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Head Power Joy ski test

With a vibration-absorbing chip, a slalom-oriented profile and race-style sandwich construction, Head says the Power Joy is a direct descendant from its World Cup skis. But our women testers didn’t reach a consensus on whether it lived up to the pedigree. “Fast, powerful, stiff and stable at speed,” wrote Robin Humphreys. On the other hand: … More »

K2 Disruption 82 Ti ski test

K2 Disruption

Nimble, quick, turny, stable, fast. In other words, hold on. K2’s new on-piste ski family kept even the hardest-charging testers grinning. “The faster you ski, the better it gets,” wrote Chris Grover. “It loved to be powered through the turn,” added power carver Charlotte Fletcher. The family of 10 skis split into two constructions: metal … More »

Völkl Blaze 106 ski test

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 of the most approachable of the bunch. “Stable at high speeds, playful and turns with ease in the tight trees and bumps,” said Drew Hitchmough from Urban … More »

Nordica Santa Anna 104

 Women. The “Free” version of the Santa Ana is the hippy sister of the family. It shares the same lightweight balsa wood core as the regular Santa Ana’s, but has a softer and more rounded tip and tail. And as the Free models get wider, the size of the Titanal sheet shrinks proportionally. Less metal … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Atomic Backland 107

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACK AND BEYOND The Atomic Backland 107 melds the freeride performance of Atomic’s Bent Chetler with the lightweight build of the Backland family. The result is a backcountry tool up to the progressive antics of today’s powder-hungry skiers. From the Bent Chetler it borrows HRZN tech, upturned edges around … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Icelantic Natural 101

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE WAY OF THE OWL Balsa is one of the lightest woods in nature, making it the best wood for the core of Icelantic’s backcountry-focused Natural 101 (the women’s equivalent is the Mystic 97). Wrapped in multiple layers of fibreglass with a full P-tex sidewall, it’s built tough in … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Xalibu Torngat

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE HEIGHT OF QUEBEC It’s a sure sign of the rise of backcountry skiing that la belle province is home to another backcountry ski brand. Xalibu is an up-and-coming, randonnée-focused Quebec ski manufacturer and the Torngat is its newest and lightest ski, a long-distance workhorse. Named after the mountain … More »

Ski Canada Test

Head Power Joy ski test

With a vibration-absorbing chip, a slalom-oriented profile and race-style sandwich construction, Head says the Power Joy is a direct descendant from its World Cup skis. But our women testers didn’t reach a consensus on whether it lived up to the pedigree. “Fast, powerful, stiff and stable at speed,” wrote Robin Humphreys. On the other hand: … More »

K2 Disruption 82 Ti ski test

K2 Disruption

Nimble, quick, turny, stable, fast. In other words, hold on. K2’s new on-piste ski family kept even the hardest-charging testers grinning. “The faster you ski, the better it gets,” wrote Chris Grover. “It loved to be powered through the turn,” added power carver Charlotte Fletcher. The family of 10 skis split into two constructions: metal … More »

Völkl Blaze 106 ski test

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 of the most approachable of the bunch. “Stable at high speeds, playful and turns with ease in the tight trees and bumps,” said Drew Hitchmough from Urban … More »

Nordica Santa Anna 104

 Women. The “Free” version of the Santa Ana is the hippy sister of the family. It shares the same lightweight balsa wood core as the regular Santa Ana’s, but has a softer and more rounded tip and tail. And as the Free models get wider, the size of the Titanal sheet shrinks proportionally. Less metal … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Atomic Backland 107

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACK AND BEYOND The Atomic Backland 107 melds the freeride performance of Atomic’s Bent Chetler with the lightweight build of the Backland family. The result is a backcountry tool up to the progressive antics of today’s powder-hungry skiers. From the Bent Chetler it borrows HRZN tech, upturned edges around … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Icelantic Natural 101

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE WAY OF THE OWL Balsa is one of the lightest woods in nature, making it the best wood for the core of Icelantic’s backcountry-focused Natural 101 (the women’s equivalent is the Mystic 97). Wrapped in multiple layers of fibreglass with a full P-tex sidewall, it’s built tough in … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Xalibu Torngat

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE HEIGHT OF QUEBEC It’s a sure sign of the rise of backcountry skiing that la belle province is home to another backcountry ski brand. Xalibu is an up-and-coming, randonnée-focused Quebec ski manufacturer and the Torngat is its newest and lightest ski, a long-distance workhorse. Named after the mountain … More »

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