The Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle is the lighter back-country version of RMUs most awarded ski, the Apostle. Although it was designed with back-country users in mind, I found it to be an awesome all-mountain ski. It was really fun on the groomers, powder, crud, and bumps. I could definitely see using this ski everyday you’re on the mountain.
Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle Video Review
Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle In Depth Review
Conditions: Deep Powder, Wind Blown Hardpack, Groomers, Trees, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: The Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle has early rise in the tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot. With only 70% of the ski in contact with the snow, the Carbon Apostle can be quite playful, but I was also really surprised with its stability on the groomers and hard pack snow.
Powder: With early rise rocker in the tip and tail and 105mm underfoot, the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle handles pretty well in the powder. Now Rocky Mountain Underground also makes some pretty big powder specialists with the 122mm professor and 132mm The Whole Enchilada, but for a ski this versatile, the Carbon Apostle really blew me away with its floatation. It really did make riding in the powder fun and easy. I felt like I could make big turns in the powder and really blast through the deep snow, and as I tightened up the turns the maneuverability really helped make it fun and playful.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I was quite surprised at how easy it was to get the ski on edge given that it is 105mm underfoot, but the ski just seemed to want to turn. The Carbon Apostle has a 5 point sidecut, which allows the ski to be a bit more nimble and versatile. In addition the tapered design reduces swing weight and really makes it easy to turn this ski sideways. It’s happy whether you’re making long drawn out turns, or quick short radius turns. At slower speeds the ski was a bit more playful, and a lot more forgiving. It just seemed effortless to turn sideways. The faster I went, and the higher the edge angle, the more I felt the ski come alive. The edge to edge transition was snappy, and I was able to make super quick turns at high speeds, or long GS style turns. The ski was lively, nimble, and really fun while still be super stable and smooth. It really just seemed to make everything easygoing.
Speed: The Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle is a pretty light ski, but despite this I felt like it handled speed pretty well. Over the last several years RMU has increased the stiffness of the Apostle. The addition of carbon increases the skis torsional rigidity, while wood throughout the ski help keep vibrations down, making the ski more stable. I felt really confident on the ski at higher speeds whether I was at a high edge angle (where it has great edge hold), or at lower edge angles (where the ski seemed very forgiving).
Uneven Terrain: For a light ski I was pretty impressed with the crud busting capabilities of the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle. Overall the ski feels pretty damp, partially due to the wood core extending all the way into the tip and tail. Although the light-weight carbon can make the ski feel really lively, it also helps to increase torsional rigidity, and keep the ski from twisting when you run into chopped up snow. The stiff flex, camber underfoot, and overall width help to keep the ski a bit more stable. As the crud started to harden I did feel a bit less stable, but as I flattened out the ski, I felt I could ride over the crud, and the ski helped to smooth out the ride.
Moguls: The Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle is super nimble and forgiving, perfect for riding the bumps. With the 5 point sidecut the ski is capable of making variable turn shapes, including quick short radius turns. It has a tapered tip and tail reducing the swing weight and making it easier to turn the ski when it’s flat or at a low edge angle. The early rise in the tail also helps keep you from catching the tail in the moguls, and it allows you to release from your turn easier. The addition of carbon help to keep the ski quite lively and it rebounds well.
Edge Hold: The traditional camber underfoot and solid wood core help to keep the ski quite stable. At a low edge angle the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle is quite forgiving, allowing you turn and scrub speed when necessary, or initiate turns with ease. At high edge angles more of the ski was in contact with the snow, and the ski really felt locked in. In soft snow I felt like the ski could do no wrong, but even as it hardened up a bit, I never felt unstable.
Flex: Like most all mountain skis, the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle has a stiffer flex underfoot, and softer flex in the tip and tail. Overall it’s still pretty stiff, and the carbon helps to add a good deal of torsional rigidity. The softer flex in the tips really help increase floatation, while the stiff flex underfoot helps with stability.
Switch: The Carbon Apostle can be ridden switch in most cases, but I felt it was happier going forward.
Jumps: The Carbon Apostle isn’t necessarily a park ski, but it’s pretty fun in the air. It has a nice taper in the tip and tail that really help to make the ski super maneuverable in air. It’s also really stable when approaching a jump and the tails stiff enough to help you ski away after a big landing. It’s a relatively stiff ski, but with a core of poplar and carbon it remains quite lively, and easy to pop off the ground.
Park: I’m not sure I’d ski the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle in the park, but it’s capable of hitting jumps and jibbing if you want.
I really had a lot of fun riding the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle. At first it really reminded me of the Rossignol Soul 7, with its forgiving quality and good powder performance, but I feel like the Rocky Mountain Underground Carbon Apostle was also a bit more stable at speed, and had a little better edge hold on the hard snow. It was super fun no matter the terrain. I felt like it performed really well in the powder, while still being a super nimble, fun, and lively ski on the groomers and hardpack. I really felt this was a true do-it-all ski, perfect for anyone that skis a variety of conditions throughout the day. Sure there are more hard charging skis out there, but they are also going to be a lot heavier. I really felt like I could take it anywhere I wanted to, and ski with confidence no matter the terrain.