Unleash your inner mountain goat on the new Big Horn 96 from Sego Ski Co. Sego are a rising star of the indie ski World, earning plenty of plaudits and customer respect.
Sure, there are mass produced skis aplenty with big marketing budgets to dominate social media space. But from their Idaho base Sego rely on local R & D that pays off.
Especially in a classic all-rounder model like the Big Horn 96.
Which raises the question are we over too fat? When it comes to all round widths that rock in powder and all over there’s an increasing argument to downsize underfoot.
Yep, just like a political candidate’s twitter trail coming back to bite them in the bum you could no doubt trawl our back issues to find me arguing the opposite – fat is good, bigger the better – over the past 20 years or so. Blowing out to 130s under foot on test missions, and riding a 122mm underfoot Rossi Squad 7 as #1 ski for a few seasons, had me convinced that was great.
Until stepping down a few sizes mainly to do more, and easier, back and side country skin missions, I rediscovered the versatility of sub-100mm waisted skis.
The fact is 96mm is a pretty sweet sweet spot for doing it all, especially if your diet varies through the year from whatever we get at home in OZ to Japow frenzy time. And if you love tree skiing a more manoeuvrable ski makes life easier when the trees get tight and/or the snow gets cruddier.
Enter Sego’s Big Horn 96 ready to rock the category. They’ve picked up a swag of awards in North America.
Featuring “moustache rocker” (equal at both ends) with a bit of camber in between as above, these symmetrical boards suit chargers who like to hit a feature or few, crush powder, and often find themselves ripping groomers as the available option.
Which sounds like skiing OZ or NZ, never mind a trip or several up north.
Toby Dames, head honcho at Australia’s indie ski brand specialists Blackbird, rates it as one of the best one-ski-quiver choices.
“From all the skis I’ve tried, this has to be one of the most proficient across our variable Australian conditions. They can lay GS trenches on autobahn turns down groomed runs with ease due to the cambered ski’s capacity to hold an edge.”
Freeskier Mag were similarly inspired up in America to give the Big Horn 96 an Editor’s Pick gong.
Apart from the actual ski benefits you will also get the looks and the questions on the lifts by standing out from the big-brand crowd.
Specs: 122-96-118mm profile, radius 19m @ 176cm, lengths 169, 167, 181, 187cm
more info and grab a pair at the indie ski specialists https://blkbrd.ski