|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Style||Big Mountain (Freeride)|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|On Snow Feel|
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Whitedot Director 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski
The Whitedot Director is definitely an interesting ski, and we were quite eager to try it. It has a full reverse camber profile that gives a very loose, smeary, and playful feel. However it also feels quite stable and damp at speed, and we found it could handle variable terrain surprisingly well. In a lot of ways it reminded us of the 4FRNT Devastator, and for the right skier, I could see this potentially being a daily driver. For us, we found the Director to be a super playful ski that has a slightly big mountain feel on edge.
Whitedot Director On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Conditions: Soft Chop, Soft Groomed, Trees, Deep Variable
Ski Personality: The Whitedot Driector felt like a very playful and loose ski that was relatively damp at stable at speed.
On the Snow Feel: This ski definitely feels loose, but there is a surprising amount of stability at speed.
Powder: We didn’t get the Director in any snow much deeper than 6″, but in those conditions this ski was so much fun. The ski definitely has a loose, smeary feel to it, and manuevering in deep snow is a non-issue. The ski planes really well, and at the same time has a nice stability that makes me want to ski faster in deep snow. At 107mm (in the 191cm), the ski doesn’t have a super wide base, but is one of the more fun and capable skis in this waist width.
Turn Initiation and Carving: We were surprised at how well this ski seemed to roll on edge. Because the ski has no camber, it can feel quite washy and loose at slower speeds. So you need to gain some speed before getting the ski on edge. However, rolling it on edge is smooth and predictable. On edge, the ski feels surprisingly stable, and there’s a decent amount of power. Rebound energy isn’t great, and edge to edge transitions aren’t very quick. But I wouldn’t expect anything different given it’s full rocker profile and long turn radius. I wouldn’t say this is going to be a good groomer ski, but on soft, shallow chop this ski was actually a lot of fun to carve. We actually thought it had a pretty sweet spot, and it was actually surprisingly forgiving. If you plan on carving front-side groomers all day, you’ll want to look elsewhere, but if you want a super playful ski that is smooth, stable, and capable on edge, this might be a good fit.
Speed: Overall, we found the Whitedot Director to handle speed pretty well. It does have somewhat of a big mountain feel, and when making fast long radius turns, the ski feels stable and damp. Shutting down speed was also quite easy, as we could pivot this ski on a dime. I did find myself wishing for a bit of camber when transitioning from edge to edge, and if I wasn’t on a high edge angle I had to be careful to not wash out. t’s not the same feel as a directional big mountain charger, but for a ski with no camber, the Director was surprisingly stable.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I think this was the area I was most impressed by the Director. The ski does have a pretty substantial feel, especially given how loose and playful it felt. It seemed to plane over variable terrain really well, and I could blast through with some decent speed. At the same time, I felt like I could slow down and take a more playful approach. Bouncing off of chopped up snow, and variable tracked out conditions was quite fun. Again, I wouldn’t call this a directional charger, but it has a charger feel while still being one of the most playful, smeary skis I’ve been on in a while.
Edge Hold: We found the 181cm Director to ski short. It’s so easy to pivot and maneuver at slower speeds, and it didn’t take a lot of effort to get the ski to turn. On edge, the skis feels stable, but it’s certainly evident that there’s no camber underfoot. Edge hold is fine in soft snow, and even on hard packed it wasn’t terrible. However, when transitioning from edge to edge I found myself slipping from time to time. So, probably not the ski for groomers, but certainly capable when you need to take on to get back to the lift.
Bottom Line: We haven’t been on a lot of skis that feel very similar. Maybe we could make some pretty strong comparisons between it and the 4FRNT Devastator, but there’s not a lot of other skis that come to mind. The Whitedot Director is a very playful and loose full reverse camber ski, but it has a surprising amount of stability and dampness. The ski feels substantial, and I would even say that it has a bit of a big mountain feel. I think it could be a good fit for the playful big mountain skier that wants a loose and surfy feel in powder, but wants stability when carving long radius turns at high speed. Sure it doesn’t have the stability of the Blizzard Bodacious, but then again the Bodacious isn’t even close to the same loose, playful feel of the Director. Maybe I could describe the Director best as a playful and surfy charger, but I think the better description is a loose and playful pow ski with a big mountain feel.
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