2020 Liberty V 82 W

Following the success of the men’s version of the V82, the V82 W is a perfect choice for advanced and expert ladies who love to shred the front side of the mountain. They’re still pretty quick and nimble underfoot at 82 mm, so the whole mountain is open and available. Best suited to GS style turns on groomers, these Liberty’s are fast, fun, and smooth. Built with a bamboo, poplar, and paulownia wood core, these skis are light, quick, and stable. Liberty then added two vertical metal struts to the core in order to increase fore/aft stiffness and dampness without adding too much weight. These vertical struts make a huge difference in the performance of the ski, ensuring proper stability at any speed. With a full-carbon layup, the Liberty V82 W is a pretty stiff ski, but still has a friendly and fun-loving personality. With only 10% tip rocker, these things hook up quickly and hang on until the end, thanks to the flat tail. It’s a great turner, and our testers loved the carving ability and the overall pleasant nature of the Liberty V82 W.

Sam Purnell skied the 165, the longest length, and felt fine with it. Her scores were all on the upper end of the spectrum, with all 5’s except for a few 4’s for forgiveness, edge hold, and versatility. Let’s keep in mind, too, that 4 is still an exceptional score. Sam calls the V82 W a “really playful ski. It’s heavier for how narrow it is which made it easily maneuverable for aggressive turns and fast groomers. These skis are great for intermediate to expert skiers who want a sturdy, full ski for groomers.” Perfect for resort skiing, the V82 W certainly has a lot going for it.

Another 165 cm skier, Carly Monahan loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold of the skis, with each of those categories scoring 5’s out of 5. Also in that top-end arena was her score of 5 for overall impression. Obviously a good thing, Carly notes that “these skis liked to go fast! Yipee! They were super-fun to push in big, arcing turns.” And due to the 82 mm underfoot width, the Liberty V82 W is “quick edge to edge.” Sounds like Carly had a strong and favorable experience in the front-sided expertise of the V82 W. This is what they were built for, so it’s nice to hear that they’re right on track.

Morgan Nichols liked the 165, and especially the edge hold and versatility. Most of her scores were in the 3 range, indicating that she did, in fact, find this to be a well-rounded ski. She also notes that it’s not terribly forgiving, especially in terms of intended skier audience. “I think this ski might be a little stiff for an intermediate skier. Had a longer angle in the turn and didn’t hook right in to the turn. But when you get the ski over, it was great.” Sounds like the ski needs to be pushed a little harder, requiring a more skilled pilot. Which is fine.

The new 2020 Liberty V82 W is poised to get a lot of ladies carving sweet turns down the fall line this winter. You’ll love the stability, dampness, and quiet nature of these Liberty skis, as their fantastic build and construction make a huge difference in stiffening and damping the ski. While best suited for advanced and expert level skiers, intermediates will find a lot to like about these skis, but should be aware of the stiffness that these skis provide, and the touch that they demand.

Testers

Morgan Nichols

Age: 37Height: 5'6"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, fun, and playful with the terrain

Carly Monahan

Age: 33Height: 5'4"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Athletic and active, but laid back

Sam Purnell

Age: 26Height: 5'5"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong and athletic with an adventurous spirit

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