The skinny: 145|114|132
First off, the graphics. I never start a review with the graphics. However, I have never received more comments on a top sheet. Maybe it is because I ride primarily here in the NW, and the graphics somewhat resemble a Native American thematic embrace. Or maybe it is just because they look awesome. I think a little of both. And regardless for me; I like em!!
The thought behind these skis: The guy’s at Liberty needed a ski with a stiffer tail than other models, targeted to conquer big mountain, technical lines. As you have seen across other brands, this is a growing trend. The Liberty Variant inspire’s confidence on big lines with big consequences. A Peri-Metal layer and stiffer tail generate massive edgehold, but don’t weigh you down on the skin up. Skin friendly tip and tail shapes make this board a go-to off piste charger, but these aren’t some softy touring sticks.Liberty had that signature bamboo core providing a lively feel with exceptional torsional rigidity. Even if you spend most days riding lifts, the Variant is the perfect choice for aggressive riding in all conditions. I am 6’1″ and ride the 193cm. Perfect.
Some of the technical talk about the Liberty Variant:
Rocker Type: Stealth Rocker – A long, low top rocker with camber underfoot and a flat tail allow for easy turn initiation and incredibly versatile flotation without sacrificing edge grip or liveliness.
Laminates: Peri-Metal – A full perimeter of titanal layer, die cut in the center of the ski, absorbs vibrations and prevents topsheet damage while evenly distributing pressure along the edge without the added weight of a full titanal layer. Fiber Reinforced Polymer – Liberty uses sheets of this dense material under the binding area to increase screw retention and rigidity.
Quadaxial Glass – Liberty’s custom weave S-glass creates tremendous torsional stability while allowing easy longitudinal flex to initiate turns and absorb terrain. Unlike bi- and tri-directional fiberglass laminates, this type of S-glass allows Liberty to fine tune the flex characteristics of each ski.
Sidewalls: 78 Degree Sidewalls – This construction leads to increased edge grip and reduced weight. Sidewall construction is tough and affords the best combination of edge grip and turning ease.
Base: P-Tex 2000 – This sintered base provides speed and durability from the industry leaders.
Edges: HRC 48 – Liberty’s specially treated edges feature a wider profile with larger anchors for greater durability and a longer lifespan.
- Ability Level: Advanced-Expert
- Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber
- Core Material: Bamboo
- Tail Type: Partial Twin Tip
- Warranty: 3 Year
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