With all-mountain skis, versatility is the name of the game, and the 2016 Liberty Sequence delivers. It’s a 95mm underfoot ski that is capable on the groomers, but still offers the versatility for off piste skiing. It’s a solid carver, but also very fun playing in variable snow. It’ll probably be a bit soft for hard chargers, but it’s great for less aggressive skiers or those who don’t always need to be blasting all over the mountain.
Conditions: Soft Chop, Roughed Up Groomers, Soft Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel/Personality: The Liberty Sequence has that all-mountain freeride feel. It is a really fun semi-playful ski that is also pretty stable. I think people will find it pretty easy to have some fun on this ski, but it can also lock in when you want to be a bit more serious about carving. It’s approachable, and relatively easy to ski, but you can also push it a bit. This is most true on smooth terrain. The Sequence is a versatile all-mountain ski that can handle groomers really well, while still being semi-playful in softer/deeper snow.
Powder: The Liberty Sequence is a versatile all-mountain ski that is capable in the powder. However, at 95mm underfoot it’s not going to have a ton of float. I did find it maneuverable and playful in deeper snow. I wouldn’t call it super playful, but you could easily get it to surf and slash turns in the powder. It felt pretty at home in moderately deep snow (5”-10”), but would be a bit more out of its element in deeper snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Liberty Sequence has a Stealth Rocker profile. When combined with a 95mm waist, it helps to keep the sequence easy to turn and maneuver. It has a tapered tip and tail that helps the ski engage sooner. I found that it didn’t take a lot of effort to get the ski on edge. It’s smooth, predictable, and forgiving. This makes it approachable for a lot of skiers. Once on edge, the ski is actually pretty lively. I wouldn’t call it super powerful (it’s not going to throw you into the next turn), but it’s responsive, quick, and quite nimble. I found it easy to swing the ski around, and easy to transition from edge to edge. It was easy enough to turn at slower speeds, but I found it was happier at speed. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to ski, but your reward is actually pretty big. Bigger guys may overpower the ski, or find it lacks a bit of power and snap. Lighter or less aggressive skiers will find it to a fun and exciting ride without a whole lot of effort.
Speed: The Liberty Sequence is much more alive at speed, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be racing down every run. On smooth groomers, I found the ski to be very stable. As things got a bit bumped up it was a little more unstable. This isn’t too surprising given that the ski is pretty light weight and not all that burly or stiff. It was still fun at speed, but it’s not a set it and forget it type of ski. It requires you to stay vigilant and reactive based on the conditions and terrain.
Uneven Terrain: The Liberty Sequence is versatile enough to tackle variable terrain off piste, but it’s not a crud busting ski by any means. The Stealth Rocker profile helps to absorb some of the terrain, but it has a relatively soft flex and light weight. I found as long as I stayed reactive and alert, it’s not a terrible ski in this terrain. It floats well enough over the top of crud to carry some speed, but once you start getting some serious speed you’re going to want to hit the brakes.
Edge Hold: Edge hold is good on the Liberty Sequence. It seemed really happy on hard packed groomers (so long as they were smooth), and I wouldn’t hesitate to take it on firm steeps.
The Liberty Sequence is an approachable all-mountain ski with a relatively narrow waist. It’s forgiving and easy to turn, but very solid on the smooth groomers. It has a good amount of power and is quite energetic from edge to edge. It was a lot of fun carving medium radius turns on softer snow. Although it’s happiest on groomers, it also does a good job on variable terrain off piste. It offers a decent amount of float for a 95mm ski, and is relatively fun and playful. It does have a speed, and chop limit, but it’s still capable in variable terrain and moderate speeds. The Liberty Sequence would make a good narrower waist all-mountain ski for those who spend a decent amount of time on groomers, but do want to venture off piste from time to time.