This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
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Despite the full rocker build, the Daemon holds an edge extremely well. Between that and the snappy turns it can pump out no matter the speed, this ski is definitely one of my favorites! The Daemon is also playful enough for a intermediate level skier, but can hold up to the demands of experts as well.
The Daemon is a surprising ski. It is a fully reverse cambered narrow-ish ski, which at first seems a bit odd. What I soon realized is that this stiff, metal infused ski can hold an unbelievable edge when asked too, but is awesome at quickly pivoting and shutting down speed. The Daemon is a fantastic option for a west coast one ski quiver.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
Check out the women's edition of our Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 here.
If you don't already, you should know a few things about the male skier(s) in your life. First, when it seems like they have enough gear, they don't. Second, the holidays are the one time of year when they're deluded enough to actually believe their "wants" carry as much weight as their "needs." And third: They will love you just for caring enough to research the skiing world's hottest gift items with them in mind—but they'll love you even more if they find one in a box in December.
So here's your guide to the holiday season, with insight from three of our lovably stereotypical ski-ployees.
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2020 Black Crows Daemon Description:
Now that the Volkl Mantra has returned to a cambered design, the Daemon carries the torch for skis around 100mm with metal and...wait for it...a reverse camber profile. Fully rockered skis were originally born as powder-only boards. But the Daemon unapologetically takes that profile into the world of all-mountain skis and dares more traditional skis to keep up. It's the kind of ski that is easy to make assumptions about, from guessing that it can't hold a good edge to thinking it must be too aggressive for most skiers. Our testers would disagree on both counts. The Daemon carves surprisingly well, holding a solid edge at borderline unsafe speeds. But far from demanding that you drive it hard or suffer the consequences, the ski handles intuitively at all speeds, thanks to its ability to easy begin and finish turns plus its pivoting prowess. Compared to the old Mantra during its full-rocker days, the Daemon is far more playful. But it still blows apart crud and whizzes past slow signs with supernatural ability. Go ahead and be different.
2020 Black Crows Daemon Specs:
|Weight:||3620 grams (per pair for size 170cm) Learn more about ski weights|