|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|Core Material||Bamboo, Poplar, Carbon|
|Turning Radius||23m @ 184cm|
|On Snow Feel|
Liberty Schuster Pro 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski
The Liberty Schuster Pro is a very fun and playful powder ski that is still capable of ripping fast and hard in deep and variable snow. It’s very similar to the RMU Professor 2.0, but has the slight edge in playfulness and is geared slightly to a more aggressive skier. This would be a great option for those who want to ski powder, but you want to ski it fast and aggressively.
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Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
Conditions: Fresh Pow (10″), Soft Chop, Groomed, Trees
Ski Personality: The Liberty Schuster Pro is an aggressive powder ski that has a playful side. Often powder skis are the other way around, but I feel like the Schuster wants to rip first, and then play second.
On the Snow Feel: The Liberty Schuster Pro is a playful and surfy powder ski that is actually surprisingly stable when you want to ski fast.
Powder: The Liberty Schuster Pro is a true powder ski with a 122mm waist and significant amount of rocker in tip and tail. Float is on par with the RMU Professor 2.0, and certainly meant for the days when the snow is deep. The biggest difference here is the amount of tip and tail rocker. The Schuster does still have a touch of camber underfoot, but feels quite a bit more playful and maneuverable than the Professor 2.0. I’d say it’s a bit more on par with a flat camber profile underfoot. The Schuster is an aggressive ski, and while it can be very playful, it takes a bit more work to access that side of it. In other words, you need to ski the Schuster aggressively, but doing so will allow you to surf, slash, pivot, and maneuver in the deepest snow you can find.
Turn Initiation and Carving: A significant amount of tip and tail rocker (and relatively flat camber underfoot) makes the Liberty Schuster pro quite easy to pivot. Tipping it on edge definitely takes a bit of speed, but those who know how drive the ski will find it surprisingly easy to get on edge. It’s not a forgiving ski, and caters to those who ski aggressively. Once on edge the ski holds pretty well. There’s just enough camber underfoot to give the ski some life. The turn radius is similar to the Professor 2.0 (23m vs. 21m), but I’d give the professor a slight edge in life. The Schuster still gets you from edge to edge surprisingly quick for 122mm underfoot, but it’s not overly lively or energetic. Carbon stringers definitely help give the ski life, but it feels more at home slashing turns than carving. The feel of the two skis is very similar, but I’d give the slight edge to the Professor on groomed simply because of the slightly softer tip and tail, and slightly more camber underfoot. Still both are certainly capable of getting you back to the lift in between deep powder runs.
Speed: Carbon stringers help to give the Liberty Schuster Pro more stability at speed. Although this is a true powder ski, it has a stiffer flex than you might expect. Under foot is actually quite stiff with tip and tail leaning towards medium stiff. I never had any issues with tip chatter at high speeds, and even when bases were flat I found the ski had a lot of stability and dampness. It’s not quite as stable as a directional charger, but for powder skiers that want some speed, the Schuster is certainly capable.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The liberty Schuster seems perfectly at home in soft variable terrain as it does in the powder. The ski has a surprising chargy feel to it, and when skiing fast in deep variable snow it was perfectly happy to ride over and smooth things out. It’s not an overly forgiving ski, so you do need to take an aggressive approach. But, when skiing hard it’s maneuverable, damp, and smooths things out pretty well. When things did firm up, it became a bit trickier. The ski is certainly capable in hard variable terrain, but because it wants to ski over the top I found it a bit more unstable and easier to get bounced around. Still, I could come in bases flat, get back just a touch and straight line out of trouble pretty quickly.
Edge Hold: The Liberty Schuster Pro is a powder ski that has a preference for soft snow. You’re not going to want to take this out unless the snow is soft. If you’re planning on skiing groomers all day, leave the Schuster at home.
Bottom Line: The Liberty Schuster Pro is a very solid powder ski for those who want loose, surfy, and playful, while retaining a hard charging attitude more common in big mountain skis. The ski is actually quite similar to the RMU Professor 2.0, but I’d give the slight edge to the Schuster for skiing fast. I’d also give the edge to the Schuster for its playfulness, but it also takes a bit more work to access that side of it. The only shortcoming (compared to the Professor) was life when carving, but this isn’t a groomer ski anyway. I think it would be hard to go wrong with either ski, but for those who want to charge just a bit harder, the Schuster Pro may be the better option.
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