4FRNT Kye 120 2016-17 Review by A Better Ski
The 4FRNT Kye 120 is a signature shape from 4FRNT pro athlete Kye Petersen. A ski that is built for smashing big mountain lines in AK and the Pacific Northwest, this ski isn’t all serious, plenty or rocker keeps this skis attitude playful with plenty of pop.
2016-17 4FRNT Kye 120 Ski Review
Riders: Chris, Jen, Pip
Conditions: Hard Pack, Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Powder, Moguls
Boots: Salomon X-Max 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
Ski Personality: The 4FRNT Kye 120 like many of the 4FRNT line is a ski that is made for a hard charging skier that likes to play with the terrain.
On the Snow Feel: The 4FRNT Kye 120 is a relatively stiff powder ski built for a strong skier that is looking for a ski to add to his/her quiver for big days on the hill. While this ski is a purpose built machine, all testers found that it was maneuverable and quick underfoot in tight trees in soft snow. When the slope opens up this ski really shines, confident with speed and damp when crossing chop, thanks to 4FRNT proprietary VibeVeil technology. Paulownia core, new for 2016, reduces weight by 15% giving this ski a bit less swing weight then previous years and is a welcome addition.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The 4FRNT Kye 120 as you would expect, is not fast edge to edge and does not have a ton of shape for on piste carving. It can be skied well once on hard pack but requires a bit of effort. Some of our testers did observe that the downhill ski wanted to track straight and causing it to wander if not careful. Camber underfoot did give it sufficient edge hold in it’s class. Reverse sidecut did help the Kye 120 ski shorter on groomers then you would expect and allowed a advanced skier make reasonable sized turns.
Speed: 4FRNT made a ski that was built for speed, confident , and stiff, the Kye 120 gave you plenty of ski to point it down the fall line without think much about what was ahead of you. It’s stout build kept the ski pointed in the direction it was set out in and allowed our testers to build tons of energy through the ski and get up and out of the snow for a playful ride.
Powder: The Kye 120 had our testers smiling from ear to ear (check out the video!). This ski had you looking for objects to pop off of and acting a bit more juvenile then we’d like to admit. Confidence got us into some interesting terrain but the 4FRNT Kye 120 never let us down.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The 4FRNT Kye 120 provided plenty of ski for skied out powder and chop. Rocker tips and tails allowed the skier to swing the ski quickly when needed for soft bump fields, without grabbing edges and was even fun to ski in these conditions.
Edge Hold: The Kye 120 provided plenty of edge hold for a powder ski due to is long low camber, and stiff flex pattern. As you would expect, you are going to need a bit of edge angle to get this ski to dig in, a tad floaty when standing upright.
Flex: Business in the front, party in the back. The 4FRNT Kye 120 had a serious tip that allowed the ski to blast through crud and chop and the slightly softer tails allowed the ski to float well in powder, keeping the tips slightly higher in the snow. Tail presses off small rollers and bumps provided playfulness with the terrain and ear to ear grins.
Overall: The 4FRNT Kye 120 is a stout, hard charging powder ski built for a skier looking to add a more confident ski to their quiver. The ski would be a perfect ski for an advanced skier that often finds themselves in big steep terrain or that just booked their first heli trip to AK.
Review by Chris