The Liberty Origin 112 is all about surfing big-mountain lines. Built with a bamboo and poplar wood core, the 112 is light, snappy, and responsive. Add to that a couple of carbon strips, and you've got some good stiffness to push off of as well. In terms of shaping, the 112 mm waist provides ample flotation, and the more dramatic than average taper shape will cut through fresh and soft snow with no problems whatsoever. With 20% tip rocker and 15% tail rocker built in to the core, you're getting floaty, smeary, and surfy behavior out of these skis, especially in lighter powder. There's a lot of fun to be had on the Origin 112, and skiers who live in high-snowfall areas should definitely have this on their list. It's a great option for big mountain lines, but also has that freestyle flair that Liberty has developed a reputation for. The cool part of this ski is that it comes in a 192, so for skiers who like longer skis for fresh snow, or larger chargers, this additional length is a welcome option. We were able to get a couple of Liberty's athletes' feedback on the 112, and spoiler alert: they love them.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Powder, Big Mountain
Doug Evans skis the big 192 and loves it. He scored it 5's out of 5 for flotation, forgiveness, versatility, and overall impression. The rest of his scores were 4's, except for a lonely 3 for stability. With a ski that is light like this, and with a fairly rockered profile, stability, especially when it comes to harder snow, isn't really going to be a strength. Doug calls the 112 "a go-to for the day that you're going to encounter all types of snow and terrain. This ski can handle almost anything. The tip floats well without folding up in heavier snow. The rocker profile is matched well to the sidecut and flex to allow for quick engagement of the edge when leaned over on firm snow. Lighter construction means this ski is easy to move around in tight spaces and is a good choice for a wider touring ski." Again, noting that the light weight can be more of a blessing in soft snow and with a touring application, but that it does come at the cost of stability.
Anatole Tuziak also skis the 192 and appreciates the extra length-for a ski this light, you can get away with longer sizes to make up for some loss of stability. Anatole calls it "my new favorite one-ski quiver, the Origin 112 would be my ski of choice for any type of condition other than icy hard pack. With increased stiffness in the tails and a playful, yet rigid flex in the tips, the 112 will charge through anything, allowing you to ski with confidence and stay afloat on the deep days, yet still be able to dig in and hold an edge on the groomers while shredding the resort. I love this ski and it will be my ski of choice for the foreseeable future." While we here in the east may not consider a 112 to be a one-ski quiver, it certainly does matter where you live and what you use the ski for. I wish that was my one ski quiver width!
If you live in a snowy area and ski mostly on soft-snow days, this 112 is a playful and surfy option for sure. Its light weight and smeary nature set it apart from some of the other 110+ skis out there, and the twin-tip shape and fun-loving rocker profile add up to make an incredibly playful ski.
Contributors: Doug Evans, Anatole Tuzlak and Stephen Pille.