I'm 52 and if I had any park days, they're behind me. I purchased the Sarge95 this winter after skiing a K2 Shreditor 102 for the last two seasons. I was riding the K2s as a means to get off-trail and to enjoy freeskiing a bit more, but with my weight at 165# and with 102 mm underfoot, they didn't do very well on hardpack. After talking about parameters with Jeff we arrived at the Sarge95. Well, this season I wasn't able to do any backcountry, but have skied more glades then ever before. Add to that the crazy variable winter we've had here and the Sarge95s have handled about everything I've thrown at them, from icy hardpack to powder days. I'd recommend the Sarge95 to not just park users, but to anyone with a lighter weight that gets off-trail and wants a playful and versatile ski.
Bootjack 115 Wilderness Collection
Where: British Colombia, Canada (mostly backcountry)
I recently bought a pair of Shaggy's skis Bootjack 115 Wilderness Collection. I had the chance to try them in various snow conditions such as: deep powder, icy conditions, rainy conditions, tight trees and all the way to spring skiing. WOW!!! This is what I have to say.
I've had the fortune to start skiing at age 3 year and for the first time, I took the plunge and ordered a pair of skis from the internet without physically trying or seeing them. I have to admit that I was nervous, but since Shaggy's was offering a 5 day satisfaction guarantee, it put me at at ease.
I mostly chose the Bootjack because I was going on a backcountry ski trip to British Columbia Canada where I was expecting deep Powder and large terrain. I am pleased to report that the Bootjack performed very well! Even at low speed, the pronounced angle of the rocker tip kept me on top of the deep snow making the tight turns easy in between trees. There is no better feeling than to make big turns in deep powder on good quality skis.
I also had a chance to ski at a resort where the conditions were icy in the morning and soft in the afternoon. The skis performed relatively well due to the camber and the camber pocket. The skis felt strong and stiff when I was on edge maintaining wicked speeds on big GS turns. Surprisingly enough, I was able to ski comfortably in the moguls. I tried a lot of powder skis, but I never found one that is as versatile as the the bootjack!
I find the Bootjack is a perfect skis for someone who wants to skis powder, but also wants to have fun skiing groomed trails. I added the Limited Wilderness Collection package to the Bootjack only because I found the graphics amazing! The only down side to the Wilderness Collection is it brought a lot of conversation on and around the ski lifts.....not the best for anyone who prefers not to socialize. LoL
Wow. The Brockway 95 is a real confidence inspiring ski! Today I skied them for the first time and was really able to give it my all, without lacking the feel of control. To be able to rail turns as if i was reliving my high school glory days in the GS course was a great feeling. You can really feel the nanoMAG dampening system kick in when the skis are wanting to chatter over unforgiving snow surfaces. Now, Disclaimer I am a brand ambassador for Shaggy's. I usually ski either the Ahmeek 105 180, Sarge 95 182 or the Bootjack 115 186, all skis that allow me to rip all over the mountain. So to say I was impressed by the performance of the Brockway 95 with the nanoMAG dampening system says alot. I might have to add a ski to my quiver.... maybe for get back in the start gate???
First and foremost the skis are beautiful, the bright blue is very pleasant and I get a ton of compliments and questions on my Ahmeeks.
The important stuff:
I have now taken these bad boys out for 10-ish days on the Rockies and Wasatch Mountains and I must say they handle all snow conditions surprisingly well. Edge to edge on groomers they feel great for carving, they float decently in powder, but my favorite is definitely crud and tracked out snow. They charge SO WELL, they are incredibly stable in the most variable snow conditions. I have never skied on boards that can crush that type of snow like that. Can’t say enough about how good it is. I also always beat my skis up, but the edges have stayed and no core shots yet. The top sheet is chipping away a bit but I think that’s expected when you ski like I do.
Overall, very satisfied, best all mountain skis I have ever used.
