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DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP ski test

DPS Pagoda ski test

SKI TEST 2021 DPS PAGODA PISTE 90 RP * ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Intermediates and up looking to improve The Pagoda Piste is DPS’s take on a resort-focused ski. It mixes the carbon fibre laminate construction perfected by the Utah company, with a lively aspen wood core tip-to-tail, and damping ash laminate under the bindings. Then … More »

Elan Wildcat 86 CX ski test

ski test Elan Wildcat

SKI TEST 2021 ELAN WILDCAT 86 CX * ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN BEST FOR: A one-ski, all-mountain solution particularly for Easterners. The advantage of an asymmetric ski (i.e., a designated left and right ski) is efficiency. For instance, in the Wildcat, Elan’s new all-mountain line, structural material is strategically applied along the inside of the ski … More »

Salomon Stance 88 Ski Test

Salomon Stance ski test

SKI TEST 2021 * ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN SALOMON STANCE 88 BEST FOR: Powerful all-mountain skiers. Usually our female testers love a stiff, metal-laminate ski. But with a construction identical to the unisex-equivalent Stance, including two sheets of Titanal and a poplar and karuba wood core, they weren’t sure what to make of the powerful Stance … More »

Dynastar M-Pro 90 Ski Test

ski test Dynastar M-Pro

SKI TEST 2021 * ALL-MOUNTAIN * EDITORS’ CHOICE DYNASTAR M-PRO 90 BEST FOR: Advanced skiers looking for a versatile weapon.  Testers unanimously praised the 90mm version of the M-Pro. Generous tip rocker and a predictable, smooth flex made it easy to turn at any speed. A full width of metal under the binding helped it … More »

Nordica Enforcer 94 Ski Test

SKI TEST 2021 * ALL-MOUNTAIN NORDICA ENFORCER 94 BEST SUITED FOR: Taking your all-mountain game up a notch or two Whether chopped-up powder or fresh corduroy, the new Enforcer felt dialled. “Damp, carves well and forgiving in uneven terrain,” said Ryan Stuart. Already a versatile and well-loved ski, Nordica tinkered with the construction and shape … More »

Elan Ripstick 106 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 ELAN RIPSTICK 106 * FREERIDE * EDITORS’ CHOICE * Best for: A western skier looking for a do-it-all workhorse. A 106mm waist is at the top end of what we consider an all-mountain width, but the Ripstick encouraged us to keep an open mind. This is a sequel and looks and feels … More »

Instinct Transcend ski test

Instinct Transcend

SKI TEST 2021  Instinct Transcend * women* Best for: A touring ski that can charge the hill  Instinct Skis is a small brand out of Rossland, B.C., but despite its humble roots it uses a high-tech and complex construction in the Transcend, including seven layers of composites (carbon, Kevlar and fibreglass), rubber for damping, carbon … More »

Rossignol Blackops Sender Ti ski test

Rossignol Blackops Sender

SKI TEST 2021 ROSSIGNOL BLACKOPS SENDER Ti * EDITORS’ CHOICE * BEST FOR: Charging the entire mountain in any conditions. One tester loved the Sender Ti so much he didn’t bring it back. Eventually others, hungry for their turn, had to hunt him down. Of the 25 models at test day, the Sender Ti delivered … More »

Faction Agent 3.0 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 FACTION AGENT 3.0 In trying to describe this ski, testers let loose with the analogies and metaphors. One WWE fan wrote: “A Rick Flair ski. You wrestle with it to get to the powder and then, Woooo!” We noticed a theme. “Two speeds: fast and faster,” wrote Tim Plante. As the lyrics … More »

Völkl Blaze 106 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 VOLKL BLAZE 106 * Editors’ Choice * BEST FOR: Mount a Marker Duke PT and you’ve got a freeride and touring quiver of one. The Blaze is part of a growing category of skis that blend do-it-all performance with backcountry-capable weight. Reports from the front line suggest the Blaze might be one … More »

