Bob St.Pierre


Ski Ability (1-3+): 3+
Aggressiveness (1-11): 7
Ski Testing Experience: 3 Years
Occupation: Editorial Manager at SkiEssentials
Ski Origins: Nashoba Valley, MA
Preferred Terrain: Steeps, Bumps, and Trees (Preferably all at the same time)
Current Ski(s) of Choice: Nordica Soul Rider 87 185
Other Hobbies/Sports: MTB, Softball
Favorite Skier: Andy Kaplan, Loon Freestyle
Most Important Gear: Boots
Spirit Animal: Black Panther

Skis Tested

2021 Atomic Backland 107

Dimensions: 137/107/124 mm at 182 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 182 cm Lengths: 175, 182, 189 cm

2021 Armada Declivity 102 Ti

Dimensions: 135/102/125 mm at 180 cm Radius: 18 m at 180 cm Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Blizzard Rustler 11

Dimensions: 142/114/132 mm at 188 cm Radius: 19 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188, 192 cm

2021 Fischer Ranger 92 Ti

Dimensions: 126/91/116 mm Radius: 17 m at 178 cm Lengths: 171, 178, 185 cm

2021 Head Kore 99

Dimensions: 134/99/120 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17 m at 180 cm Lengths: 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

2021 Kastle FX106 HP

Dimensions: 137/106/125 mm Radius: 20.4 m at 184 cm Lengths: 168, 176, 184, 192 cm

2021 Nordica Navigator 85

Dimensions: 124/85/109 mm at 179 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2021 Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti

Dimensions: 138/104/128 mm Radius: 18 m Lengths: 180, 187, 194 cm

2021 Salomon S/Force Bold

Dimensions: 132/84/116 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16 m at 177 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Volkl Katana 108

Dimensions: 146/108/129 mm Radius: 19 m at 184 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2021 Kastle FX106 HP

Dimensions: 137/106/125 mm Radius: 20.4 m at 184 cm Lengths: 168, 176, 184, 192 cm

2021 Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti

Dimensions: 138/104/128 mm Radius: 18 m Lengths: 180, 187, 194 cm

2021 Salomon S/Force Bold

Dimensions: 132/84/116 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16 m at 177 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Atomic Backland 100

Dimensions: 129.5/100/120 mm at 180 cm Radius: 19.2 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Black Crows Atris

Dimensions: 139/108/125 mm at 184.2 cm Radius: 20 m at 184.2 cm Lengths: 178.3, 184.2, 189.7 cm

2021 Blizzard Rustler 10

Dimensions: 133/102/122.5 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17.5 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2

Dimensions: 137/106/106 mm at 179 cm Radius: 19 m at 179 cm Lengths: 155, 163, 171, 179, 184, 189 cm

2021 Dynastar M-Free 108

Dimensions: 138/108/128 mm at 192 cm Radius: 20 m at 192 cm Lengths: 172, 182, 192 cm

2021 Fischer Ranger 102 FR

Dimensions: 136/102/126 mm Radius: 18 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2021 Head Kore 93

Dimensions: 133/93/115 mm at 180 cm Radius: 16.4 m at 180 cm Lengths: 153, 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

2021 K2 Disruption MTI

Dimensions: 118/74/104 mm Radius: 18.1 m at 175 cm Lengths: 165, 170, 175, 180 cm

2021 Liberty evolv90

Dimensions: 132/90/114 mm at 179 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 110 Free

Dimensions: 140/110/129 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185, 191 cm

2021 Nordica Soul Rider 97

Dimensions: 134/97/124 mm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Salomon S/Force 9

Dimensions: 127/80/110 mm at 170 cm Radius: 16 m at 170 cm Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177 cm

2021 Salomon QST 99

Dimensions: 136/99/118 mm at 174 cm Radius: 19 m at 174 cm Lengths: 167, 174, 181, 188 cm

2021 Volkl Deacon 79

Dimensions: 129/79/109 mm Radius: 15.6 m at 170 cm Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177 cm

2021 Volkl Mantra 102

Dimensions: 140/102/123 mm Radius: 20 m at 184 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2021 Volkl Revolt 95

Dimensions: 129/95/119 mm Radius: 21.3 m at 173 cm Lengths: 157, 165, 173, 181 cm

