Movement Bond X Series Ski Review

Posted: November 24, 2012 in Review, Ski
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I first got into ski touring so that i could ski powder for longer after the last snow fall. I didn’t want to compromise on the down hill, so I would take my big  free-ride skis and boots into the mountains. However nowadays I am doing a lot of ski alpinism on steep slopes in varied conditions, where large powder skis are often not the best tool for the job on the down hill and a lighter, smaller ski is definatly beneficial for the up.

I knew Movement made good skis as i had been using their Couloir ski in the 188 cm length as a steep touring ski for a few seasons. At 89 mm in the waist it was a lot smaller and lighter than my dedicated free-ride and powder skis, and I started to enjoy the better edge hold of a narrower ski on hard snow, and less weight on my pack. With ideas for ski expeditions at high altitude and wanting to be fast in the Alps I was keen to see how light a ski I could use that would still have the characteristics I desired; enter the X series.

Movement Bond X Series

The X series takes existing Movement skis and applies their secret North TPT and carbon construction to them to reduce the weight but increase torsional stiffness (great for edge hold.) There are 4 different skis they have done this to, the Fish, the Random, the Bond and the Logic.

The Fish and Random are rando race skis and a little small even for my new light weight requirements (although if your into rando racing I’m sure they ski very well  if the other X series are anything to go by.) The Bond and Logic are similar in dimensions, with the Logic being slightly larger, however where they differ is their camber. The Logic has a classical ski shape and the Bond has early rise tip and tail rocker, in my opinion making it a more versatile tool.

The Bond X is available in the following sizes:

SIZE (CM) 161 169 177 183
WIDTHS (MM) 119-84-108 119-84-108 120-84-109 120-84-109
RADIUS (M) 17 18 19 20
WEIGHT (KG) 0,95 +/- 30GR 1,05 +/- 30GR 1,15 +/- 30GR 1,25 +/- 30GR

The ski I have been using is the 177 cm length, Im 6 foot tall, weigh about 80 kg and having never owned a ski less than 185 cm so it’s a pretty small ski for me. The first thing I noticed about the ski is how ridiculously light its is. With the ATK race bindings I’m using with them it is easy to forget you have skis on your pack and it is a pleasure to skin with them. No surprises there, but how do they ski?

I tested the skis in just about every condition imaginable, and in general they performed very well. I did find that it took me a little time to get used to the lack of mass and you have to ski with good balance and posture all the time, no sitting back and being lazy.

On  piste they are suited to making smaller turns but carve very well and hold a good edge. At very high speeds they do become skittish and it requires a lot of concentration. The 183 cm would probably be slightly better in this regard.  Away from the piste, in refrozen chopped up snow the light weight is a disadvantage as there is a lot of tip deflection, so you won’t be powering through crud like on a big ski. However neither of these things came as a surprise to me and I can put up with both as I don’t expect to be using them where there are crowds.

For such a small ski I was very impressed with their soft snow performance, boot top powder is a dream on them and up to knee deep they perform very well, helped greatly by the early rise tips. There isn’t a lot of tail so just don’t get too far in the back seat. The tip and tail rocker also mean you can be very playful with the shape of your turns, just don’t expect to be able to lock into giant mach 10 turns.

In spring snow they also perform nicely but personally I think these are some of the easiest conditions to ski and it would be a disaster if they didn’t. However I would say both the camber and sidecut of the ski are very well suited to spring touring  and the size and speed of turn you will be making in those conditions.

When it came to hard and icy snow I though the ski performed really well, especially for edge hold during jump turns in steep terrain, no doubt due to the high torsional rigidity. The light weight of the ski also gives the advantage of needing very little effort to perform jump turns and allows you to say very controlled. The shorter length allowed me to pass through tight technical sections with ease, where with a longer ski the tips and tail would have been on rocks.

The durability of the ski seems very good considering the weight reducing techniques utilized, such as the thin edges, and I haven’t done any damage out side of normal wear and tear after around 30 days of touring on them.

Overall its definatly a ski I would recommend, and is my go to ski for ski alpinism. They are a specialized ski and are not for beginners just getting into the sport, requiring a good level of skill to get the most out of them. It’s not a ski to take on deep powder touring (where you will enjoy something bigger,) or for lift served free-riding (where you want something more powerful.) However to take into the big mountains for technical lines and mixed conditions it provides very good performance and a stupidly light weight.  You get to the top fresh and can put more into the descent, which is what its all about at the end of the day.

Skiing from the Col de la Brenva on Mont Blanc, with the Movement Bond X Series.

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Comments
  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks so much for the review! Have been looking for more information on these, and was wondering if they would be a decent ski for my late spring/summer fitness touring and easy ski mountaineering. Looks good so far!

  2. Seb says:

    Hello Ben, thank you so much for such a detailled and quality review on the Bond X ski.
    I am in the process of buying either Bond or Bond X ski. Can you maybe give your feeling on the slight differences of those two skis?
    I plan to have the same program as you: ski alpinism, steep slopes. It would be my only ski.
    I plan to buy the Bond because it may be a little bit better to ski , because of more mass. I am still not an expert skier, because new to ski (i used to splitboard 5 years)

    • Ben Briggs says:

      Hi Seb,

      I haven’t skied the normal bond but I imagine it is very similar to ski, probably less prone to tip deflection and a little damper. However it is the smallest ski i have and i use it for quite specific things. If you are planning on just having one ski personally i would get something slightly larger and a little (but not too much) heavier, as it will be a better all rounder. Sticking with movement skis the pariah would be a good ski for what your wanting to do, but has traditional camber unlike the bond. If you you want the rocker then the DPS wailer 99 would be worth checking out and is still very light in the pure carbon construction.

      Ben

  3. Seb says:

    Thanks Ben. The wailer 99 is a bit too expensive for me. I am now hesitating between the normal bond and the magnet (same shape as bond but 10 mm larger).
    The pariah doesnt seem to be known among backcountry skiers, more for freeriders

    I would like to follow your advice of something bigger than the bond, but i fear that the magnet will not be so good in hard snow & steep slope. Have you got an advice about the choice bond/magnet?

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Great insight! I’m looking at the randoms x 2014s so need to find this type of article for those skis!

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