- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
About me: 185lb 5'10 big mountain style/advancedskier. Ambitions of looking like Hoji when I ski :)
50/50 hard resort charging and variable-length tours to technical terrain.
OK so I'll start by saying that I skiied a 4frnt Hoji for a couple seasons, LOVED those skis and fell in love with the pivoty/surfy feel of reverse/flat camber as a result. that said, in firmer conditions it is nice to have the option of laying a metal ski on edge and knowing it's going to be stable and rip variable snow at speed. SO where does a guy like me who wants the best of both worlds turn?
ANSWER: the Sendr. It freaking sends and the best description possible is Slarve+Charge = Slarge. You will slarge on this ski so hard.
I knew I was interested in this ski when the G3 rep brought it in. I took one look at its camber/stiff flex profile, plus the unique dampening characteristics of the PU sidewall and I was sure this was the perfect quiver killer ski for me.
This ski unfortunately suffers from some mixed marketing and reviews. I found several reviews that describe this ski as a LOT of ski that's difficult to control but those reviews have 2 problems--140lb reviewers (sorry Blister! I love you guys) as well as being almost exclusively mounted with G3 ion bindings--which are fantastic dont get me wrong, however my choice was to put the CAST system on these mounted +2.5 of recommended.
This choice makes the ski infinitely more playful/slarvy than at recommended, PLUS the addition of a dedicated resort binding means you can get 100% of the power you need transferred to this all-metal charger's sidewalls. Long story short these skis SHINE when mounted with a non-tech binding, even with their freakishly light weight. I was hesitant to jump on a ski like this with so much carbon (read: chatter) however the PU sidewalls really aren't marketing hype--these skis were extremely damp and stable underfoot and I have not been able to find a speed limit.
Which brings me to my next surprise--this ski came in at almost a pound LIGHTER than my touring-dedicated Black Crows Corvus Freebirds.
Bottom line: this ski has replaced a full quiver of skis for me here in the Central Wasatch. Granted having a true resort/tour hybrid binding a-la CAST or Shift has a lot to do with it. I find with this setup/mount I can easily transition between a super forward/chargy style on firm days or ski them more centered/playful for slashes and slarves in deep conditions. I'd even consider a slightly more forward mount to take advantage of the more playful aspects of the ski. As other reviewers have said, you don't want to get in the backseat--but then that's true of almost any metal ski that is intended for high speeds and stability.
G3 has made a ski that almost no other manufacturers except boutique/super independent/custom companies are making. Thanks G3, maybe make us reverse-camber fans a true reverse with this footprint next year!