2021 Black Crows Atris

Dimensions: 139/108/125 mm at 184.2 cm Radius: 20 m at 184.2 cm Lengths: 178.3, 184.2, 189.7 cm

2021 Liberty evolv90

Dimensions: 132/90/114 mm at 179 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 110 Free

Dimensions: 140/110/129 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185, 191 cm

2021 Nordica Soul Rider 97

Dimensions: 134/97/124 mm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Salomon S/Force 9

Dimensions: 127/80/110 mm at 170 cm Radius: 16 m at 170 cm Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177 cm

2021 Armada ARV 96

Dimensions: 125/96/117 mm at 177 cm Radius: 19 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Atomic Vantage 90 Ti

Dimensions: 127.5/90/114 mm at 176 cm Radius: 18.4 m at 176 cm Lengths: 161, 169, 176, 184 cm

2021 Blizzard Cochise 106

Dimensions: 137.5/106/124.5 mm Radius: 24 m at 185 cm Lengths: 177, 185, 192 cm

2021 Blizzard Rustler 9

Dimensions: 127.5/94/117 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Fischer Ranger 94 FR

Dimensions: 126/92/117 mm Radius: 17 m at 177 cm Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Line Sir Francis Bacon

Dimensions: 143/107/139 mm Radius: 16 m Lengths: 176, 184, 190 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

Dimensions: 134.5/104/123.5 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

2021 Nordica Soul Rider 87

Dimensions: 124/87/114 mm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Rossignol React R8 HP

Dimensions: 124/74/110 mm Radius: 14 m Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177 cm

2021 Salomon Stance 102

Dimensions: 134/102/121 mm at 183 cm Radius: 23 m at 183 cm Lengths: 176, 183, 190 cm

2021 Salomon QST 92

Dimensions: 131/92/114 mm at 177 cm Radius: 18 m at 177 cm Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Volkl Deacon 76

Dimensions: 122/76/103 mm Radius: 18.3 m at 176 cm Lengths: 171, 176, 181 cm

2021 Volkl M5 Mantra

Dimensions: 134/96/117 mm Radius: 21.2 at 184 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2021 Volkl Bash 86

Dimensions: 120/86/110 mm Radius: 21.2 m at 172 cm Lengths: 148, 156, 164, 172, 180 cm

2021 Atomic Bent Chetler 100

Dimensions: 129.5/100/120 mm at 180 cm Radius: 19.5 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Black Crows Camox

Dimensions: 130/97/118 mm at 180.4 cm Radius: 20 m at 180.4 cm Lengths: 168.1, 174.2, 180.4, 186.5 cm

2021 Blizzard Bonafide 97

Dimensions: 136.5/97/118.5 mm at 177 cm Radius: 17 m at 177 cm Lengths: 165, 171, 177, 183, 189 cm

2021 Dynastar Menace 98

Dimensions: 132/98/120 mm at 169 cm Radius: 20 m at 169 cm Lengths: 169, 175, 181, 187 cm

2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI

Dimensions: 130/86/115 mm Radius: 15.6 m at 172 cm Lengths: 160, 166, 172, 178, 184 cm

2021 Elan Ripstick 88

Dimensions: 130/88/105 mm Radius: 15.4 m at 172 cm Lengths: 148, 156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Head V Shape V10

Dimensions: 139/85/121 mm at 170 cm Radius: 13.6 m at 170 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 K2 Mindbender 90Ti

Dimensions: 127/90/114 mm Radius: 17.9 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 K2 Disruption 82Ti

Dimensions: 125/82/111 mm Radius: 18.4 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 100

Dimensions: 132.5/100/120.5 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17.3 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

2021 Nordica Dobermann Spitfire 80 RB

Dimensions: 130/80/110 mm at 174 cm Radius: 16 m at 174 cm Lengths: 156, 162, 168, 174, 180 cm

2021 Rossignol Experience 92 Ti

Dimensions: 131/92/121 mm Radius: 18.5 m Lengths: 173, 180, 187 cm

2021 Salomon Stance 96

Dimensions: 132/96/114 mm at 182 cm Radius: 20 m at 182 cm Lengths: 168, 176, 182, 188 cm

2021 Salomon QST 85

Dimensions: 128/85/113 mm at 177 cm Radius: 17 m at 177 cm Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Volkl Blaze 106

Dimensions: 146/106/128 mm Radius: 17 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2021 Volkl Kendo 88

