If you love carving turns, you'll really enjoy the smoothness of the Liberty V76W. Unchanged for 2021 except for graphics, the V76W is a front-side machine that loves to be on edge. Super-quick and turny, these skis are an anomaly in the front side world because they're built by a more freeride company. "What does a Colorado company know about building hard-pack on-piste skis?" you may ask. Well, they certainly know how to make them smooth and damp, that's for sure. While they may not have the same edge grip and traditional feel of some of the more established race-like skis, they have a unique build and shape that gives skiers a choice in the matter of whether they want a wide race ski or a narrow all-mountain ski. For those who prefer the latter, the V76W is worth a look. The women's VMT core has two vertical metal struts and these provide the bulk of the power to the ski. The north-south orientation of the struts makes for an incredibly damp flex, and while they don't feel that stiff when you hand flex them, they're more than rugged enough for hard-charging and aggressive skiing. With a 12-meter radius at the 158 cm length, the V76W has a slalom-like mentality. Minimal to no taper or rocker means that these cambered skis like to be in a turn from tip to tail. Our testers loved the edge grip and quickness of these fantastic front-side carvers, and for good reason.
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First up, Allison Ruschp. She has a racing background, so it's a good ski for her to be on, especially at the firmer-than-average trails here in Stowe. She skied the 165 and found it to be the right size. She scored the ski 5's out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, and forgiveness. It's nice when you're able to use the full-length of the ski's sidecut to make your turns-certainly gives the sensation that the ski is forgiving as it is moving with you instead of against you. 4's for edge hold, torsional stiffness, and overall impression are pretty nice to hear about as well. Alli calls it a "forgiving short-radius ski. Light weight feel but still very responsive." I think that's what a lot of ski companies are going for these days-that lighter feel but with the performance and stability of a burlier ski.
Nifer Hoehn is another skier with an alpine race background, and she's picking up on the short-turning nature of the V76W as well. Also on the 165, Nifer was pretty much all 4's on the card, with a lone exception for a 3 in playfulness. Consistent high scores here from Nifer show that the ski is not only happy in a carve, but also have some decent versatility built in. While nobody's going to mistake these for powder skis, they certainly feel floaty on the groomers. Nifer says that "this was a nice, steady ski. I typically like a stiffer and heavier ski, and these felt really good for a lighter ski. Very consistent throughout the turn and a nice turning radius. The only drawback is that it's not as lively as I'd like. But that being said, I would buy this ski retail. Love the sidecut-it's easy to bring around and feels solid through the turn." With those racing backgrounds, these ladies are certainly picking up on the slalom-like feel that these skis create with their long edge contact and minimal rocker. Takes them back to the good old days of bashing gates, I'm sure.
For crushing front side groomers and leaving perfectly round turns in your wake, the Liberty V76W should be at the top of your list. That short radius and the VMT core makes these skis an ideal choice for carving enthusiasts who aren't looking for a recreational race ski. They're more all-mountain than race, and Liberty likes it that way.