There is something to be said about making a ski slightly heavier in the name of performance and this is what the Findr is all about.
After many years of the ski industry focusing on big widths and flat rockered skis, riders are starting to trend back to narrower widths and returning to more traditional ski types and construction. But going back to the traditional way of things comes with a slight twist. The all new G3 Findr’s are a blending of old and new, combining a hybrid carbon construction with 3d milled wood core that gives the ski a positive feel. Much different compared to the skiddish characteristics of pure carbon, or mostly carbon skis that have been all the rage the last few years.
From the first turn you notice the supportive stiffness of this ski. With a little bit of camber and ample tip rocker the ease for which this ski starts and finishes a turn allows you to ski between tight trees easily. Additionally when the landscape opens up, these skis are up to the task at high speed. In icy conditions the camber of the ski gives confidence to hold and edge and navigate to the bottom of the mountain.
This is not a deep powder ski, nor should it be expected to excel in those conditions. It will handle moderate powder but this should be reserved for those with good technique. In moderate light powder the early rise tip gets the skis up on plane quickly and confidently. It should be noted due to the narrower and with a little stiffer profile a ski like the FINDr will require a more refined technique to unlock its performance. It likes to be skied fast and those accustomed to slower speeds may have to work the ski a little more to get the desired performance.
This isn’t a ski mountaineering (skimo) ski where grams are king. At 3kg per pair, this set of skis are almost half a pound heavier than their carbon brother the Synapse. These aren’t heavy skis, but if your focus is on the ascent you may be better served by a narrower version of the Synapse series.
The stock mount point is located in a more traditional place near the rear of the ski which allows ample tail clearance for making kick turns easy.
This ski isn’t heavily armoured at the tip of the tail so take extra caution to protect the top sheet if you are using this in mechanized access situations (ie. sledding) as you may peel back the corners of the top sheet to allow water to penetrate into the core shorting their life span.
This ski rips and it is more suited to day-in day-out use. If you find yourself only skiing blower, neck-deep powder you would likely want to add another ski to the quiver for those duties. Overall this ski will handle most conditions and will still handle those normal powder days. The more powderful skiers will appreciate the extra stiffness and lack of skiddishness built into the chassis of the FINDr.
Who should buy this ski?
If you find that the carbon skis just don’t feel right, or that you feel that you are overpowering light weight planks you have tried in the past, the FINDr might be for you. It gives you that confidence to ski with aggression but not kill your legs on the uptrack with its more moderate weight. Expect to see more development in the coming years on these types of skis as the big wide planks are moving out of fashion and narrower skis become more capable than ever!
G3 FINDr skis