There's a lot of ski talk in the lift line, on the chair, and in the bar after a day of shredding. One dude's talking about how he'd be a pro if only his skis were better, another's saying how they only go out when conditions are perfect, and a third is spraying about how he has 163 pairs of skis to choose from on any given day and isn't that awesome' Chances are, though, that none of these skiers are talking about Whitedot's Preacher Ski, because it they knew about it they'd stop moaning and let their riding speak for itself. As everything gets steadily more rockered, finding a bomber directional ski that can handle itself in soft snow becomes a tougher and tougher task. The Preacher is a breath of fresh (or stale') air with full-length camber and a decent amount of sidecut to help you shred comp lines, blast through crud, and tear variable snow to bits. Whitedot calls it an "oversized all-mountain ski," and we think that's a pretty apt description, because while the camber and sidecut help you rail turns through chunder, the powder-friendly 112mm waist and wide tapered tip give you the footprint to float through the soft stuff and stay steady at freeride-comp speeds. The tip also lets you ride with your weight forward, so you can make the most of the ski's edginess, and doesn't hook up prematurely in soft snow, so you don't have to worry about getting bucked. The shape is key, but it's the guts of the Preacher that really make it go. Whitedot built it on a poplar and ash core--poplar for durability and elasticity, ash for strength and spring--and it laid down triaxial fiberglass laminates and carbon KEVLAR stringers for increased torsional stiffness and pop, respectively. By finishing this sandwich with ABS sidewalls, Whitedot gave the Preacher bomber edge-to-edge stiffness, so it won't twist and feel squirrely under serious edging pressure. The company also hooked the ski up with wrap-around steel edges and a sintered base, which boost durability, bite, and sp...
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