Reviewer Reports: Powder Skis w/ Paul Forward (Ep.144)

On Blister's GEAR:30 podcast, Paul Forward and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about a bunch of the powder skis Paul’s been reviewing this season in Girdwood, Alaska, including the Folsom Rapture, Moment Chipotle Banana, Whitedot Ragnarok ASYM, Faction La Machine, Blizzard Spur, Kye Shapes Numinous, & More
Paul Forward on the Folsom Rapture, Chugach Powder Guides, AK. (photo by Charlie Renfro)

Paul Forward and I talk about a bunch of the powder skis Paul’s been reviewing this season in Girdwood, Alaska.



12 comments on “Reviewer Reports: Powder Skis w/ Paul Forward (Ep.144)”

  1. FWIW when I asked DPS what had changed between the “Spoon” and the “2.0” versions of the Lotus Alchemist 124, they responded:

    “It’s completely different. The entire shape/geometry/concept changed. Everything including rocker lines, effective edge percent, amount, and shape of tapers. They’re only minimally comparable.”

    Clear I guess if not particularly helpful. If you guys have anything more useful it’d be interesting to hear.

    • The Spur “review” is quite shocking to say the least. Will we get more feedback and maybe second thoughts about this ski or it will just stays like this ? Doubt Blizzard got it that wrong following the rustlers and the likes. What about construction, geometry, carbon in the tips/tails etc… This is very scarce and therefore a bit surprising coming from you guys.

      Just my two cents

      • I’ve now skied two different pairs of them and, unfortunately, my opinion holds. I’m also very surprised and disappointed. I’m going to try a new tune on them to see if that helps.

        • For such an iconic ski I think it would help if we could get a proper review with details and second opinions / testers. We don’t even know the conditions you have been skiing them in.
          Most of the other skis got that, this one only got an 8 mn trashing… Surprising from blister which prides itself from being very thorough (and usually rightly so).

          What bugs me is that they don’t feel stiffer than the previous one hand flexing them (talking abt the 189), apart from the tail which will always be stiff on the spur unless it’s a 125 rustler 11 like the asym one. Also read somewhere that the construction was different and it’s eventually lighter being wider so there is something wrong indeed.


          • We sent a fat pow ski to Alaska to be reviewed by a lead heli guide who spends more time skiing pow — and more time skiing a broader range of power skis in pow — than most people on earth. Plus, Paul mentioned that he had several other of his fellow guides on the ski, and they all shared the same opinion.

            This is a podcast conversation, not our full review. There is a difference. Sometimes we will drop a full review first, sometimes we will have a conversation about it first.

            Guess that needed to be explained?

    • Ha! Thanks Tjaard, I’d love to do that but despite many requests, the only current lightweight (sub 1200g) boot that we’ve been able to ski is the Scarpa F1LT and last years Backland Carbon . We’ve not been able to get our hands on the Dalbello’s or other boots in the category.

  2. Re Carl, Agree seems pretty stupid to call a ski 2.0 and in parallel say it’s a completely different ski. I have (and love the 1st gen 124A). A mate who bought the 2nd gen, based on trying mine, found it much less forgiving and didn’t enjoy it as much. Seems there is a new 124 coming out in the « Pagoda » construction, which the guy from DPS told me « the performance and stability will be much greater »

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