 G3 FINDr 102, 179 cm (19/20–20/21)
1512 & 1523 Dynastar Mythic 97, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
1543 & 1565 Salomon MTN Explore 95, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
1629 & 1684 Elan Ripstick 96, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1632 & 1637 Armada Tracer 98, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1633 & 1638 Faction Prime 2.0, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
1661 & 1664 Black Crows Camox Freebird, 178 cm (17/18–18/19)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The Superwolf is fairly narrow at 91 mm underfoot, but it has a pretty modern, tapered shape with a notable amount of tip rocker, so just how versatile will it feel across a wide range of backcountry conditions?

(2) The Superwolf isn’t the absolute lightest ski in its class, but it’s still pretty light. So how damp will it feel compared to both lighter & heavier options in this class?

(3) The Superwolf’s design shares a lot in common with one of our favorite skis, the Salomon MTN Explore 95, so just how similar will they feel on snow?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Majesty Superwolf looks like it could be a good narrower touring ski for those who appreciate efficiency on the uphill but who don’t need the absolute lightest setup out there. That basically describes me, so I’m very excited to keep putting time on this ski (and the new Majesty / ATK R12 binding). Blister Members can check out my Flash Review linked below, then stay tuned for our full review.

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the Superwolf 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.

FULL REVIEW

Luke Koppa (5’8”, 155 lbs): During this spring / summer in Crested Butte, the new Majesty Superwolf very quickly became my go-to ski. Why? Because I think it offers a combination of predictability, versatility, stability, and low weight that’s fairly rare for skis in this class.

Luke Koppa reviews the Majesty Superwolf for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Majesty Superwolf & Majesty / ATK R12, Crested Butte, Colorado.

(Jonathan Ellsworth agrees with me on this, and he’ll be offering his thoughts below specifically regarding length.)

Let’s dive in:

Soft, Spring Corn

Nice, sun-softened corn is the primary goal for most of my spring touring days, and the Superwolf definitely excels in these conditions.

In forgiving conditions like corn, touring skis’ low weights are often much less noticeable, and I can get away with skiing them much harder than I’d be comfortable doing on firmer and / or rougher snow. That’s certainly true of the Superwolf — I’ve been having an absolute blast carving fast, high-edge-angle turns on this ski when I nail the corn cycle and find myself on top of a wide-open bowl of soft, supportive snow. The 178 cm length’s 18-meter radius felt very versatile — I could bend it into very tight turns, I could open it up into some very large ones, and it never felt particularly hooky or grabby to me. And when I felt comfortable pushing it, the Superwolf produced a nice amount of rebound and pop coming out of each turn.

Luke Koppa reviews the Majesty Superwolf for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Majesty Superwolf & Majesty / ATK R12, Crested Butte, Colorado.

For a spring touring ski — one that I’m inevitably going to use in a very wide range of conditions — predictability is key. Throughout all my time on it, the Superwolf has been just that. There were a few days where we found ourselves skiing quite fast on corn, only to abruptly run into a shaded spot that hadn’t yet warmed, and while it definitely encouraged me to slow down, the Superwolf didn’t randomly start getting knocked around like crazy to the point that I felt out of control. That’s something that I can’t say for all of the lightweight, ~90-95mm-wide skis I’ve used.

Firm, Rough Snow

On that note, while I would love to be able to only ski perfect corn, that’s not usually the case. My spring and summer lines often involve some awful snow at the beginning or end, and I unsurprisingly skied a good bit of that on the Superwolf.

On firm suncups, previous skiers’ tracks that hadn’t yet thawed, or other firm, bumpy conditions, the 178 cm Superwolf does quite well for what it is (a ~1480 g, 91mm-wide ski). Like any ski this light, it definitely does not encourage fast skiing in these conditions. I wouldn’t expect it to, but it does accomplish what I want this sort of ski to do in these conditions: make them relatively easy to slowly ski while I try to find better snow.

Luke Koppa reviews the Majesty Superwolf for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Majesty Superwolf, Mt Owen, Crested Butte, Colorado.

