Ordered the Rustler 9. Easy process, quick delivery. Can’t ride them till winter as I don’t live near Mammoth.
I was trying to track down a pair of skis hard to find an these guys delivered.
Great advice, price , and delivery.
And yes I love the skis
I will definitely purchase from them again!! They went out of their way to get me on the blizzards I needed!!
I wanted to get my hands on some new model Rustler 9s and Chris at STAS was incredibly helpful. He first offered to hold his one pair of demos in my length (I was traveling in from out of town) and then we had a conversation that convinced me these were the right skis so he put a pair along with some bindings aside for me and mounted them within hours of me arriving and dropping off my boots. I was on the mountain the next day and LOVE them. Thanks Chris! As for the skis - they rock. I was looking for something more playful and easier to steer in trees/bumps than Brahma 88s, but that could still rip down groomers. The elusive one ski quiver. This fit the bill perfectly. Skied everything from very firm almost icy end-of-day groomers to trees and bumps to 6-8" of powder and the ski never let me down. Felt more confident than ever. I tried last year's R9s and I totally recommend these over them - moving the metal to the edges instead of down the middle removed the floppiness at speed.
Skier: 5'8" ,165 lbs. life long skier, skiing mostly groomers with some off piste activity
Reason for purchase: interested in new design since the Rustler 10 has been my daily driver for 2+ years now
Current/Past Set Up: current is the Rustler 10 (180cm) with Marker Duke PT 16 bindings, past is Rustler 10 (180cm) with Marker Baron bindings.
Days Skied/Conditions: 6 days/ "hero" snow to rained on saturated snow, some icy patches. no fresh or deep powder.
Observations: better edge feel underfoot (grippy) than previous design. Maybe not quite as lively as previous design (needs slightly more input to initiate a turn?). More energy available from the tails resulting in a good solid pop out of a turn. Overall I'm pleased with the design changes, seems to make the Rustler an even more capable freeride ski.