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2022 Liberty Origin 101 Ski Review

Spring has sprung here in Vermont. Temperatures have been hovering in the high 50s and lower 60s over the past couple weeks and we’ve been thoroughly enjoying the corn snow harvest those temps have provided. Despite the warmer-than-usual weather, our ski testing hasn’t slowed, and the variations in snow surface from morning to afternoon (firm to corn) have provided some excellent testing conditions. Maybe it’s the bright orange graphic, or maybe it’s the wider, twin tip shape… I’m not sure why, but for some reason I have gravitated to the new 2022 Liberty Origin 101 over the past couple weeks. Sure, I’ve skied other stuff too, but I’ve certainly found (created?) a lot of excuses to ski these skis. Ultimately, it’s been a nice opportunity to put them to the test, and I’m quite pleased with their performance.

Liberty has refined their line of Origin freeride skis for 2022. We get a new construction method as well as a new width, this Origin 101 we’re going to talk about today. The collection in general ranges from 96 mm underfoot all the way up to 112. There are 4 skis in total: 96, 101, 106, and 112. The shapes all pretty much stay the same from previous years, although obviously the 101 is a completely new ski, so that shape never existed, but the other skis stay the same and this 101 follows suit. The best way to describe the Origin 101 is as a directional twin tip. The tip rocker is noticeably longer than the tail rocker, and the recommended mount point is 7.5 cm back from the true center of the ski. That’s relatively close to the center of camber, as I measured tip rocker to be about 43 cm and tail rocker about 33 cm in length. So, in theory, you could move the midsole up about 2.5 cm before you moved yourself too far forward in the cambered portion of the ski, which would make sense for someone looking for a more centered, freestyle-inspired feel. There’s a little bit of taper in the Origin’s shape, but not a lot. I might not even go as far as calling it taper, but it’s also not extended sidecut. It’s just a nice rounded off tip and tail shape, which I think strikes a nice balance between retaining a long effective edge at a high edge angle and providing a maneuverable feel when keeping the ski flatter.

AT A GLANCE


2022 Liberty Origin 101 Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

CORE

STRENGTHS

171, 176, 182, 187 cm

19.5 m at 182 cm

135 / 101 / 123 mm

VMT 1.0: Poplar, Bamboo, Carbon, Vertical Metal

Agility, Responsiveness, Versatility


Let’s talk about the new construction, as that’s a very important element in these new Origins and a key to their new performance. To start, the Origin skis have always boasted a really good blend of feeling lightweight, maneuverable, and quick with stronger torsional stiffness than you might expect. If you go back to our review of the Origin 96, that’s something we talked about at length. These new skis basically that that idea to the next level. The new Origin skis are now built with Liberty’s new VMT 1.0 core. If you’ve been following Liberty in recent years, you should be somewhat familiar with VMT. Liberty is one of a handful of companies that are laminating metal vertically between wood stringers in their core. For the Origins, there is just 1 sheet of vertical metal, right in the center of the ski (a quick note that the 2022 Evolv skis now have 3 sheets of vertical metal). This single metal strip is laminated between poplar and bamboo, which is further enhanced with pre-cured carbon fiber stringers along the top of the core and a sheet of rubber foil underneath the core. The idea is to give the ski more power and stability, without adding unnecessary and excessive weight.

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Does it work? You betcha! I love that they gave these skis a little more “oomph,” but what’s most impressive about it is they’ve retained all the things I enjoyed and appreciated about the 2021 and previous Origin skis. Having tested a lot of skis this winter, it always feels nice clicking into a lighter weight ski. Testing heavy, stiff, powerful skis is fun, but can be tiring both in a given day and over the course of a full season. I’ve had similar reactions to other skis… Reckoner 102, Ranger 102 FR, even something like the Rustler 10. Clicking into those skis leaves me feeling something along the lines of “Oh! This is going to be fun.” The Origin 101 definitely has that feel. The swing weight is minimal and I found myself doing that thing in the lift line where you pick up your skis and swing it side to side, then look to the guy next to you and say “these are really light!” If that’s just a thing that I do, forgive me for calling it a “thing.”

