Ski: 2020-2021 Whitedot Altum 114, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 179, 187 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.5 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2122 & 2151 grams
Stated Dimensions: 143-114-132 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 142.5-113.0-131.3 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (187 cm): 24 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 63 mm / 58.5 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm
Core: poplar/ash + carbon / kevlar stringers + fiberglass laminate
Base: 1.2 mm sintered ISO 7200
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -5.95 cm from center; 86.8 cm from tail
Earlier this winter we reviewed the Whitedot Altum 104 and came away quite impressed. It’s a ski that’s very playful, but we think it’d also work for a lot of more directional skiers who just want something a bit more maneuverable and forgiving.
Whitedot also makes a narrower version of that ski, the Altum 94, and then a wider version that we’ll be reviewing, the Altum 114. So, how different is the wider Altum, and how does it look compared to some of its competition?
What Whitedot says about the Altum 114
“Utilising our new twin rocker profile the Altum 114 is designed to bring a new level of flexibility to the mountain, with the 114mm waist you can easily release the tail at the end of the turn giving you an intuitive and adaptable feel to a ‘big’ ski.
Our signature tip and tail taper pushes more width into the forefront of the ski, this allows for a forward mounting position making turn initiation easier without sacrificing float and balance in the deep snow. A resort friendly 2mm of camber and hard carving sidecut provides a stable and agile platform to give you an adaptable ski for all over the mountain and side country adventures.”
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Altum 114 looks nearly identical to the Altum 104. FWIW, Whitedot lists the effective edge of both skis as nearly identical (1 mm difference), and that seems pretty accurate while looking at and measuring our pairs of the two skis.
For a 114mm-wide ski — especially a more playful ski — the Altum 114 doesn’t have a super tapered shape. It’s notably less tapered than skis like the K2 Reckoner 112, Armada ARV 116 JJ, Faction Prodigy 4.0, 4FRNT Inthayne, J Skis Friend, and Line Sick Day 114. Overall, the Altum 114’s shape is very similar to the Moment Wildcat.
In terms of rocker profile, the Altum 114 has very deep tip and tail rocker lines, but like the Altum 104, those rocker lines are very subtle and low-slung. I.e., while the contact points are close to the center of the ski, the tips and tails don’t start really rising until you get to close to the ends of the ski. With that said, the Altum 114 has much deeper rocker lines than most directional skis like the Nordica Enforcer 115 Free, Faction Dictator 4.0, and Head Kore 117.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Altum 114:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
The Altum 114’s flex pattern feels almost identical to the Altum 104’s. Both skis are quite strong, especially given their playful design intentions. The very ends of the tips and tails are somewhat easy to bend, but those are pretty much the only parts of the ski that are remotely soft. Overall, this is a very strong ski, and its flex pattern is quite round / symmetrical.
Compared to the Moment Wildcat, the Altum 114 is stiffer at the very ends, but similar around the middle. Compared to the K2 Reckoner 112, Liberty Origin 112, and Parlor McFellon Pro, the Altum 114 is much stiffer at the ends.
The Altum 114’s mount point is right around -6 cm from true center, which is fairly far forward but not as far forward as some freestyle skis like the Prior Northwest 110 and Moment Deathwish. With the Altum 104 (and many skis we’ve tried with -6 cm mount points), we found that we could ski that ski either centered or forward, and we suspect the same of the Altum 114.
The Altum 114 is fairly light for its size, with our pair of the 187 cm version coming in at an average weight of 2136 grams per ski. That’s much lighter than skis like the Faction Prodigy 4.0, Nordica Enforcer 115 Free, ON3P Woodsman 108, and J Skis Friend, but not quite as light as some skis like the Moment Deathwish, Scott Scrapper 115, and touring-oriented options like the Line Vision 118 and Renoun Citadel 114.
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)
1873 & 1878 Line Vision 118, 183 cm (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)
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)
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)
2049 & 2053 Whitedot Altum 104, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2103 Liberty Origin 112, 184 cm (17/18–20/21)
2102 & 2137 Line Sick Day 114, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
2122 & 2151 Whitedot Altum 114, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2125 & 2134 Kye Shapes Metamorph, 185 cm (19/20)
2150 avg Parlor Mountain Jay, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
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)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
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)
2237 & 2315 Salomon QST 118, 192 cm (19/20–20/21)
2280 & 2286 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2343 & 2360 J Skis Friend, 189 cm (19/20)
2346 & 2351 Nordica Enforcer 115 Free, 191 cm (17/18–20/21)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Jeffrey 116, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2438 & 2492 Rossignol BLACKOPS Gamer, 186 cm (16/17–20/21)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) Given its deep rocker lines and somewhat forward mount point, should you only be considering the Altum 114 if you’re trying to throw tricks, or will directional skiers also appreciate it?
(2) The Altum 114 is neither super heavy nor super light, so how stable will it feel in chop and crud?
(3) The Altum 114 is pretty stiff, but it also has a fairly symmetrical design, so how playful will it feel?
(4) The Altum 114 shares a lot in common with one of our favorite skis, the Moment Wildcat, so how will the two compare?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Whitedot Altum 114 looks like it could be appealing to a lot of skiers. It’s fairly light, but not crazy light. It has very deep rocker lines and a bit of tip and tail taper, but it’s also quite strong and has a moderately forward mount point. In other words, its design isn’t super far on one of the spectrum, and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for our initial impressions. In the meantime, hold tight and stay tuned for the full review.
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