G3 Sendr 112: Quick Ups For Big Downs
I usually don’t do carbon. Skis should be damp and strong for when it counts and the skier should be fit enough to get them to the top of the mountain and muscle them down without worrying about some squirrely noodle wrecking their day. But since my 2018 New Years resolution is to increase my carbon emissions, I thought I would give carbon skis another shot.
Sure, a lighter ski is going to make ski touring easier, but that’s not enough to make it qualify as a good ski. If it was, skinny skis would have never disappeared. I’m a fan of 110-117mm with boards with a rockered shovel with traditional camber from underfoot to tail. I also like them stiff so they can perform at high speed. They only place where skis like that might suck is when you get into tight trees or a chute where you have to control your speed. So I was curious to see if a well constructed high performance carbon ski might be able to shine in these conditions.
My carbon pick was one of the categories few wider options: the G3 Sendr 112. They claim their carbon has been complemented with polyurethane sidewalls. It’s essentially the same material that skateboard wheels use to take the vibrations out of your feet when you’re on rough pavement. One thing I’ve noticed about G3 is that they put their recommended binding mounting line really far back towards the tail. This allows the skis to run more, but as boots have become more upright, it makes it too easy to get in the back seat. I tried this skis in two different mounting positions. The first was 6 cm’s in front of the recommended mounting line and the second 4 cm’s in front of the line.
At 6 cm’s ahead, the ski felt so nicely balanced and amazing in the air. It’s stiff flex along with its light weight allowed for a ton of pop off of anything. But once the ski was going fast, I felt like there wasn’t enough in front of me and also felt like I was going over the bars on a few landings. The sweet spot of this ski is at 4cm’s forward from recommended. It puts enough ski in front of you and allows enough tail to support you when you get loose. This ski performed amazing in pow and was great in the air. At speed and in the chop it was still fine, but not quite as stable as a conventional weight ski. With the skins on it was light and fast on the way up, but that’s a given. I’ve also been pounding the resort with these boards and they hook up to groomed runs nicely.
The Sendr railed high speed turns well, was slarvable, and spun like a top, despite not having a twin tip. It was my first experience on a skinny fat ski: flotation and stability of a fat ski with the agility of a skinny one. These skis don’t quite have the dampness as a heavier ski, but they’re in the same league. If you want more versatility and are willing to give up a hair of high speed stability, this could be your daily driver. This ski is best suited for a high performance skier who wants to travel lightly in the backcountry or wants something that can handle speed and big air, but can also be easily maneuvered in tight trees and chutes. If you have a stiff wide ski that can do everything but ski lower speeds or tight spaces, throw these on your feet and feel complete.
Proof that I’m running these skis on the hill: I’m running frame bindings on them.