2021 Blossom Numero Uno N°1 RC

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The Numero Uno N°1 RC is a ski that should be considered by everyone who enjoys ripping up groomers on a bluebird morning. While the Numero Uno collection name is new, an homage to the old Spalding skis, the N°1 RC model is the renamed Great Shape, a ski that we reviewed a few seasons back.

Philpug: This was billed as a cheater GS ski, but it is so much more than that. I have said this only once before about a ski: It slows down time. The Great Shape is the type of ski that villages will write songs about. Such smoothness is rarely seen in a ski without a comma in its price tag.
  • Insider tip: Buy flat and add a race plate, maybe a Marker Piston Plate and an X-Cell 16.0.
FairToMiddlin: This is a crazy fun ski. Turn shapes are modifiable, it shrugs off crud and end-of-day messy groomers; the Great Shape has fantastic, accommodating construction inside. Sure, it may encourage you to ski fast, but what it really wants you to have a go at is skiing aggressively, not necessarily fast. Pick a tree on the side of the hill to turn toward. Now, in the middle of the turn, pick a tree 20 m higher up the slope and try to turn more tightly toward it. Don't give up, this ski wants you to be a better You.
  • Insider tip: Take a look at the 164 (13 m, suspiciously SL-ish), 170 (14 m), and 176 (16 m); pick your personality, and have fun.
 
Who is it for?
This is a sports car -- think of a red one, maybe with a prancing horse on the side, but with Audi pricing.
Who is it not for?
While some are calling the 71 a cheater GS, there are real race skis that are better.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
Frontside
Ski attributes
Groomers
Segment
Men, Women

Specifications

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Available sizes
145, 151, 158, 164, 170, 176, 181
Dimensions
121-71-106
Rocker profile
Full camber
Construction design
New graphics only
Binding options
Flat, System
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cantunamunch

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That is - kind of a nutty-broad range of sizes. Are the 145 and 151 flexed for adult loading? If yes, I want carved 360 pics.
 

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That is - kind of a nutty-broad range of sizes. Are the 145 and 151 flexed for adult loading? If yes, I want carved 360 pics.
Yes. Blossom does scale for flexes and the 145 actually has different dimensions (120-71-104) with the turn radius staying very much in scale at 9 meters. I imagine they sell less than 10 pair world wide in the 145cm, my guess is that the mold was already there so they thought why not offer it?
 

cantunamunch

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Yes. Blossom does scale for flexes and the 145 actually has different dimensions (120-71-104) with the turn radius staying very much in scale at 9 meters. I imagine they sell less than 10 pair world wide in the 145cm, my guess is that the mold was already there so they thought why not offer it?
It behooves us to change that. 9m fun is FUN.
 

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Is this the same ski as the previous Great Shape Sport Carve? It has the same dimensions..
Yes, the reviews above are from when we skied the Great Shape.
 

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I ski the Great Shape and it is my favorite ski ever. Quick, strong, responsive, no speed limit (full disclosure - I'm 67 years old and ride it tele) and it puts a smile on my face every time. Don't get me wrong, I love my Renouns, both alpine and tele, but the Great Shape is a really special ski. I almost bought a pair for alpine last season but spent my allowance on some Renoun Z90s which are pretty special in their own right.
 

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How would this compare to the Stöckli AX? They seem pretty close in numbers and raves.... (Also, could someone clue me in on how to do umlauts?)
 

Doug Briggs

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How would this compare to the Stöckli AX? They seem pretty close in numbers and raves.... (Also, could someone clue me in on how to do umlauts?)
On a PC with Windows 10, press Window-key & '.' simultaneously (that's Window-key period). You'll see a pop-up windows that defaults to emoticons. Press the 'Omega' icon to see symbols and special characters.

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Scroll through that page until you find what you're looking for. Click the symbol/letter you are looking for and it is inserted at your cursor in the document you were in.
 

Philpug

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How would this compare to the Stöckli AX? They seem pretty close in numbers and raves.... (Also, could someone clue me in on how to do umlauts?)
The Laser AX goes more against the Wind Shear with both being 78/77 underfoot. The N*1 RC is much stiffer as a frontside biased charger. Image if both of these skis were 77 underfoot:

Regarding the umlaut , I have it set up that when someone types St0ckli it changes it to Stöckli (the same with a few other brands)
 

Tony S

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On a PC with Windows 10, press Window-key & '.' simultaneously (that's Window-key period). You'll see a pop-up windows that defaults to emoticons. Press the 'Omega' icon to see symbols and special characters.

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Scroll through that page until you find what you're looking for. Click the symbol/letter you are looking for and it is inserted at your cursor in the document you were in.
Doesn't work for me. (No omega.) I've gotten so frustrated with this that I just don't try unless I'm on my phone, where it's stupid simple. (Just hold down the root letter and all the options come up.)

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