|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|On Snow Feel|
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Icelantic Pioneer 96 2020 - 2019 Review by A Better Ski
It’s demo days in Snow Basin Utah, the snow is soft and fun, the sun is shining and I have the Icelantic Pioneer 96 in hand ready for action. This ski is in that large and competitive class of “all-mountain” or “single quiver” ski. One ski to rule them all. I like this type of fun and versatile ski and the Pioneer certainly is beautiful with it’s bare wood facade and Travis Parr artwork. Lets see how they perform.
Shape: rocker/ camber /rocker
Days: demo days
Conditions: Chopped powder; crud; groomers;
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The Icelantic Pioneer 96 is an “all-mountain” ski that likes to charge and explore the whole mountain.
On the Snow Feel: On the snow these skis felt solid and had that familiar feel to them. I expect that the traditional shape and camber with the new style rocker is super user friendly and just fun to ski.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Icelantic Pioneer 96 is a high speed cruiser and likes to turn. In the soft snow, the rocker profile makes them easily maneuvered from side-to-side. On the solid snow, I felt like these edges were locked in and ready for anything. There was good energy out of the turns and felt like a ski that had more camber than it actually has.
Speed: I felt comfortable on the Icelantic Pioneer 96 even at high speeds. The edges felt locked-in and responsive and ready to handle more. I was unfortunately confined to blues and blacks and the snow was nice and soft. I do need to grab these skis again on a harder packed day to find the limits of the edge grip. I’ll get back to you on this one.
Powder: While non of the powder I skied on was fresh, what soft stuff I managed to find I had a fun time on. 96 isn’t an ideal powder width but if you are only going to have one pair of skis in your life, 96 isn’t a bad place to be. For a better powder experience with an “all-mountain” ski, check out the Pioneer 109 or Nomad 105.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I thought that the Icelantic Pioneer 96 handles the choppy stuff pretty good. This ski isn’t light which forces the skier to actively maneuver this ski. This weight however, is advantageous in the choppy stuff as they don’t get tossed around as much and momentum is conserved for a smoother ride.
Trees/Bumps/Tight turns: The rocker profile of the Icelantic Pioneer 96 made them easily maneuvered from side to side. With that said, trees, bumps and tight turns ain’t no thing for these skis. I felt like I had command of this ski and that it was willing to go exactly where I wanted it to.
Edge Hold: The Icelantic Pioneer 96 had a solid edge grip, even at high speeds. Like I said earlier, I would have to grab these skis again on a harder packed day to find the limits of the edge grip.
Flex: I’m embarrassed to say that I forgot to give these skis a flex test and the catalog doesn’t have a rating. With all the things that I have said so far, I would expect that the Icelantic Pioneer 96 has a med/stiff flex with good pop. I’ll find a pair and give them a flex and update you.
Intended User: I like these skis for the skier who want’s a ski with all-mountain versatility and an aggressive attitude. The Icelantic Pioneer 96 is a “single quiver” ski that is well suited for high-speed cruising with high performance in all areas except for the deep pow.
Overall: I liked my experience on the Icelantic Pioneer 96 and look forward to trying them out again under different conditions so I can further explore the limits of this ski.
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