Liberty Evolv100 Skis – A Versatile, All Terrain Ski
We all have our preferred niche ski style; some chase the “steep and deep”, others just want to go fast and make zero turns, a couple like whizzing through glades. But, most of us don’t get to choose just one type of skiing to stick to. Most of us ski corduroy one day, crud the next and ice the day after. And for those of us who deal with handfuls of different conditions throughout the season, we need a ski that can handle it all. So if you fall into the “most of us” category, take a look at Liberty’s EVOLV100 all-terrain ski.
These skis steal the spotlight in packed powder.
Liberty Skis has combined its Origin and V-Series lines to deliver the EVOLV series to you. Designed as an all-terrain ski, they feature a slight early rise, a flat tail, and a stiffer flex. They also feature Liberty’s Vertical Metal Technology (VMT) which gives them the power and stability of a full metal sheet without the weight. The VMT maintains this stability through high speeds, icy conditions and creates a dampening effect to assist you through tough crud. Between the VMT, 85% camber and 15% tip rocker, these skis are designed for fast runs and holding an edge in all conditions.
The core is comprised of the VMT technology which is in between bamboo stringers. These stringers add strength, liveliness and little pop to the ski. In addition, there are layers of poplar and paulownia wood to keep the ski light. There are steel plates underfoot which give the ski that tougher flex and provide maximum precision.
These skis shine in packed powder or a few inches of fresh snow. Although they’re not surfy pow skis, the slight early rise will keep you on top of the snow so you aren’t diving into the bottom of the snowpack. Although, on days any deeper than ~7” you may have a hard time. The camber helps you carve on hardpack and is eager to speed down the slope. However, if you leave the turn up to the skis they will take over and leave you as a passenger while the edge gets aggressive.
I mounted these with Bishop BMF/R telemark bindings and was very content with how the power transferred from my legs to the skis. I’d recommend having bindings that do the same for the “passenger” reason. Effective communication is important in this ski/skier relationship. I have had a blast carving around groomers on these. At 100 mm underfoot, these skis are versatile enough to make quick, precise turns through moguls or, as mentioned before, can float you in a few inches of fresh snow.
Pretty neat top sheets, eh?
I have about 20 days total on these skis at the resort and in the backcountry. They’re on the heavier side at 8.5 lbs and don’t have quite enough tip rocker for the snow you will encounter in the backcountry. For these reasons, I’d keep the skis on the resort. At 5’ 8” I opted for the 172 cm. This is a little shorter than what I usually ski but I have enjoyed the quick turns the length has provided. There is also an EVOLV90 if you’re looking for something a little narrower underfoot.
At $850 these aren’t the cheapest skis on the market, but that’s the point, they’re not cheap. No shortcuts were taken in their production. You get what you pay for and the EVOLV100s prove that.
Bottom Line: The EVOLV100s are edge-holding masters. Their versatility makes them a great choice for someone who wants to rip around on-piste.
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.