Ski: 2020-2021 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm
Available Lengths: 162, 168, 174, 180, 186 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.4 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2125 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2202 & 2209 grams
Stated Dimensions: 139-105-124 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 140.3-105.2-128.7 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (186 cm): 20-22.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 54 mm / 40 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm
Core: poplar/ash + carbon stringers + fiberglass laminate
Base: sintered 1.4 mm Durasurf 4001
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.0 cm from center; 85.7 cm from tail
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 19/20 Ahmeek 105, which was not changed for 20/21, apart from graphics.]
Shaggy’s is a relatively new brand based out of Boyne City, Michigan. Not only are they based in Michigan, but they also make all of their skis in their own factory there.
The folks at Shaggy’s started making skis for fun in 2005, launched their first public line in 2008, and they now have an 11-ski collection for 19/20. The line spans from narrow frontside skis to 120mm-wide pow skis, and even a few backcountry-oriented ones.
The Ahmeek collection is their playful all-mountain line, consisting of the Ahmeek 95, 105, and 115. The Ahmeek 105 is positioned as their do-everything all-mountain ski, so how does its design compare to the many other skis that are supposed to serve a similar purpose?
What Shaggy’s says about the Ahmeek 105
“The Ahmeek 105s are mid-fat all mountain skis with an oversized appetite for adventure. Whether you’re scouting fresh powder lines or ripping corduroy on the frontside, the Ahmeek 105s are right at home.
The Ahmeek collection bridges the gap between aggressive freeride and playful freestyle, allowing for charging hardpack and big terrain, yet having enough flex in the tip to remain playful all over the mountain and float in the powder. Their hybrid MidLight construction, precision tuned rocker/camber profile, variable sidecut radius, and 105 mm waist make them ideal for taking on whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
The Ahmeek 105s are in a league of their own. Powerful yet playful, light yet substantial. They’ll take you where ever you want to go. Ready to shoot into the trees? Easy. Want to rip a groomer? Done. Only want to travel with one pair of skis? Grab the Ahmeek 105s and get ready to take your skiing to the next level.”
This is a pretty standard description for a 105mm-wide all-mountain ski — it’s supposed to handle a bit of everything.
I think one noteworthy part of that description is how the Ahmeek 105 is supposed to “bridge the gap between aggressive freeride and playful freestyle.” As someone who likes to ski fast but also throw in the occasional trick, that line got my attention. So how does that translate to the actual design of the ski?
Shape / Rocker Profile
Apart from the blocky, squared-off tips and tails, the Ahmeek 105’s shape is pretty moderate / middle-of-the-road. It has a bit of tip and tail taper, but the contact points are still pretty close to the ends of the ski (i.e., they don’t taper super early), and the tips and tails don’t taper to much of a point at all.
The Ahmeek 105’s rocker profile is where things get a bit more interesting. Like the Moment Deathwish, the Ahmeek 105 has tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot, and then “camber pockets” just outside where the bindings would be. The “pockets” of camber are essentially very small micro-camber sections that are molded into the overall camber profile of the ski.
Moment calls this rocker profile “Triple Camber,” while Shaggy’s doesn’t have a specific name for it. But both brands claim that the camber pockets help increase edge hold without sacrificing much in the way of easy pivoting and maneuverability. On the Ahmeek 105 these pockets are extremely subtle (Shaggy’s says the pockets are 4” long and only 0.03” tall), and you have to look pretty closely to notice them. But as far as we know, this is the first non-Moment ski that features a rocker profile similar to their “Triple Camber.”
Outside of the camber pockets, the Ahmeek 105 has a pretty deep tip rocker line and a shallower, but twinned tail. Compared to more traditional skis like the Mantra 102 and Blizzard Cochise, the Ahmeek 105’s rocker lines are pretty deep, though there are several skis with deeper rocker lines and more tip and tail splay (e.g., ON3P Jeffrey 108, Prior Northwest 110).
