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Test 2020: Faction Dictator 2.0x

Faction Dictator 2.0x – women BEST FOR: Women (and confident men) who want a ski that can do it all—and love pink. LENGTHS:              155, 163, 171 DIMENSIONS:         127/96/117 RADIUS:                 18@171 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849 OTHER MODELS:    1.0X  Apparently everyone loves this dictator. The hot pink topsheet attracted them, but it was the effortless turns in soft … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo BEST FOR: Skiers looking for a forgiving platform to improve on. LENGTHS:              163, 170, 177, 184 DIMENSIONS:         129/88/111 RADIUS:                 19@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    92  To give the Kendo (and women’s Kenja) as much all-mountain versatility as possible, Völkl loaded it with a variable sidecut, lightweight tips, a Titanal frame, … More »

Test 2020: Head Total Joy

Test 2020: Head Total Joy BEST FOR: Advanced women skiers looking to add some speed to their repertoire. LENGTHS:              148, 153, 158, 163, 168 DIMENSIONS:         134/85/113 RADIUS:                 14@163 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $934 with bindings  The Total Joy is the most advanced-focused of Head’s line of women’s skis. That doesn’t mean it’s heavy. Head uses graphene, a … More »

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP BEST FOR: Anyone who loves tight turns in the bumps, trees and groomers. LENGTHS:              171, 179, 184, 189 DIMENSIONS:         133/100/118 RADIUS:                 15@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1399 OTHER MODELS:    Wailer 112, Wailer 100 RP  It’s not just an eye-catcher! Where a lot of skis we tested veer toward expert-focused power, … More »

Test 2020: Nordica Enforcer Free 104

Test 2020: Nordica Enforcer Free 104 BEST FOR: An all-mountain, everyday ski for strong skiers who like a little girth. LENGTHS:              172, 179, 186, 191 DIMENSIONS:         135/104/124 RADIUS:                 18.5@186 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER SIZES:        115, 110, 100, 93, 88  On test day, the Enforcer sometimes felt smaller than it looked, pivoting on autopilot in the … More »

Test 2020: Line Vision 98

Test 2020: Line Vision 98 BEST FOR: One ski for the entire mountain, including the backcountry. LENGTHS:              172, 179, 186 DIMENSIONS:         131/98/119 RADIUS:                 18@179 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700  Don’t judge a ski by its specs, particularly the surprising Vision 98. A 1,500-gram ski with paulownia wood and carbon in the core sounds like a touring ski … More »

Test 2020: Elan Wingman 86CTi

Test 2020: Elan Wingman 86CTi BEST FOR: Those searching for a classic do-everything all-mountain ski. LENGTHS:              160, 166, 172, 178, 184 DIMENSIONS:         127/86/113 RADIUS:                 17@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    86Ti, 82Cti, 82Ti, 78T, 78C  Everyone needs a good wingman. The 86Cti is a great one, which was the nearly unanimous feedback from the testers. … More »

Test 2020: Rossignol Nova 14 Ti

Test 2020: Rossignol Nova 14 Ti BEST FOR: High-speed railing. LENGTHS:                153, 160, 167 DIMENSIONS:           123/74/109 RADIUS:                   12@160 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $600 OTHER MODELS:      10 Ti, 8 CA, 6, 4  Like the unisex-equivalent React family, the Novas are carving skis with a race pedigree. None more so than the Nova 14 Ti, the most demanding … More »

Test 2020: Faction Dictator 2.0x

Faction Dictator 2.0x – women BEST FOR: Women (and confident men) who want a ski that can do it all—and love pink. LENGTHS:              155, 163, 171 DIMENSIONS:         127/96/117 RADIUS:                 18@171 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849 OTHER MODELS:    1.0X  Apparently everyone loves this dictator. The hot pink topsheet attracted them, but it was the effortless turns in soft … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo BEST FOR: Skiers looking for a forgiving platform to improve on. LENGTHS:              163, 170, 177, 184 DIMENSIONS:         129/88/111 RADIUS:                 19@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    92  To give the Kendo (and women’s Kenja) as much all-mountain versatility as possible, Völkl loaded it with a variable sidecut, lightweight tips, a Titanal frame, … More »

Test 2020: Head Total Joy

Test 2020: Head Total Joy BEST FOR: Advanced women skiers looking to add some speed to their repertoire. LENGTHS:              148, 153, 158, 163, 168 DIMENSIONS:         134/85/113 RADIUS:                 14@163 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $934 with bindings  The Total Joy is the most advanced-focused of Head’s line of women’s skis. That doesn’t mean it’s heavy. Head uses graphene, a … More »

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP

Test 2020: DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist RP BEST FOR: Anyone who loves tight turns in the bumps, trees and groomers. LENGTHS:              171, 179, 184, 189 DIMENSIONS:         133/100/118 RADIUS:                 15@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1399 OTHER MODELS:    Wailer 112, Wailer 100 RP  It’s not just an eye-catcher! Where a lot of skis we tested veer toward expert-focused power, … More »

Test 2020: Nordica Enforcer Free 104

Test 2020: Nordica Enforcer Free 104 BEST FOR: An all-mountain, everyday ski for strong skiers who like a little girth. LENGTHS:              172, 179, 186, 191 DIMENSIONS:         135/104/124 RADIUS:                 18.5@186 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER SIZES:        115, 110, 100, 93, 88  On test day, the Enforcer sometimes felt smaller than it looked, pivoting on autopilot in the … More »

Test 2020: Line Vision 98

Test 2020: Line Vision 98 BEST FOR: One ski for the entire mountain, including the backcountry. LENGTHS:              172, 179, 186 DIMENSIONS:         131/98/119 RADIUS:                 18@179 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700  Don’t judge a ski by its specs, particularly the surprising Vision 98. A 1,500-gram ski with paulownia wood and carbon in the core sounds like a touring ski … More »

Test 2020: Elan Wingman 86CTi

Test 2020: Elan Wingman 86CTi BEST FOR: Those searching for a classic do-everything all-mountain ski. LENGTHS:              160, 166, 172, 178, 184 DIMENSIONS:         127/86/113 RADIUS:                 17@184 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    86Ti, 82Cti, 82Ti, 78T, 78C  Everyone needs a good wingman. The 86Cti is a great one, which was the nearly unanimous feedback from the testers. … More »

Test 2020: Rossignol Nova 14 Ti

Test 2020: Rossignol Nova 14 Ti BEST FOR: High-speed railing. LENGTHS:                153, 160, 167 DIMENSIONS:           123/74/109 RADIUS:                   12@160 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $600 OTHER MODELS:      10 Ti, 8 CA, 6, 4  Like the unisex-equivalent React family, the Novas are carving skis with a race pedigree. None more so than the Nova 14 Ti, the most demanding … More »

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