The Wrenegade line has undergone a few changes for 16/17 including going from a 112 underfoot to the new ON3P Wrenegade 108. The ski also has a revamped taper and slightly raised tail, making it a bit easier to engage and a bit more versatile over the mountain. We both really loved this ski, and could see it becoming a daily driver for a lot of people. It’s powerful, fast, stable, and yet maneuverable and surprisingly relaxed for such a big ski.
ON3P Wrenegade 108 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: Matt and Laura
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Tracked Out
Ski Personality: The ON3P Wrenegade 108 feels like a directional charger that is surprisingly maneuverable, semi-playful, and very versatile.
On the Snow Feel: The ON3P Wrenegade 108 feels very stable on snow, but also has a slightly playful side that makes it feel easier to ski than expected.
Powder: The ON3P Wrenegade 108 is a directional charger, but it has a good amount of rocker in tip and tail. It doesn’t feel nearly as directional as you might expect and in soft snow it’s actually surprisingly maneuverable and easy to pivot. It doesn’t have the same slashy feel as the Kartel 108, nor does have as good of float. However, for a directional charger we were surprised at how well the ski does float. If you feel like most directional chargers are too planky for deeper snow and you want something more maneuverable, the Wrenegade 108 might be what you’re looking for.
Turn Initiation and Carving: We were both pretty surprised at how maneuverable this ski was at slower speeds, and how responsive it was when you did want to get it on edge. It is a burly ski, but it has a surprising ease to it that you don’t normally find in such a substantial ski. It definitely still caters to advanced or expert chargers, but was easier to ski than expected. It’s a directional charger that doesn’t feel like a directional charger (in a good way). The ski does prefer long radius turns, and we really had a lot of fun opening it up and letting them run. There’s a lot of power underfoot, and when transitioning from edge to edge the ski feels so smooth and stable. It has that Cadillac type feel to it on edge, but at the same time was surprisingly easy to break free and vary turn shape. The only downside for me was that it’s not super quick from edge to edge, but because it has that ability to vary turn shape, it was easy to pivot and turn anytime you wanted to. It likes to be on edge running at a longer radius, but when you need to make a quick direction change it seemed easy to do. This is a directional charger for sure, but feels more slashy and maneuverable than any other directional charger I have skied.
Speed: Both of us found the ON3P Wrenegade 108 to be very smooth and stable. This ski was a ton of fun carving long radius turns at high speed. On edge, the ski is so damp, and really wanted to run. It definitely feels like a substantial ski, but what I loved most about it was that it doesn’t feel like a big, heavy one dimensional ski. Yes, it wants to go fast, and feels at home when it does, but you could slow it down and maneuver the ski at will.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: We also really enjoyed the ON3P Wrenegade 108 in rough and variable snow. It’s surprisingly easy to maneuver this ski given how burly it does feel. It was easy to take a bases flat approach and feel confident bashing over bumped up snow. There’s a lot of stability and dampness, and the ski does a great job smoothing out tracked out snow. At the same time this ski is a stiff and burly ski, and when coming in on edge it wants to cut through variable snow. It does take a bit of work to really blast through, but strong skiers will really appreciate the stable base.
Edge Hold: We didn’t get the Wrenegade 108 on very much hard snow, and I would be interested to see how well it holds up. The tail has more rise than the old Wrenegade 112, and may not be as locked-in or powerful. Still there is still a decent amount of camber underfoot, as well as a lot of torsional stiffness. At 108 underfoot it probably won’t feel real knife-like or precise, but should hold up fairly well on moderately firm snow.
Bottom Line: We really like the ON3P Wrenegade 108. It is directional carver that has a ton of stability and dampness, and was a lot of fun carving powerful long radius turns at speed. At the same time, it’s a ski that is surprisingly easy to maneuver, and doesn’t feel like a super directional ski. The ski isn’t necessarily playful, but has the ability to slash turns and maneuver in tight spaces. I think this would be a really good ski for those hard chargers that like to go fast, like to make long radius turns, like a lot of dampness, and yet want a ski that doesn’t have to be skied fast and straight all the time. It’s not nearly as one dimensional as some directional chargers, and could easily be my daily driver. As much fun as it was skiing fast, it was almost as fun slashing and bashing soft tracked out snow. Now, it doesn’t have a ton of energy or quickness, but if you like power this ski has a ton.
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