There are new ski companies popping up ever year. In the past I have mostly stayed away from this little guys due to concerns over quality and durability. Last summer while riding bikes in Tahoe I ran into Squaw Valley heavy weight Kevin O’Meara one of the owners of Praxis. I know Kevin is a gnarly guy, (Second place at Kirkwood this year after a 2 year comp hiatus/ Sickbird Buckle holder) so I asked him some questions about the skis he makes by hand with his cousin Keith and he sold me on them. Story about factory
Praxis is most well know for their Powderboards, which are a beefed up version of the now extinct Spatula from now extinct Volant. The Rx is more of an all mountain ski that can do it all. From deep powder to crud to hard pack I feel that the RX has not let me down yet. The durability seems to be really great too. I have been skiing them hard of about 2 months and have no problems at all with major base or edge damage.
A waist width of 115mm, some rocker in the tip, a tiny bit of rocker in the tail and a mellow traditional camber make the RX pretty much the exact ski I would make for myself if I knew how. They are stiff which makes them perform well on hardpack and at speed. My only issue with them is that they feel a little short sometimes in the chopped up pow when you are charging. They come in a 189cm and a 179cm. I wish there was a 195cm, so I asked Kevin about one yesterday at Snowbird. Maybe next year….I will keep my fingers crossed.