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ahmeek 105:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8.5
The Ahmeek 105 has a fairly round flex pattern that’s pretty stiff, apart from the very ends. The rockered portions of the tips and tails are soft, but then the flex ramps up pretty quickly. I definitely wouldn’t describe it as a “hinge-y” ramp up, but it is quick. The middle of the ski is quite strong, and it stays stiff a bit longer in the back of the ski than it does in the front.
The Ahmeek 105’s flex pattern isn’t that far off from the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free’s, except for the very ends, where the Enforcer is substantially stiffer.
The 186 cm Ahmeek 105 has a mount point of -7 cm from center. That’s fairly progressive / forward compared to more traditional skis like the Volkl Mantra 102, but not as far forward as true freestyle skis like the Line Sir Francis Bacon, Armada ARV 106, etc.
As someone who likes to be able to drive the front of my skis but who also appreciates a balanced feel in the air, I’m excited about the Ahmeek 105’s mount point. I’ve found that skis with mount points around -7 or -6 cm from center tend to work well for my skiing style.
At a little over 2200 grams per ski for the 186 cm version, the Ahmeek 105 is a pretty hefty ski. It’s a bit lighter than some skis in its class like the Volkl Mantra 102, Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, and J Skis Metal, but there are plenty of skis that are lighter.
And I’m pretty excited about that. The Ahmeek 105’s deep rocker lines, progressive mount point, and round flex pattern all make it look like a pretty playful ski, but it’s also heavy and strong enough that I’m really curious to see how hard it can be pushed.
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.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20)
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)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) Given its heavier weight, how will the Ahmeek 105 compare to other skis in its class when it comes to stability at speed?
(2) The Ahmeek 105 has a pretty progressive mount point, a twinned tail, and a round flex pattern. So how playful will it feel, and will more directional skiers still get along well with it?
(3) The Nordica Enforcer 104 Free is pretty similar (on paper) to the Ahmeek 105 when it comes to weight, flex pattern, shape, and mount point, so how will these two skis compare?
Bottom Line (For Now)
I wasn’t sure what to expect of a ski from a pretty new, and pretty small brand. But after checking out the Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, I’m really, really excited to get on it. It shares a lot in common with a lot of my favorite skis — fairly heavy, strong-but-accessible flex pattern, twin tip, progressive mount point, and a moderate sidecut. Plus, the build quality seems on-par with any of the other major ski manufacturers.
We’ll be getting the Ahmeek 105 on snow as soon as possible, so keep an eye out for updates this fall.
When reviewing new skis from relatively new companies, I’m always a bit anxious before getting them on snow. The established players in the ski market have an upper hand over the new folks due to years of experience, and while some new brands nail it from the start, in our experience, that’s pretty rare.
But after spending about 10 days on Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, I would in no way consider it to be some weird, super-niche ski. And in fact, I think it’s a ski that a lot of people could get along well with.
Overall, the Ahmeek 105 is a pretty stable and very fun ski in chop.
While it doesn’t have a ton of tip splay, its softer tips and shovels do a good job of planing above soft snow, and I haven’t had them “stab” into any snow so far (I’ll update this if I notice anything weird after skiing the Ahmeek 105 in chop deeper than ~10”).
The Ahmeek 105’s minimal taper and hefty weight let it blast through chop pretty easily. I could get over its shovels and really drive it through soft chop, or just chill out in the middle of the ski and let the weight of the ski carry it through soft snow.
Compared to the current crop of ~105mm-wide skis, the Ahmeek 105 is definitely on the more stable end of the spectrum, though I wouldn’t classify it as a straight-up charger, or recommend it to people whose absolute top priority is stability at speed. This is mostly due to the flex pattern of the ski — while the Ahmeek 105’s weight and shape seem to help it stay quite composed in soft chop, I could feel its shovels bending and flapping around when I was really nuking down the fall line. I don’t think the shovels of the Ahmeek 105 will be an issue for most people, but if you know you love really heavy, really stiff skis, the Ahmeek 105 is not going to be your best option.
The upside to the Ahmeek 105’s softer tips and tails is that the ski is pretty forgiving when I inevitably screw up while skiing fast and have to quickly shed speed (which happens a lot when I’m skiing soft chop). You can ski it quite centered or even occasionally backseat, so while it’s not as stable as some of the heavier & stiffer skis in this class, it’s also less punishing and more tolerant of mistakes. And it’s super fun to launch off piles of chop.
