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Review: 191 ON3P Caylor

About me: 19 years old, on skis as soon as I could walk. 5'7", 160lbs. skied 100+ days a year for the past 5 years, this year was 126 days, 85 of which were consecutive. And about 100 of those days were on these Caylors.
I like to ski fast, through tight trees, on steep shit, billy goating in the most sketchy places I can get into, in the air as much as possible, finding trannys, bonking trees, dropping cliffs, doing spinny flippy jibby stuff whenever I can - check out my videos to get an idea.
I have experience on skis such as - 179 K2 Hellbent, 190 Moment Ruby, 179 K2 Fujative, 186 Dynastar Big Trouble, 186 Moment Donner Party, 185 Elan pieces of shit, 186 OG Raceroom Legend Pro, 184 Salomon Rocker 2 protos (softer than production), 194 Surface New Life, 191 Surface Live Life, 194 Fatty Puss Dsender.

First Glance: graphics are pretty weird. not ugly or anything, mouths and eyes always looking at me just creep me out a bit. edges are huge, bigger than any other skis I've compared them to. Sick base structure. Rocker profile and shape look sick, both skis are the same. Overall first impression - bomber looks.

On snow:

Pow - amazing! as expected, they rip pow and chopped pow super fast. Rocker makes them very maneuverable, nimble, and easy to ski in tight trees while the stiffish flex keeps them stable enough to stomp airs and haul ass. They like to be in the air, and have a phenomenal POP. Awesome ski for ripping around and popping off everything finding trannys. I skied a couple runs switch in some deep pow, and they killed it. Not as pivoty in the trees as the Donner Partys or Rocker 2s, but it's not enough to slow me down. Very confidence inspiring when hauling ass in the soft stuff.

Groomed - Pretty good actually, it took me a couple days to get used to them on groomers coming from the stiffer and fully cambered Ruby, but soon enough I got em rolling. They carve trenches as long as it isn't straight up ice. The tips do flap a bit at speed but it's not a big deal, nowhere near as bad as the Hellbent or Rocker 2. I did the good old fashioned test of straight lining all the steep groomers at Red, and felt totally confident on them (obviously I'd rather be on a cambered ski for this).

Used up pow / variable snow - they do it really well, I have no problems hauling ass and popping around, but I think a bit of taper or maybe a shark nose style tip like the new Wrens along with a mellower tip curve (like the 2011/2012 ON3Ps) would make them a bit better at slicing through funky crusts and weird snow rather than getting deflected which happens on occasion. I'm sure the new rocker profiles on the 2011/2012 skis with help a lot with this.

Completely skied out off piste - not that sick. i can ski them just fine on skied out runs, but I'd definitely rather be on something with less rocker. they do a great job for how much rocker they have though, they hold an edge well, but get deflected quite a bit on bumpy, hard off piste shit.

Air - this is a big ski, but being mounted close to center they have a stable swing weight, I whipped around a few 7's with no problem and back flipped like there's no tomorrow. Being wide, with a medium/stiff flex and ample rocker, they STOMP forwards and backwards in all sorts of conditions. better than any other ski I've been on but comparable to the 194 New Life. once again VERY confidence inspiring.

Durability - BOMBER. I did manage to break the tip on one ski in a very odd incident that involved the tip of that ski absorbing most of the energy from me dropping 10ish feet to a dead stop on a side hill. never the less, I emailed Scott to find out the best way to fix them and now he is hooking me up with a replacement pair. He's the man! Despite that one small hiccup, this skis have held up better than any other ski I've put this much time on and put to work this hard. I spent about 100 days on the Caylors this winter pushing them super hard everyday, and the bases have a couple small scratches - nothing close to a core shot. The edges have no cracks after stomping on rocks from pretty high up. the top sheets have very minimal chipping, and they'd be full of life if I didn't make dumb spur of the moment decisions and break the tip.

Sparknotes: This is my favourite ski I've ever been on. Once I got these I stopped riding my other skis. Huge thanks to Scott, Rowen, and Kip for putting together some amazing skis!
Check out their website too see their next year's line of skis and preorder them from $100-$150 off regular price!

Here's some POV of the Caylors in their element.


Backflip(s) of the Week

Here are two little backflips from February. At the beginning of this ski season a few of us decided to count our bflips to see who could get the most throughout the season. Unfortunately I was the only one who actually counted past the first couple weeks. my total = 113. only 87 short of my goal of 200.


The Mountain

This montage of timelapses from Spain is ridiculous, it was done during a Sahara sandstorm which created all the pretty golden colours. I still don't understand how he managed to get such in depth images of the milky way. He must have cranked something in post to make it look like that because I've shot long exposures of stars a bunch of times and have never gotten anything close to that.  Enjoy


Pep Fujas is a BOSS

A couple days ago Pep dropped his self edit from last season. Not only is the filming/editing on point, but the skiing is ridiculous like usual(spining both ways off spines and other bc features, a legit flat 3 that doesn't go upside down, capped blunts, and that wild double). I just love how smooth, simplistic, and clean his skiing is.


The Powder Highway

In March, Vance Shaw swung through town for a couple days to film Mike for his movie "The  Powder Highway".  I tagged along for a day full of bootpacking and only one full run on Mt. Roberts.  We managed to get a couple mellow shots though, two of me (wearing Mike's pretty blue jacket) and one of Mike are in this little minisode.  Check out the movie this fall, maybe I'll have a shot! haha.

Riding The Lifts Episode 7: The Powder Highway from Vshaw Productions on Vimeo.


The Sagan Series

From wikipedia - "Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in the space and natural sciences. During his lifetime, he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books."
I'm pretty stoked on space and the universe right now, and I love how these videos put a perspective on things.

I would loved to have met this guy. Listen to his voice, I can just tell he was a major pimp. These videos of "The Sagan Series" seem to be mostly footage from the HOME project (which I have posted on here multiple times, and everyone should take the time to watch - it's incredible.) that is narrated by some of Carl's old readings.

Once again, I encourage everybody who may be reading this to invest the time to watch HOME - it has some of the most amazing and stunning cinematography I've ever seen, and conveys what I think is an important message.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo

"Internationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes his feature directorial debut with this environmentally conscious documentary produced by Luc Besson, and narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, Home presents the many wonders of planet Earth from an entirely aerial perspective. As such, we are afforded the unique opportunity to witness our changing environment from an entirely new vantage point. In our 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has hopelessly upset Mother Nature's delicate balance. Some experts claim that we have less than ten years to change our patterns of consumption and reverse the trend before the damage is irreversible. Produced to inspire action and encourage thoughtful debate, Home poses the prospect that unless we act quickly, we risk losing the only home we may ever have."

Watch it full screen in HD if you want to be blown away.
seriously, WATCH IT!


I love road trips!

I wish I could have gone on this one! -

I had to unembed the video because the autoplay would become very annoying as the post got pushed down the page, especially in conjunction with other autoplay videos.  Not stoked on vimeo for this.  I guess from now on, I'll embed autoplay videos until I post something newer.

4/6/11 Mixtape Vol. 3

This is such a well put together edit of a great mix of skiing. I'm really stoked on their other mixtapes, but this one takes the cake by far.
Jammin tunes + pow n' pillows + raw urban =

autoplay is super annoying... click the link to watch the video.  complain to vimeo while you're at it too.