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List Price US $700
Rocky Mountain Underground Northshore 108 Ski Review
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Skier Level Intermediate - Expert
Ski Style All-Mountain
Ski Width Wide
Ski Shape Directional Twin
Camber Profile Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Core Material Metal, wood, carbon
Turning Radius
Manufactured in Colorado
Powder Great
Carving Good
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Great
Moguls Average
Trees Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Poor
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Versatility

High

Playfulness

High

Rocky Mountain Underground Northshore 108 2018 - 2017 Review by A Better Ski

Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU)  Northshore 108 2017-18 Review by A Better Ski

Rocky Mountain Underground has been able to create a great ski with the ability to personalize the flex and feel.  The Northshore 108 is a great choice for an everyday driver for the west coast skier, that wants a quick, and reliable; just take a few runs to get used to the suggested mount point.

2017-18 RMU Northshore 108 Review and Video

Metal Core

Wood Core

Skiing

Size:  185cm

Days: 4

Riders: Chris, Matt, Raz

Conditions: Hard Pack, Soft Groomers, Chop, Powder, Trees

Boots: Salomon X-Max 120

Ski Personality: Predictable, confident, and quick, the RMU Northshore 108 is a great 1 ski option for an advanced skier thats looking for an “off brand”. 

On the Snow Feel:  We were able to ski both the wood and metal core varies, testers really liked how well built the RMU Northshore 108 was in both versions.   The ski really wanted to be skied right on its center balance point, not too far back or forward.  Find that point and this ski will really work for you, quick and nimble, don’t be scared to grab the longer ski if you are right on the cusp.

Turn Initiation and Carving: At 108 underfoot, the Northshore is no slalom ski, but with plenty of energy from a strong core, the ski went from edge to edge quickly and efficiently. No noticeable tip slap even as on piste speeds increased.

Speed:  Specifically, the metal core RMU Northshore 108 didn’t have much of a speed limit, confident and chargy, this ski gave our testers the confident they needed to push a little harder with the fall-line.

Powder:  We were lucky enough to get plenty of fresh runs on the RMU Northshore 108,  our home resort had just gotten 12” of fresh and we know the are well enough to keep the goods flowing.  Thank God we did, it took 1 or 2 runs to figure out how the ski liked to be skied, if you drove too hard onto your toes, the tips would dive, then you would adjust and get too far back, locking in the tails and making the ski slow to turn.  But, once you got directly over the ski, it really woke up, nimble, fun and plenty of float. 

Uneven/Variable Terrain: Woot…point and shoot.  The Northshore 108 is confident and stable.  Plenty of life allows you to ski crud aggressively and playfully keeping the skiing fun even after the soft snow is fleeting.

Edge Hold:  Plenty of edge hold for firm morning conditions, although the ski didn’t have the locked in feel of a front side carver it was nice that the tails allowed you to release the turn at any point you wished without much thought .

Flex:  Plenty of stiffness underfoot and laterally, the Northshore 108 does soften up slightly at the tip and tail. 

Durability-  We usually don’t bring this up, we only get skis for a short time, but we did have a binding retention issue on the metal Northshore 108.  The binding pulled out of the ski while skiing a groomer, I suspect that the damage had been done before this point, but tough telling.   We called RMU who assured us this was a pre production run and that the issue would be fixed before production year.

Overall:  The Rocky Mountain Underground Northshore 108 is a shining example of what I’d look for in a one ski quiver.  Able to ski trees, groomers, powder, and even park, it’s at home anywhere on the mountain.  The ski has more personality then some of the other all-arounders from other big brands.

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