Manhattan Skis

Manhattan Skis

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England, Mike

Been searching in vain for a fat ski with great flotation in powder that’s still light enough for touring the backcountry? Strap on a pair of G3 Manhattans and prepare for takeoff. I tried out this ski early last spring during those ongoing late-season dumps and couldn’t believe what I’d found—here was a beast of a ski that could blow through powder and crud, yet was still nimble enough for quick turns and abrupt aerobatics. At 139/108/128, this is G3’s second-fattest ski, and while I definitely felt the benefits on the way down, I barely noticed the extra width on the skin up—their relatively light weight (8.6 lbs.) was inconceivably easy on the quads. The Titanal-reinforced wood core and progressive camberline make it simultaneously stable and easy to steer. This ski does seem to struggle a bit in heavy, wet snow, but in southwest Montana that’s only a concern come May, when most of us have already hung the skis up for the season. $740; genuineguidegear.com. Purchase them below:

 

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