Peak 104 vs Renoun Citadel 106 Review
Founded in 2011, Renoun has intentionally expanded their product lineup over the year’s to design the absolute best skis in each category. So, it was no surprise that when Peak skis launched last year, they copied the Renoun playbook to a tee. Here’s how the Peak 104 stacks up against the legendary Renoun Citadel 106.
Even though it’s “nearly featherlifght”, the Renoun Citadel 106 is well-known for its stability. Renoun's proprietary technology, VibeStop™ Technology, integrates non-Newtonian polymers within the ski's construction. This results in impressive stability at high speeds, minimizing vibrations and enhancing control. With the metal laminates in the Peak 104, it also offers good stability by increasing it's overall weight.
These skis are far apart on the playfulness spectrum. The Peak 104 is heavier and better suited to picking a line and stickig to it. While the much lighter Citadel 106 is ok with being quickly maneuvered through a tight spot.
The Citadel 106 has a reputation for smooth edge-to-edge transitions. Its design allows for responsive turns while maintaining control. The Peak 104 is also known for its agility, but the Citadel's technology might provide a slightly more seamless edge-to-edge performance.
Both skis offer versatility but cater to different preferences. The Renoun Citadel 106 excels in various conditions due to its stability and all-mountain design. It performs well on groomed trails, crud, and softer snow. The Peak 104, while versatile, might feel more tailored towards freeride and playful skiing rather than all-out versatility across different terrains.
The Citadel 106 is both wider and softer than the Peak 104, giving it more floatation overall. But the Peak 104, with it’s extra heft and stiffer chasis, will blast through heavy snow better.
Ultimately, the Peak 104 is basically a wider version of the Peak 98. The Citadel, on the other hand is a more specialized tool that’s a full 300g lighter, and because of that, far more maneuverable. If you want something heavier that likes being on the ground? Go for the Peak 104. If you care about weight, the Citadel 106 is the ski of choice.