Great uphill and great down hill
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
When buying a backcountry ski I'm constantly trying to meet a balance between uphill and downhill performance and the speed 90 does not disappoint. The Speed 90 is the perfect tool for long demanding approaches to get to a real ski objective. I'm 6'4", 180lb and I have the 184 cm length. The 125mm rockered tip with a 91mm waist provides adequate floatation in the fresh and is quick edge to edge and responsive in tight areas and in firm snow. The ski's micro sidewall provides torsional stiffness underfoot, this feature combined with the camber underfoot help with holding an edge on firm snow. The ski does chatter some on hard snow at high speeds but with a ski this light the chattering is minimal.
This is an excellent ski for the weight conscious backcountry tourer who is wanting to move fast on the up and the down!