Liberty Origin 96 2017 ReviewOctober 22, 2016
- Easy to initiate
- Performed at medium speeds
- Better in softer snow
- Traditional feeling ski
- Easily overpowered
- Prefers to be steered instead of carved
- Feels planky at high speeds
- Not the best grip
- More damp than lively
Liberty's Origin 96 is easy to turn and confident at mid-range turns at medium speeds. It performs at its best in softer snow, particularly steeps, but loses grip and performance on hard snow and bigger turns. Best for off-piste skiers looking for a traditional GS feel.
The Liberty Origin 96 mixes full tip and tail rocker with generous camber for an easy initiating GS feel that is especially comfortable making mid-radius turns in softer snow. It does well in steeps and chutes where the ski can platform and carve with an even flex that performs predictably well.
The ski did lose marks for stability, mostly because it lost performance at higher speeds on harder snow. It’s a good pick for lift-serve skiers who spend their days off-piste in the trees and bowls.
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.