2020 Renoun Z-90

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Andy Mink: This ski gave me my "OMG, I am SOOO glad I got back into skiing" moment. I got on a pair of these during the 2016-17 season, and it was like the intermediate light bulb exploded in my head! These are truly game-changers for an advanced intermediate. It is like cheating. They are infinitely smooth but not dead or heavy; light and easy to turn but not nervous; carve like a fillet knife but smear like a butter knife. They make the day, and life in general, better. They are at home on the groomers, bumps, trees, and medium-deep powder. The wide tips initiate turns easily while the slight rise enables the tails to slide through bumps and crud. The HDT (Hyper Damping Technology) keeps everything happening almost silently. Cyrus Schenk hit the nail on the head, IMHO, with these skis.

The 174 and 180 lengths will give most stronger, heavier skiers the best ride. The shorter lengths, especially the 157, may still be a bit strong for lighter skiers. They are a bit stiff over a very short length. But, for a bigger, stronger person, the 157s are an absolute blast on groomers! These skis are not inexpensive, but if you're looking at the likes of Kästle or Stöckli, Renoun should be on your short list, too.

Insider tip: If you have the opportunity to get one ski that will up your game, this may be it.​

Tricia: I kept hearing how amazing the Renoun Skis were, but there wasn't a good size and flex for me so I had to wait nearly a year to get on them. Fortunately, the Z-90 arrived in a 165 length. It is a gorgeous ski. The white and gold limited edition graphics are classic and rich-looking; the build quality lives up to its appearance. This really is a premium ski in every way.

I skied the Z-90 Limited for a full day at Northstar before heading into work. I skied sweet corduroy first thing in the morning, then got into some bumps, and later dealt with scraped-off icy stuff. The thing that stands out was that the more I put into them, the more they give back.

Insider tip: Trust the skis, they won't let you down.​
 
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Who is it for?
The advanced to expert skier who wants a phenomenal ride and has the money to back it up. Someone looking for a premium ski with a smooth feel.
Who is it not for?
Um, let me think, no, can't think of anyone who shouldn't at least give these a try. The budget conscious.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
Frontside, All Mountain
Ski attributes
Groomers, Moguls, Off Piste, Trees
Segment
Men, Women

Specifications

HighFives
Available sizes
157, 165, 174, 180
Dimensions
136-90-124
Rocker profile
Camber with tip rocker
Construction design
Carryover
Binding options
Flat
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Dwight

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Had a friend try the 180s, he thought they skied like a 170s. Strong skier and 145lbs. Of course, now he wants to get a pair. He's thinking 165. I'm wondering if the 174 would work well though. Especially if he felt they skied short.

Do they ski short or is it just because you can carve tight on them, they feel short?
 

David Chaus

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I have the 174’s, I’m 5’10” and 150lbs. It’s just the right length, they don’t ski short and I don’t think I would want it any longer. With the HDT dampening, it absorbs terrain like a much longer ski.

I would maybe go shorter in the Atlas 80, but haven’t been one one yet.
 

EricG

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Had a friend try the 180s, he thought they skied like a 170s. Strong skier and 145lbs. Of course, now he wants to get a pair. He's thinking 165. I'm wondering if the 174 would work well though. Especially if he felt they skied short.

Do they ski short or is it just because you can carve tight on them, they feel short?
I did not feel the Z90 skied short at all. There is a fair amount of power in the ski that can be accessed when pushed hard. But it can relax if your just cruising. I’m selling my 174’s as I’d prefer a slightly shorter ski and it overlaps a bit with my Stocklis. If your friend wants a barely used set, let me know. They are listed here in the classifieds.
 

Dwight

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I did not feel the Z90 skied short at all. There is a fair amount of power in the ski that can be accessed when pushed hard. But it can relax if your just cruising. I’m selling my 174’s as I’d prefer a slightly shorter ski and it overlaps a bit with my Stocklis. If your friend wants a barely used set, let me know. They are listed here in the classifieds.
I did send him that link earlier. His Head Collectives are 171 for comparison.
 
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