2020 Liberty Evolv90

The 2020 Liberty Evolv 90 is a new offering from Liberty this year, and it has already made some pretty big impressions. When discussing this new ski around the office, we determined that it’s a pretty nice blend of the VMT 82 and the Origin 96. It gets the precision, dampness, and carving ability from the VMT line, and the playful tip and maneuverable nature of the Origin. Built with a poplar/bamboo wood core, the skis have 2 vertical metal struts to increase the fore/aft stiffness of the ski. Dual carbon stringers add to the stiffness, making the Evolv 90 a fairly stiff and consistent ski from tip to tail. Minimal rocker (15% in the tip) make it a groomer specialist, although the width of the ski gives it some flexibility in terms of terrain and snow condition. For advanced and expert skiers who are looking for silky-smooth performance on the corduroy, it’s hard to find a more poised ski than the Evolv 90. Our testers were all pretty impressed with the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold of this new ski. We didn’t get a chance to get on the Evolv 100, but keep your eyes out for that beast.

Caroline Kessler ripped a few runs on the 2020 Liberty Evolv 90 in the 179 length, and “absolutely loved this ski.” All 4’s and 5’s from Caroline’s scorecard, with 5’s given for stability, quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness. It does have a very unique feel to it, and because it’s so quiet and damp, it can also be characterized as forgiving. Those two metal struts really do make a difference in that fore/aft flex, though. “One of the best all-mountain skis I’ve been on. Smooth turns, poppy transitions thanks to the bamboo core, and super-fun in all snow conditions.” In terms of a target audience, Caroline “would recommend these skis to any intermediate and above skier, especially on the east coast.” Certainly, the skis are best when used on groomers or smooth slopes, but they’d work pretty well in Colorado, too.

Bob St.Pierre had some pretty nice things to say about his 186 tester. Scoring all 5’s all down the line, Bob calls the Evolv 90 a “silent assassin!” Bob was very impressed with how quiet and damp the ski was, and loved it on the firm groomers here at Stowe. He goes on to call the Evolv 90 the “quietest, smoothest, and most stable ski I have ever been on.” That’s a pretty big claim, but he says it with such confidence that it must be true. “Pretty much perfect in every way imaginable for me.” Okay, sounds like Bob has one of these things in his shopping cart for next year already.

Another bigger tester, Mike Thomas, also on the 186, loved the stability, quickness, edge hold, and versatility of this new ski. His low score of 3 out of 5 was for forgiveness, so it’s fair to say that Mike found them to be on the stiff side. He also astutely points out some of the ways in which this ski came to be: “The VMT construction straight-up rocks! This is a more ‘evolved’ shape than the V92 as a true all-mountain weapon. It’s easy to vary turn shape with great pull into the turn.” We like how Mike notes that, at 90 mm underfoot and with a similar/shared shape/style as the V92, the Evolv 90 is capable of more versatility and has a more well-rounded character.

All of our testers found the Evolv 90 to be a logical next step for the all-mountain ski category. When compared to a Brahma/Kendo, it’s still a bit softer, but no less damp. In fact, the vertical metal struts really give those full-sheet metal laminate skis a run for their money in terms of stiffness and vibration damping properties.

Testers

Brooks Curran

Age: 24Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

Brad Moskowitz

Age: 50Height: 5'4"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and fun inspired by mohawks

Noah Labow

Age: 38Height: 5'10"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Acroski wannabe, versatility supreme

Mike Thomas

Age: 50Height: 6'3"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Upright, fluid, nimble, and powerful

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 41Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

Caroline Kessler

Age: 24Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

2 Comments on the “2020 Liberty Evolv90”

  1. How would these compare to the V82 or Elan Ripstick 88 – are they somewhere in between those two on the playfullness / charging spectrum? What are the biggest differences and similarities?

    1. Hi Kris!
      The Evolv 90 has quite a bit more power than the Ripstick, and more versatility than the V82, so yes, it does sit somewhat in the middle. I loved the smoothness and quiet nature of the Evolv, and while the 82 was a tremendous on-piste ski, the Evolv 90 was more than at home on firm and fast groomers. For playfulness, the Ripstick 88 has it in spades, especially when compared to these two Liberty’s. If you’re charging hard, the Elan might not hold up at high speeds–certainly not with the same panache as the Evolv90. Have fun!
      SE

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