REVIEWS AND TESTS
Ski Tests & Reviews
PM Gear Bro Model
Product of the TRG crew (MSRP):
BC ski, touring, AT, tele set-ups
Summary: I've had these skis for a while & have not completed the review. To be fair this is a tough ski for me to rate. I am really not certain what the best use for them is in the east (ice) coast. I am digging them out again to compile some thoughts here.
Pre-Skiing Impression: My understanding is that these are a been around the block pair of "stiff" from PM Gear's early stock. These are the 188cm version w/ the original baby blue top sheet. I was amazed at how lite wt they were. Quite a deal lighter than any other ski this size. I was puzzled to find a place for them in the quiver ( more on that later ).
The quality of the ski is another story: the topsheet is rather polished & professional looking. Nice touch to the skis. Other than that, it was disappointing. The bases are concave in areas & convex in others. Sidewalls are uneven & have been repaired. The edges are solid, yet not true due to the warping of the skis.
Of interest as well is the camber.......skis together, there is almost > 4-5 inches of camber. This had me worried due to my lack of lbs.
When attempting to wax them up, they were just a pain in the rear. Wax did not want to go into the plastic style bases. Trying to scrap w/ the wavy bases was just as fun.
Mostly backcountry & hike for turns stuff. Plan to veture more on the mtn w/ them. have skied them to date on dust on crust to 12" pow-pow
Pending full report.
Analogies: this ski is like...nothing i've ever been on. very lite & almost not there sensation
After Skiing These, I Want To... become an earn your turns purist
Self-Description of Skiing Style, Ability, Experience, Preferences (be honest)
All mtn carving skier with a racing influence
Took these out again today & really think I have it nailed down now. Currently these have the 7tm tele binding on them. I think this is the best possible match for this ski. W/ the 7tm, you have a bomber tele binding. I like them b/c they allow you to choose what to do w/ your style. I had alpine bindings on these for a while & found the ski to be bland......not a great turner & a mismatch for the lite wt of the ski. There are much better alpine boards out there.
Back to the ski w/ the 7tm: I prefer to fusion w/ this setup. Parallel turns, hi/low tele turns, carve/smear, & hucking. This is where the ski really shines........ it is a great fall line, powder, in-out of bounds ski. W/ a tele binding hiking or skinning for a stash is a breeze. The camber I was worried about was no prob, even w/ low knee dropping & skating. The lightness of the boards allowed you to rip up crud & wind blown stuff & because the ski only wants to follow the fall line, it is stable hopping/plopping over good size stuff w/ ease. With speed the ski stays confident & lets you point them & run drops/trees w/ no fear. Weird how a lite ski bombs..........nice
Back on the trail I was less impressed. Did not really want to turn via a carve(i'm a turner) & sorta washed out unless the outside leg was excessively tipped on a high angle. Again the ski stuck to the fall line. Smearing was ok, but the ski just wanted to drift.....yeap: DOWN
Overall: great ski if you really do more than lift served. If you are a lift served skier in the east I would look elsewhere.
Side note: a buddy of mine is a avy patoller in UT. She breaks track every am & huck bombs. I tried to give them to her, but she was worried about the 188 length. I think the think the 179 would be percert for her!
Back in '08, I was a little confused about the Bro. As time has shown, the Bro original & more are still around for '12. I felt i had some unfinished business w/ this ski & when the chance presented, I picked up another pair.
I know PM gear had some QC issues, but I was shocked by the quality of this new pair. Gone are the mismatched, warped plastic bases of uneven excessive camber. These are straight, light & of superb construction.
I will also do them proper this time w/ a bomber alpine binder. Last pair I mounted w/ a whoop demo to let everyone hop on them. They were better tele, but will now get a FKS or MFX metal binding!
review 2.0 pending
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