Firm Chop / Crud
The firm chop / crud performance of the Ahmeek 105 is very similar to how it handles soft chop, but the ski’s strengths and weaknesses are more exaggerated when the snow is quite rough and firmer / more set-up.
First, the positives. Given that so many “all-mountain” skis are so light these days, the Ahmeek 105’s suspension feels really nice. There are definitely some skis out there that do a better job of completely smoothing out really nasty snow, but the Ahmeek 105 is quite good in this regard. (And again, the Ahmeek 105 is more forgiving and easier to ski than most of those skis that are more stable than it.)
As with soft chop, I think the thing that’s “holding back” the Ahmeek 105 is its soft shovels. When skiing very fast (~40 mph+) through crud, I could feel the Ahmeek 105’s shovels undulating and almost folding up on me. I never had a terrifying ‘over-the-bars’ experience on the Ahmeek 105 like I have with some other skis with very soft shovels, but the Ahmeek 105’s shovels don’t stay as quiet and composed as skis with stiffer flex patterns.
I put “holding back” in quotes because the only people that should really interpret that as an issue are those who love to ski super fast no matter the conditions, and who know they like stiffer, heavier skis. If I just slightly dialed back my skiing on the Ahmeek 105 vs. how I’d ski on a 2200g+, stiff, directional ski, I still felt very comfortable. So, as always, it’s important to be clear about your own priorities.
I never noticed the Ahmeek 105’s “camber pockets” in soft and / or inconsistent snow, but I definitely did on groomed snow — in a good way.
For a ~105mm-wide ski, the Ahmeek 105 performs really well on groomers. Its minimally tapered tips are easy and pretty quick to engage, I can easily bend it into a variety of turn sizes (from Slalom to Super G), and its edge hold feels really good mid-carve.
If I skied from a pretty centered / neutral stance, I could easily pivot and slide around the Ahmeek 105. But once I started driving and bending its shovels, I could feel the edges really digging in, and I was pretty surprised by how confident I felt when carving the Ahmeek 105 high on edge on very firm snow. If I had to pick a 105mm-wide ski for slicing up pure ice, I’d still opt for something heavier, stiffer, and more directional (e.g., the old Head Monster 108). But for a playful, forgiving, and “fun” 105mm-wide ski, the Ahmeek 105 is one of the best I’ve used on groomers.
While the Ahmeek 105 feels best on edge when you drive the front of the ski, tail-gunning it on groomers actually produced good edge hold, too. I’m pretty confident this is due to the camber pocket behind the bindings; I felt like I was getting good grip behind my boot when I was skidding turns on the Ahmeek 105 from the backseat. And again, you definitely don’t need to bend the heck out of the shovels of the Ahmeek 105 for it to feel good on edge — it’s lots of fun to carve from a neutral / centered stance, too.
All in all, I loved carving the Ahmeek 105.
Moguls, Trees, & Tight Terrain
The Ahmeek 105 is very easy in tight terrain in some regards, and less easy in others.
First, its flex pattern is pretty forgiving and it’s very easy to pivot. So when I wanted to take things easy and slither my way through the troughs of bumps or between trees, the Ahmeek 105 was happy to do so. Like most skis, it performs best when skied with a forward stance, but it’s definitely not a punishing ski and would let me get away with some backseat skiing. And I could also ski it pretty centered and not feel like the tail was bucking me or that it was a struggle to get the tails of the ski to release out of a turn.
On the other hand, the Ahmeek 105 is a pretty heavy ski. So when I was trying to do my best Marcus Caston impression and quickly bashing & hopping my way down a bump line, the Ahmeek 105 definitely felt a bit sluggish compared to the many lighter skis on the market. Again, the Ahmeek 105 is far from the most demanding or the heaviest ski out there, but given the current status of all-mountain skis, the Ahmeek 105 doesn’t give you that super easy flickability that lighter skis do.
