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While beautiful to look at, the Liberty Genesis 96 was inconsistent in nearly every metric. There seems to be something about its flex pattern which makes it bend in funny ways, and at unexpected times. This makes it unpredictable, and we didn't feel confident trusting it in most conditions.
None of our testers felt confident going fast on this ski in any terrain. It did not hold an edge very well on firm snow and would shudder and shake when we tried to put on the brakes. If we could manage to make a perfectly rounded, smoothly arced turn, it would be OK, but when we wavered for a moment it got freaky. The flex pattern across the length of the ski is unusual; it seems to bend and release frantically in the middle of a turn, without the skier's consent. While it is able to make a tighter, quicker turn in steep terrain, it felt unstable underneath us, making it an unreliable companion.
This ski is definitely more adept at buttering a turn rather than carving one. It prefers to skid (and sometimes skitter) rather than rail a smooth edge. Because of the strange flex we mentioned, we felt we couldn't rely on the edges maintaining their course in a carved turn. One tester called them, "Bendy in a bad way".
We made a few good turns in a few inches of powder on the Genesis 96, but anything deeper and we were all over the shop. The ski felt noodley both at speed and under the fresh snow; even the flex and rebound we felt against the packed powder platform under the surface was unpredictable.
The Genesis just can't hang here. It bounced us around like kids in a blow-up castle, but with less giggling. The ski is light, so it tries to skim across the surface, but each ski tends to get bucked into separate (from one another) trajectories along the way. Not confidence-inspiring.
One tester told us this ski was "playful like an angry puppy". You know, the one that would be really cute if they'd just stop tearing at your socks and fingers? It is lighter-weight and easy to get airborne - it's just what happens when you land that's concerning. We didn't have very much fun on these beautiful skis, sadly.
In soft slush bumps, this ski is fairly flexible and maneuverable. It likes to make make a shorter turn, so it performed the best in this metric of any. If you're getting into firmer, bigger bumps though, the Genesis is better traded for something more reliable.
The Genesis 96 sits in the middle of the pack in terms of cost, but one tester told us that she wouldn't ski these every day even if they were free.
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