2020 Liberty V 76 W

The 2020 Liberty V76 W is a serious front-side performer that loves to lay down tracks. Built specifically for groomer and corduroy destruction, the Liberty skis have a great blend of performance and versatility. These are more of a one-trick pony, but they do that trick really well. For not being a system or race ski, this is one of the narrowest flat skis you can get on the market today. As such, expect lightning-quick edge to edge control and superb grip on hard pack. With a 12-meter turn radius at the 158 cm length, you can also expect to be making a bunch of turns down the mountain. It’s not great at varying up turn shape as a result of the VMT build and the carbon laminate. Liberty installs vertical metal strips that run tip to tail in the core in order to stiffen the fore/aft flex of the ski. This technology really works, as it makes the ski super damp without being heavy. It doesn’t have the lightest swing weight, because it’s got a fairly consistent build, but these skis were designed to stay on the snow, and that’s where they do their best work. Lots of high scores all across the board from our testers show that Liberty is really on to something with this model line.

Allison Ruschp skied the 165 and loved the quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness of the ski. She wasn’t a huge fan of the versatility or flotation, but that’s to be expected with a 76 mm underfoot ski. Even with the two vertical metal struts, Alli still called it a “forgiving short-radius ski. Lightweight feel but still very responsive.” It sounds like you can just set it on edge and it bends around the radius. It’s hard to push skis like this to high speeds due to the shorter turn radius, but that’s okay for most on-piste carvers these days.

Kristi Brown, also on the 165, gave top marks for stability, edge hold, and versatility. While not really an all-mountain ski, Kristi seems to like the well-rounded nature of the V76 W. She seemed to think that the skis were pretty tough to get up on angle. “First, it’s an aggressive ski that does not like to perform unless you lay it over way on edge.” When this happens though, Kristi’s tone changes a bit: “However, the Liberty V76 W sings turns.” Good image there, as we can hear this thing coming around in a clean carve.

Jana Ross notes that her 165 cm tester is a turning machine. “If you love carving, this ski is for you. You can get lost in beautiful, long, fast carves down the mountain, or slow down and make quick turns with no issue.” Sounds nice to us, Jana! She scored the ski mostly 4’s and 5’s, so it’s safe to assume that either Jana was a previous carving enthusiast who loves how this ski performs, or she became a lover of the carve after her test date with the V76 W. Either way, it sounds like a connection was made.

Nifer Hoehn skied the 165 and loved almost everything about it, except the playfulness. She felt that this ski was pretty much all business. “This was a nice, steady ski. I typically like a stiffer and heavier ski, and these perform really well for a lighter ski.” She’s noticing that the VMT strips really do work. “Very consistent through the turn and a nice turn radius. The only drawback would be that it’s not as lively as I’d like. But that being said, I love the sidecut, it’s easy to bring around and feels solid throughout the turn.” With all that stability, you’re bound to lose out on something, and in Nifer’s experience, the liveliness is the thing to go.

Carving aficionados and front-side enthusiasts will love the performance and stability of the 2020 Liberty V76 W. For ladies who spend pretty much all of their time on the trails at the resort and are looking to lay down some amazing tracks, the Liberty V76 W is a surefire winner.

Testers

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Darcy Mangan

Age: 43Height: 5'6"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and happy, just like it should be

Jana Ross

Age: 42Height: 5'8"Weight: 142 lbs.

Ski Style: Silky-smooth and deliberate with styles for miles

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Allison Ruschp

Age: 32Height: 5'5"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer who's calmed herself down

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