Dimensions: 129/88/111 mm Radius: 17 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Atomic Bent Chetler 100

Dimensions: 129.5/100/120 mm at 180 cm Radius: 19.5 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Black Crows Camox

Dimensions: 130/97/118 mm at 180.4 cm Radius: 20 m at 180.4 cm Lengths: 168.1, 174.2, 180.4, 186.5 cm

2021 Volkl Kendo 88

Dimensions: 129/88/111 mm Radius: 17 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Atomic Vantage 97 C

Dimensions: 131.5/97/120.5 mm at 180 cm Radius: 19.1 m at 180 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2021 Black Crows Captis

Dimensions: 120/90/111 mm at 178.3 cm Radius: 18 m at 178.3 cm Lengths: 171.1, 178.3, 184.2 cm

2021 Blizzard Brahma 88

Dimensions: 128/88/110 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16 m at 177 cm Lengths: 165, 171, 177, 183, 189 cm

2021 Dynastar M-Pro 99

Dimensions: 127/99/117 mm at 178 cm Radius: 20 m at 178 cm Lengths: 162, 170, 178, 186 cm

2021 K2 Mindbender 90C

Dimensions: 127/90/113 mm Radius: 17.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177 cm

2021 Kastle FX86

Dimensions: 123/86/114 mm Radius: 15.7 m at 177 cm Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Liberty Origin 96

Dimensions: 130/96/118 mm at 176 cm Radius: 17.5 m at 176 cm Lengths: 171, 176, 182, 187 cm

2021 Line Blade

Dimensions: 154/95/124 mm Lengths: 169, 176, 181 cm

2021 Line Sick Day 88

Dimensions: 127/88/113 mm Radius: 17.4 m Lengths: 165, 172, 179 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 94

Dimensions: 127/94/115.5 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17.1 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

2021 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

Dimensions: 127/88/117 mm Radius: 16.5 m Lengths: 166, 173, 180, 187 cm

2021 Rossignol Black Ops Holyshred

Dimensions: 131/98/121 mm Radius: 19 m Lengths: 162, 172, 182, 192 cm

2021 Salomon Stance 90

Dimensions: 126/90/108 mm at 176 cm Radius: 18 m at 176 cm Lengths: 168, 176, 182, 188 cm

2021 Black Crows Captis

Dimensions: 120/90/111 mm at 178.3 cm Radius: 18 m at 178.3 cm Lengths: 171.1, 178.3, 184.2 cm

2021 Blizzard Brahma 88

Dimensions: 128/88/110 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16 m at 177 cm Lengths: 165, 171, 177, 183, 189 cm

2021 Kastle FX86

Dimensions: 123/86/114 mm Radius: 15.7 m at 177 cm Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 177, 185 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 94

Dimensions: 127/94/115.5 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17.1 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

2021 Atomic Vantage 86 C

Dimensions: 123/86/106.5 mm at 173 cm Radius: 18.2 m at 173 cm Lengths: 157, 165, 173, 181 cm

2021 DPS Alchemist Wailer 100 RP

Dimensions: 131/100/116 mm at 171 cm Radius: 15 m at 171 cm Lengths: 153, 163, 171, 179, 184, 189 cm

2021 DPS Pagoda Piste 94 C2

Dimensions: 129/94/109 mm at 171 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 171 cm Lengths: 157, 165, 171, 178, 185 cm

2021 Fischer RC One 86 GT

Dimensions: 130/86/116 mm Radius: 17 m at 175 cm Lengths: 161, 168, 175, 182 cm

2021 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

Dimensions: 130/97/121 mm Radius: 18 m at 181 cm Lengths: 174, 181, 188 cm

2021 Head Kore 105

Dimensions: 135/105/125 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17.8 m at 180 cm Lengths: 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

2021 K2 Reckoner 102

Dimensions: 134/102/127 mm Radius: 19.3 m at 184 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2021 Liberty V92

Dimensions: 133/92/120 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 172, 179, 186 cm

2021 Liberty Origin 106

Dimensions: 138/106/128 mm at 182 cm Radius: 20 m at 182 cm Lengths: 171, 176, 182, 187 cm

2021 Nordica Enforcer 88

Dimensions: 121.5/88/109.5 mm at 179 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2021 Rossignol Experience 84 AI

