It’s rare that we here at Backcountry Skiing Canada award a perfect 10/10 but the G3 FINDr 102 Skis are worthy of this achievement. G3 combines the ideal dimensions and weight with some secret sauce to produce a true ‘quiver of one ski’ that won’t break the bank. Take a pair out for a spin and FINDr out for yourself.
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
G3 is a great Canadian ski company that’s enjoyed many recent successes. The most notable amongst them being the Ion 12 Bindings. We reviewed the Ion’s last season and awarded them our Gear of the Year Award. This year, the G3 FINDr 102 Skis obtained our only perfect score in a ski review to date. Because the FINDr 102’s can handle any type of snow condition or terrain they’re a solid choice for a quiver of one ski. They combine the qualities of a fat backcountry powder ski with those of a do-it-all resort ski and the light-weight of a mountaineering ski. The FINDr's comes in three sizes: the 102; which we’ll speak to here in this review, the 94; for those who want something a little lighter, and the 86; which is at the other end of the freeride spectrum. All FINDr models have traditional camber underfoot with early rise in the tips, the 102 has the most camber and longer tip and tail rises.
Functional yet beautiful too.
The FLYRIDE PLUS construction of the FINDr 102’s makes a light-weight ski that still offers the high performance you’d expect from a much heavier, more expensive ski. This is a difficult combination of features to achieve in a single ski. Like the Volkl Vwerk BMT 109 and Vwerk Katana skis, the FIND4 102’s utilize a thicker spine that runs down the centre of the ski. G3 refers to this as “UltraSpine Stealth”. It saves weight at the edges of the skis, while positioning the mass in the centre for better torsional stiffness and a lighter swing-weight.
However, the real secret of the FINDr’s success is the integration of PolyUrethane into the sidewalls. This is the same material that skateboard wheels are made of, and does an incredible job of dampening the FINDr skis, eliminating the chatter found in most carbon layup skis. The result is a go-anywhere ski that feels smooth and flowy on even the roughest terrain.
The first time I had a pair of FINDr 102’s underfoot the G3 crew and I were skiing at Park City Powder Cats at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show; Salt Lake City, 2016. Conditions that day ranged from boot top pow to wind-swept gnar and the FINDr’s ate it all up without hesitation. Have a watch of the following video overview of the FINDr 102 Skis that we prepared on that trip:
G3’s FINDr skis are also available in a 94mm width (the FINDr 94) and 86mm width (the FINDr 86): Great for those who want to go light and fast, ski the resort, or have more of an all-mountain experience.
The Tips and tails are thin and light for a low swing weight.
I tried hard to find something to complain about with the G3 FINDr 102 Skis but I simply couldn’t! Typically, if a ski is this light and fun in the backcountry, it’s too light to tackle the resort. I’m happy to report this is not so with the FINDr 102. They took on deep powder, chop, chunder, ice and groomers, all with ease and confidence. There was simply nothing that this ski couldn’t tackle. The polyurethane sidewalls should receive most of the credit for making this ski so fun in variable conditions. It’s amazing what a thin layer of polyurethane can do to dampen the ski and make your turns smooth and flowy. The UltraSpine Stealth construction and triaxial stitched carbon fibre also make the FINDr super solid on hard-packed groomers as well as variable snow conditions. With a 102, 94 and 86mm versions the FINDr comes in enough widths to keep everyone happy, and the $799 price tag is more than reasonable for a ski of this quality.
Until now, we’ve never awarded a perfect “10” rating. But the FINDr 102 warrants this score, and the moniker of a ‘true quiver of one ski’. You simply have to get a pair of these boards under your feet if you are looking for a single ski that can tame both backcountry and the resort.
Price: $799CAN / $799US
Lengths: 174, 179, 184, 189cm
Dimensions: 133 / 102 / 120mm
Turn Radius: 21-25m
Weight: 3.01kg / 6.875lb (184cm length)
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