Ski: 2020-2021 Movement Fly Two 115, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 177, 184 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 183.5 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2250 & 2280 grams
Stated Dimensions: 138-115-133 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.8-114.7-132.5 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 19 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 75.5 mm / 59 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm
Core: poplar + fiberglass laminate
Base: sintered P-Tex 4000
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -4.25 cm from center; 87.5 cm from tail
A few weeks back we posted our First Look of the Movement Alp Tracks 106, an incredibly lightweight, full-carbon touring ski. As we mentioned in that article, we’ll also be reviewing two other skis from Movement’s 20/21 line: the GOti 106 and the ski we’re discussing here, the Fly Two 115.
While Movement makes a lot of pretty directional touring and freeride skis, the Fly Two series is targeted at skiers who like to take a more playful approach to the mountain, whether throwing tricks off natural features or lapping the park.
The Fly Two 115 is the widest ski in the series, and I’m pretty dang excited to get it on snow whenever that becomes possible. Here’s why:
What Movement says about the Fly Two series
“The FLY TWO family is one of the most popular ski families among the new schoolers’ generation. Laurent De Martin, Thib Magnin, Sampo Valotton, Maxime Chabloz, Kevin Guri, Roman Grojean and many others adopted it from the first corner. FLY TWO are born to be different and their behavior in the most committed tricks make them impressive in terms of accessibility. Playgrounds are clearly geared towards practices mixing freestyle and backcountry, coupled with incredible behavior on piste or difficult snow conditions.”
First off, Movement has a pretty stacked group of pro freestyle skiers. While they may not be on everyone’s radar, Laurent De Martin, Thib Magnin, and Sampo Valotton are some of my favorite skiers to watch, and I highly recommend checking them out. For reference, here’s Laurent De Martin showing what’s possible on the Fly Two 115 and 105:
On to the skis themselves: this seems like a pretty sensible description for a line of all-mountain freestyle skis. Given that the 20/21 Fly Two collection includes a wide range of widths (88, 95, 105, & 115 mm), it makes sense that Movement is discussing everything from park to piste to backcountry terrain. And as I’ll get into below, I think there’s also some rationale behind them talking up their performance in “difficult snow conditions.”
It’s also worth noting that, apart from the new Fly Two 88, the 20/21 Fly Two skis are the same as the 19/20 versions, apart from updated graphics.
Many of Movement’s touring-oriented skis use more “exotic” constructions with lots of carbon, thinner edges & bases for reduced weight, and primarily cap constructions (the Alp Tracks 106 being an example of this).
The Fly Two collection sticks with a much more traditional and likely more durable construction, which makes sense given their design intentions. All the Fly Two skis feature a pretty standard poplar wood core (FCS and / or PEFC certified), fiberglass laminate, sintered bases, Movement’s second-thickest edges (the thickest are used on their rental skis), and a semi-cap construction. They also feature the brand’s “VA Tech” vibration absorber, which is essentially a rubber layer at the tips aimed at reducing tip chatter.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Fly Two 115 has nearly symmetrical dimensions with a notable amount of tip and tail taper. It isn’t quite as dramatically tapered as something like the K2 Catamaran or Prior CBC, and looks fairly similar to the ON3P Jeffrey 116, Armada ARV 116 JJ, and J Skis Friend in terms of shape.
Similar story with the Fly Two 115’s rocker profile. Like most freestyle-oriented skis of this width, the Fly Two 115 has deep, nearly symmetrical rocker lines but those rocker lines are neither exceptionally deep nor shallow compared to other similarly wide freestyle skis (though the Fly Two 115 does have much deeper rocker lines than many directional skis in this width).
The Fly Two 115’s tips and tails do rise a bit more abruptly / quickly than some skis like the K2 Reckoner 112, Line Outline, and Whitedot Altum 114, looking somewhat similar to the Rossignol BLACKOPS Gamer and Armada ARV 116 JJ in this regard. Finally, the Fly Two 115 has a moderate amount (~3 mm) of camber underfoot.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Fly Two 115:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8.5
The Fly Two 115’s flex pattern is pretty dang symmetrical, though it’s also quite strong for a playful ski. The tips and tails are fairly easy to bend during a hand flex, but they’re a bit stiffer than many skis in this class and the middle of the Fly Two 115 is quite stiff. This flex pattern, combined with the rocker profile of the ski, seems like it has the potential to make butters / presses fairly easy, but still provide a very solid landing platform around the bindings.
The Fly Two 115 isn’t as crazy stiff as the Prior CBC, but the Fly Two 115’s flex pattern isn’t too far off from some other playful, yet stable skis like the Whitedot Altum 114 and Moment Wildcat.
We see a pretty wide variety of stated sidecut radii in the freestyle-oriented pow-ski category. On one side, there are skis like the Moment Wildcat and ON3P Jeffrey 116 with pretty long sidecut radii (~25m+), then on the other, there are skis like the Prior CBC with very tight stated sidecut radii (16.5 m @ 184 cm).
