I reviewed over a dozen ski models to replace my AT boards. I was looking for a waist around 100mm, give or take a few millimeters. I wanted something light weight, with some rocker. I I live & ski in the East, but spend a considerable amount of time in Utah. I got these skis for use only in the West, & when I'm done using them, they remain at my son's place in Utah. I never intended on using these skis on frontside slopes. However, I had the opportunity to ski the Monarchs in a foot of powder one day at The Canyons. I skied a full day, on the trails & in the woods. I could not believe how much fun these skis were. I was really blown away how great they performed in the bumps. Having skied for nearly 50 years, that day at The Canyons ripping up the bumps on the Monarchs was a day that I will not forget. I have them set up w/ Marker Dukes & use Dalbella Virus Free boots, & G3 skins w/ "tip clips" on tip & tail. I am considering purchasing another pair & mounting regular bindings for use inbounds. I have not decided weather or not to try them at home on our Eastern ice, however I really do not think they will like our "loud powder". Finally, the Monarchs definitely have a unique, distinct look, like no other ski I have ever owned.
(Posted on 2/27/12)