The ON3P Wrenegade 98 is a fun and capable semi-directional all-mountain charger. That definitely seems like a mouthful, but this ski is really capable in a lot of different conditions. I could easily see this becoming a daily driver for a lot of skiers. What I loved most about the Wrenegade 98 is that it has a solid and stable feel without feeling burly or one dimensional. It’s a ski that likes long radius, high speed turns, but it doesn’t require you to ski fast and hard all the time. It has a softer side that allows the skier more freedom around the mountain. For me it’s a semi-directional ski that likes to go fast, but also likes to slow dance as well.
ON3P Wrenegade 98 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, Crusty
Ski Personality: The ON3P Wrenegade 98 is a semi-directional all-mountain charger that likes speed, but also has a softer side for the days you’re feeling lazy.
On the Snow Feel: The Wrenegade 98 feels semi-stable on snow. It’s stable and damp when skiing high speed, long radius turns, but it’s also capable of breaking free and sliding through turns as well.
Powder: ON3P changed the Wrenegade series to put a little more distinction into the line. These skis are quite different from the Kartel series, which is geared a bit more towards soft snow performance. The Wrenegades do perfectly fine in soft snow, and actually are really fun in shallow chop, but they aren’t meant to be loose, surfy, and floaty soft snow skis. Sure tip rocker will help keep the tips from diving too much, and the ski will still be moderately maneuverable, but this ski will be better at pointing it and letting them run. You’ll be able to make big swooping turns in deeper snow, but it’s not going to feel all that surfy or playful. Of course the 98 is also slightly more in over it’s head than the 108. For the category though, the Wrenegade 98 isn’t bad.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The day we tested the ON3P Wrenegade 98 the snow started out quite firm and chattery, but we were very pleasantly surprised at how well the ski would initiate and carve on that terrain. Sure it’s way more fun on soft snow, but it was nice knowing we could try to carve faster turns with confidence. What I love most about the entire Wrenegade line-up (including the 98) is that they feel like such easy skis to ski, for how stable these skis feel on snow. Turn initiation was easy, and smooth. Getting the ski on edge takes a bit of speed, and it does respond more to aggressive skiing, but it feels more smooth than expected. The ski is responsive, and as soon as we tipped the ski on edge the ski would begin to turn. Pressuring the ski more revealed how much power is underfoot. This ski feels substantial, and the faster we went the more noticeable it was. Now, it isn’t super quick from edge to edge, but the transition was smooth and predictable. While the ski preferred to make mid to long radius turns, it wasn’t difficult to break the ski free and pivot or slide through a turn. Th ski was easy to shut down, and really easy to vary turn shape. Sure, this isn’t a dedicated carver. It really is a directional all-mountain ski, but it really doesn’t feel one dimensional, and it really doesn’t mind not taking a more directional approach. It’s a ski that can, and will go fast and straight, but can also slow down and maneuver a bit more than expected.
Speed: I was very surprised to learn that the ON3P Wrenegade 98 doesn’t have any metal laminates. This ski feels so solid and stable at speed that I really expected a metal laminate. But that’s also what I love about this ski. Metal can make the ski feel too damp, and lifeless, and by creating a ski that can handle the speed as well as the Wrenegade, and still have a lot of life is truly fantastic. I love the feel of these skis, and my bet is if you like stability at speed, but don’t like the planky feel that some skis can have, you’ll probably like the feel of the Wrenegade too.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I wasn’t as impressed with Wrenegade 98 in variable and tracked out snow as I was at speed, but it’s still impressive enough. The ski feels nice and damp and with a pretty significant, and yet gentle rocker profile, the ski eats up variable terrain really well. I had no problem coming in fast, and the ski remained stable whether on edge, or with bases flat. I wouldn’t call it a crud buster, but rather a ski that is capable of smoothing out the terrain really well. I personally still prefer the wider base of the 108, especially since I see more snow and therefore deeper tracked out conditions. But for those who think 108 is just too wide, the 98 is a very solid option.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was surprisingly good. The ski has a directional feel, but there is actually quite a bit of rocker in tip and tail. I expected the ski to feel a bit more washy, but it’s actually quite solid on edge. It’s a ski that feels powerful, and stable, while still being willing to slide and slash turns.
Bottom Line: I really like the feel of the ON3P Wrenegade 98. I would categorize the ski as a directional all-mountain ski, but it’s probably more accurate to say it’s semi-directional. Sure it feels directional in the sense that it likes high speed, long radius turns, and big lines, but it’s so easy to access the ski that it feels semi-playful. It’s like a charger with an easy going feel. The only other ski that I have been on and feels somewhat similar is probably the Fischer Ranger 98 Ti. But with metal in that ski it can feel a bit more burly underfoot. If you find that ski a bit too much, maybe the Wrenegade is the way to go. It’s very powerful and stable, yet very accessible.
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