anrothar wrote:I weigh around 210 at 6'3" and am on the 205 Eon. I've been using them with NNNBC Magnums, modified to prevent freezing up, the entire time, but am about to switch them over to AT toe pieces and chopped at boots, which is what I have on the Pellestovas, Sierras and SBounds. At size 49, I've found the sturdeist Rossignol and Alpina boots to be too easily twisted in the forefoot in comparison. The AT toepiece setup, with properly cut down boots, weighs less, turns infinitely better, skates better and k & g's about as well.
Mind going into some detail (picture perhaps) outlining this. Never heard of this before and it sound intriguing.
anrothar wrote:Snowmobile trails:
They do fine, but are slow. I'll use them for situations where I'll be off trail or breaking trail for a significant portion of the trip. I mostly prefer to be on the Pellestovas for snowmobile trails.
Agree with you. Don't really like much like skiing them at all, but when I do, I prefer DC (except if you can find a nice hilly trail, then it's almost like skiing on a resort groomer).
Did a test earlier this winter to get an idea of how the waxless Eons glided on different snow relative to a wax ski. 'Twas surprisingly similar breaking through a few inches of fresh, but as soon as it was packed down hard, the difference was a lot more stark. Also DC seems to make a much bigger difference there IMO.
They do well as long as it isn't too twisty and doesn't have too many steep climbs where the length is prohibitive. The Sierras are much, much better for singletrack. In fact, I would say they're almost the ideal singletrack ski.
Interested in where the Sierra falls in between this and the S98. I find the S98 to be a very good ST ski, mainly due to it's turn and immense grip. The Eon is OK, it just can't get up steep hills as well.
anrothar wrote:Skier set trails in the backcountry:
They work well for this, and this is closer to their ideal use. They glide reasonably quickly, especially in a kick-double pole.
Agree 100%. It's pretty much what I've thought of them as. Here in the east I see a lot of people using this ski, or something like the Fischer S Bound 78 for this type of XCd. It's typically what I'd use, but if it's a graded trail, like an old logging road or jeep trail, without any steep pitches, I'd rather use a skinnier, double camber ski.
anrothar wrote:VS SBound 98: Eons are faster everywhere less float and turning is required. The SBounds float better and turn faster, as you would expect with the wider and shorter skis. SBounds climb almost as well as Eons with BD kicker skins. The SBound fishscales climb better than any others I've tried.
Again, agree with you all around. Perhaps it's not that the Eons are not terrible climbers, but that the Offtrack Crown is a really, really good waxless pattern. It spoiled me a lot and convinced me that the S Bound 78 was a better ski for my quiver than the Eon.