So I'm riding the 2009 A-Lottas up here in Tahoe. It's March 21, 2011 right now and I don't know if you've seen the snow reports...um, but it's been snowing a little-I think last weeks total was 65-70". In between lift rides where I'm forced to answer questions, from the 40 something who switched from skiing to snowboarding to be "cool", regarding why I just don't snowboard with skis that big-the obvious differences between snowboarding and skiing alluding them-I have been riding some classic Sierra tree powder. These skis are like supermodels strapped to my feet! They are beautiful and I will ride them anywhere. The skis ride the tightest spaced trees with ease, and when I get greedy and end up stuck up to my chest in a gully-they're still light enough for me to stomp out an exit. You guys made the fat chick that is not only fun to ride-you want your friends to see. Well I love you guys and my skis. I tell everyone who asks about them just to buy a pair and ride them (like a supermodel). I'm hoping to find enough cash before next season to buy a pair of the rocker or early rise Allotas. As much as I wish for both, I'll be happy to afford one pair. Any commentary on the difference in the ways each ride compared to the originals? Well thanks again for the sexiest skis I've ever ridden.
2 superhero seasons and counting,
Dude, those skis are the greatest thing I've ever slid on, I got to ski them on 24" of heavy snow, felt like butter, then 36" of blower, they floated through everything, no ice, but I can see that they would hold a rail!!!!! You are the man for coming up with this design, lots of people gave me shit for skiing with something bigger than water skis, I asked them if they wanted to try them, they were all scared!!!
Great job, thanks!
Hi, I bought the A-Lotta 180cm. What a ski; they stomp the powder and what surprised me and the rest of the resort was the way they handled the groomers, ice, crud and slush (European style). Couldnt believe that a ski with 140mm under foot could be so versatile. Leaps ahead of my old Mantras which were like steering trees.
My name is Tim, I stopped by your place last summer and picked up a couple of pairs of 2009 Alottas. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know what a great experience I had with them this past weekend. A few friends and I made a trip to Wolf Creek to get some of that POW they were getting hammered with. I have never ripped so hard or enjoyed myself in the POW as much as I did this past weekend, thanks to my new boards! I felt SUPER confident on the steeps and was simply shocked on how tight I could rip in the trees with such a FAT ski, AMAZING! A+++ to Fat-ypus!!!!!
Fat-ypus: I have been a ski fanatic now for 20 plus years, every year or two a new ski will come out and boost the performance factor, that said, I decided to answer the question about the hype on your boards that I read in resent ski mags. So I took off with an a-lotta a d-sender plus several other top skis. Powder test on the a-lotta is off the chart fun; tight in the trees, wide open on faces, and builds confidence for steeps, defiantly the best pow board I have ever ridden. Now to wind blown crud, this is where most people hack, including me, this is where the d-sender changed all that. It made go home conditions extremely do able. That said, I felt a high level of control and seemed to excel to the point that my performance level is peaking. Fun factor high, game on!
I just guided Ryan and Josh up at Mica heli skiing. I have to tell you before Josh and Ryan showed up the pair of your A-lotta skis sat in our ski shop getting dusty. The boys (Josh & Ryan) had to sell me very hard on your skis. I thought that there was no way that a ski that wide could really be a good all mountain ski. I was wrong. It is the best all mountain ski for soft snow conditions. It is the only ski that I ski on now at the lodge with the exception of the days that I have to share them with guests.
I am a professionally certified ski guide with the Association of Canadian mountain guides. I have been ski touring and ski mountaineering all over western Canada for close to 15 years and have been guiding for eight. I ski well over 100 to 125 days a year. Currently I am one of the lead guides at mica heli and have exposure to over 300 heli ski guests per year.
I would love to ski on the A-Lotta and the D-Sender next season.
Mica Creek Heli Ski
All I can say is thank you, wow. Damn did I had the right skis for the job on Saturday, the guides and even the boarders were jealous of the a-lottas, a great feeling to be sportin the fattest boards in the rack. the snow proved to be steep and deep, i knew i caught the weather well but never expected the 2'-5' of untracked pow i got into. it was perfect bluebird, 25 degrees out, got into all kind of fun runs. sessioned off a kicker some, mobbed down the cat tracks full-out, 50 degree ice crust, 4' face shots, crazy straightlines...landed my biggest drop ever with ease. You have a very satisfied customer here! powder skiing better than i imagined it could be. much thanks.
