Some skis just make you laugh – in a good way. While we weren’t sure what to expect from the Ferox Freebird, it brought an instant smile to our faces. Cast your mind back to the turn of the millennium – does anyone remember the first time we skied the Salomon 1080? Well this feels like just as much fun!
Big boards (which will raise a snigger as some will not think of 110 as a big board) can feel unwieldy and weighty, but not these. Weighing in at 3600g a pair, they are far from a heavy ski yet they bring full-width powder-chasing into the touring category. The Ferox Freebird may be a hefty 8mm wider than the Navis but it only weighs a paltry extra 200g, so it offers a load more float for your freetouring buck.
Tech-wise, you’re looking at 3D semi cap construction with a poplar/paulownia wood core. Combined with the mix of glass and carbon fibre, this gives a lovely compromise between flex and stiffness. With a 136mm tip and a 126mm tail, this ski has a powerful 21m radius but the rocker feels like a twin-tip and makes it feel super nimble. Japow ski of choice for winter 2020? We think so.
Who is it for? This is a ski for those wanting to skin for fresh tracks, yet let rip when they get there.
Pair it with… A Salomon/Atomic Shift binding and a pair of the new Dynafit Hoji Free boots for the ultimate backcountry hooning rig.
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Lengths: 170.1, 176.7, 181.4, 186.2
Radius: 21m @ 181.4
Weight per pair: 3600g
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