I've held off writing my review until after I went out west to Utah. I was hoping to see how these performed in some powder, but unfortunately only got 2" while I was there. That being said, this ski performs. An added benefit was after skiing Volkl AC-30's for years, I notice that I don't get as fatigued while skiing these. It took about a day or two to find the sweet spot. I found that you definitely want to be on the tongue of your boot when you initiate your turns, but you're not kicked in the pants if you're not. They are pretty forgiving. I will say that I'm saving the Volkls for those days where it is icy, and the Ahmeeks are going to be what I'm on the rest of the time.
Can you say 66mph!!! Groomed or Powder! This is by far the best of both worlds East or West .... Also will hold edge...I a.m. presently in Colorado skiing and have had several complements on the design.
The 'Sarge turns the whole mountain into your terrain park. If you love skiing the whole mountain, and also like laps in the park, this is the ski for you!
Its directional profile and solid flex underfoot makes for stable GS- style turns on hard pack. Combine this with the innovative camber pockets located in-front and behind your boot contact point and you'll keep good grip, even after weeks hitting rails. Pro tip: keep these camber pockets sharp while de-tuning underfoot for a ski that won't catch on rails but still hooks up on icy groomers. The tip and tail of this ski are a lot softer than the mid-section which keeps them playful and really good for butters and presses, while keeping the backbone and stability needed for big jumps and going fast. The recommended mounting point is 2cm back from dead center, and puts you right on the middle of the effective edge when taking the directional rocker into consideration. This is where mine are mounted for primarily park riding!
As an ambassador for Shaggy's I've helped test a lot of different construction techniques and in the past a lot of those techniques didn't hold up to hard park riding. Durability is a huge priority for a ski that is going to spend as much time grinding steel rails as sliding on snow. I've been on my 'Sarges since last December hitting street spots, riding park, bombed out spring snow (mostly rocks), I even skied down a couple sand dunes with them. They are a little beat up, but after 100+ days that pair is still my daily driver!
I got the new 2018 Belles this year for my birthday and can't say enough about them. I've been riding them around the Northern Michigan and UP hills in all types of weather and snow conditions and these skis can handle anything. I took them out to Squaw Valley and Mount Bohemia for the holidays for backcountry trips with friends, and while they're not specifically backcountry skis, they were great for trees! After years of racing I wanted a ski that would hold a good edge in the super variable Michigan conditions but still be good for trees and powder out west, and I found that in the Belle! Great all around ski!
These things absolutely RIP on east coast conditions. I skied them this past Sunday at Hunter Mt. NY and they crushed everything the mountain had to throw at them. Great skis!
I'm no ski expert, but I know what I like. These are the only fat skis I've ever tried (mine are 2017 models) and they're a blast in the backcountry. I'm a big dude, 6'4" and these skis turn super easy on crud, packed pow and pow. Super solid at all backcountry worthy speeds. So glad I bought them.
Finally broke out my Ahmeeks today here at Snow Basin in Utah. We haven't had the best snow fall or conditions but we got a few more inches the last couple of days and couldn't wait any longer. Snow conditions are all over the map here, but it is all mostly hard or dense, not much light Utah powder yet. That said, these skis handled everything I put them through with flying colors. I get to ski just about every brand of ski made here at Demo Days every year and these skis are tops in their class in the 100 + or- 5 under foot range. I love them, I bought them on faith because I loved the Patriot graphics and the reviews I read sounded like they would be what I like. But the proof is in the pudding as they say and these things do not disappoint at all. Hard pack with ice patches, picking through the brush for soft stuff, hard packed bumps, crud, man made and about five inches of side stash. Didn't matter what it was, they handled it all and felt confident and fun doing it. Can't wait for a big dump so I can play with them on some of Utah's signature powder and packed powder.
The Sarge 95 is hands down the best ski I have ever owned. Living in Vermont I need something that is good on groomers, ice, and on occasion 6"-12" of fresh pow and these skis do great everywhere, just in this past week I have experienced all three and they put my rossi's to shame.