Keep in touch if you ever need anything in Alaska, if you guys need an AK rep or photo shoot pack boy or crash pad, hit me up. Looking forward to showing off the new skis more and seeing you guys grow and prosper.
Those skis kick ass. Fisrt day on them today and it was the best snow of the year in CB. I'm totaly pumped. People were already telling me they want to get them for next year. I can't wait to get them up to pemberton.
Just wanted to drop you a note. The skis are just great! Took um down to Silverton 2 weeks ago, and I don't know if I've had a better time in my life. Many (or not so many) great turns had at Berthoud already too! Nothing's ever been quite as worth the wait.
Thanks a lot,
I just wanted to say thanks for designing and producing such great skis! I mounted the I-Rocks with Dynafit bindings and I have never enjoyed a ski or a day of skiing as much as yesterday. I look down the slope with a completely different attitude with these skis on and I feel like I can ski as well as my brain knows how to. They are just incredible! Clearly I have to sell everything else I own (because all of my other skis can't hold a candle to the I-Rocks) and get ready for the next step up in a pair of Alottas. These skis were a super purchase for me and have me super stoked to ski ever better. Everyone was asking me about them, and all I could do was smile and tell them to hurry and get on board! I hope you become a millionaire.
Rode the i rock rockers for two days in Mammoth - OMG ! these suckers, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH rock !
As promised, I am writing you after the first three days on the I-Rocks. They really rock and I must tell you that I had to ski them in the conditions that they were least made for: iced groomers, frozen marmelade, frozen moguls. I still cannot understand how you have succeeded to make a ski that wide that carves on groomers like this one does… I am amazed by how much the ski appreciates a forward leaning position. They carve, turn on a dime and whenever they hit something like powder or marmelade they are the smoothest thing.
I´m going to speak about the I-rock like a true mormon:
- Holy Jesus fucking christ what an awesomw ski. For Swedish conditions, this is the ultimate ski. So, thank you for thinking outside the box.
Jesper from the Swedish mountains
I finally got the opportunity to try out the I-Rocks yesterday at Loveland. They got about 4 inches of new snow, not exactly what California's been getting but it wasn't bad. I also brought along my 08/09 Moment Bibby Pros so that my buddy Pat could also ride the I-Rocks.
The skis definitely exceeded my expectations (and my buddy's expectations) on all areas of the mountain and in all conditions! I was surprised how well they handled on the groomed trails which included hardpack, chopped up crud, crust, etc. What I liked the most is that the skis absorbed most of the shock while skiing. Very nice damp, yet lively feel compared to my Bibbys.
We also made our way over to some steeper powder fields off of Lift 8. I couldn't believe the float I was getting! Also, while going down the mountain with speed, I was still able to make S turns in the powder which I have never been able to do. Skiing in the powder felt like a Sunday walk in the park! It was amazing! The light weight of the ski also helped to reduce fatigue and quad burn that I normally have at the end of the day on my other skis! I felt virtually no swing weight when going through the powder areas. I kept saying to myself how I had an "unfair advantage" over everyone else skiing that day!
I personally like the center-mounted feel of the ski and the low-rise rocker profile. The ski has the perfect amount of camber that I was looking for and the amount of rockering in the tip and tail were perfect and more than most skis I have been looking at.
My buddy really enjoyed the performance of the I-Rock also. So much in fact that he may be contacting you shortly with questions about a 186 I-Rock Flat Tail. He is looking for a mount that is back off center a bit and to get the flat tail to avoid "wash out" which he experienced on the full rockered ski a few times.
Overall, an amazing experience which will allow me to go with the I-Rock as my 1-ski quiver! Thanks so much for creating this great ski! Keep up the good work!
I-Rock FT Reviews
Just wanted to say thanks for designing such a sick ski! I got the I-Rock FT and it is a great ski. Pow, crud, groomers, whatever....it rocks everywhere. You told me it would straighline with the best of them and you are right; no wobbles, no hooking, and no tail wash out. Bottom line is the I Rock FT is just a fantastic ski! I tell everybody at Crystal Mtn. (Washington) to buy them. Hope you had a great year and a great year coming up!
Ok so just when I thought I couldn't like a ski more than the Alottas or the Desenders... WOW!!! People were snickering here in the East that they'd be great if I never turned... I showed them! They held and edge better than any race ski I've ever been on!