Unlike some skis in this class that are even lighter, stiffer, and / or have less tapered tips, the Superwolf is pretty easy to pivot and shed speed — even when I’m not skiing it with perfect technique. A ski with much more rocker and a softer flex pattern (e.g., Line Vision 98) is still going to be more forgiving and easier to maneuver than the Superwolf, but I very rarely found myself having a hard time slipping and sliding my way through awful conditions on the Superwolf. As long as I maintained just a bit of pressure on its shovels, its tail was easy to release and I could confidently slarve around toward (hopefully) better snow.

As for suspension / damping, I’d say the Superwolf is quite good. I think that’s the main upside of going with the Superwolf over some of the lighter options in this class. While it feels very far from “plush” or “smooth” on really awful, firm snow (no ski this light does), it did a good enough job of absorbing the vibrations of skiing this sort of snow that I’d be happy bringing it on days where I inevitably run into some nasty snow on the way to / from good corn. And I think it’s the Superwolf’s combination of decent suspension + its maneuverable, predictable, fairly forgiving ride that makes me like it so much.

Firm, Smooth Snow + Hop Turns

In addition to ripping corn, my spring / summer touring days also often involve trying to ski some steep couloirs, most of which are pretty firm and smooth when I ski them. So in addition to being able to make high-speed carves in good snow and handle rougher snow in open terrain, I also need a spring ski to offer good edge hold on smoother, firm snow and be predictable while making hop turns in steep, tight chutes.

Overall, I have few complaints about the Superwolf in these scenarios. I “skied” it on the firmest, most icy conditions I’ve ever felt with skis on my feet, and it held an edge as well as I’d expect. I put “skied” in quotes since we were just side-stepping the borderline water-ice and protecting each step with our axes, but the bottom line is that I quickly found myself trusting the Superwolf to not lose an edge and send me tumbling down the couloir.

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Luke Koppa after "skiing" the crux of the Snake Couloir on the Majesty Superwolf, Mt Sneffels, CO. (photo by Ben Jaacks)

On firm, smooth snow that we could actually slide down, rather than sidestep and back up with protection, the Superwolf again felt solid in terms of edge hold. It was easy to hop turn (most skis this light are), but it also didn’t hook up upon landing a hop turn and then pull me across the fall line. This was something I was a bit worried about, given the 178 cm Superwolf’s somewhat short, 18-meter sidecut radius, but I was happy to experience basically no “hookiness” on the Superwolf. It also didn’t feel prone to launching forward if I landed a hop turn a bit backseat, while also never folding up on me in the fore or aft direction (again, I’m 5’8”, 155 lbs).

Slush

All the winter storms had passed by the time I got on the Superwolf, so I can’t specifically comment on how it handles deep, fresh snow. But I can talk about how it does in deep, loose, slush.

For a 91mm-wide ski, particularly a directional one with a pretty flat tail, the Superwolf does quite well in slush. As in soft corn, it’s not difficult to get its tail to release and slide if you put a bit of pressure on its tips, and those fairly tapered tips seemed to be a big part of what kept it from feeling hooky and grabby in softer, slushier snow.

Luke Koppa reviews the Majesty Superwolf for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Majesty Superwolf, Crested Butte, Colorado.

I’ll always prefer a fairly wide, tapered, and rockered ski for super slushy snow, but for how well it handles the opposite end of the conditions spectrum, I think the Superwolf performs admirably in weird, punchy, slushy snow.

Uphill Performance

Not much to say here, other than that skinning on the Superwolf is pretty dang nice in most conditions.

For reference, I’ve been using it with the Pomoca Race Pro 2.0 skins, Majesty / ATK R12 bindings, and Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 boots. The Race Pro 2.0 + Superwolf combo has been great on everything except for side-hilling icy, rough snow (the scenario where ski crampons would make a lot of sense). With a ski this narrow and conditions that firm, I would’ve preferred a grippier skin than the Race Pro 2.0 or just the option of ski crampons, but I liked this skinning combo everywhere else.