The upside to the Ahmeek 105’s weight in bumps is that it doesn’t get knocked around as much as those lighter, more nimble skis when the bumps are firm and rough. So while it requires more physical effort to quickly flick around, the Ahmeek 105 actually requires less input than those lighter skis when you’re trying to just casually make your way through rough, firm bumps (since it doesn’t get knocked around a ton).
So as long as you are comfortable with putting the physical input that a heavier ski requires, the Ahmeek 105 is a pretty approachable, intuitive ski in tight spots.
Overall, the Ahmeek 105 is a very playful ski. It’s very easy to pivot and slarve, it produces a bit of pop / energy, you can ski it centered, and it feels pretty balanced in the air when mounted on the line (more on that later).
Really, the only thing that goes against the Ahmeek 105’s playfulness is its weight — and the swing weight of its big tips (and tails). I’ve been spending a lot of time on lighter skis, so when I switched to the Ahmeek 105, I had to re-calibrate my spins and put some more “oomph” into my pop and rotations to get it around. It only took me a few runs to adjust, but the difference in swing weight was noticeable.
So if you love to do super quick spins, shifties, etc., there are better options out there. But if you don’t require the lightest swing weight out there, the Ahmeek 105 is a very playful ski that lives up to Shaggy’s claims about it “bridging the gap between aggressive freeride and playful freestyle.” It’s more damp and stable than those lighter skis, while still feeling comfortable in the air and when skied from a more centered stance.
So far, I’ve skied the Ahmeek 105 both mounted on the line (-7 cm from true center) and at +1 cm (-6 cm from true center).
When mounted at either -7 cm or -6 cm, I could ski the Ahmeek 105 centered or forward. I like that. Skis with very forward mount points that feel super balanced are great for throwing tricks, but at least for me, I often find myself wishing for “more ski” to drive / push into when I get up to really high speeds. The Ahmeek 105 lets me do both. Cool.
At -6 cm from true center, the Ahmeek 105 feels just a bit more balanced in the air, and I didn’t feel like I lost out on any of its directional performance, so that’s the mount point I ended up preferring. If you want a more directional feel, the recommended line is great.
Who’s It For?
Beginner to expert skiers who want a playful, forgiving ski, but who still appreciate a ski with good suspension and stability in a variety of conditions.
The Ahmeek 105 is not for people who place stability at speed above all other aspects of a ski’s performance. If you’re one of those types, check out the “All-Mountain Chargers” section of our 19/20 Winter Buyer’s Guide.
And if you mostly care about throwing tricks and want a ski that’s perfectly suited for that, I’d check out some lighter, more forward-mounted skis in the “All-Mountain Freestyle” section of our 19/20 Winter Buyer’s Guide.
But if you fall somewhere in between, the Ahmeek 105 should be on your list. It’s not the lightest or most nimble ski, but it’s still pretty forgiving and it stays more composed at high speeds in rough snow vs. the lighter skis out there. I think the Ahmeek 105’s combination of good suspension and a forgiving flex pattern is what makes it such a good option for so many people.
On top of all that, the Ahmeek 105 is very versatile across most conditions. It carves and holds an edge really well for its width and for how much rocker it has, but it’s still very easy to maneuver in softer snow and tighter terrain.
Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105 surprised me. It’s a versatile ski. It’s great on firm snow for how wide it is, and it’s still loads of fun in soft snow. It’s playful, but still feels nice on rough conditions, thanks to its weight. In short, there’s a lot to like about this ski made in Michigan.
Deep Dive Comparisons
Become a Blister Member or Deep Dive subscriber to check out our Deep Dive of the Ahmeek 105 to see how it stacks up against the Moment Deathwish, Moment Wildcat 108, Icelantic Nomad 105, Blizzard Rustler 10, ON3P Woodsman 108, J Skis Metal, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Liberty Origin 106, Line Sick Day 104, 4FRNT MSP 107, Armada ARV 106Ti, Sego Big Horn 106, Nordica Enforcer Free 104, Fischer Ranger 102 FR, Salomon QST 106, K2 Mindbender 108Ti, and Faction Prodigy 3.0.