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G3 Manhattan Ski Review

I've only had a few days so far on my new touring set up, but the good news is, they're sweet! I've got the 185cm G3 Manhattan ski mounted with the G3 Onyx AT binding, primed to be my main touring set up for longer days in the backcountry this season.

I already new it would be a light (by my standards) and effective touring ski, but what you never know with skis like that is whether or not they're any fun for actually skiing on. That's where the Manhattan is killin' it so far. Improving upon it's predecessor (G3 El Hombre), G3 finally added a hefty early rise tip to this ski (and a few others in their line-up) which makes it waaaaay more fun to ski. And for me personally, the Manhattans a lot more fun than skiing on the lighter touring skis such as the G3 ZenOxide, because there's enough beef in the Manhattan to make them rip like a real ski. Yep, a ski that you actually want to ride, not just one that's light enough to make your day easier. 

Any ski that's good for pillow hunting is good in my books…

Specs from G3

Tip/Waist/Tail Width: 139 / 108 / 128 mm
Available Lengths: 175 / 180 / 185 / 190
Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lb (180cm)
Skiing Style: Technical, Freeride
Ski Type: Fat
Ability: Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Terrain: Piste, Freeride

The Pros

  • awesome early rise tip = good fun
  • Titanal reinforcement = better stability for shredding
  • dimensions = great for a touring ski (in my opinion). Not to big, not too small
  • tail notch = easier to attach skins. Same goes for all G3 skis.

The Cons

  • colour = personal preference, I just prefer a ski that's not the same colour as the snow. But otherwise they look pretty cool.
  • no early rise tail = photog Jordan Manley has had more days on these skis than me, and pointed out a slight early rise tail would give the ski better symmetry and make it more fun to ski. You'd get better slashes, butters, and so on. It would make them more fun.

Manufacturer's Website:  Genuine Guide Gear Manhattan Skis

Buy Them Online: G3 Manhattan Skis on Backcountry.com

So to sum it up, I need more days on these skis to really get into detail, but they're shaping up to be one of my favourite touring set ups to date. Stay tuned for the update later in the season.

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