2019-2020 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105

Ski: 2019-2020 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

Luke Koppa reviews the Shaggy's Ahmeek 105 for Blister
Shaggy's Ahmeek 105
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

If you’re not already familiar, 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).

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ahmeek 105:

Tips: 5.5-6
Shovels: 6-7.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8.5
Tails: 7.5-5.5

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.

Mount Point

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.

Weight

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.

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15 comments on “2019-2020 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105”

  1. Please do a full review and deep dive of these skis. I live in Chicago and would love to buy a local brand that’s already very popular in Michigan and Upper-Midwest. Conditions range from icy to full on powder days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m interested to see how these carve, float and perform in tight lower angle tree skiing found here. Also interested to see how hold up in wide open terrain out west i.e. Colorado / UT / WY

    • Over the past three seasons, I have used my Ahmeek 105s in MI (mostly UP but some LP), CO, UT, and AB. As a single ski quiver, they did great. Handled 20″ day at Alta, spring corduroy at ABasin, northern MI ice, and everything in between.

      Weight is noticeable in bumps and tight trees but helps through crud or slush. I wouldn’t complain if they were a bit lighter. The newer models are probably lighter. From what have seen on the racks there is more cap type construction at the tips which would help with some of the issues I have with the swing weight. There is also a carbon/poplar layup (instead of glass/ash) that I will look at for my next pair.

      To keep up in the arms race (I can only outski her when she is pregnant) my wife replaced her Blizzard Bushwackers with Shaggy Belle 95 for last season and liked them in AB, UT, and MI. She is small and going from 88 to 95 underfoot took some getting used to. If I lived somewhere I could ski more or didn’t have 3 kids to keep in skis I would probably add a fatter and skinnier ski, but for now, I am a one ski guy.

    • They all look like they were finished with a chainsaw as well. Fun ski, good for when it snows, but fit and finish leave plenty to be desired. Liberty skis are a touch better, but still are never flat either.

  2. Their Tubby looks interesting, too. Seems to be a blend of traditional sidecut and modern rocker profile.

    But “Shaggy’s”? How can they not have a R’uh R’oh model?

  3. It’s amazing to me how little attention the Praxis Concept receives. How can it not be mentioned in a discussion of triple camber?

    • Ah, good call. I figured there was a chance I’d forgotten one.

      Looking back at our review of the Deathwish vs. Concept, the Concept looks pretty different than the Ahmeek 105. Apart from the difference in width, the Concept has a much longer average sidecut radius with a reverse-sidecut section underfoot, whereas the Ahmeek 105 has a traditional, shorter sidecut. The other notable difference is that the Ahmeek 105 does not have a portion of reverse camber underfoot. Rather than have a flat / reverse-camber section underfoot, the Ahmeek 105 has camber all the way from the contact points at the tip and tail, but features very subtle “dips” or pockets in front of and behind the bindings where the camber line briefly turns down (but not to the point of “reverse camber”) and then returns to the original camber line.

      Thanks for the reminder though — given the rare nature of “triple camber” skis, it’s interesting to look into how different brands are playing around with the concept.

  4. This is Spencer at Shaggy’s Skis – if anyone has questions, I’ll do my best to check this page daily and ensure I follow up with answers.

    Luke – thanks for taking the time to write this up so quickly after receiving them. I’m excited to hear your thoughts after getting them on some snow!

  5. I’d love to see a review and Deep Dive for the Brockway 95 as well. I’m really happy that Shaggy’s skis are finally getting reviewed. I’m in Wisconsin and have been looking at their skis as possibilities for my next purchase, but there is so much more written about the skis from J Skis, ON3P and Liberty. No offense to the ski resorts in Michigan, but I’m not going to travel there for a ski trip to demo these skis when I can go to actual mountains to ski.

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