The most fun I have ever had on skis. If it's possible to love a pair of skis...I am in love.
I just came off of the mountains at Stowe. The first ride on my Brockway 95’s mated to Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings. Pretty much skied above anything I would have thought possible for me. Loose granular snow with some ice patches. Piles of snow pushed along the runs. Skis worked as advertised, I blasted through the piles without a hiccup, turns were crisp and my confidence level rose as well. I’m not sure if I “shredded” it or not, but they were a blast.. Edges held well on the solid surface as well as through the ice balls. I cannot say enough about how rock solid the ride is, the nanomag pretty much eliminated chatter. I definitely would recommend these skis.
This ski should be called the GOAT, just like Michael Jordan (or if you're from the U.P maybe pre-vikings Brett Farve), this ski is hands down the Greatest Of All Time. Okay yes as an ambassador to the brand I'm a little biased, but with 5 years at Shaggy's this is by far my favorite offering. The first powder ski I have ever seen that is equally at home on a 20" blower day, or a 'it rained yesterday and now its 8 degrees out' day. Being from Michigan this is the way our winters go. From feast to famine, freeze to thaw, and back again, the Bootjack 115 charges through anything you put in front of it.
The generous rocker in the tip gives this ski that elusive 'surfy' feel everyone is looking for in the soft stuff. The beefy 115mm underfoot, while admittedly a little heavy, keeps you and your legs happily afloat on even the deepest of days. The soft tip and relatively short radius keeps them playful and and oh-so-jibby in powder.
That's the easy part. There are dozens of skis on the market that ski great when conditions are great.
Where the Bootjack 115 really shines is on the OTHER days. The days where you question whether its really worth it to even drive to the hill. When its icy, chopped up, mashed potatoes, or any other concoction of snow and ice. This fat powder ski will blow anything else out of the water. The stiff, wide body of the ski, combined with generous camber and added camber pockets, make this ski feel more confident and stable than any ski I've ever been on. There is no speed limit with the Bootjack. It smashes through anything in front of it and laughs at cliff drops and snow snakes. GS turns through moguls? No problem.
If you're looking for a ski that goes faster than Ricky Bobby at the Daytona 500, surfs powder like John John Florence at pipeline and inspires more confidence than Mel Gibson at the end of Braveheart this is the one for you.
Needed a new hat for the winter, and just got this in today. Great quality! Really like the leather stamping on the patch!
I bought these early last season and they've performed exceedingly well on everything from icy groomers at Caberfae to 12"+ of powder up at Mount Bohemia and even touring in the backcountry. They truly are an excellent choice if you're looking for a one ski quiver.
I decided to slightly customize by going with clear top sheets instead of the original white. Jeff was super helpful and we emailed back and forth several time making slight changes until I was completely happy. The finished product definitely exceeded my expectations. They're absolutely beautiful! I get lots of compliments on them wherever I happen to be skiing.
This has been my go-to tshirt all summer. It's just right- soft and comfy and not too bulky. Fit is true to size. Washes up really nice.
I am always looking for something unique and different to ride. I became aware of Shaggy's skis a few years back but was initially reluctant to buy because I could not believe anyone could build a quality ski without a huge investment in R&D and capital equipment. Was I wrong. I was I still intrigued by Shaggy's so I researched and found out there is an alternate ski industry that manufacturers quality, high-end skis locally at competitive prices. Cut to last summer, I decided to take the plunge and buy a pair at Shaggy's preseason sale. I contacted Jeff for help selecting the right ski. Based on his recommendation I purchased a pair of Ahmeek's. I also sprung for a custom topskin for a little added fun. Cut to last ski season - I rode my new skis last season for 30+ days in New England. These Skis Rock! They ski everything well from frozen granular, corduroy, mashed potatoes, New England corn and of course POW. They float like no other ski I've had in deep POW and iI am amazed at what they can do on ice. I'm not sure how camber pockets work, but I assure you they do! I was initially concerned by the width. After all they are 105 underfoot, but Iwidth is not an issue. The skis are so stable at speed and they are as quick edge-to-edge than anything I have skied in the past. I am Sold - Wider is Better!! I also worked with Jeff to come up with a custom topskin which are certainly a conversation starter on the lift. Treat yourself - Buy a pair of Shaggy's!
