2019 Icelantic

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  1. Pugski Test Team

    Pugski Test Team Testing skis so you don't have to. Pugski Ski Tester

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    Icelantic Sabre 89
    Dimensions:130-89-115
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 164, 174, 184
    Size tested: 184
    Design: New Construction

    Philpug: The 15 mm of taper in the Sabre can really be felt. With its trademark Icelantic dampening and solid feel, the Sabre needs just a bit of ankle roll to come into a turn. The narrower tail lets you decide at the apex: do you want to hold the turn or do you want to release? Well, neither is a bad choice. If you hold through the turn, the Sabre sticks to its namesake and cuts like a knife; if you release, the Sabre turns into a butter knife so you can schmear the turn like cream cheese on a bagel.
    • Who is it for? Those looking for any turn on demand.
    • Who is it not for? Those who like poppy skis.
    • Insider tip: Check the tune; Icelantic sends the ski pretty square out of the box. Also, the three-year warranty is one of the best in the business.

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    Icelantic Nomad 105
    Dimensions: 140-105-130
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 161, 171, 181, 191
    Size tested: 181
    Design: Carryover/NGT

    dean_spirito: While the Nomad 95 has recently stepped up as Icelantic’s park ski, the Nomad 105 gives riders a more versatile all-mountain ski with a distinct park feel. It maintains the same playful, surfy feel of the 95, but has been stiffened up to handle hard charging outside the park. Three layers of 20mm rubber foil are incorporated into the poplar core in order to dampen vibrations without compromising weight. If you’re the type of skier who wants a twin tip that is equally at home in the park as it is in the big mountain, the Nomad 105 might be for you.
    • Who is it for? Park rats looking for a powder ski; upper intermediate to advanced skiers looking for a playful, all-mountain/powder ski.
    • Who is it not for? Those who keep their skis on the snow -- this is a jibby ski.
    • Insider tip: These could make for a great touring setup.


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    Icelantic Maiden 91
    Dimensions: 129-91-116
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 155, 162, 169
    Size tested: 169
    Design: All New

    Tricia: This was the first ski of the day for no other reason than I was skiing with @dean_spirito and he was starting on Icelantic. Being a new model for Icelantic, the Maiden 91 fills a spot on the women’s side of the wall that we’re seeing from more manufacturers. One notable thing about the ski is the burly construction intended to withstand the abuse of rails and big air. Where it lacked in edge hold with a 1°/1° park tune, it excelled in making quick moves and schmearing the tails.
    • Who is it for? Someone looking for an all-mountain ski that will hold up to the test of time.
    • Who is it not for? A finesse skier looking for precise turns.
    • Insider tip: Put a 1°/2° tune on it for more versatility.

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    Icelantic Oracle 88
    Dimensions:126-88-108
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 155, 162, 169
    Size tested: 169
    Design: Carryover/NGT

    Tricia: This is not the first time I've been on the Oracle 88. This is the ski I remembered from past experiences, an interesting mix of solid construction and soft snow playfulness. While other skis in this category have a bit of an on-piste bias, the Oracle doesn't pretend to be a groomer ski. It clearly enjoys exploring off piste and park. If I were to buy this ski, I'd change the factory tune, which feels like a 1.5°/2°, to a 1°/2°.
    • Who is it for? The female looking for an off-piste ski.
    • Who is it not for? The woman looking for a damp, precise ski.
    • Insider tip: To get more early-morning groomer fun, don't go with the factory tune.


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    Icelantic Oracle 100
    Dimensions: 138-100-120
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 155, 165, 175
    Size tested: 155
    Design: Carryover/NGT

    SkiNurse: The Oracle 100 is fun, light, and lively. It loves the steep, soft, and chalky, and it is very playful in the trees. It does ok on the groomers but not as well in slabby snow or hard pack.
    • Who is it for? If you are looking for something fun and playful, here it is.
    • Who is it not for? Carvaholics.
     

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  2. firebanex

    firebanex Getting off the lift Skier

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    Dumb question, I don't suppose anyone has skied the Pioneer 109? I have a pair of Pioneer 109 limited ski patrol graphics on pre order and have found scant few reviews of the ski online.
     
  3. Dwight

    Dwight Practitioner of skiing, solid and liquid Admin Moderator

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  4. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Sorry, we didn't have the conditions or time to get on them.
     
  5. ZionPow

    ZionPow Getting off the lift Skier

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    Please follow up with your thoughts on the Pioneer 109 limited ski patrol graphics ski. They are on my list for next season!
     


  6. firebanex

    firebanex Getting off the lift Skier

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    An update for you @ZionPow Both my sister and I purchased a pair of the Pioneer 109s, I have the 190s (straight tip to tail measurement is 187cm) and she got the 170s. I've had about 6 runs on them and my sister has skied about the same amount on them now. I put some Pivot 14s on mine and my sister went with Tyrolia Attack 13s and both of us mounted on the line. We also went with a longer ski than what we normally ski: I prefer to be on a 180-185 for most skis and she likes about a 160-165. We simply have not had deep enough snow to really see how they do in all conditions, but we have gotten them into our thin early season conditions about 3 inches of fluff, on soft groomers, and over chopped snow. They ski nice with a good amount of stability and confidence on the thin snow conditions we have! My sisters first words when I asked her about the skis was that they were fun! Both of us agree that they don't feel as wide as they actually are, they are not exactly quick edge to edge but they are not really noticeably slow. After all it is a 190cm ski that has a 21m radius with a 109 waist. I'm not entirely happy with 21m radius skis, I prefer stuff in the 18m range but I do get along with the Pioneers better than my Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107s I also own that have a stated radius of 20m in 184cm.

    I feel with the small amount of skiing that I've done that this ski will be an excellent wide all mountain type ski for a skier who wants the versatility to go big and still not be too bad on low snow days. They ski quite similar to the Fischer Ranger 102FR and the Enforcer 100s I have, they just feel bigger and want to go for bigger lines than those two want. The Rangers want to dance all over the mountain, the Enforcers want to put the mountain into submission, and the Pioneer 109 wants to do a bit of both, just bigger.

    Also the topsheet is on point!
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  7. Carolinacub

    Carolinacub Yes thats a Cubs hat I'm wearing Skier

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    Ski's look great, I was chatting with one of my fellow patrollers and to celebrate his 25th year of patrolling he bought a pair of the Icelantics. I'm not sure if they are the same as your but he did mention they were 109 underfoot.
     

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