J Skis The Friend - 2019 Indie Ski - Ski Mag

J Skis The Friend

2019 Men's Indie Ski
The Friend
Price $749.00

Specs

Overall Rating 4.14 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (in Millimeters) 143-117-133
Lengths (in Centimeters) 177, 183, 189
Radius (in Meters) 18.5
Flotation 4.6 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability 3.7 / 5

 

Playfulness 3.9 / 5
Forgiveness 4 / 5
Hard Snow Performance 3.6 / 5
Crud Performance 4.3 / 5
Balance of Skills 3.9 / 5
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Recently, both indie and mainstream brands’ powder skis have gotten skinnier
and more versatile while sacrificing deep-day performance. The Friend takes the opposite approach but remained just as versatile as any powder ski. Builder Jason Levinthal completely redesigned The Friend for 2018-19 with an extra 3mm underfoot and tightened up its turn radius to 18.5 meters. Testers loved zooming The Friend around on fresh snow, groomed, and everything in between. 

Strength: Stability at Speed, Overall Impression 

Weakness: Quickness 

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