The Sego Gnarwhal is a very versatile all-mountain ripper. This ski is quick, energetic, stable, and surprisingly playful. It’s not quite as big or burly as the Up Pro, but still caters to strong skiers. If you want the stability of the Up Pro, but want more quickness, edge hold, and more versatility, the Gnarwhal may be the way to go.
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
On the Snow Feel: The Sego Gnarwhal is a semi-stable all-mountain ripper. It’s stable on edge, and yet surprisingly easy to get on edge.
Powder: The Sego Up Pro is definitely the way to go if you want the best float, but the Gnarwhal does a pretty solid job in soft snow given it’s width. At 98mm underfoot, the ski won’t make powder seem effortless, but it is surprisingly easy to maneuver and really fun to slash turns.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Sego Gnarwhal feels like a pretty substantial ski, and it does cater to strong skiers that are willing to drive the ski. Still, it was surprisingly easy to get on edge. The ski is really responsive, and it has a lot of rebound energy and liveliness. It’s a lot quicker from edge to edge than the Up Pro, and has a really snappy feel when transitioning from edge to edge. At longer radius the ski is really stable, and on edge the ski feels powerful and locked in. At the same time it’s easy to break the ski free and it was fun slashing and sliding a few turns here and there.
Speed: The Sego Gnarwhal is a really fun ski at speed. The ski really comes to life the harder you can ski it, so going fast really seems to reward the skier. It doesn’t feel quite as stable as the Up Pro, but it still inspires a lot of confidence when the ski is on edge.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Sego Gnarwhal is a ski that can cut through variable, tracked out snow really well. It wasn’t as much fun trying to ski over variable terrain as the Up Pro, and it did get bounced around a bit more when trying that at speed. However, it does handle variable snow really well on edge. Instead of blowing up everything in your way, the Gnarwhal slices through. It can still handle a bases flat, soft knee approach, but it just seemed more fun staying nimble footed and trying to maneuver through the chop.
Edge Hold: Edge hold id pretty solid. The groomers we tested were only semi-firm, but the ski has great edge grip. It’s solid on edge, and we never noticed chatter or skidding when we didn’t want it to.
Bottom Line: The Sego Gnarwhal is one of our favorite all-mountain skis. It’s still a hard charger like the Up Pro, but is more nimble and quicker from edge to edge. It’s a fun and energetic carver with a decent amount of power. It’s a ski that still likes speed, and can handle chop relatively well. It’s a super versatile ski, and could be used as a daily driver for a lot of strong skiers.
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