This is a terrific ski, and I know because I own it. I ski on it every day, use it for all conditions and all terrain. In fact this is the first year ever when I’ve just switched between two pairs of skis (usually I divide my time between four pairs), the Blackeye and my highly specialized short and fat carver for some serious fun-carving. I bought the Blackeye before I had the chance to test all the skis reviewed here, and even though the decision would have been much harder after the review, I am fully happy with what this beauty brings to the table (or rather the slopes) on a daily basis.
The first thing you will notice when you ski on the Blackeye is how very light it is. You feel it on the slopes, and you can definitely appreciate the lightness as you carry it on your shoulders. This is a huge benefit for those who ski at Summit Central on Snoqualmie Pass with the long hike from the parking lot to the ski area.
At 79mm underfoot, the Blackeye has a moderately wide base, but its edge to edge quickness is nothing short of amazing. You can make the tightest of turns (and effortlessly so) while your edges won’t budge a bit even in the iciest conditions. Being a moderately wide ski, you can get very good float in the powder and it will cut through even the nastiest of crud. I usually don’t like to ski extremely fast, preferring the short controlled turns as much as I enjoy the bumps. However, if you feel like letting loose, you can race this baby all day long and it will reliably respond with stability at any speed. I have the 164 cm version and it performs beautifully in the bumps. This really is an awesome, true all-mountain ski. It comes in a dark purple color with an understated, almost retro design that gives it an air of dignity. Two thumbs up!