That light swing weight carries over to their feel when you start heading down hill. The amount of tail rocker coupled with the lighter weight feel allows for incredibly quick and easy edge release in the tail. You can throw them sideways very easily, which really came in handy on those softer spring days when the snow starts to get a little heavy. They’re quick, they’re agile, and they’re very responsive. The construction of these skis, as I alluded to previously, retains good torsional stiffness. Carbon provides a snappy flex pattern, so when you tell the skis to do something, they do that thing. They’re not floppy, so you don’t feel like you’re going to wash out in steeper, more technical terrain, but they still have a playful, fun-loving feel when you’re making quick turns. I even found they wanted to get a little airborne in between turns more than most skis, which is super fun. It’s really easy to load up the tail and do a mini ollie/pivot maneuver when you’re skiing technical terrain. It’s one of those skis where you don’t need to go fast to feel like you’re making expert-level turns. It’s agile, precise, and fun all at the same time even at slower, more methodical speeds.

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When you start opening it up, however, is when you really start to benefit from the new VMT core. As I mentioned, the previous skis still had good torsional stiffness, so you could still ski them relatively aggressively and the ski would hold in a turn, but there was a limit to their raw stability. It still wasn’t the type of ski you wanted to just point down the fall line and let it run into reckless speeds. Sure, there are still plenty of skis that are stiffer and more powerful than this new version, but it definitely takes the Origin to the next level in terms of stability at speed. I was thoroughly impressed with how they handled the bumpy, choppy snow conditions we’ve had. The shape allows them to kind of skip over things when you want to, but now they feel like they’ll cut through snow better than they did before. The ski basically just stays more composed in its longitudinal flex pattern, so you get more consistent edge contact with the snow, and thus more control over the ski.

When you combine their newfound stability at speed with their playfulness, agility, and quickness, you get a really fun ride. You can rip around at high speeds, then do a massive slash, dump a ton of speed, and make a couple lightning-quick turns on the side of the trail. They love to be skied in a variety of different ways. You can make traditional, round turns and just link them down the fall line, you can ski with a straight-sideways-straight technique, or you can blend it all together and leave your own personal signature on the slopes. It’s an extremely well-rounded shape that allows for a lot of different techniques, which basically means it can be enjoyed by a huge range of skiers.

All in all, I’m really happy with the new Origin series, and the 101 is my favorite of the group. I’m not sure if it’s a personal preference for that width range or that it just feels like that width can do a little bit of everything, but I’ve had a blast skiing them. It’s still very much a Liberty Origin. It carries forward everything the previous skis did well, it just gives you a little more of that “oomph” for more aggressive skiing, which I’ve really enjoyed.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 04/15/21

18 thoughts on “2022 Liberty Origin 101 Ski Review

  1. Hey guys, great review! I’m a 5’9” 175 lbs skier from the northeast who does about 70/30 piste to off-piste. I while I ski on trails more often than not, I like the idea and feel of wider skis. As such, I’ve been looking at skis like the Nordica enforcer 104 free, the black crows justis, and the Fischer ranger 99 ti. I’m an intermediate-advanced skier who skis pretty aggressively, but I fear the skis I’ve mentioned might be too demanding or stiff more multiple days in a row of skiing. How would you compare the liberty origin 101s to the skis I’ve mentioned? Any skis I’m missing? Thanks for your great work!

    1. HI Will!
      You've got three of my favorites on your list there! The Justis is a particularly impressive ski I've found, but it is on the stiff/demanding side. The Origin doesn't quite have the stability or power versus the three aforementioned skis, but it is lighter and more playful. While the Justis is on the more demanding side, as is the Enforcer, I've found the Ranger 99 to have a pretty good balance of both. It's stiffer and more stable than the Origin, but isn't too heavy or bulky like the Enforcer can be, and it's a fantastic carver to boot. I'd narrow search to the Ranger and the Origin, especially given your stats and application. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Great review - thanks. How do they compare to the Rustler 10? I'd be curious to know if they offer a little bit more in terms of dampness.

