This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
The Origin 96 by Liberty is one of the most fun, playful, and versatile skis I have ever been on. This happens to be one model that you can call a "one ski quiver," for western skiers. If you spend a majority of your time off trail and don't really like to ski groomed terrain, it might be worth checking out the 96's big brother- the Origin 106.
The Origin 96 overall is on the soft side, no metal, but a very even flex throughout the ski. I think this ski is at its best in tight turning spaces like moguls and trees but can certainly handle the whole mountain. The bamboo construction makes this one of the most lively and poppy skis out there. It feels as if the liveliness of this ski helps you bounce in rhythm in and out of moguls and trees. I can tell you from experience, this ski can rip a groomer with power and performance also. No, its not going to be as solid and stable as a GS race ski but it does the job just fine for me. Powder performance is all relative, right? If you are used to a 70mm underfoot straight ski from the 80's, this Origin 96 is going to feel like the best pow ski of all time. If you are the type of person who can own multiple pairs of skis, this would be a great all mountain option with perhaps a powder ski compliment also in your quiver (perhaps the Origin 116)!
In Depth Staff Reviews:
Liberty Skis: poppy, playful, evolving.
Liberty has enjoyed massive success with their playful, lively, freeride series: the Origins. For years, these do-it-all skis have made a flawless one-ski quiver for western skiers. With the Origins well-established on the freeride scene, Liberty looks to grow their all-mountain/frontside presence with their built-to-rip V Series and the new VMT Evolv.
2020 Liberty Skis Preview: The Origin and Genesis Lines
- Liberty revised the men's Origin 106 and women's Genesis 106. They dropped the tip profile on both skis, which will make them easier to turn, but still schmear-y as ever. With a ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
Highlights from the 2019 Liberty skis lineup:
V for VMT
Liberty's 2019 line looks great, and their new series of stiff charging skis are a big reason for it. The V76, V82, and V92 incorporate innovative new construction for the Colorado-based company—Vertical Metal Technology (VMT).
In all three skis, metal struts are laid vertically between bamboo and poplar in the bases to provide dampness and stability without adding a bunch of weight. Metal tips and tails offer increased durability, while spring steel plates underfoot aid power transmission and flex. Carbon throughout offers more stability and ... Continue Reading
2019 Liberty Origin 96 Description:
Back for 2019 with just a few small updates, the Origin 96 continues to have more awards than Meryl Streep. With a little bit less rocker, the Origin 96 has better contact making it more stable at speeds and better at busting through variable conditions. With the same core construction made up of bamboo, poplar wood, and carbon fiber this ski is as fun as it is durable. Liberty's stealth rocker gives you 20% rocker in the tip and 10% in tails allowing you to conquer the moguls, trees, and powder, and everything in between. If you enjoy a playful, yet incredibly versatile ski, put the origin on your wishlist.
2019 Liberty Origin 96 Specs: