Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews
For the last decade, Lynsey Dyer has reigned as one of the best big-mountain skiers in the world. The American has starred in ski movies, won big-mountain comps and has skied on six continents—and the Sego UP 108 is her ski. Dyer worked with Sego owner and chief designer, Peter Wells, to develop it to be her weapon of choice. With a poplar core and thick sidewalls for strength and power, the 108mm ski is happiest in soft snow, but has enough edge grip to go anywhere. It’s an example of Sego’s focus on women’s skis: “With Lynsey Dyer leading the charge, we are building some of the burliest, female-athlete-inspired freeride skis on the market,” the company says. ($899; segoskis.com)
SEGO UP 108
$899 * BEST FOR: A one-ski quiver for powder snobs.
LENGTHS: 159, 167, 174, 179 * RADIUS: 20@167 * SIDECUT: 133/108/124
If the rainbow graphics and unicorn on the tip and tail don’t get you, then the fun factor will. “There’s so much pop,” Clare Morrison reported after playing with the UP 108 in classic spring conditions at Whistler. “It’s light and easy to manoeuvre even though it has some width.” She found herself wanting to ski fast and jump off everything. No wonder: it was designed with input from pro ripper Linsey Dyer. As expected for a pro ski, it’s stiff and powerful. In open Whitewater terrain Caitlin Burge felt it was grippy and solid, charging through soft snow. But testers also liked its slower speed handling, impressive edge hold on firm snow and snappy edge-to-edge feel. “For such a wide ski underfoot, it turns on a dime,” said Burge. It’s well suited for a skier looking to ski faster in big terrain, powder and tight trees, but still have fun on the ride back for another lap.