The Final Opinion 118 is our widest ski and the ideal choice for deep powder days in the Alps, North America, or your bucket-list trip to Japan. It floats like a dream in waist-deep powder while at the same time being surprisingly versatile for a ski its size. Smeary turns in slushy spring snow? No problem. Tracked out powder? Bring it, please.
The Opinion was originally created together with hundreds of enthusiastic skiers at the freeride.se ski forums in a unique development process were we simply tasked them with designing the ultimate freeride ski. The Final Opinion 118 is the fourth generation of this classic ski with a lighter construction and a further refined rocker profile, something that has given the ski an even more playful and buttery character.
The construction is based on a wood core made from snappy poplar wood and lightweight paulownia. We use the ultralight space technology material Tubecomb in the tip and tail to minimize the swing weight. The tapered sidecut works in harmony with the long and low rocker profile in the tip and tail, and creates a ski with fantastic floatation in powder and an incredibly smooth feeling when turning in all snow conditions, no matter if you’re carving or skidding.
The Final Opinion 118 is a ski for the best ski days of your life, the kind of days to remember forever.
Poplar/paulownia wood core
Our light-weight skis are made from a knot free, vertically laminated wood core of snappy poplar and light-weight paulownia. This combination of wood gives a playful, lively and nimble character of the skis. A CNC-milled and integrated 55x650 mm wood plate of beech secures the mounting of the binding.
To reduce the swing weight of a pair of skis we use the ultra-light material Tubecomb in tip and tail. These cylindrical tube structures were invented for the aerospace industry as the ultimate energy and vibrations absorber. These properties of the material, in combination with its light weight, is the reason for using Tubecomb in our skis.
Race rubber dampening
To minimize vibrations in hard snow conditions, such as icy slopes and wind packed off-piste, we use 1,5 mm race rubber dampening in the tip and tail from Austrian Haberkorn GmbH. We also use 0,2 mm rubberfoil in the skis to further strengthen the construction and increase bonding between different materials.
Prepreg glass fiber
We are quite unique to use dry Prepreg epoxy resins instead of letting our employees handle liquid epoxy when building skis, which is otherwise practice in the ski industry. Our glass fiber rolls come industrially impregnated with HexPly M78 from our supplier Hexcel, a world-leading producer of advanced composite material for the aerospace industry. This results in a dry, safe and great work environment for our ski builders and significantly increases the quality of the skis.
Austrian race base
We like to ski fast! Therefore, we use highest quality Isospeed 7515 race bases from Austrian Isosport GmbH. These running bases are made of ultra-high density polyethylene with high quality graphite for best gliding properties in a wide range of conditions.
Extra thick steel edges
For maximum durability of our skis, we purchase one piece steel edges from the well renowned Waelzholz GmbH, who have manufactured steel edges in Germany for over 50 years. We use their extra thick and durable Profile 132 that is 2,3 mm high and 2,2 mm wide for all models except Fusion 95 Carbon Ultra, where we use a 1,9 mm high and 1,5 mm wide edge to minimize weight.
Extra wide ABS sidewall
For maximum durability of our skis, we use extra wide 8,5 mm ID 2500 ABS sidewalls from Austrian Isosport GmbH (compared to the ski industry standard width of 5-6 mm).
For best wear performance and abrasion resistance, we use sublimated 0,55 mm Isocap ICP 8210 top sheets with structured surface from Austrian Isosport GmbH.