Why we chose the Renoun Citadel 106: Innovative, lightweight, damp
Lengths (cm): 191, 184, 178 & 169
Sidecut (mm): 136 / 106 / 126
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,635g
Founded in March 2011, Renoun have quickly become known for producing carbon skis with anti-vibration technology built in to help fight off the unwanted ‘tinniness’ feeling carbon produces We’ll get stuck into all the technical nitty gritty in just a moment, but VibeStop, Renoun claims, “absorbs unwanted ski vibration for a more controlled, enjoyable ride.”
The Mpora test crew didn’t quite understand why this construction technique was being brought into the 88 mm waisted piste-focused Endurance ski, as why use the lightweight, snappy properties of carbon when you can use metal for lift-served skiing? But when it’s applied to a 106 mm waisted freeride ski, you’re left with a pair of skis that are impressively damp on the downhill and which come in at a phenomenally low weight.
Renoun Citadel 106 Construction
Given that Renoun’s VibeStop technology is the main talking point with this ski and the brand as a whole, we’re just going to jump straight into exactly what it is and what it does. The Citadel 106 makes use of a typical carbon sandwich (that’s two full length carbon laminates above and below an Aspen wood core), but it’s within the core where things get interesting.
“Renoun’s VibeStop technology is the main talking point with this ski”
Renoun have channelled columns out of the core material (both in the tips and tails) and filled those columns with the VibeStop material. This material is called Polydimethylsiloxane, for all the scientists out there, and it’s essentially a non-Newtonian polymer that changes viscosity under force. In other words, it changes between liquid and solid.