The Mt. Rushmore of “Poppy” Skis (Ep.153)

Previously on GEAR:30 we laid out our Mt. Rushmore of Ski Suspension. Now, we’re moving to the opposite end of the spectrum. We define some terms, talk about some of the characteristics that can help make a ski more poppy; and work our way through a bunch of skis. Check it out, and let us know what skis you think are most deserving.
Sam Shaheen, pop master


Previously on GEAR:30 we laid out our Mt. Rushmore of Ski Suspension. Now, we’re moving to the opposite end of the spectrum to talk about the poppiest skis we’ve been on. In this conversation, we define some terms, talk about some of the characteristics that can help make a ski more poppy; and we work our way through a whole bunch of skis. Check it out, and let us know what skis you think are most deserving.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Update on Luke’s diet (3:08)
  • What is “Pop”? (6:11)
  • Our Mt Rushmore of Pop (17:28)
  • Low-Speed Pop (30:19)
  • Mid-Range Pop (34:21)
  • High-Speed Pop (38:00)
  • Other Notable Skis (40:22)
  • What We’re Celebrating (44:49)

RELATED LINKS:

On Blister's GEAR30 Podcast series on Helmet Technology and R&D, we talk with the Head of Product at POC, Oscar Huss, about headforms — the things they stick into helmets to mimic your head before smashing up helmets in testing; the numerous variables that need to be considered when setting up a way to test “safety”; the different considerations that go into designing kids helmets; and more.
Head of Product at POC, Oscar Huss

9 comments on “The Mt. Rushmore of “Poppy” Skis (Ep.153)”

  1. Armada was never mentioned I’m very surprised! Definitely seems more poppy and playful then Moment skis IMO my local ski shop in Tahoe won’t carry Moment skis because of Warranty issues.

  2. As you guys mentioned I think skier weight and style has a lot to do with how poppy a ski feels. I’m a small guy (5’8, ~140lb) and agree with the SFB, Origin 106, and Ripstick 96. On the other hand, I used to own a pair of Kartel 108s but found them too dead and damp because I’m not strong enough and don’t have the mass to leverage them. I noticed you guys focused on all-mountain skis though… what about designated park skis like the Edollo, Chronic, etc?

  3. Did you ever get on the ’05 Atomic Metron (11 I think it was..) in some ways it was like what could happen if they took the modern day Line Blade, strap all kinds of random shiny rods to it and ruined your ability to ski almost any other ski. It was lively, with $hit to a blanket stickiness on firm snow…at the time the oversized tip took you to places not ventured, the raised tail made you exit turns as easy as you could enter them. They were equal parts fun and petrifying and was a solid mooning rocket ship. Then you went back to your daily ride and couldn’t turn or infact ski. Humbling AF with that Austrian energy. Was probably only like 4kgs a ski, so perhaps considered light for Jonathan..you were worked before you even made it to the gondola.

  4. That was a fun episode.

    I personally have found the Soul 7 HD much livelier than the Line Sick Day 104, which was one of your honorable mentions. I do think you’re right that skier weight and style is going to affect how a ski feels and that may have something to do with it.

    I think an interesting discussion would be “Which skis are surprisingly damp given how poppy they are or vice versa?” I think you touched on it in both episodes, but it would be an interesting dedicated discussion. I suppose a broader topic would be “What skis defy expectations?”

  5. I’ve found all the DPS skis I’ve owned poppy, one was an original Pure 112 and the other 2 (99 and 120) are Pure 3 I think. Absolutely ELECTRIC in any kind of soft snow…. not fun at all on firm snow or worse, just terrifying on firm and roughed-up conditions. I actually find the 120 best on ice of the 3, which is odd. I’m guessing it’s because it has very little side cut compared to the other 2. They all have very short effective edge. Anyway, lots of fun in the right conditions.

  6. Awesome podcast! I’m a sucker for any sort of “power rankings” based on a key aspect of ski design/personality.

    Fingers crossed your next Mount Rushmore is somehow related to mogul performance…

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