As I sit here exhausted after a long day of skiing, drinking a well deserved beer, I feel it is time that I write a review about these skis. Although I spent some days riding in CO this winter, the majority of my riding has been in WA. Now to business, I am 6'1" 190 lbs, with the 189 Keepers and Marker Duke bindings at +3 mount. Over the season, these skis have literally never left my feet. SWEET BABY JESUS, the ability in the pow is insane, they float effortlessly even when I have my 20lb photo pack strapped to my back. By far the most fun ski I have ridden in powder conditions. A super bouncy lively ski that can pop off powdery rollers, transition turns effortlessly, and hold up like a champ against tip dive . I haven't dropped any beasts, but they STOMP the 10-15 footers I have been sending.
Alright, enough about the powder. I felt pretty confident they would tear up the pow, but what about everything else? Let's be honest, dudes riding banana skis are pretty SOL when there is no powder around. Fortunately, the Keepers have the perfect set up of tip & tail rocker with camber underfoot. The rocker on these skis is perfect; understated, but just right to keep the tip on top. When straight lining down narrow chutes or a groomer, you may experience a little bit of lift, but will never have to worry about "lift off" as you would with other rockered skis.
The camber of this ski is what sets it apart from most powder skis. I have ridden these through all of the crud that WA has been passed this winter. Obviously, I don't go out on days when it is raining, but I have skied these babies in the worst of the cascade concrete and have had very little problems. On groomers, hardpack, crust, and ice these skis hold true and tear it up. People say, "why are you riding that powder ski on a day like this" and I say "SCREW YOU MAN MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!". Nah, actually I tell them that they honestly perform great in all conditions. If you are dealing with the "wonderful" gully moguls we all know, don't worry yourself, they handle just fine.
YIKES, this review has become way too long. To sum up: These skis are SO sick. Perform great in any condition and are the most fun ski I have ridden to date. Not to mention the guys at Icelantic are some of the best people / one of the best marketed & customer-centered businesses I have ever seen. If you aren't really that sure the ski is as good as I am saying or think I am a total tool for writing so much, DEMO IT, then message me your words of agreement.
P.S. Did I mention how these are the sickest graphics out there? (Although I do also love Moments stuff). Did I also mention next years artwork by Travis is SO SICK it almost makes me want to throw up?