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58 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2017

On-piste cruisers


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Rossignol Hero Elite LT TI (Konect) [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
After several difficult seasons when the brand's products found it hard to convince the reviewers, since last year, Rossignol has been back with a vengeance with an excellent selection of products. Already picked out last year and selected again by PROSKILAB™ in the 2017 review, the Rossignol Elite LT (for Long Turn), fitted with the Konect plate, displays the same qualities...with the same results. From the very first ride, you grasp all the generous character of this ski, judged as "very easy" and "immediately under control" by the PROSKILAB™ reviewers. It's also a remarkably comfortable model. It cushions the terrain, smoothes out any lumps and bumps to perfection and requires a minimum of effort in terms of control. But it's when you step up the pace that the Elite LT really struts its stuff, especially its remarkable efficiency. Turn initiation is immediate and intuitive, and turn control is exceptional. It has grip, is stable, and, above all, is very precise. "The turns are drawn with a compass!" one of the reviewers enthused. It's a real jewel of precision and efficiency. Of course, with the DNA of a Giant slalom ski, it's amazing in long turns, but still remains a good performer in short turns. It's a very versatile ski that will let you alternate effortless turns and long silky rides. It's as happy carving at high speeds on hard pack as it is in cool glides over soft snow. Considered as a "perfect ski" by some reviewers, it's obvious that the Rossignol Elite LT outperformed this selection of what are considered as the best skis on the market. You can do everything with it, with little effort and, above all, amazing sensations. The combination of precision, efficiency and comfort is impressive and extremely enjoyable. It's an excellent choice for a wide range of skiers, from intermediate level to expert.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Very sound behaviour Overall comfort A snappy, precise ski Lively and responsive ...

Disliked: Nothing special...

Stöckli Laser SX [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

Without a shadow of doubt, the Laser SX from Stöcklï is a machine designed to carve and carve again. The ski is made to carve out wonderfully accurate turns with the precision of a... Swiss knife! Turn initiation may not be the best, but once you're into the curve, the ski is amazing. Unflappable, even at high speed on hard pack, the ski stays on track, seeking to round off the turn as naturally as possible. What's more, its phenomenal grip lets you ride out radical angles. As one reviewer remarked: "it invites you to lean out further and further"...

Liked: Incredible grip and stability in turns Super carver with a natural inclination to round off turns Excellent snow contact Simple to operate if you ...

Disliked: Inertia and a feeling of weight underfoot Not so comfortable in skid turns or slide turns ...

Völk Racetiger RC UVO [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The Racetiger RC UVO from Völkl is not the best performer, nor the most playful or the easiest ski in the selection, but it's the ski that combines all these qualities with the greatest consistency. The first thing the reviewers noted is that the Racetiger RC is happy on every type of slope, every type of snow, in all rides and radiuses. The quality of this performance-oriented ski is amazing. As one reviewer put it, "it's versatility at its purest!" The ski gives a feeling of freedom: you can go where and how you like. The Racetiger RC manages every situation with extreme panache: carves, slides, skids, long and short turns, soft snow, hard pack... all that's left is to enjoy yourself. Performance is very good although it doesn't match up to that of the Hero Elite. Once in the turn, the ski is very stable with solid pressure. Its grip is good or even excellent in long turns at full speed when the ski is obviously very happy. The PROSKILAB™ reviewers noted a slight lack of character however, and the need for engagement in short-radius turns when the ski was more physical. In particular, the front rocker slightly hampered its speed in turn initiation as well as its liveliness. "I loved it", "super ski", "good ski", "fantastic"... there's no doubt, the reviewers all loved the Racetiger RC! It's a pure pleasure machine for good to very good riders looking for a top-performing and very versatile ski for sports-oriented performance on the pistes, without necessarily wanting a tool that's too lively.

Liked: Very good overall performance Exceptional versatility Excellent accessibility, intuitive handling Overall comfort Good long turn qualities Sound...

Disliked: Slight lack of character and vivacity A bit more physical in short-radius turns ...

Head I. Supershape Magnum [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The 13.1m radius on the Supershape Magnum from Head gives an indication of what's to come. This is a ski designed for short turns, where its smooth and nimble performance is impressive. As one reviewer put it: "you have the impression you've got a snowblade under your feet!" Initiation is immediate, grip is excellent and turn control impeccable... as long as you're well positioned. In fact the ski will easily overdrive if distribution to the fore is too great. Some reviewers found it performed best with slight pressure on the heel. Once you've found the right positioning, the ski is incredibly easy and efficient, linking parallel turns at a fiendish rate and with virtually no effort. However, the ski's highly chiselled shape (which well deserves its name) and the stiffness of the heel tend to hamper skid and slide turns. In addition, when you want to ride wider turns, the ski's performance quickly deteriorates, with a tendency to lose pressure and grip. The Supershape Magnum is obviously a highly specialised 'short turn' ski that we recommend for good to very good athletic skiers looking for an incisive and responsive tool for dynamic and tight turns.

Liked: A highly responsive and playful ski Good fun overall Very good short turn performance Good carving qualities ...

Disliked: Skid/slide turns difficult Mono-programme and mono-radius Requires time to adapt to find the right positioning ...

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 ti (Konect) [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The PROSKILAB™ team is mainly made up of experienced professionals who are expected to push the skis to their absolute limits and to dissect their performance in detail. The rest of the team is made up of non-professional 'experts' whose role is to give a less technical impression that's closer to that of the end user. While the two types of review generally converge, we sometimes get models where the professionals point of view is very different to that of the 'experts'. This is what happened with the Zone 12 ti from Dynastar (featuring the group's Konect plate). The professional skiers found its behaviour atypical and globally under-performing, requiring positioning to the aft of the ski, while the 'expert' skiers found it generally easy and fun, especially when carving out long turns. The ski's flex distribution is original with a flexible tip and a certain degree of stiffness in the tail. In dynamic turns, this means you have to find the grip towards the back of the ski, which is not a problem in carve turns at medium speed. In these conditions, the ski is even really easy and great fun, eliciting praise from the non-professional reviewers. But at high speed, as the G-force and the need for anchoring increases, the whole length of the edge is needed. The lack of grip at the front of the Zone 12 Ti then becomes a handicap, resulting in "the ski becoming unbalanced, impairing its performance according to the professional reviewers. While the Speed Zone 12 ti is not a real 'performance' ski, it remains an excellent choice for intermediary skiers who want to discover carving and carved turns.

Liked: A very easy and accessible ski Good carving qualities Generally comfortable and fun to use ...

Disliked: Lacks performance overall Requires correct positioning, is unhappy with too much distribution to the fore, ski needs slight tail pressure. ...

Blizzard Quattro RX [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The Quattro RX could not be reviewed due to a faulty binding. The ski will be included in the 2018 selection.

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