The Highball is an all-parts fun, high-test recipe. A progressive, sweet rise camber mixes full-length rocker for soft snow conditions, with a camber that's precisely tuned for increased edge pressure on firmer snow. The result is a big freeride ski that turns effortlessly in a wide range of conditions. On its edge the camber line maximizes the ski's ability to carve, while in soft snow the full length rocker lets you butter any line.
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Review 1 for G3 Highball
Gear Style: Performance Driven
Describe Yourself: Recreational
Insanely versatile for such a big plank!
Date:February 21, 2012
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For reference, I'm an advanced skier who skis backcountry 95% of the time. I'm driving the 190 cm Highballs with G3 Onyx mounted dead centre. I also regularly ski Dynafit Manaslus for ski-mountaining and long tours, and I just came off the G3 Fever. I've skied many other similar skis to the Highball, such as the Rossi Super 7s, BD Zealot and Volkl Katana.
But to the point: The Highballs are just mind-blowing! I have been out on them 6 times in the backcountry in many different conditions, and once at Seymour on the groomers, and they just continue to amaze every time. On wide open slopes they just destroy. And they are somehow just like racing skis on the groomers.
Yesterday we were skiing 45-50 degree pitches where the snow had sloughed and then consolidated, and you didn't really want to mess up. The Titinal underfoot made sure the Highballs just ate that crud for lunch. Then we hit some trees with deep powder and pillows galore. The Highballs are awesome in tight trees due to the full-rocker shape that allows you to make tight smear turns and scrub off speed really quickly-- my 190s feel more like a 180 in the trees and I never feel out of control. In deep powder they are just amazing--The tails don't hook like S7s and you never get tip dive. You can just open it up and rail.
And when jumping pillows and small cliffs they just provide the best landing platform-- they just suck up impacts and let you ski out the landing with confidence. The Highballs are just super playful- you can pop up so easily, and skiing and landing switch is fairly easy. I also want to jib everything in sight now due to the rocker shape!
I like the Highballs better then the Rossi Super 7s for sure just because the tail doesn't hook and the tails don't wash out on you when you get in the back seat. The only thing to be aware of is that this is a full-rocker ski: these monsters are born to just open it up. So if you are skiing steep spines or slopes, they will get sideways on you if you let them and you will slide sideways down the slope a bit . But that is how they are designed, so this is not a knock on these skis. Really it gives you good control if you want to ease up and carefully negotiate steep terrain. But really these skis are designed to turn down the fall-line full throttle.
The engineers really nailed it with this ski-- full credit to them! If you want a big mountain gun, that somehow makes tight trees seem easy, then this is the ski! This ski really deserves to get more attention. I honestly feel it is better than the Rossi Super 7s and that is supposed to be the "best" big mountain gun out there. It is not as stiff as the Katanas, but the Katanas have a full metal top sheet that make them not nearly as nice as the Highball to lug up the mountain. I personally didn't feel the Highballs lacked in the stiffness department-- they just inspire confidence for me. Bottom line-- get on these skis and you will not be disappointed!
Super fun skis in any kind of soft snow, be it powder, crud or corn. These are big stable boards. I found the full rocker almost makes them very easy to pivot around and turn and I find I can vary the turn shape a lot, especially in the soft stuff. They are easy to ski in tight trees, yet you can let them run in the wide open. They are super stable at speed, and they feel like a really solid platform when carving turns in soft snow and cut up crud. On the groomers, they carve and hold and edge surprisingly well, especially if you let them run in more GS like turns. I've toured with them too, and they're light enough for day trips or laps in the Whistler backcountry, but I am not sure I would take them on multi-day trip, they're just a little heavier than my quads can handle.
Bottom line is that they've become my go-to ski for any resort day, and some touring days as I'm confident that I can tackle any conditions with the skis.