The fourth ski of demo day was pure white, no graphics, no details except it was the skinniest underfoot of the day. My buddy had been on the same Hubbell prototype all day exclaiming it was the best ski he ever skied. It was a spring day with high crud banks that can turn any pole plant into an ear plant for unsuspecting or veteran. From the chair it was a tuck down to crank city whereas turns became linked arcs, edge to edge in the fall line. The goal of ski snow contact was easily achieved across flats over the headwall and rollers. The initiation of turns was effortless as they were so stable cruising through the piles of crud like a coast guard ice cutter. The ski when loaded up under pressure went into the arc with a pop that released into the next turn with a slingshot of energy that kept up the warp speed. Be it a long comfortable sweep across the slope or a quick demanding swivel, this ski was as welcome treat to the feet after a season on race skis. They were simply fun to ski, yet precise, stable, reliable, energized to let one descend downhill allowing the slope beneath to massage your balanced core without distraction or distortion. If you think of a descent down as if traveling over eggshells, the goal being not to crack through any of them without a gouge, jam or jarring slam of your energy, this ski allowed me to do so.
My buddy said "Naw! when I asked him if we should turn them in after a full afternoon of delight. I think you would find them fun to turn on!
I've skid these ladies in Michigan, Montana and Colorado and they are amazing in all conditions. I even race on them in my beer league! Wide underfoot, yet easy to turn and very responsive! I highly recommend these skis to friends and strangers all the time. Get a pair! You won't be disappointed!
I ride a 168; I'm 5'3 and there isn't much I won't try on the Madoras
I got Ahmeek 174s. Performed as great powder and backcountry skis, they were the go-to in my quiver this season.
The art on the graphic is fantastic and got me plenty of compliments in the lift lines. Only issue I had is minor chipping of the graphic at the edges, but this did not detract from the skis performance and was easily fixed with epoxy. Would highly reccomend to anyone looking for a pair of skis and/or some art for the lodge.
The Medoras are my go to ski for all conditions and they are particularly fun in powder and crud. Confidence inspiring, I skied some steep slopes in both Michigan and Alaska on my Medoras and they felt amazing. They hold an edge on corduroy and I can't imagine skiing deep snow without them. Awesome skis!
I've tried many skies over the years and my Tubby's are by far my favorite. This ski is fun for both play and aggressive skiing. Its only limitation is ice. Spring skiing with soft snow is where this ski has a major advantage over other skies. I have a second pair of shaggy skies - sarge 95 which I also enjoy. I bought my Sarge for those icy days, but I find myself switching skis regularly between the two because I like the variety for changing skiing conditions. We have a farm that I will use my tubbys on for back country skiing. The marker EPF touring bindings work great for this. Thank you for designing the tubby ski. It is a ton of fun, especially after you get used to them.
This past ski season was the first season on my Belle's and, to be quite honest, probably my best season on skis ever and I've been skiing for over 50 years!! When I first demo'd them, I knew after just a few runs, that I was in LOVE! These ski perform in everything...They truly are an all mountain ski. I skied Winter Park, CO this year and my Belle's did not disappoint! From the groomers to the famous Mary Jane Territory, my Belle's were eager to take me where ever I wanted to go! A trip to Banff in Alberta, Canada the end of March was enhanced by the daily dumping of fresh snow...powder? No problem for my Belle's! I truly LOVE these skis! I will never rent or travel without them, because I know that they will perform every single time, no matter the conditions. I'm so happy I own a pair of these magic skis...the magic is added sometime during the building process...Maybe it's because they are Michigan Made...and you can't get any better than that!