Ski Test

DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP ski test

DPS Pagoda ski test

SKI TEST 2021 DPS PAGODA PISTE 90 RP * ALL-MOUNTAIN BEST FOR: Intermediates and up looking to improve The Pagoda Piste is DPS’s take on a resort-focused ski. It mixes the carbon fibre laminate construction perfected by the Utah company, with a lively aspen wood core tip-to-tail, and damping ash laminate under the bindings. Then … More »

Elan Wildcat 86 CX ski test

ski test Elan Wildcat

SKI TEST 2021 ELAN WILDCAT 86 CX * ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN BEST FOR: A one-ski, all-mountain solution particularly for Easterners. The advantage of an asymmetric ski (i.e., a designated left and right ski) is efficiency. For instance, in the Wildcat, Elan’s new all-mountain line, structural material is strategically applied along the inside of the ski … More »

Salomon Stance 88 Ski Test

Salomon Stance ski test

SKI TEST 2021 * ALL-MOUNTAIN * WOMEN SALOMON STANCE 88 BEST FOR: Powerful all-mountain skiers. Usually our female testers love a stiff, metal-laminate ski. But with a construction identical to the unisex-equivalent Stance, including two sheets of Titanal and a poplar and karuba wood core, they weren’t sure what to make of the powerful Stance … More »

Dynastar M-Pro 90 Ski Test

ski test Dynastar M-Pro

SKI TEST 2021 * ALL-MOUNTAIN * EDITORS’ CHOICE DYNASTAR M-PRO 90 BEST FOR: Advanced skiers looking for a versatile weapon.  Testers unanimously praised the 90mm version of the M-Pro. Generous tip rocker and a predictable, smooth flex made it easy to turn at any speed. A full width of metal under the binding helped it … More »

Nordica Enforcer 94 Ski Test

SKI TEST 2021 * ALL-MOUNTAIN NORDICA ENFORCER 94 BEST SUITED FOR: Taking your all-mountain game up a notch or two Whether chopped-up powder or fresh corduroy, the new Enforcer felt dialled. “Damp, carves well and forgiving in uneven terrain,” said Ryan Stuart. Already a versatile and well-loved ski, Nordica tinkered with the construction and shape … More »

Elan Ripstick 106 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 ELAN RIPSTICK 106 * FREERIDE * EDITORS’ CHOICE * Best for: A western skier looking for a do-it-all workhorse. A 106mm waist is at the top end of what we consider an all-mountain width, but the Ripstick encouraged us to keep an open mind. This is a sequel and looks and feels … More »

Instinct Transcend ski test

Instinct Transcend

SKI TEST 2021  Instinct Transcend * women* Best for: A touring ski that can charge the hill  Instinct Skis is a small brand out of Rossland, B.C., but despite its humble roots it uses a high-tech and complex construction in the Transcend, including seven layers of composites (carbon, Kevlar and fibreglass), rubber for damping, carbon … More »

Rossignol Blackops Sender Ti ski test

Rossignol Blackops Sender

SKI TEST 2021 ROSSIGNOL BLACKOPS SENDER Ti * EDITORS’ CHOICE * BEST FOR: Charging the entire mountain in any conditions. One tester loved the Sender Ti so much he didn’t bring it back. Eventually others, hungry for their turn, had to hunt him down. Of the 25 models at test day, the Sender Ti delivered … More »

Faction Agent 3.0 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 FACTION AGENT 3.0 In trying to describe this ski, testers let loose with the analogies and metaphors. One WWE fan wrote: “A Rick Flair ski. You wrestle with it to get to the powder and then, Woooo!” We noticed a theme. “Two speeds: fast and faster,” wrote Tim Plante. As the lyrics … More »

Völkl Blaze 106 ski test

SKI TEST 2021 VOLKL BLAZE 106 * Editors’ Choice * BEST FOR: Mount a Marker Duke PT and you’ve got a freeride and touring quiver of one. The Blaze is part of a growing category of skis that blend do-it-all performance with backcountry-capable weight. Reports from the front line suggest the Blaze might be one … More »

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