Dimensions: 126/84/116 mm Radius: 15 m Lengths: 152, 160, 168, 176, 184 cm

2021 Stockli Stormrider 88

Dimensions: 128/88/114 mm at 175 cm Radius: 18.4 m at 175 cm Lengths: 166, 175, 184 cm

2021 Volkl Deacon 84

Dimensions: 132/84/115 mm Radius: 14 m at 172 cm Lengths: 162, 167, 172, 177, 182 cm

2021 DPS Pagoda Piste 94 C2

Dimensions: 129/94/109 mm at 171 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 171 cm Lengths: 157, 165, 171, 178, 185 cm

5 Comments on the “Bob St.Pierre”

  1. BOB ST.PIERRE, I really need some feedback on your testing of the 2020 DPS WAILER 100 RP ALCHEMIST 179 cm
    I am your size probably a less skilled . quickness is paramount to me as I enjoy tight off piste lines. Will I overwhelm the 179cm?

    insight appreciated regards Greg

    1. Hi Greg!
      Tight turns and lines are right up the Wailer 100’s alley. The RP shape really accentuates the quick-turning nature of the ski, and the dual-carbon laminates make it pretty stiff. I wish I tried the 184 for a bit of extra stability at speed, as the 179 did feel a bit short. But if you’re looking for quickness, the 179 will be a great size. If you’re skiing fast and aggressive and you’re my size, you might overwhelm the 179–there’s a bit of a learning curve to the shape and style of the ski. Hope that helps!
      Bob

  2. Hi Bob,

    I’m hoping you can help me out with a recommendation?

    For the longest time I’ve exclusively skied Whistler. I like steeps, fun trees (west cirque, big timber, ruby bowl and Christmas trees are some my favourites) and still rip the odd bump run. I also used to complete in and coach moguls. Since meeting my wife, 3 years ago, I’ve been spending 10 days or so a year at Big White. It’s super light pow, some fun bumps, great little glades and epic grooming.

    At Whistler I’ve been using my 2016 Cochise. They work great for steeps and on those heavy Whistler crud days they’re unstoppable. Not the most fun in the trees, you have to be on it or at high speed on groomers to really make it sing….I’m 5’8 so I need the velocity or pitch to really get it carving hard. For bumps I find I have to back off the speed, the shovels are so stiff. Overall I love a charger with metal but last year I realized just how hard they are to work at Big White.

    I dug my 2010 mantras out to see if they were better for that mountain. They are, but that ski is pretty dead. I had more fun breaking out an old pair of bump skies for groomer days and just used the Cochise for snow days. I dumped the mantras and was hoping to figure something out for this year. Covid kinda wrecked demo days so maybe you can help??

    I like a snappy ski that rips a groomer, but will still make it fun to get in the trees and hit some bumps with or without fresh snow. In my heart I still love the feel of a mogul ski. I just want it to float better.

    I’ve been watching your reviews and am considering the Bonified, Fischer 99 ti, enforcer 94…is there something I should consider that I’m not. Is there a good better best that you’d recommend based on Whistler and Big White. My Cochise are still feeling pretty good but they’re around the 75 days mark so I’m thinking something for big white/whistler and maybe next year looking at a rustler 11 or enforcer 115 for an exclusive pow ski

    Thanks I’m advance!

    Kevin

    1. Hi Kevin!
      I think the fact that you’re looking at adding the pow-exclusive ski for next year gives you the opportunity to get into something more mid-range. I think the Enforcer 94 fits the bill quite well. I put two pretty full days of all sorts of different snow, including a 4-6 inch snow day, and didn’t find a weakness. Full disclosure, I own an Enforcer 88 and 100 (both 2021, won them both at a raffle, if you can believe that) and love each of them. But I’m more of a one ski guy, and if I had my choice initially, I would have gotten a 94 in the 191 and called it a day. Great ski for here in Stowe where we get frequent snowfalls, just not always big ones. They’ve got immaculate snow feel and such an intuitive character. I’d say the Fischer (lighter and quicker than E94) is second on that list, and while I did enjoy the new Bonafide 97 in the 189, it’s still got that Cochise-esque feel that I am personally not a huge fan of. I think the combo of the Enforcer 94 and 115 (191 only, fwiw) is about as awesome as it gets for where you’re at. Your Cochise will still be a good stop-gap for this year, I’d say. Hope that helps, and have fun!
      bob

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