Ski: 2020-2021 Parlor McFellon Pro, 185 cm
Available Lengths: 154, 164, 171, 178, 185, 192
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.0 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2181 & 2190 grams
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 149.1-112.6-140.5 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (185 cm): 19.8 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 58 mm / 36 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 0 mm
Core: Maple + Fiberglass Laminate (custom options available)
Base: Sintered Durasurf 4001
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -83.0 cm from center; -9.0 cm from tail
A few years back, Jonathan Ellsworth reviewed the Parlor Mountain Jay, and in the iteration he reviewed (Parlor can customize their skis however you want), it was a strong, stable all-mountain ski that excelled at carving and making big turns in open terrain.
But Parlor also makes a different version of the Mountain Jay, dubbed the McFellon Pro, which is named after Parlor athlete, Tim McClellan (aka, “Jah McFellon”). Tim is known for taking a more playful approach to the mountains, and I highly recommend giving him a follow on Instagram if you like great skiing and / or fly fishing (seriously, he might hold the title for the person who catches both the most face shots and the most massive cutthroat trout in the world).
As someone who also tends to take a more playful approach to skiing, I was instantly intrigued by the McFellon Pro. Like the Mountain Jay, it’s a unique ski in the current market, and it looked like one I might really like. I’ve started getting time on it and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for my initial impressions, and in the meantime, here we’ll go over the ski’s design.
What Parlor’s Mark Wallace says about the McFellon Pro
“The Mcfellon Pro is our one ski quiver for the west, and our good day ski for the east. This ski will rail GS turns on the groomers and then float and smear both wide open in the bowl and in tight spots in the trees. It responds best to a centered stance and smooth early pressure, but as long as you tip them up they will do their thing. We designed it with a fairly short turning radius, and a subtle rocker profile to give it the ability to be loose and also to carve.”
Nothing too crazy here. The ~112mm-wide McFellon Pro is supposed to do what many companies say about their similarly wide skis — float in deep snow and still be able to handle firm conditions. But given that Parlor can customize the McFellon Pro to your liking, let’s dive into the specific pair that we’re reviewing.
Here’s what Parlor’s Mark Wallace said about the McFellon Pro we have:
“Based a bit on the feedback from you guys on the Mountain Jay, but mostly based on the Parlor owners’ preference, we built this pair with a Maple core (a bit damper and with a touch more spring) and with a soft flex. We feel like for where this ski is going to be tested it is the combo that will make the ski perform the best (easy on the straight lining, Jonathan). The softer flex makes the ski a bit more accessible and looser, but the damper core makes the ski track and carve like a dream.”
In addition to those notes, here’s the full rundown on the construction of our McFellon Pro:
- Base: Durasurf 4001
- Edge: CDW Profile 129
- Glass: Vectorply Triaxl 22oz as built (we vary the glass with the flex in this ski)
- Epoxy: Sicomin
- Core: Maple, as built (we offer this ski with Maple and Maple / Poplar)
- Camber: Full reverse camber, Medium early rise tip, and low rise tail
For reference, the Mountain Jay that Jonathan reviewed used a maple / aspen core and was built with Parlor’s “medium” flex pattern.
Shape / Rocker Profile
Just like the Mountain Jay, the McFellon Pro is a pretty wide ski that, unlike most current skis this wide, does not have a whole lot of tip or tail taper. The widest points of the McFellon Pro are pretty near to the end of the ski, especially compared to other playful, ~112mm-wide skis like the K2 Reckoner 112, Prior Northwest 110, Moment Deathwish, Faction Prodigy 4.0, and Rossignol Super 7 HD. The ski that comes to mind when looking at the shape of the McFellon Pro is the Liberty Origin 112, though the McFellon Pro has slightly less tip taper.
