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58 skis tested by professionals


Ski Review 2017

Women's high-end

SKI REVIEWS 2017

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18.7/20
Head Super Joy [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Unable to review this ski last year because of a preparation problem, the Super Joy from Head is back with a vengeance this year and (easily, we have to admit) scoops the "Best Ski" medal for this category. The first quality noted by the PROSKILAB™ reviewers is its incredible versatility. The ski is happy in all types of ride, snow conditions and terrain. From gliding around on soft snow to aggressive rides on hard pack and steeps, the Super Joy is quite simply ready for anything. Cruising at medium speeds, the reviewers noted its smoothness and comfort. When you pull out the stops, without being a racing tiger, the Super Joy has the qualities of a true sports ski. The ski is efficient on all types of slope. Turn entry is fast, almost incisive. Turn hold is quite simply magnificent; in addition, the ski is incredibly stable and grippy. At faster speeds, it gives a real feeling of confidence. Described as a "perfect advanced ski" by one reviewer, the Super Joy shines for its consistency and the sensations it offers. It's not only user-friendly but also performs superbly, is comfortable, and extremely enjoyable. PROSKILAB™ warmly recommends it for intermediary riders beginning to master curved turns up to experts who want the ideal combination of sport and pleasure.

Liked: Extremely versatile Rapid and easy turn entry Highly enjoyable Comfortable in dynamic turns ...

Disliked: Nothing special...

14.8/20
Völk Flair 73 [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Best performance!Best performance!
We already noted the qualities of the Flair SC from Völkl in the 'Women's intermediate cruisers' category, especially its user-friendliness and its comfort. The Flair 73 stands out in this 'Top-of-the-range' category, this time for its excellent performance. The ski is effectively relatively stiff for this category, making it more efficient than most. The ski is capable of going very fast while retaining its great stability and strong grip. Its just as happy on hard pack as on steep slopes. It's also a very highly strung ski with rapid take-off and a very lively kick. Particularly maneuverable and playful, it's the ideal ski to zip down the reds and the blacks with short-radius turns. On the other hand, riders need to be well positioned, especially coming out of turns when the stiff tail can drag the rider backwards. The Flair 73 is an excellent ski for experienced skiers, especially those who love to carve and understand how to position themselves fore and aft in the turn.

Liked: Very good overall performance Excellent stability A highly strung, responsive ski Fast handling ...

Disliked: Tail a bit stiff that needs to be well placed coming out of turns, otherwise you'll find yourself rejected backwards....

13.4/20
Elan Insomnia [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

The Insomnia from Elan is pretty well placed in this PROSKILAB™ selection. The reviewers liked the ski for the overall enjoyment it gave and its user-friendliness. Overall behaviour is very good when carving and in skid turns. Grip is strong and the ski is remarkably stable for such a light model. Accessibility is excellent, helped in particular by easy and intuitive turn entrance. Its overall behaviour is efficient and reassuring at higher speeds. The ski appears globally tolerant, but like the Flair 73 (to a lesser degree), it requires repositioning when coming out of turns, which involves some technical prowess. We recommend it for intermediate riders looking for an enjoyable ski that is not only very light, but is also efficient and extremely agile.

Liked: Globally enjoyable Light and stable Highly responsive initiation Easy, instant handling Agile, happy in short-radius turns ...

Disliked: Requires some technical skills, especially on exiting turns Poorer performance on hard pack at high speeds ...

13.4/20
Dynastar Intense 10 (Xpress) [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

Defined as a "ski that inspires confidence" by the PROSKILAB™ reviewers, the Intense 10 from Dynastar was described as a consistent, all-mountain and very user-friendly ski. It's extremely comfortable thanks to the excellent cushioning of uneven piste. It adapts to the terrain and is comfortable in all situations, resulting in a feeling of security. Our reviewers regretted a certain lack of character, however. The rocker appears to hamper turn entry which lacks dynamism, and the fairly flexible tail kicks back little energy. The Intense 10 is a 'cruiser'; it's very comfortable cruising at medium speeds. It's a very good ski for average to good riders looking for a versatile model that's efficient on all terrains, comfortable and provides a lot of reassurance. Athletic riders who want to let rip will prefer a more dynamic model like the Super Joy or the Flair 73.

Liked: Inspires confidence A consistent 'go anywhere' ski Sound behaviour Tolerant and without surprises ...

Disliked: Inertia in turn initiation Relatively neutral performance, lacks character ...

11.3/20
Rossignol Famous 8 [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

The Famous 8 from Rossignol displays sound and efficient behaviour that drew compliments from the reviewers. The ski is globally enjoyable, efficient and stable, even if we noted some loss of pressure in very dynamic carved turns. Similar to Dynastar's Intense 10 (even if the sidewalls differ), turn entry is also hampered by the rocker which seems to hold back edge turn entry. Turn initiation requires substantial engagement, which is incompatible with this category. It's a shame because it reduces the ski's accessibility, comfort and agility, otherwise it would be perfect. We therefore have mixed feelings about the Famous 8 whose basic behaviour seems sound, but which suffers from inertia in turn initiation that makes it less fun.

Liked: Good overall behaviour Good stability and grip Versatile in all snow conditions ...

Disliked: Inertia on initiation Lack of precision Inconsistent pressure in dynamic turn performance ...

10.0/20
Fischer Ivory [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

We think that a problem of preparation on the model received from Fisher hampered the ski's performance. Turn entry was complicated by the lack of grip at the front section of the ski. Anchoring in turn hold was inconsistent which resulted in the ski being extremely unstable. We therefore reserve our judgement and would like to review the model again next year.

Liked: ...

Disliked: No doubt a problem of preparation with the ski reviewed A ski that's relatively flexible, lacks punch and grip Difficult turn initiation due to lac...

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