    1. HI CP!
      I would not say they're damper than the Rustler 10. It's getting close with the addition of the metal strut, but it still doesn't quite add up to the laminate of the Rustler. Quicker and more playful, yes, but damper? Not just yet.
      SE

  3. Great review as always,I'm glad you published it already,as I'm very interested in these skis.I have a pair of the Origin 106 and the K2 Reckoner,very happy with both.I think the Origin 101 will be perfect for what I mostly ski,off trail and tight tree skiing, Whitefish Montana is my home resort.What do you think about using Origin 101 for limited touring duty?
    Thanks for all the great reviews,you guys are my go to source.
    Ron

    1. Thanks, Ron!
      The nice thing about that metal strut is that you get the performance and stability of a titanal laminate without the weight. As such, the overall lightness of the ski makes it a dual-threat for both in and out of bounds skiing. I would not hesitate in the least to ski it with a hybrid touring binding. Have fun!
      SE

  4. enjoyed the review! Demoed some Origin 96 a few weeks ago and had a great time on them coming from my BC Atris. I tried to demo a Fischer Ranger 102 FR but they didn't have any but rode the Fischer 94 FR and was nice also. How would you say the Origin 101 compares to the Camox.

    Thanks!

    1. HI Doug!
      I found the Camox to have a heavier and burlier feel to it, even with the addition of the metal strut to the 101. The 101 is quicker and more maneuverable and playful, but only by a bit. For higher speeds and more stability in a turn, I'd trust the Camox. Have fun!
      SE

      1. how would you compare the new 101 origin to the Fischer Ranger 102 fr? pretty much down to these two.

        thanks!

        1. Hi Doug!
          I found the Origin to have a rounder turn shape, and a more playful overall feel. The shovel of the Ranger, due to the carbon nose, is pretty stiff, while the rest of the ski is lighter and more energetic, but that shovel can be deflected in crud, while the Origin seems to absorb the impact of rougher snow a bit better. I'd prefer the Ranger in fresh snow, and it does carve well in softer groomers, but I'm very impressed with the way they made these Origins behave better by adding that metal strut. It's still not a burly ski by any means, and does have a softer tip than the Ranger, but it's a whole lot of fun!
          SE

          1. thank you for your input. sold my msp 99 because they were so so and we were at steamboat before covid hit and got 2 ft of new snow and demoed a pair of Atris. They were great on fresh powder but on the skied on crud I could not stand them. went thru the same this year at steamboat and just rode it out. went to winter park first of April and wanted to demo the Ranger 102 Fr but they sold the demo pair and really enjoyed the 94 fr. next day I did a demo of the 96 origin and they were a blast also.

            thank you for the input. we ski about 16 days a year in Colorado so don't really need two pairs.

            ps, your reviews are the most detailed and the best!

  5. Hi guys

    First of all, thanks for the informative write-ups and YouTube reviews.

    Would you be able to comment on the Liberty Origin 101 vs the DPS RP 100 in the Alchemist and/or Pagoda layup?

    Thanks,

    James

    1. Sure, James!
      The DPS, with its full sheets of carbon, is quite a bit stiffer and burlier than the Origin 101, which has more of a playful and smeary personality. I spent some time on the 100 RP this past winter and was pretty darn impressed with the sharp-turning nature as well as the versatility. If you're looking for more poise and precision, I think the DPS is almost underrated for its cost. While the addition of the metal strut to the Origin is a big improvement to the series (understanding it's a new model), it still doesn't quite bring it into the on-trail category of the DPS. I'm not really an RP skier on paper, but on the snow, I really like the 15-meter radius and the stiffer overall flex--I think it's a great combination. The Pagoda build is a bit more energetic than the Alchemist construction, and a tad more refined. Have fun!
      SE

  6. Pretty stoked they came out with the Genesis 101 this year - can you help me understand how they'll feel compared to the Line Pandora 94/104 (or the Sick Day 94/104 compared to the Origin 101)? I think the skis were relatively similar in years prior but the new metal stringers should change the feel of these this year, but hopefully won't feel as damp/sendy as the Nordica Santa Anas/Enforcers or Blizzard Sheevas/Rustlers?

    1. Hi Becky!
      We're big fans of the new 101's and the addition of a vertical metal strut to the build. It makes them more stable and damp than the Pandora models, and while still playful and fun, the Genesis isn't quite as snappy or energetic as the Line. While creeping up to the dampness and stability of the Nordica and Blizzard, it's still got that freeride feel and flair that fun-loving skiers know and appreciate. You don't have to be on it 100% of the time, and that's a good thing for a lot of skiers. Hope that helps!
      SE

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