The ON3P Wrenegade 102 is back for the 2016 season. The Wrenegade 102 is a great all-mountain ripper that is capable of charging down the mountain at high speeds. It does have a wider brother in a 112 waist. The 112 does offer better float, and a bit more stability at high speed and variable terrain, but the 102 is more manageable, and easier to maneuver. At the same time, the Wrenegade 102 still retains some of that hard-charging attitude of the 112. Those looking for a versatile daily driver with the attitude of a directional charger should take a look at the ON3P Wrenegade 102.
2016 ON3P Wrenegade 102 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Soft Crud (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel: The ON3P Wrenegade 102 is quite stable and damp. It does have a high profile rocker tip, and a more subtle lower profile tail, but it has a pretty stiff flex that really aids in its stability across a variety of terrain.
Powder: The ON3P Wrenegade 102 is the smaller of the two Wrenegades (the other coming in at 112 underfoot), and although it doesn’t have the same float as its bigger brother, it actually does a decent job. This is a bit surprising given the stiff flex of the Wrenegade, but with a pretty high profile tip rocker, and more pow friendly tapered tip shape, the ski planes pretty well in the deeper snow. I wouldn’t say it has the same surfy and playful powder ride as a more flexible ski with more reverse camber, but it was still a fun ski in the deeper snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Wrenegade wasn’t the easiest ski to pivot or maneuver at slower speeds, and turn initiation was a bit more challenging. It does have 345mm of rocker in the tip, and 230mm in the tail. This helps to make the ski a bit more maneuverable, but the swing weight is still a bit on the heavy side, and it takes a bit more work for the ski to turn the ski. The skis tips are just a touch softer which does offer a bit of forgiveness, but the Wrenegade is still a stiff ski that needs to be driven a bit more aggressively. With a little bit of speed it was easier to get the ski on edge, and once there the ski was very willing to turn. I did find the Wrenegade was most happy with large radius turns at high speeds, but it still had energy and rebound when you tightened things up a bit. This was a really fun ski to just let run. Making large radius turns were in the skis wheelhouse, but at the same time it wasn’t all that hard to break free when needed. When you want to make shorter radius turns the Wrenegade 102 can handle it, but when it’s this much fun to go fast and straight, why would you?
Speed: The ON3P Wrenegade 102 has a damp bamboo core, carbon stringers, and vibration dampening strips. It’s not a super heavy ski, but has the stiff burly construction I love when at high speeds. It has a pretty significant rise in the tip, but the stiff construction keeps tip chatter to a minimum. The ski was plenty happy when letting them run, especially in the softer snow.
Uneven Terrain: The ON3P Wrenegade 102 is a good ski in the variable and uneven terrain. Its rocker profile helps to keep the ski on top of the crud, and the stiff construction underfoot helps you to blast through. In the soft crud, the Werenegade was very stable and quite damp. I really enjoyed taking big lines and speeding down the mountain. The ski tips never deflected and the body of the ski absorbed the terrain well. As things firmed up, the Wrenegade 102 was less at home. It still offers a pretty damp ride, but for the firm chop, there are better skis out there. Those who really want to blast through the variable terrain may be better off looking at the more stable Wrenegade 112.
Moguls: I didn’t find the ON3P Wrenegade 102 to be a very maneuverable ski at low speeds, but as you increased speed and edge angles, the ski was relatively quick. I still prefer a softer flexing, more maneuverable ski in the moguls, but those with a bit better technique, and aggressive skiers that don’t mind a bit of work will have a good time on the Wrenegades.
Edge Hold: In the soft snow, the Wrenegades were really fun, and stable, but as the snow firmed up, the edge hold wasn’t great. On steep runs with a bit of hardpack, I found myself caught off guard a few times. Edge hold is good, but if you’re looking for an ice ski, the Wrenegade isn’t it.
Flex: The ON3P Wrenegade 102 has a pretty stiff flex overall, with the tips just a touch softer.
Switch: This is definitely a directional ski.
The ON3P Wrenegade 102 is a versatile all-mountain charger. While the 102 is more maneuverable and easy to handle than the 112, it’s still not an easy ski. If you’re looking for a super easy and highly maneuverable ski you’ll want to look elsewhere. Those of you that like to ski fast, long radius turns in the soft snow, the ON3P Wrenegade 102 is right up your alley. It has a stiff construction that offers great dampening and high speed stability, but at the same time offers decent float in the deeper snow. Groomer runs were fun, but it was definitely most happy with long radius turns. It’s very stable on everything but the hard snow, and was super fun to blast through soft chop. This is a great ski that likes a more aggressive approach. I think it could easily become a daily driver for those who like to ski a lot of vert in a hurry, but still want a manageable ski for the times you don’t want to ski fast and straight.