Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
Ahhh, you didn't see this one coming, did you?
Why would someone pit two siblings against each other? Well, as Peyton can be compared to Eli, we can now compare the Renoun Z-90 to the Z-77. But isn't it unfair to compare a 90mm ski to a 77mm one? No one would ever do that. Well, au contraire, my good friends. Not everyone who buys a ski with a comma in its price can afford the whole collection; sometimes they have to choose one or the other. Do you think everyone who buys a Koinegsegg is comparing it to a Porsche or Ferrari? No, sometimes it is up against a boat or a second home. My point is, Compromises are necessary, we can't always have it all.
You have read for almost a year that we like what Renoun is doing and the type of ski it is building, we really, really do. We were blown away by the Z-90 when it was introduced, so much that we asked @Cyrus Schenck to consider building us a narrow version, say, under 80 mm underfoot. Within a short time, we had a 77mm ski in our hands. Both of these skis share a lot in shape and construction and retain a distinctive feel on the snow. The Z-77 is a sports coupe, the Z-90 is a sport SUV. Like all of our Cage Matches, there are no losers, just happy skiers.
- Why choose the Z-90? It will do everything the Z-77 will do, in almost any condition.
- Why choose the Z-77? It is a specialty tool, the skinny end of a two-ski quiver. Even though it is narrower, it is not quite as nimble as the Z-90; it is more of a smooth accelerator.
- Other skis in the class: Blossom Wind Shear, Stöckli Laser AX, Völkl RTM 86 UVO.