In an age of fake news and elaborate claims, PFD’s All Mountain charger is a refreshingly honest ski
With a directional and reasonably aggressive sidecut, this ski proved to be an adept carver, especially when in medium to long radius turns where the stiff tails ping you out of turns faster than a cheetah full of Red Bull. In addition, despite their width, the skis really surprised me with their manoeuvrability when switching from edge to edge. Ripping down pistes flat out, these skis were in control 100% of the time and pushed me to get deeper into the turn and really challenge how fast I could lay carves in the corduroy.
The chargers had no problem holding an edge on all of the slopes we encountered, but where the skis really shone was in mixed and soft snow conditions. The stiffness of the ski, particularly underfoot let me cut through chowder and cruddy snow like a hot knife in butter.
Although the skis were setup with alpine style bindings, the potential for the skis to be part of a freeride touring setup was immediately apparent, thanks in part to the fitting of a skin clip at the tail of the ski. Granted it wouldn’t be the lightest setup but it would sure be a fun one, a perfect match for Salomon’s new Shift Binding or something similar.
Perhaps my only criticism of the skis is that on the few occasions I took my foot off the gas, the skis felt a little heavy. If you are a stronger skier then this isn’t too much of an issue, but if you are only going flat out 50% of the time then perhaps look elsewhere.