The third step in the process is probably the best part... getting the final product in the mail, to hold and to feel in your hands. The dreaming is over and now its become reality! Due to Parlor's increased order load and POOR snow conditions on the East Coast, the production of the Dogy Down Kingfishers wwas pushed back just a tad. I officially received these beauties at the beginning of December 2015.
I have been doing a ton of research on what I hope will end up being the PERFECT East Coast backcountry ski. The waist width of 105 seems to be a great middle ground to provide plenty of float but also allows the ski to perform in variable conditions at a high level.
I arrived home late from working on a Tuesday, my day was especially busy and I had a lot on my mind. Usually my mind is easy to wander into the woods and away from my desk, but on this particular day between the many tasks on my desk, difficult clients and the impending second job of being a father that awaited me at home, I really didn't have time to think about skiing at all. I turned into my driveway and as my headlights lit up the front porch I noticed the box that was slender and around six feet tall. In that quick moment all my worries were shed and forgotten... for I had realized what I forgot for a moment... THE PARLORS HAVE ARRIVED!!
Opening this particular pair of skis felt truly different than other like shaped boxes unpacked in the past. This time it seemed more personal, like I had a more intimate relationship with this piece of equipment. As I stripped down the bubblewrap the most beautiful skis I have seen presented themselves! The skis were exactly as how Mark and I had talked about over the past month of many back and forth discussions and mock-ups. It was like looking at a newly finished sports car fresh out of the shop and ready for its maiden voyage.
As you can see this completes my 3 ski quiver and feel I have finally assembled the perfect arsenal. Eventually the plan would be to have all Parlors making up this 3 ski orgy ;)
The Line Up:
- G3 Empire Carbon 115, mounted with Dynafit Speed Turn bindings. This ski will serve primarily as a BIG powder day or very long touring day. They are extremely light and focus on some big mountain lines. Of course living on the East Coast, this ski just isn't a realistic or viable daily driver
- Parlor Kingfisher BC 105, mounted with G3 Ion LT bindings. This ski (as discussed prior) will serve as my everyday companion in most of my adventures this season. Unfortunately mother nature doesn't always cooperate! As of January 19th, 2016 the VT backcountry is still in rough shape and in desperate need of some storm cycles. But until those storms come and 'OPEN' signs show up in the woods, they are mostly going to be used to tinker with around with during dawn patrols at Smuggs and Stowe.
- Nordica Hell and Back 98, mounted with Salomon Guardian 16 bindings. This was the original ski setup that got me introduced to backcountry skiing. Simply put, I love this ski! It is a perfect setup (in my mind) for all things resort and sidecountry and slackcountry adventures. Think of the Volkl Mantra as a good comparison... or better yet, the Parlor Cardinal 100! http://www.parlorskis.com/products/#cardinals
I have skied the Parlor Kingfishers a few times while out for some dawn patrol laps at Smuggs this season. The ski at first felt different than what I was used to with the hard charging Hell and Back. However, after getting these birds up to speed I found they really screamed to engage in some solid short and long GS turns. They really drive through the hardpack and felt extremely stable from edge to edge. The G3 Ion LT bindings felt solid as well and I was happy the combination performed so well in these conditions. I am really excited for when I get to run these out in the wild and see how they manage the tight chutes and trees of the East Coast that we all love.
Bravo to Mark and his crew for working so hard on honing their craft and creating a truly one of a kind ski for the Dogy Down team to use. We look forward to many years of a successful marriage between our two organizations.
Further reviews of the Kingfisher BC 105 to follow once I am able to run them in their natural habitat a bit more... stay tuned! If you have any questions about my experience thus far with Parlor or would just like to talk gear, always feel free to contact us at email@example.com