Like the Mountain Jay that Jonathan tested, our McFellon Pro features a reverse-camber profile, though there are some important differences between the two skis. First, the McFellon Pro has a much higher tail, which makes sense given that it’s designed to be the more playful version of the Mountain Jay. What’s also interesting is that, at least on our pairs, the McFellon Pro has slightly shallower rocker lines — the “flat” section of our McFellon Pro is a bit longer than the Mountain Jay we reviewed. It’s not as flat as something like the Black Crows Corvus, but it’s not nearly as rockered as something like the 4FRNT Devastator.
Lack of camber aside, the rocker lines on our McFellon Pro are not very out of the ordinary for a ski in this class. They’re shallower than skis like the Northwest 110, Origin 112, and Deathwish, but they’re fairly deep and its 36 mm of tail splay is fairly high.
It’s also worth noting that Parlor also makes a McFellon Pro 2.0, which features more of a twin shape and more tail rocker for those who prioritize freestyle performance. We’re reviewing the standard version of the McFellon Pro, not the 2.0 version.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of our McFellon Pro:
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8
Mark said our McFellon Pro features Parlor’s “soft” flex, though I wouldn’t say this ski is extremely soft. Its tips and shovels are easy to bend, there’s a slow-and-smooth ramp up toward the middle, but then the middle and area behind the heel piece are pretty strong. It finishes with a tail that’s a bit stronger than the tips and shovels, but it’s not a massive difference.
Overall, the flex pattern of our McFellon Pro reminds me of the Liberty Origin 112, though the Origin 112’s tips are a touch softer while its area around the bindings feels a bit stiffer.
The Mountain Jay we reviewed had a mount point around -11 cm from true center, which was very traditional. Mark told us to mount the 185 cm McFellon Pro 83.0 cm from the tail, which equated to a mount point of -9 cm from true center.
While the Mountain Jay’s mount point was very traditional, -9 cm is still pretty far back. Given that and the fact that the McFellon Pro is designed to be a fairly playful ski, we’ll be skiing it both on that line and a bit forward to see how it responds.
Our pair of the 185 cm McFellon Pro comes in around 2185 grams per ski, which is fairly hefty, but not extreme. I was quite happy when I saw that weight come up on our scale — it seems like it could make the ski damp and substantial enough to blast through chop, but not so heavy that it’ll feel super cumbersome in the air.
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.
1753 & 1756 Renoun Citadel 114, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
1910 & 1941 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm (17/18–20/21)
1959 & 1975 Volkl V-Werks Katana, 184 cm (15/16–19/20)
1964 & 1972 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
2006 & 2011 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2013 & 2099 Moment Wildcat, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
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)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2125 & 2134 Kye Shapes Metamorph, 185 cm (19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2150 avg Parlor Mountain Jay, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
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)
2181 & 2190 Parlor McFellon Pro, 185 cm (19/20–20/21)
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)
2220 & 2252 Faction Prodigy 4.0, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Jeffrey 108, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 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)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) Jonathan talked about how the Mountain Jay excelled in more open terrain, so will the same be true of the McFellon Pro, or will it feel equally at home in tight spots?
(2) The McFellon Pro has fairly deep rocker lines, a pretty round flex pattern, and a semi-twinned tail, but then it’s also fairly heavy, does not have a very tapered shape, and Parlor recommended a pretty traditional mount point. So, is this a freestyle ski, a more traditional ski, or does it fall somewhere in between?
(3) When he reviewed the Mountain Jay, Jonathan emphasized its hefty swing weight. The McFellon Pro has a nearly identical shape but a more forward mount point, so will the same be true of the McFellon?
(4) While a 112mm-wide ski is considered by some to be a dedicated powder tool, others pick similarly wide (or wider) skis for their daily drivers. So will the McFellon Pro feel best suited to really soft / deep conditions, or can it handle a bit of everything?
Bottom Line (For Now)
There aren’t many skis on the market like the Parlor McFellon Pro we’re reviewing. It features a subtle reverse-camber profile, pairs that with a pretty traditional, minimally tapered shape, and tops it off with a fairly heavy weight and an accessible, round flex pattern. Blister Members can check out our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review, and then stay tuned for our full review.
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