Ski: 2021-2022 RMU Apostle 3.0 106 “Wood” version, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 176, 184, 192 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (straight-tape pull): 182.9 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1951 & 1957 grams
Stated Dimensions: 140-106-126 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139.7-105.3-127.2 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 20 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 30 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4 mm
Core (Wood version): poplar + beech mounting zone + 26-oz fiberglass laminate
Base: sintered “graphite race base”
Factory Recommended Mount Points:
- “Freeride:” -4.65 cm from center; 86.8 cm from tail
- “Traditional:” -7 cm from center; 84.4 cm from tail
The Apostle name has now been in RMU’s lineup for over a decade, and they’re overhauling it for the 2021-2022 season.
Available in two shape options and three different constructions, the skis in the 21/22 Apostle 3.0 collection are designed to be versatile and playful all-mountain skis that are suitable for a wide range of skiers.
We got a couple of days on one of the new Apostle 3.0 skis late this season and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for our initial on-snow impressions. Here, though, we’re going to go a bit deeper on the new line of skis and how they differ from their predecessors. And long story short — there are a lot of differences. This isn’t just a case of new top sheets and names.
What RMU says about the Apostle 3.0
“The culmination of 12 years of testing and the brain child of the entire RMU community has built the foundation of the Apostle 106 3.0. Delivering on the ethos of the Apostle with a playful and easy to ski nature but blended with pure stability and power when you need it. The ultimate ski has been reimagined and delivered.”
Like many all-mountain skis, the Apostle 3.0 skis are designed to blend typically contradictory traits like playfulness and stability, so how did RMU go about achieving that in these skis?
In what is pretty rare from non-custom manufacturers, RMU is offering the Apostle 3.0 96 and Apostle 3.0 106 in three different constructions. We’re testing the standard “Wood” construction, but there is also a lighter-weight “Carbon” version, as well as a “Metal” version.
For reference, here’s RMU’s illustration of the core construction for the standard Wood Apostle 3.0:
And here’s the key for the components of that construction:
- ICP 8210 PI19 nylon top sheet
- extra thick abs sidewall 8.5mm
- 26 oz pre preg heavy duty triax fiberglass
- poplar wood core with beech mounting plate
- thin felt to increase adhesion between unlike materials
- ABS tip and tail spacer
- 26 oz pre preg heavy duty triax fiberglass
- thin felt to increase adhesion between unlike materials
- full wrap rubber VDS for superior dampening
- extra thick steel edges 2.3mm
- graphite race base
This construction isn’t particularly out of the ordinary, but the option to get the same ski with a different construction kind of is. In the Carbon Apostle 3.0, the standard poplar wood core (plus a beech mounting zone) is swapped for a lighter paulownia / poplar core (still with the beech mounting area). The Carbon version also swaps the Wood version’s 26-oz fiberglass for a layer of carbon fiber and a lighter layer of 16-oz fiberglass above and below the core. In the Metal version, there’s a poplar / paulownia wood core, 26-oz fiberglass sheets, and two sheets of 70mm-wide titanal.
It’s also worth noting that the factory RMU uses in Åre Sweden is making their skis 100% powered by renewable energy.
Shape / Rocker Profile
This is another big change for 21/22. The previous Apostle skis stood out due to their pretty dramatically tapered tips and tails and relatively short effective edges. This made them really maneuverable, but also hampered their stability at speed and in more challenging conditions. The 3.0 versions of the Apostle still feature some early tip and tail taper, but it’s been notably dialed back, and I’m excited about that. It’s also worth noting that the Apostle 3.0’s tail is notably less tapered than its tip.
The Apostle 3.0 106 still has pretty deep rocker lines compared to most similarly wide skis, which is in line with RMU’s claims about the ski’s playfulness. Despite the new shape, the Apostle 3.0 doesn’t look like a ski that’s going to be particularly challenging to steer through tight terrain and softer conditions. And while it doesn’t have as “true” of a twinned tail as the RMU North Shore YLE 110 (which we’re also going to review), the Apostle 3.0 106 has enough tail rise to likely be able to ski switch in most conditions.
