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58 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2017

Women's recreational groomers


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Völk Flair SC [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers

This year, Völkl suggested the Flair SC to replace the Adora which won the "Best ski" distinction last year. Like its predecessor, the Flair SC stands out for its excellence, narrowly missing the "Best ski" distinction. It is extremely user-friendly even for the riders with the fewest technical skills. Rotation is easy and even intuitive, turn performance is healthy and it's a remarkably stable ski. Skid turns are adaptive and consistent. The Flair SC is very forgiving if positioning is not quite right and the ski is reassuring. Piloting the tracks is easy, giving beginners the confidence they need. Very easy and comfortable, the ski is nonetheless a bit less efficient at a faster pace. At higher speeds and in carved turns, its performance begins to deteriorate. In this category we're looking for skis that are accessible for the least skilled riders who are nonetheless capable of progressing to carves and more advanced techniques. While the Flair SC is perfect for the first aspect, it's less convincing in terms of performance and so just missed out on the "Best ski" distinction. It's a model that we strongly recommend for beginners and improvers who want to move on to parallel skid turns.

Liked: Exceptional user-friendliness Tolerant, reassuring behaviour A light ski Enjoyable Excellent turn performance ...

Disliked: Not very adaptive in carving and less happy at higher speeds...

Elan Delight Supreme [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers

The Delight Supreme well deserves its name: riders with few technical skills will love it. The easy rotation and stability of pressure in skid turns make it particularly reassuring. The reviewers noted the ski's superb comfort and the fact that it glided the terrain smoothly, requiring little physical engagement. On the other hand, like the Flair SC, the model is not very adaptive. It's less happy when carving and at high speed when its limitations become pretty obvious. Rides become fuzzier and there is far less stability. The Delight Supreme is an excellent initiation ski that we recommend for beginners to intermediate skiers.

Liked: Exceptional accessibility Easy rotation Happy making skid turns Reassuring Needs a little physical engagement ...

Disliked: Less at ease in carved turns Lacks stability when the pace steps up ...

Blizzard Quattro W 7.4 Ca [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers
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Stiffer than its rivals, Blizzard's Quattro W 7.4 Ca is a performance-oriented ski. The ski is indeed extremely energetic, almost incisive, for this category. It enters turns easily with great precision and has strong grip; it's also very stable and happy in carved turns, even at high speed when it retains all of its qualities. A truly sporty ski, a little bit out of step with this category. Despite its excellent performance in skid turns, the reviewers regretted the challenging snowplough and stem, which made it a hard ski for beginners and false beginners who need these two techniques. It's a shame because except for this small problem, the ski would probably have got a "Best ski" distinction. Not accessible enough to get to the top in this category, the Quattro W 7.4 Ca is nonetheless an excellent ski for intermediary riders who enjoy parallel turns and would like to make technical progress to carving or carved turns.

Liked: Good performance overall Good carving aptitude Good grip and turn performance Heaps of character ...

Disliked: General lack of accessibility Hard to handle in the snowplough and stem, interior edge grips ...

Stöckli Spirit Motion [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers

Already reviewed last year, the Spirit Motion from Stöcklï has not changed much and continues to put the emphasis on accessibility. Once again, it confirms its highly user-friendly nature. The reviewers were particularly impressed with the easy turn initiation, the progressive nature of the skid turns, and the consistency of the snowplough. In addition, it has good grip which is reassuring for skiers on hard pack. The ski is flexible (which makes for easy handling) but is less happy when we step up the pace. In effect, the reviewers found it lacked character to some extent and there was a loss of stability at high speeds. While it's not at the top of its category, this model well deserves its place in the very exclusive selection made by PROSKILAB™. We recommend the Spirit Motion for beginners to early intermediate skiers who mainly want to improve their skid turns and snowplough skills. Skiers who want to work on their carves should look for a slightly more dynamic model.

Liked: Very accessible overall A light ski Happy in skid turns and the snowplough Good grip and turn performance ...

Disliked: Lacks character and stability...

Head Absolute Joy [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers

Last year, we detected a problem of preparation with the Absolute Joy that Head gave us to test, so we wanted to review the model again this season. The ski perfectly fulfills its mission in terms of accessibility, which the reviewers considered as excellent. It’s very user-friendly, and obviously happy in the snowplough and skid turns, as well as entering turns. However, like many of its rivals this year, it's not very adaptive. Progress to more technical turns is hampered by a lack of overall performance and carving performance. "A very nice ski" according to one rider, the Absolute Joy is a true initiation ski, which will suit female skiers from beginners through to intermediary level.

Liked: A very user-friendly ski Light Excellent agility Stable Requires little physical engagement ...

Disliked: Not very adaptive Lack of overall performance Less comfortable in carved turns ...

Dynastar Intense 8 (Xpress) [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers

The Intense 8 (Xpress) from Dynastar is a globally enjoyable ski that's happy on all terrains and remarkably versatile. You'll ride everywhere without problem on a ski boosts confidence. However, the reviewers felt it lacked character to some extent. Initiation is not very responsive (partially due to the front rocker) and the ski gives little energy kick-back. Some reviewers felt it lacked stability when pressure was added in skid turns, reducing the ski’s accessibility. Although the Intense 8 came last in this very elite selection, it's nonetheless a good ski that will suit intermediary riders looking for a model that's at ease in all types of snow.

Liked: Inspires confidence Accessible Versatile Offers overall enjoyment ...

Disliked: A heavy ski that lacks agility Requires some technical prowess, especially when entering turns ...

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