2020 Liberty V 92

A re-vamped unit for 2020, the Liberty V92 adds more stiffness and strength to an already burly stick. Last year, the skis impressed a lot of testers with its stability and smoothness. Now with another vertical metal strip, two carbon stringers, and a full-carbon layup, the V92 has unlocked other worlds of all-mountain skiing. No speed is too high and no turn is too sharp for the V92 and its uncanny ability to zoom down trails unflinchingly. At 92 mm underfoot, it’s seems like it wants to blur some front side/all-mountain lines, and as a result, it gets caught a bit in the middle. It’s really a wide carving ski more than a narrow all-mountain ski, as the build and profile certainly lend themselves towards more on-piste performance. Slight tip rocker is all you get with the V92—the rest of the ski is fully cambered. As such, you get a ton of edge grip and stability, and our testers all picked up on this fact. The widest ski in the V series, the 92 has a wide platform to work off of, and you get some great balance because of this.

Michael Rooney skied the 186 and loved the stability of the V92. With those metal struts and carbon stringers, we’d hope that it’s stable! “The V92, despite its width, will turn and carve if you put it on edge. It handles the inevitable bumps on the trail well. It has no problem with inconsistencies on the trails. Intermediates and experts alike will enjoy this ski when there is a lot of loose snow on the trail, too.” While not a powder ski by any means, it is nice to hear that they’ll plow through the softer stuff as well.

Also on the 186, Kelby Furrer was high on the stability, edge hold, and versatility of the V92. He was not so much into the quickness, maneuverability, or playfulness of the ski. These are all very reasonable things to say about the V92. “This is a high-performing, really stable ski. The edges are like magnets on-piste, while in the woods, they are super-stable. I felt locked in everywhere I went, but not very playful. Too stiff.” In other words, these things are better suited for on-trail carving rather than all-mountain freeride-type performance.

Marcus Shakun is a tall skier, so his 186 cm test ski was just about perfect. He gave a top mark of 5 out of 5 for stability, and a bunch of 4’s for edge hold, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. He says it’s for an “all-mountain charger who’s an advanced or expert skier.” In terms of performance, the V92 is a “stiff ski with undebatable stability at high speed.” That said, the V92 is “not forgiving in the harder bumps, but would eat up softer bumps. This is a ski that wants a pilot to drive it hard and put it on edge at high speed. Not for a lazy skier.” Fair enough, when you put all that material in a ski, it’s bound to be on the demanding side.

Mike Aidala was “very impressed with the power and stability of the V92 in the 172 cm length. The new VMT construction adds such stability and stiffness to the tips and they engage super-easy with the tip shape. This ski is a super-fun and easy skiing ski that you can definitely size down with confidence. You do not lose anything, you only gain maneuverability and ease of use.” Nice analysis from Mike, here, noting that if you’re between sizes, the skis are stiff and stable enough to make up for that loss of length.

It’s a pretty impressive new build from Liberty, who apparently felt like last year’s version wasn’t stiff or beefy enough. Well now they’ve done it, and the ski slips easily back and forth between being a bull in a china shop and a poised on-piste carver.

Testers

Mike Aidala

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

Bob St.Pierre

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

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

Kelby J. Furrer

Age: 29Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Awesome blend of speed and style

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

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