Overall, the Apostle 3.0 106’s shape and rocker profile look pretty similar to some all-mountain freestyle skis, such as the Sego Big Horn 106 and Moment Wildcat 108, as well as more directional all-mountain skis like the Line Sick Day 104.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Apostle 3.0 106:
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8
Nothing weird here. The Apostle 3.0 106 has fairly soft tips and shovels, a strong midsection, and a back half that feels a touch stiffer than the front (but not wildly so). The transitions between the softer and stiffer areas are all smooth. This feels like a flex pattern that would make for a ski that’s pretty easy to ski, but it’s not so soft that we immediately get worried about how it will handle higher speeds.
At close to -5 cm from true center, the Apostle 3.0 106’s “freeride” mount point is pretty far forward compared to most directional skis. It’s in line with a lot of freestyle-oriented skis like the Sego Big Horn 106 and Moment Wildcat 108, though not so close to center that we think you should only be considering the Apostle 3.0 106 if you spend all your time spinning, flipping, and skiing switch. On production models of the Apostle 3.0 106, there will also be an additional “traditional” mount point that will be -7 cm from true center, so we’ll definitely be skiing it at a variety of mount points.
Similar to many of RMU’s recent skis, the Wood version of the 21/22 Apostle 3.0 106 is a pretty lightweight ski. Our pair of the 184 cm length is coming in at about 1954 grams per ski, which puts it in line with many skis we consider to be good options for a mix of lift-accessed and human-powered skiing. There are lots of heavier, more resort-oriented options in this class, but there are also a whole bunch of skis coming in at weights that are similar to the Apostle 3.0 106.
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.
1800 & 1804 Head Kore 105, 184 cm (21/22)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1820 & 1821 Majesty Havoc, 186 cm (20/21–21/22)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (16/17–21/22)
1905 & 1919 J Skis Slacker, 188 cm (20/21–21/22)
1920 & 2006 RMU North Shore YLE 110, 186 cm (21/22)
1947 & 2011 4FRNT Devastator, 186 cm (20/21–21/22)
1951 & 1953 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (20/21–21/22)
1951 & 1957 RMU Apostle 3.0 106 Wood, 184 cm (21/22)
1964 & 1972 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1993 & 2026 Black Crows Atris, 184.2 cm (19/20–21/22)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21–21/22)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2008 & 2065 Wagner Summit 106, 186 cm (20/21–21/22)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2046 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (21/22)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–21/22)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–21/22)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20–21/22)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20–20/21)
2113 & 2121 Moment Meridian, 187 cm (16/17–20/21)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–21/22)
2116 & 2181 Faction Dictator 3.0, 188 cm (19/20–21/22)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–21/22)
2145 & 2167 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (20/21)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21–21/22)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–21/22)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21–21/22)
2232 & 2242 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm (20/21–21/22)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2295 & 2344 J Skis Hotshot, 183 cm (20/21–21/22)
2302 & 2342 Dynastar M-Free 108, 192 cm (20/21–21/22)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–21/22)
2353 & 2360 Volkl Katana 108, 184 cm (20/21–21/22)
2449 & 2493 J Skis Hotshot, 189 cm (20/21–21/22)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) With any sort of “do-everything” ski like the Apostle 3.0 106, our main question is just how versatile this ski will feel, and what sets it apart from the numerous other skis from other brands making similar claims about them?
(2) The Apostle 3.0 106 has a pretty forward mount point, deep rocker lines, a low weight, and a pretty moderate flex pattern. So how playful will this ski feel, and should more freestyle-minded skiers have it on their list?
(3) On the other hand, what sort of directional skiers should also be considering the Apostle 3.0 106?
(4) The standard Wood version of the Apostle 3.0 106 comes in at a weight that could work well in the resort, or in the backcountry, or in both. But there are also the Carbon and Metal versions of this ski, so who should be checking out those constructions?
(5) RMU also has the North Shore YLE 110 in their lineup, and on paper, it looks pretty similar to the Apostle 3.0 106. So what sorts of skiers should be opting for one over the other?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The new RMU Apostle 3.0 106 looks like it could be a playful, maneuverable, lightweight ski with the potential to work in a wide range of scenarios and for different types of skiers. We’ll be getting more time on it once the snow starts falling again to find out how well it lives up to those predictions, so stay tuned for our full review. In the meantime, Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below for our initial on-snow impressions.
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