We really enjoyed the new Icelantic Sabre 89. It’s one of the most traditional skis we have seen Icelantic come out with and really enjoyed the feel for the front-side groomers. It’s a ski that likes speed, likes to be driven, and rewards with solid power, energy, and quickness. It’s a bit more of a pure carver than we expected, and yet still has the versatility for some off-piste skiing. I think what we liked most about the Sabre 89 is the energy and liveliness in and out of turns.
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Riders: Matt and Laura
Conditions: Groomed, Hard Pack, Soft Chop, Tracked Out, Bumps
Ski Personality: The Icelantic Sabre 89 is a lively and energetic carver that can handle speed pretty well.
On the Snow Feel: The Icelantic Sabre 89 is a pretty locked in ski. It’s one of the more traditional shapes we have seen from Icelantic, and more locked in than we have seen from any other ski from them.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Icelantic Sabre 89 is a fun and energetic ski that wants to be on edge. It did take a bit of driving to get the ski on edge, but once there it performed really well. It also seemed to like speed, and we found it really came to life the harder we pushed it. The ski responded really well, and was fine in short to medium readius turns. We also found we could open it up and get a few longer turns out of it as well. Both Laura and I found the Sabre to be quick from edge to edge, and it had a lot of life coming out of a turn. It’s not quite as powerful as some, but there’s still a ton of rebound energy and stability.
Speed: We found that the Icelantic Sabre 89 held up really well at speed. It definitely came to life the faster we skied it. It’s not super damp, but it still feels like a pretty substantial ski. The ski has a really fun and energetic flex from tip to tail, but is also quite torsionally rigid. This really seems to help keep it stable at speed, while still allowing for a very responsive and energetic ski.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: We didn’t love the Sabre 89 in deeper chop, but it can handle a bit of light snow off piste. It just takes a bit more work to get this ski on edge, and more so the deeper the snow gets. If you can drive the tips through tracked out snow and get it on edge, it would respond really well, we just found it hard to drive the ski in deeper snow.
Bottom Line: It doesn’t have that same playful or maneuverable feel as the Supernatural 86, or the Salomon QST 92, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that was a bad thing. This ski feels a bit more like a pure carver than those skis do. It’s maybe not as powerful as something like the Head Monster 88, but there is a lot of life and energy for the amount of stability. This ski was a lot of fun from edge to edge. I think if you’re looking for an energetic and lively carver with solid stability this could be a good ski for you.
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