Thanks! :) T
176 I-Rock FT
I'm sure you don't remember,but I'm the guy you sent a pair of 194 D-Senders to my brothers place in Orting,WA when I wanted to ski for the first time on them at Crystal. After 2 seasons of as many days as my time will allow,I've come to the conclusion that the D-Senders are everything you say about them and more!! I taught the Advanced Ski Clinics at Squaw for years and these skis are absolutely awesome! Extremely stable and just "the right amount" of dampness to them which is important to me. Just adds that much more to the ski. I can bi-sect dynamic turns onthem like they were a GS ski and then smoooth out in the DEEP. As far as durability, I hit a few things,but nothing to speak of as the edges are very resistant to nicks and hold a tune forever. Mine are 1&2 and mounted on the mark as per your instructions and perfecto!! Thanks Again for an unbelievable ski!!
I got to ski on the new D-senders that I recently purchased at Alta this past week in 2 feet of powder. I can only say that the are fantastic. Quick enough for the trees and float exceptionally well. Best ski I have skied on.
So while I was originally thinking that next season would be my first on the D-Senders I figured...why not bring them with me and at least have the bindings mounted onto them at the Footloose ski shop in Mammoth. So I did, then when I picked them up, the ski tech commented “all you need now is some powda”. So that day I took them out for a little cruise on the groomers just to see what they would be like and I was very happy with them.
The next day I wake up to a rare, late May, super dry, Alaska slider storm which had come in & had dropped 5-8 inches of powda in town which translates to about a foot on the mountain and because of the wind loading that mammoth has there were areas with a foot and a half of fresh. So I think, How fricking super lucky I am to have my D-Senders with me so I hit the slopes at 8:00 am when they open (midweek no one there) and I am getting first/fresh tracks on some late season sick pow. My pow skiing has reached a new level because off the D-senders. These boards are big mountain powda slayers and the deeper it is the better they ride. I am still smiling here at home 3 days after that trip.
THANK YOU again for making a fantastic ski that totally RIPS it…I am still laughing at how easy they are in the deeps/steeps! They truly are unfrickingbelievable skis designed so well with the early-rise tips and tails and I LOVE the 194 cm length. WOW!!
I'd just like to say thanks to you guys for making such a great ski. I don't think I have ever enjoyed skiing so much as riding some of this late season pow on the D-senders. The extra enjoyment the D-Senders added to my skiing made them worth every penny. I also can't believe how well the hold an edge on hard pack too. The skis are much more versatile than I thought they would be, I'm happy taking them out for some resort skiing even if there's only a few inches floating about, or just blasting through crud on them (I have never come across a ski which crushes crud so easily). Keep up the good work.
Went up to Crystal today and the D-senders performed fantastically as I hoped they would!! Plowed through everything and the 194 was extremely playful and quick turning. They were very easy to arc the groomers and were stable and smooth!! Thanks again for your help.
Overview of the D-Sender - I am a bit of a gear junkie and I have skied a bunch of all mountain/big mountain skis in the last year...Gotamas, Seths, Monster 103s, Supermojo 103s, Mantras, Blowers, B Squads, Sugar Daddys, Porohetes. I like some things about each of these skis and did not like some things about each. What I really like best about the DSender was that there was nothing I did not like. The D Sender does a lot of things really well. I would not say it is better than every ski out there at any one thing but, it is very, very good at pretty much everything. The DSender was very solid and grippy when the snow was hard. It carves a sweet round arc whether you are ripping groomers or negotiating mank or windbuff. It is quick enough to negotiate some deep tight slush bumps and strong enough to just blast through them. In the bits of pow I skied it seems to have excellent float...yup, I really liked this ski. Are there better straightlining skis...sure; better hucking skis...sure (not that I would know from experience since I am the ultimate white guy skier); skis that are more stable going mach looney through frozen chicken heads...sure...BUT, I have yet to find a ski that does so many things really well especially for my style (or lack thereof) and needs for an everyday ski.
3. BIG sweet spot - super easy to stay in the middle of the ski
4. Round turns...especially medium to long
5. Bomber construction - fat edges, tough bases and strong sidewalls
1. 112 under foot took some getting used to on the firm stuff...note to self - stay off firm stuff
2. Have to answer a lot of chairlift questions about waterskis and where is the powder...
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The ski was getting a lot of attention. Just to let you know this was the first ski I have ever paid above cost let alone full price, but I already know it is worth it. I am really excited about where the ski industry is going and want to support the local grass roots, ground floor companies such as fat-ypus (if you can find a moment you have to tell me how you got your name). I understand and respect turning an idea into reality, especially when it is bootstrapped. It takes a lot of balls.