Dimensions: 126/93/114....... Lengths 177, 185....WWeight:
4.0 kg, 8.8 lbs (185 pair)
January, 2005-- We've
spent more than a dozen days on the Revs now, at the ski area
as well as touring for backcountry turns. In that time we have
been fortunate to experience everything from waist-deep, light
powder to hardpack, and almost everything in between. We've broken
trail in up to a foot of fresh and racked up many, many thousands
of vertical feet off the top of our local area's 11,053 foot
The Reverends are wood core skis with a
vertical sidewalls, tapering to cap construction near the tips
and tails. This approach to sidewall design attempts to combine
the superior edge hold characteristics of a vertical sidewall
ski, with the torsional rigidity of a cap ski at the ends where
its needed most. G3 builds the Reverends using tri-axial braided
glass cloth and sintered P-tex 6000 bases.
The Revs are medium stiff, a little stiffer
than Karhu Jaks, but close in stiffness to the Rossi Bandit XXX/T4.
Flex is quite round, but to us it felt as though the tails were
a little more stiff than the ski forebody, giving the Revs a
nice, predictable amount of snap out of the turn.
We tested the 185 model and for their length
and dimension they were surprisingly faster edge to edge than
other skis in their class. This is likely due to the Reverends
relative lightweight for its type: a half pound lighter per pair
than 180 Jaks, and three quarters of pound lighter than Rossi's
With 33 millimeters of sidecut, the Reverends
walk the line very well between between too much and too little.
One of the criticisms we had of the T4s last year was, that with
just 28 millimeters of sidecut, they required a lot more foot
steering, and were considerably more work than what we were used
to. Not so the Revs, these are easy turning skis that love to
make medium to short radius turns, but with a wide-cut tail that
lets you out of the turn nicely, without ever getting hooky.
In powder we found the Revs to be equally
at home making long, surfy turns, tracking confidently down the
mountain. As would be expected from a ski of its size, the Reverends
have lots of float, giving the rider that deep powder sensation,
even in the not-so-deep. G3 ski designer Paul Parker has found
a nice balance of weight-to-stability with the Revs. As indicated
above, they are not as heavy as most of skis in their class but
they lose none of the stability usually associated with heavier
boards. These skis really shine in untracked fluff, but stick
with you later in the day as the mountain gets cut up. Backcountry
variable snow performance was equally as impressive.
Hardpack? Well, that's not really what
the Rev is all about, but like some other the top of the line
way-fat skis, they do a pretty decent job with a little feathering
at the end of the turn and with big boots. The Jaks were the
first really fat tele boards to demonstrate that skis of this
type could be versatile enough to be used as a one-ski quiver,
but based on our experience the Reverends have the edge in hardpack
These are big boards designed to be ridden
hard, so most skiers will probably want to match them with big
boots, though in the backcountry we found plenty of love driving
the Revs with Garmont Syner-Gs. They were enough boot, but we
would not recommend going to a much lighter model, even for longer
tours. The Reverends are a ski that you will naturally want to
be aggressive with, and boots that can keep up would seem mandatory.
One other note: the tips of the Revs are fairlry low profile,
yet we had no trouble breaking trail in fresh snow. Their tips
are so broad that they ride up and over the snow quite nicely.
Versatile, confident and a hell of
a lot of fun, right out of the box G3 has gone and produced a
strong candidate for fat tele ski of the year. The Reverends
are nothing less than a triumphant return for Paul Parker, as
well as a startlingly sweet entry into the world of ski manufacturing
for Oliver Steffen and the G3 crew.
Well, what can we say? A solid two-tips up for the Reverends.
These skis were a bit of a surprise. With the Paul Parker connection,
we went into the testing cycle of all the new G3 skis expecting,
maybe subconsciously at least, boards that would resemble in
some way the late Tua line that never made it to the shelves,
nope, not at all. Not even close. The Reverends are far and away
superior in every way to anything Parker has been connected with
previously, raising the bar across the board on this class of
ski. Frankly, we were most surprised by the maturity (for
lack of a better word) of the entire line, but particularly the
Reverends They just don't feel at all like anybody's first-year