The Rocky Mountain Underground Junia is the women’s version of the Apostle. It’s a very light-weight ski with a snappy poplar core. It’s only 95mm underfoot, but feels at home in softer snow. The waist also makes it easy to get on edge, and allows you to carve on the groomed. It’s an easy going and versatile ski that can be used at the resort or in the backcountry.
Rocky Mountain Underground Junia On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Riders: Laura and Lauren
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
On the Snow Feel: The Junia is light-weight, easy to maneuver, and energetic ski. It feels at home on the soft snow, but can also carve pretty well on groomed.
Powder: Our ladies didn’t have a chance to ski the Junia in any snow deeper than 6”, but they really enjoyed it in those conditions. The ski is light-weight, and easy to maneuver and it feels so easy to turn and pivot the ski. It’s only 95mm underfoot, so float isn’t fantastic, but for the width this ski feels surprisingly at home in soft snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Rocky Mountain Underground Junia is really easy to turn and get on edge. The ski has a moderate flex, and a good amount of rocker in tip and tail. The ski is responsive, and easy to bend once on edge. The flex is snappy and the ski is pretty energetic. We felt like it was happier making some more relaxed and easy going turns at moderate speed. It’s not a GS ski and ex-racer types or really aggressive rippers may find it a bit soft and under-powered. Those with a more relaxed style will probably like the feel on groomed. It’s fun to get on edge and carve, but was just as fun slashing and sliding turns.
Speed: Our testers didn’t love the Rocky Mountain Underground Junia at speed. It has a pretty soft flex, and our ladies found they could overpower it. Skiing really fast did create a touch of chatter, and it just never did much to inspire confidence.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Rocky Mountain Underground Junia is pretty narrow, light-weight, and relatively soft. Our ladies found that it could get a bit eaten up in the deeper tracked out snow. It is maneuverable and easy to get on edge, it just doesn’t have the dampening qualities we like for ripping through chop. Still, it has a very fun and playful flex, and our ladies were happy slowing down and hopping through variable snow.
Bottom Line: The Rocky Mountain Underground Junia is a light-weight and moderately soft-flexing ski. It has an easy going quality that our testers liked for a more relaxing style of skier. It was easy to get on edge, and very easy to bend into the turn. The rebound energy was fun and exciting, but it just doesn’t have the power to really rail at high speed. It feels very much at home in soft snow, and has great float for a 95mm. It didn’t feel like a ski for the rippers, but rather a ski for the playful or finesse skier that has a bit more easy going style of skiing. We haven’t been able to test the carbon version, but our ladies feel like that might be a better ski for those who ski a bit harder, but still want the playful, easy going feel of the Junia.
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