Ever since I first discovered Meier Skis 3 or so years ago I have always wanted to try them. They are a Colorado based company that makes their skis in the US of A and use recycled pine beetle killed wood in the core. However, like most young and small boutique ski companies a lot of what I had heard and tried from them has been hit or miss. That is, until we had the chance to test out the Meier Colorado Native. The Colorado Native is a really just a limited edition version of the Meier Quickdraw, which just so happens to be their best-selling ski. Since I was never blown away by Meier before, I wasn’t all that excited to try the Quickdraw, but after skiing it, I can say my opinion has completely changed. The Meier Quickdraw is a ski that rips. It’s definitely a front-side oriented carver, but it is quick fun and exciting on the groomers. It may not be the perfect ski for ex-racer types that ski very aggressively, but for normal folks that like to carve, this is really a great ski.
Meier Quickdraw On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Bolle Emperor
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Riders: Laura and Matt
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Bumps, Trees
Ski Personality: The Meier Quickdraw is a lively and energetic front-side carver that isn’t overly aggressive or difficult to ski.
On the Snow Feel: The Meier Quickdraw is a stable ski that can feel locked in on a high edge angle.
Powder: The Meier Quickdraw is truly a front-side specialist, so it’s not really going to be the best ski choice for any day over 5+ inches. It does have a pretty wide 134mm tip, with just a touch of rocker. So yes, it can plane over deeper snow, and help you maneuver when the groomers have a nice dusting on top, but with an 88mm waist it’s just going to have the float needed for deeper days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Meier Quickdraw is a very maneuverable ski that is quite responsive. As soon as you tip it on edge, the ski wants to hook up and turn. However, it’s forgiving enough that it doesn’t necessarily require a strong aggressive skier to get it to turn. The flex in tip is moderate, while underfoot is moderate stiff. It doesn’t feel nearly as aggressive as a ski like the Volkl RTM 84 or Head iRally. Both of those ski tend to lean a bit more towards powerful, and cater to the ex-racer type that can drive the tips and get it to bend into the turn. The Meier Quickdraw is slightly more forgiving, and doesn’t require you to drive it as much. That being said, this is still a serious ski that can rip. Rebound energy, although maybe not as powerful, is very fun and exciting. The slightly softer flex makes it a bit more approachable to less aggressive skiers, but it’s still aggressive enough to shoot you from edge to edge with a lot of energy. Transitions are quick, and it’s just as fun at short radius as skis that are more powerful. It reminds me a bit of a slightly softer Rossignol Experience 88. The Quickdraw is probably a touch more forgiving, but is also a touch quicker from edge to edge. The more you give this ski, the more you will get out of it. Although it is approachable to less aggressive skiers, it’s still a powerful and energetic ski that will cater to advanced skiers.
Speed: The Meier Quickdraw can handle speed moderately well for its class. It doesn’t have the same top end as the stiffer Volkl RTM 84 or Head iRally, but there’s enough stiffness underfoot for moderately fast speeds. We never had issues with tip vibrations, and the ski even responded better the faster we went. Obviously it’s still a ski that wants to make tight turns, so it’s not going to have the same top end charger feel of a big mountain ski. However, the harder you ski, the more you will get out of it, and speed definitely seems to bring this ski to life.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Meier Quickdraw can handle uneven terrain decently well. Obviously, the Quickdraw is a ski oriented to groomed terrain, but with a bit of rocker and nice wide tip, the ski can plane over roughed up groomers decently well. We never had any issues with tip deflection, or with getting bounced around. This isn’t going to be my ski if I want to spend that majority of time off piste, but if the groomers happen to get a bit bumped up, the Quickdraw can handle it.
Edge Hold: We never had the chance to ski the Quickdraw on anything overly firm, but have no doubt that it will handle hard packed groomers perfectly fine. The ski is very traditional in shape, and with a significant amount of camber underfoot, the ski should hold without too much trouble.
Bottom Line: Bottom line, the Meier Quickdraw is a fun and exciting carver with moderately powerful rebound energy and solid quickness from edge to edge. It’s approachable to intermediate skiers, but will still hold up decently well for the aggressive ex-racer types. It’s capable enough for roughed up groomers, but definitely prefers smooth groomed terrain. If you’re an intermediate or advanced skier that is looking for a fun and exciting piste ski, the Quickdraw might be it. It’s very energetic and lively, and doesn’t require an overly aggressive skier to have fun on.