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Luke Koppa skinning on the Majesty Superwolf, Mt Sneffels. (photo by Ben Jaacks)

The Superwolf’s subtle notch in its tail matched well with Pomoca’s standard tail clips, and the ski’s tail is flat enough that it’s easy to jam into the snow during transitions.

The R12 binding seems like a great pairing with the Superwolf. You could get away with a lighter binding for longer days and / or if you don’t typically ski very fast on a ski like this (e.g., hop turns), but I loved the power transfer of the R12 when I found some rip-able, soft snow, and it’s still pretty dang light. If anything, there were a few very long days where I would’ve appreciated the lower weight and slightly better range of motion of the Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro vs. the Hawx Prime XTD 130, but that choice mostly just came down to the fact that the Prime XTD fits my foot better.

All in all, I have zero complaints about how the Superwolf goes uphill.

Length

Luke Koppa: I’m 5’8”, 155 lbs and have been very happy using the 178 cm Superwolf. While I typically prefer skis in the 180–190 cm range for skiing fast in the resort, I’ll often go a bit shorter on my spring touring skis to save some weight and since I’m just not skiing that fast on these skis.

If you want better high-speed performance, or more importantly, if you’re ~180+ lbs and ski with an aggressive, forward stance, it’d probably make sense to go up to the 184 cm version. But I guess my main point is that the Superwolf didn’t make me feel prone to size up or down from my typical approach to ski sizes.

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Luke Koppa hauling the Majesty Superwolf up to Mt Sneffels. (photo by Ben Jaacks)

Jonathan Ellsworth (5’10”, ~175 lbs): I wanted to chime in here, just to provide another data point. The first thing to say is that I also have gotten along really well — perhaps one might say shockingly well (given that I am not known for my love of all things lightweight) with this ski. Which is to say, this particular 178 cm ski. Most of my ski touring happens on skis in the 184 cm – 188 cm range, but in nice spring conditions to firmer, frozen conditions, the 178 cm length has not left me dying to jump up to a longer length. And in fact, since a ski like this would get used by me primarily for early-season or late-season (non-deep) ski tours, I’d probably just stick with the 178 cm length. I imagine I’d get along just fine with the next size up, but I’m content.

Who’s It For?

Backcountry skiers looking for a versatile, predictable touring ski that excels in spring conditions.

If you’re looking for a ski that you’ll use pretty equally in mid-winter, powder-esque conditions and shallower / firmer, spring-like conditions, you’d probably be better off on a slightly wider ski. But for spring corn, hop-turning down steep, tight lines, and skiing a bit of softer, deeper snow like slush and the occasional powder day, the Superwolf offers a lot to like.

If you tend to do really long days and therefore place a higher priority on low weight vs. downhill performance, you may prefer an even lighter ski, such as the carbon version of the Superwolf. But, having done a few 13-mile, 5k vert days with the Superwolf, I always came away thinking I’d much rather shed those potential few hundred grams elsewhere in my kit, rather than in my skis. Because the Superwolf offers a noticeable bump-up in terms of suspension, stability, and general downhill performance compared to many of its notably lighter counterparts.

Finally, if you know you’re very frequently prone to skiing backseat in the backcountry, it might be worth checking out some softer, more forgiving skis like the Line Vision 98. But as long as you make an effort to maintain at least a somewhat forward stance, the Superwolf is a pretty forgiving, very predictable ski.

Bottom Line

With the Superwolf, Majesty has done a great job of making a touring ski that’s light enough for long days while still being predictable, intuitive, versatile, and pretty stable (for its weight) in a fairly wide range of conditions. From good corn to firm, steep lines, the Superwolf has proven to be a reliable backcountry option, and Jonathan Ellsworth and I have been quite impressed.

Deep Dive Comparisons

Become a Blister Member or Deep Dive subscriber to check out our Deep Dive comparisons of the Superwolf to see how it compares to the Salomon MTN Explore 95, Majesty Werewolf Carbon, Fischer TransAlp 90, Dynastar Mythic 97, K2 Wayback 96, and Armada Tracer 98.

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