|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|On Snow Feel|
Rocky Mountain Underground Apostle 106 2018 - 2017 Review by A Better Ski
Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU) Apostle 106 2017-18 Review by A Better Ski
Colorado born, RMU is producing skis with more customization then many other brands. When you purchase from RMU, you can choose the core material; “metal, wood, or carbon”. The Apostle 106 ‘wood core’ is a lightweight ski that may be best suited for a backcountry skier.
2017-18 RMU Apostle 106 Review and Video
Riders: Chris and Matt
Conditions: Hard Pack, Soft Groomers, Chop
Boots: Salomon X-Max 120
Ski Personality: It’s wood core contributes to it’s approachable and predictable nature beginners will like its light swing weight and not overly demanding nature. Easy to stay on edge and easy to release.
On the Snow Feel: The wood core variety of the RMU Apostle 106 lacks a bit of stoutness that I like in my resort skis, deflection through chop and debris made it challenging to ski hard, although the ski wakes up with speed, the metal version will be the way to go for more advanced skiers.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The RMU Apostle 106 features a “progressive radius” sidecut meaning that the sidecut has 3 different radius cuts making it easier to ski small medium and large radius turns. We were not sold that the technology made a noticeable difference, but more time on the ski would tell. Initiation was easy enough, although the ski did lack the energy that makes a great front side ski, read “you are doing the work”
Speed: Not nearly as confident as Dynastar Legend X106, I have skied the metal varieties of other RMU skis and a metal core would definitely help the Apostle 106 as speeds increase.
Powder: 106mm underfoot is provides plenty of float, and this is where its softer nature may help this ski excel. Playful and easy skiing as the snow starts falling, tip and tail rocker will help the Apostle 106 dance through powder. I would mount 1cm back from suggested to give this ski more tip to help keep it afloat as an aggressive skier will get the tip to dive if not perfectly centered in stance.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Not a shining example or crud crushing ability, it’s long tail wanted to be skied hard though crud, but its construction strained under the abuse. If I wasn’t on top of the ski and pushing it hard, then it wanted to catch on me. One of the benefits of a turned up tail is the shortened swing and releasability, the center mount didn’t let this benefit shine.
Edge Hold: No issues laying this one over, confident edge hold held you on track , but wasn’t scary and could release at will.
Touring: The wood core RMU Apostle 106 is light enough for and everyday tourer, I imagine someone who knows where to find soft snow most days of the year, and when they don’t…they find the bar.
Overall: As you can tell, we had a hard time with this ski if it was set up for a beginner, then we could have handled the lack of energy and dampness, but the ski was set up for an advanced skier, and liked to be skied hard. I have to put this one, in the “ski before you buy” category.
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