G3 District Ski Review
The G3 District is a decently wide ski at 112 underfoot (dimensions are 140/112/130). It’s the biggest offering in G3’s touring oriented “Mountain” Series and with a 25-meter turn radius (179cm length tested) has moderated sidecut. For a biggish ski it’s decently light at 1850 grams per ski. It’s got camber underfoot, a fair amount of early rise at tip or tail, but is not a twin tip. Think of it then as a cambered ski with mild rocker. It’s got a square tail with a divot for skin attachments so is not a twin tip; which is good because I pretty much can’t stand using twin tips for touring.
I’m not a big shredmachine at just 160lbs but do spend 100+ days a season skiing with most of the days in backcountry. I managed to put 20 days on the Districts with almost al of the days spent in backcountry of Whistler, the Duffey and the Rockies.
Initially I thought that the Districts were almost too fat for a touring ski as I needed to get fairly light snow to get skiing in the snow feeling (as opposed to on top of the snow) that I personally enjoy. As the season progressed and I got more into variable snow (it’s a dirty secret that you don’t always get blower pow in the backcountry) I found that’s where the District’s power shone as I could pressure my boot cuffs, apply power and let the Districts mash through thin wind or sun crust and make me look good.
Despite the mid-fatness and turning radius, the District was reasonably quick-turning. The tips and tails are softer than the mid-section so I could mach through holes in glades wiht wide open turns then haul in the speed and switch to bum-wiggle wedelling as the trees closed in and the situation called for less speed; more precision. I enjoyed the playful, responsive nature of this ski. It’s easy to get cheap air with Districts; its versatile enough so you can move around downhill quickly to find a pillowl; stable enough that you can get speed for the pillow; yet it has enough underfoot and enough on the tail that you can land off the pillow without inelegant tomahawks.
Mounted with G3 Onyx bindings (as a sidebar these were problem free and did their job just fine), the District toured well. Being reasonably light and reasonably short, going uphill, skootching, skinning on flats and kickturns were a snap.
The G3 District won’t be changed next year (except for topsheet graphics) so these impressions should hold true for next season’s skis. If you need a mid-fat touring board that’s a versatile, powerful performer which can truly handle a variety of conditions, the G3 District is a strong candidate.
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