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Olin Outer Limits Powder Review

Olin Outer Limits


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Our Outer Limits is the powder ski choice of CMH Heli-Skiing, Whitstler Heli-Skiing and Kootenay Heli-Skiing in British Columbia. This newly shaped wood core, all-glass high-performance powder ski features our new Variable Perimeter Edge Control System and a deeper sidecut that makes it perform superbly in deep snow and crud, as well as groomed and firm surfaces. Sidecut depth: 12mm, Tip: 116mm, Waist: 88mm, Tail: 108mm Core: Fir/Spruce Sizes: 165, 180, 190
Picture and Description for Model Year:
1999



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Review Date
May 30, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

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Reviewed by: Adam ,  DoubleDiamond , from Whistler

Summary:
Like all Vashon skis I've skied, they ski really well when new but go "dead" pretty quick. I telemark on these things and really like them for soft snow, but they're light, so they spin and flip well too! Bulletproof is a chore, but they are stable in everything else (corn/cordury/crud/smooth stuff). If they stiffened it up, made it so it would hold up to serious use, and put a twintip on it, it'd be the ultimate all-around ski for me.
I'm not really huge (5'9" 145) but I'd like them to be stiffer and/or longer. I currently ski on the 190.
I'd recommend them for any West coast/Rockies skier that prefers softer skis that wants a versatile fat ski for all-mtn skiing. Be wary if you have a tendency to destroy gear or are super aggressive...otherwise enjoy!

Similar Products Used:
Fischer MtnX, Volant Huckster


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Review Date
May 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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Reviewed by: Dave Ellis ,  DoubleDiamond , from Eatonville, WA, USA

Summary:
Fantastic off-piste and backcountry ski. Makes you feel like a hero - regardless of conditions. Easy to turn thanks to light swing weight and side cut. Low side profile (i.e. thin) helps this ski slice through crud like a hot knife through butter. Love the snap out of the turns. A great carver on the groomed. Easy to ski in the shorter lengths. Love this ski in a backcountry/randonne set-up.

Similar Products Used:
Voalnt Chubb
K2 Big Kahuna
RD Helidog II


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Review Date
March 29, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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Reviewed by: Todd ,  DoubleDiamond , from Manhattan Beach, CA USA

Summary:
I ride these skis in a 180 length, and my wife in a 165. They are the best thing since sliced bread... they perform really well in the powder- floatation is more than adequate for my weight (165lbs) and the soft shovel makes the ski turn really easily. They ride the packed powder on groomed runs better than they should & make "mash potatoes" and crud a breeze. As the snow turns harder, the skis start to buck you around a bit as would be expected with virtually any powder ski.

Many people consider these skis "wide" for powder skis, however it has been my experience that heavier skiers might consider going up to an even wider ski (possibly from Atomic) or a little longer length- especially if they plan on skiing deep powder.

This year, I switched my boots from Rossignol Course KX's to softer Rossignol Race 2's; softening up the boot made the Olin's more responsive and more fun to ride, especially when in "cruise" mode. I have Marker M51 Graphite bindings mounted with the 100mm brake, and they seem to match the ski well.

Bottom line is that I have had so much fun with these in the powder, that skiing on groomers with conventional skis seems hum-drum.


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