The 2020 Liberty Origin 106 is a fantastic choice for all-mountain freeriders who are looking for a smooth, stable, and damp soft-snow ski that still has some versatility to it. At 106 mm underfoot, these things are bordering on being too wide for a one-ski quiver unless you live in a very snowy area. The Origin series is pretty slick, and the 106 is a great ski that can handle a huge variety of conditions and terrain. The rocker profile increases within the Origin series, so the wider the ski, the more the rocker. Additionally, the amount of carbon stringers changes with the width as well, so there’s a pretty big difference between the Origin 96 and the 116. Sitting in the middle, the 106 has a lot going for it. Built with a bamboo and poplar wood core, these things are light and quick. Adding to the stiffness and quickness, but not the weight, a carbon stringer runs the length of the ski. It provides a bunch of snap and pop out of the turn, as well as damping vibrations at speed in choppy terrain. The 20-meter turn radius at 182 cm length is nice and versatile, and the turned-up tail allows the skier to make a bunch of different turn shapes at any time. The maneuverability and quickness are all right there, and these playful skis can be used anywhere and anytime. Our testers loved the overall natural feel of the Liberty Origin 106.
Jeff Neagle skied the 182 and really liked the shape and profile of the ski. His scores were all 4’s and 4.5’s all down the line. Playfulness and flotation skirted the line between 4 and 5, and his overall impression score of 4 is a solid indication that this is a good match for Jeff’s skiing style. “I really enjoy this shape. Not too much early taper, so you get long edge contact when the ski is on its side. I didn’t find this hurts maneuverability because it has such low swing weight, but it definitely helps with edge grip.” While these skis perform adequately on groomers, especially for their size, it’s nice to know that they excel in situations which they were designed to thrive in. The Origin 106 is “fairly stable at speed, but I thought the highlight was its fun, energetic, playful feel off-piste over anything else.” Would Jeff want a pair of the Origin 106 in his arsenal? “I would love to have a pair of these for a light powder day out west. Makes a lot of sense that Liberty is based in Colorado. Would be a great Breck/Vail ski.” Any ski trips coming up, Jeff?
Bob St.Pierre took some turns on the 187 and loved the length and shape of the ski. Mostly 4’s on Bob’s scorecard, with some 3’s sprinkled in for stability, forgiveness, and edge hold. For its width, Bob calls it “totally stable, light, and easy to turn! It has a legit tail that likes to be engaged more than slid.” Like many skiers, Bob likes it when skis do multiple things at the same time, regardless of shape, build, or profile. “It’s a very good combination of flotation and carving performance. Perfect for advanced and expert level skiers who are looking for a second pair of snowy day skis.” There’s a lot of skiers out there that want a powder ski to carve like a race ski and vice-versa. It doesn’t really work like that, but a ski like the Origin 106 is a close bet in Bob’s mind.
Looking for a versatile snow day ski? These things are fun, playful, floaty, and fun. I know I said fun twice.