I wasn't planning on getting new skis this year but I got an unexpected big birthday check and I was drawn to the Masterblaster. A friend of mine who skis out west a fair amount (along with some east coast firm snow) has the Metals and absolutely raves about them. Long story short I have a pair of 181 Masterblasters on the way. Not expecting them to be hugely different from my Prophet 98s but thinking they will be a bit snappier and more playful.
Well, have you skied them to the point where you can offer a report? I sure hope they are as good as all the reviews we have read. I just received my Masterblaster 175's today and hope to get a few runs in on Saturday after my AT bindings are mounted. Hoping this makes a nice East Coast 1 Ski Quiver!!! My skis were destroyed upon my return from Kicking Horse and Revelstoke courtesy of Air Canada.
Hey man. Sorry kind of forgot about this thread because I've been having too much fun on my Master Blasters.
The reviews are true. JLEV is a God. Fun, floaty, snappy, carvy, playful and when you want to let them run you can stand on them on all but the hardest of hardpack. I thought my line prophets were good but these skis are on a whole different level. You will love them.
Anyone else who might be reluctant to buy a ski without demoing it first - stop drooling at your screen and buy them. You can return them after 3 ski days if you don't like them. Pretty sure that doesn't happen very often.
"""" OK, ABOUT 8 DAYS IN, HERE IS MY REVIEW+++++ I ski mainly in the East. I am 53, 5'-7" - 170# so I opted for the175cm version. I was forced to replace a pair of K2 Amp Rictor 90XTI - 170cm – 90 waist which were the most versatile and fun ski I have owned to date. The airlines unfortunately damaged them on my Kicking Horse / Revelstoke, BC ski trip. I decided to purchase the Masterblaster's, after countless hours of online research, day long demo's in B.C. on 4 other pair of skis, the comments of satisfied buyers on J Skis website, other on-line reviews and most important Jason's attentive responses to my individual concerns via e-mail and the companies return guarantee. Jason personally made me feel comfortable in this purchased based on discussing my skiing style and abilities. Jason’s business background is a New York / Vermont success story, one which I wanted to support. Upon rapid receipt of the skis after order placement I noticed that the tip of the ski when placed next to the 132 wide tip on the Rictor was the same exact width even though the Masterblaster is listed at 125 which surprised me. The center of boot mounting point was about 1” more forward combined with the more curled up ski tip made the distance from ski boot toe to ski tip about 1” shorter than with the Rictor which took a few runs to find my new balance point over the skis. The flex is consistently smooth from tip to tail. I have used them on very firm days and they hold an edge above expectation which surprises me the most, since to flex them they aren't what I would call stiff, similar tip flex yet less stiff in the tail vs. the Rictor. The tail releases nicely when called on in the crud or to check speed. I have raced these in my Tues. night league and produced my lowest handicap of the last 2 years. I have taken them in 8-10" of a tracked out slightly heavy crud and they manage it with ease. They are surprisingly quick edge to edge for a 96, and they have this built in springy energy, which brings a smile to your face when popping quick slalom turns along the tree line. They want to go fast, they feel super solid at speed (remind me of my old Volkl P9’s in that sense) with very little tip flap however they transition from turn shape to turn shape with ease and very little user input. Just let your mind lead you down the slope freely and the ski follows as it should. These skis are well constructed and super solid with good graphics that stand out as unique. I have mine set up with a Tyrollia Adrenaline AT binding and Skins. They aren’t the lightest skis, but they don’t feel heavy skiing them, very playful combined with a solid stable feel at speed. They remind me of an old school GS style ski but with lots of playfulness. i just came back from (2) days at Killington skiing bumps, tree's, crud etc after The Noreaster Quinn, and I even love them more now! Wow! What a great fun ski, this is a True All Mountain Ski!!! If you want to go wider than the 96, get the Metal, which is basically the same construction with (2) sheets of metal, carbon, fiberglass and Canadian Maple core. These ski's are everything that every says they are, and they have made the loss of my previous ski's and afterthought and are totally deserving of the name "Masterblaster - American Sender". Buy with confidence, ski with a smile!!!
Awesome! They are ordered and I got an email they shipped.
I had silly questions and was surprised to see that J emailed me back quickly.
It was a Tuesday or Wednesday and no one was picking up the phone. My bet with the timing of the snow was they were skiing and checking email that day. If I am right, I can't blame em.
Due to habits picked up in childhood, I really don't like to spend money on myself besides experience (a foreign trip, skiing, etc.) but I totally feel like a kid at Christmas waiting for these skis.
My hope is they come by tomorrow evening. If I don't ski them this weekend, I probably won't ski them until April. (Not complaining - this weekend will make it up to Day 20, and have had some great time with my family skiing this season. My wife unfortunately got hit by a skier and had her season ended but is doing great. My son is becoming a young powder hound. Which you could actually do on the east coast the past few weekends).