The Fly Two 115’s stated sidecut radius falls slightly on the shorter side at 19 meters for the 184 cm version we’ll be testing, but it’s not alone — the Armada ARV 116 JJ, J Skis Friend, and Line Outline all have similar stated sidecut radii. Combined with its rocker profile and shape, this makes me think the Fly Two 115 could be a pretty quick and maneuverable ski, and I’m also curious about how stable it’ll feel in longer turns.
Similar to skis like the Line Outline, Kye Shapes Metamorph, K2 Reckoner 112, ON3P Jeffrey 116, and Salomon QST 118, the Fly Two 115’s mount point is pretty far forward at around -4.2 cm from true center. That’s right in the middle of the spectrum compared to most freestyle-oriented skis in this class — a bit farther forward than skis like the Moment Wildcat and Whitedot Altum 114, but not quite as far forward as skis like the Rossignol Black Ops 118, Prior CBC, and Volkl Revolt 121.
Unlike most of Movement’s other skis, the Fly Two 115 is not super light — and I’m not at all upset about that.
At an average measured weight of 2269 grams per ski for the 184 cm length, the Fly Two 115 sits on the heavier end of the spectrum compared to other freestyle-oriented skis. As someone who likes to throw tricks but who also appreciates skis that don’t get knocked around a ton in rougher snow before or after takeoffs, this makes me pretty excited. Heavier skis are generally more stable than lighter skis, and I’m really eager to see how well the Fly Two 115 blends playfulness with damping and stability in “difficult snow conditions,” as Movement put it. One specific reason for this is that the 184 cm Fly Two 115 comes in at a super similar weight to the Volkl Revolt 121, which is also similar in other aspects of its design, and that’s a ski that I’d say does an excellent job of being both very playful and quite stable.
For reference, here are our measured weights for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples to apples.
1710 & 1744 Atomic Bent Chetler 120, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
1873 & 1878 Line Vision 118, 183 cm (20/21)
1895 & 1906 Folsom Trophy Carbon, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1897 & 1913 Majesty Vanguard, 188 cm (20/21)
1910 & 1941 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm (17/18–20/21)
2006 & 2011 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2013 & 2099 Moment Wildcat, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2019 & 2051 K2 Mindbender 116C, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2024 & 2031 Line Outline, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2043 & 2046 4FRNT Inthayne, 188 cm (18/19-19/20)
2097 & 2103 Liberty Origin 112, 184 cm (17/18–20/21)
2102 & 2137 Line Sick Day 114, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
2105 & 2185 Head Kore 117, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2122 & 2151 Whitedot Altum 114, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2125 & 2134 Kye Shapes Metamorph, 185 cm (19/20)
2136 & 2174 K2 Reckoner 122, 184 cm (20/21)
2173 & 2204 4FRNT Renegade, 191 cm (19/20)
2174 & 2187 Moment Wildcat, 190 cm (18/19–19/20)
2181 & 2190 Parlor McFellon Pro, 185 cm (19/20–20/21)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20–20/21)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2220 & 2252 Faction Prodigy 4.0, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2222 & 2278 Prior CBC, 184 cm (17/18–20/21)
2237 & 2315 Salomon QST 118, 192 cm (19/20–20/21)
2240 & 2250 Volkl Revolt 121, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2250 & 2280 Movement Fly Two 115, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2280 & 2286 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2290 & 2293 Moment Commander 118, 188 cm (19/20)
2341 & 2357 Dynastar M-Free 118, 189 cm (18/19–20/21)
2343 & 2360 J Skis Friend, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2346 & 2351 Nordica Enforcer 115 Free, 191 cm (17/18–20/21)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Jeffrey 116, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2438 & 2480 DPS Foundation Koala 119, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2438 & 2492 Rossignol BLACKOPS Gamer, 186 cm (16/17–20/21)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The Fly Two 115’s design seems targeted at freestyle skiers, but what about directional skiers who just want something more playful and / or maneuverable? Will they get along with it, too?
(2) The Fly Two 115 is a moderately heavy ski, so how well will it absorb and blast through rougher snow, particularly the chop you usually spend most of your day skiing on a resort “pow day.”
(3) On that note, at 115 mm wide, the Fly Two 115 is definitely designed to excel in softer conditions, but what about firmer and / or more variable snow?
(4) At around -4 cm from true center, the Fly Two 115’s mount point is pretty far forward, so will you be able to ski it with a directional, forward stance from that mount point? If not, what about when you move the bindings behind the line?
(5) There are a lot of good skis in the playful, ~115mm-wide category, so which ones will feel like the closest comparison to the Fly Two 115, and in which particular ways will it stand out from the competition?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Movement Fly Two 115 has a shape, rocker profile, and mount point that all make it seem like it’ll feel great throwing tricks and skiing with a playful style, yet its not-crazy-light weight and fairly strong flex pattern have us very excited about its potential for fast skiing when the snow isn’t perfectly untracked. Stay tuned for our full review next season.