Gear Review: ON3P 2019 Magnus 102 All Mountain Park Skis
ON3P has been making skis in Portland Oregon since 2009 and since the beginning had a product that stood out. Now 10 years later their skis are still designed to be rockered yet aggressive and are arguably some of the most durable skis on the market. The Magnus 102, new for 2019, sits in their ski line as the wide park ski. This ski is designed for an aggressive skier who wants a stable and charging ski that can still slash and butter, for any conditions.
The sidecut on the Magnus 102 is close to symmetrical and features wide shovel tips and tails and the ski has steep nose rocker along with more tail rocker, or splay, than most skis. Due to these dimensions it is possible to butter, revert, ski backwards, and play down the mountain while still having a relatively stiff and stable ski. This ski comes with a factory detune, meaning the edges come rounded straight out of the plastic. The detune is advantageous for park skiing and allows for a more surfy feel outside of the park. My first few days I spent on this ski, it had gotten to 46 degrees at Mt.Hood and this ski was able to ski the sidecountry chunder better than anything I have been on, this ski was so stable and rockered it could power thru and over all the heavy snow in my way.
For Park skiers, these will last and retain pop longer due to the extra thick edges and durable bamboo core. This ski is among the best for butters if you are willing to put in a little extra effort and it feels stable on any sized jump. One issue I have noticed c, is the extra tail rocker on this ski makes it slightly more prone to washing out backseat when landing on jumps. Being wide for park skis these are less responsive on rails and due to a heavier swing weight take a little more effort to spin quickly. For me, I am willing to sacrifice these downsides in order to have a ski that is stiff and playful on any feature or run.
For the ski it is, these carve great and have really good recoil from turn to turn. If you get forward and drive into your turns, more of the rocker engages and the ski turns harder and better. While I love this ski in the park, as its advertised, in my opinion this ski really stands out for turning the whole mountain into your playground. Whether you are sending it off side jumps and cornices under the lift or hitting the gnarliest line you can find this ski will feel stable and playful when desired. I weigh 165 lbs. and am skiing on the 181 length of this ski. I choose to ski these over my narrower more conventional park skis and take these out for resort pow days instead of any of my wider powder skis because these skis are the perfect one ski quiver.