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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018

All Mountain 70/30


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Stöckli Stormrider 88 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Unanimous favourite with the PROSKILAB reviewers, Stöckli’s Stormrider 88 placed the bar just that little bit higher, becoming a market benchmark. On piste, it does its job well. It’s a very well balanced, globally efficient ski, with good grip that holds astonishingly well in turns for an all mountain ski. When we step up the pace, turns are still remarkably clean and the ski remains exceptionally stable. Icing on the cake, the Stormrider 88 gives an impression of lightness and facility that's highly enjoyable. Turn initiation, in particular, is very responsive and requires little effort. It keeps its qualities off-piste, and is docile and easy to handle. It cushions the terrain incredibly well and effortlessly cuts through lumps of crud. It’s a reassuring ski that will help less adventurous riders to engage with confidence. In our opinion, it’s one of the best skis on the market in this All Mountain/freeride category. We recommend it for a wide range of riders looking for an extremely versatile ski that’s happy both on and off piste and... who have a nice thick wallet, as the Swiss brand doesn't come cheap; the recommended retail price for this model is 900 euros. We should also point out that really athletic and heavier riders will probably prefer the Kendo, which is stiffer and more performance-oriented.

Liked: Overall performance Good grip Turn performance Versatile Comfortable on choppy terrain Accessible ...

Disliked: Nothing special...

Völk Kendo [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Best performance!Best performance!
The Kendo from Völkl is a benchmark in this segment, always getting high scores from the PROSKILAB reviewers and loved by the ski community. On piste, it’s a high-strung and stiff tool with exceptional qualities for a ski in this category. The Kendo loves speed and is happy in dynamic turns, on hard pack and steep slopes. Good grip, turn precision, stability and rebound... the cocktail is always just as astonishing. However, we also noted that the ski needs additional effort to bend in short turns. Off-piste, it will go everywhere and is especially happy in choppy snow where its stiffness lets it cut through wads of snow without deforming. The Kendo is an athletic ski and pretty demanding, so we recommend it for very good to expert, medium to heavy build riders, who can engage with it physically. Lighter, less technical or athletic riders would probably do better choosing the Stormrider 88, the Experience 88HD or the Pinnacle 85.

Liked: Performance High-strung character Loves speed Cuts through crud All terrain qualities ...

Disliked: A stiff ski that requires engagement, ill-adapted to lighter riders...

Rossignol Experience 88 HD [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

The Experience 88 HD is an amazing all-rounder on the piste with great turn initiation, performance, grip and rebound. It's reassuring and well-balanced, and exceptionally enjoyable. The ski is very versatile and alternates carving and skid turns, and small and long turns with ease. Accessibility is remarkable in skid turns. Once aligned, you just need to lean to enter the turn. Happy cruising, and especially enjoyable on soft snow, the Experience 88 HD can step up the pace and is responsive when you “give it all you’ve got". In freeride, it’s extremely versatile. However, the reviewers noted a certain inertia and lack of agility that hampers behaviour off-piste. It’s a very good ski, more piste-oriented than the Stormrider or the Kendo. We recommend it for anyone looking for smooth rides on the groomed runs but who like to go off-piste from time to time when the conditions are right.

Liked: Behaves well overall Enjoys groomed runs User-friendly Smooth in short and long turns ...

Disliked: Lacks agility off-piste...

K2 Pinnacle 85 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

The Pinnacle 85 from K2 performs well and easily overall, and scores high for its agility and playfulness. Behaviour on the piste is globally good, with very responsive turn initiation and good grip. The ski is very comfortable, needs little engagement and cushions the terrain well. Off-piste, the ski is remarkably easy. It’s a shame that the tip is a bit damp so tends to float and chatter at high speed on piste which can hamper freeride in choppy snow. The Pinnacle 85 is an excellent model that will suit intermediary to good riders looking for a nimble and easy ski for the groomed runs, together with carefree rides discovering the joys of whizzing down virgin slopes.

Liked: Light, playful and easy to handle Good performance overall User-friendly Good grip Comfortable Flotation in the powder Carving/skid turn qua...

Disliked: Damp tip that floats at high speed and hampers progress in the crud ...

Elan Ripstick 86 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

Elan’s Ripstick 86 puts the focus on accessibility. Overall behaviour is consistent and reassuring. The ski behaves well on the piste, is happy in both skid turns and carving until you reach intermediary speeds. It's easy, user-friendly and extremely forgiving. Off-piste, the Ripstick 86 will go anywhere and adores soft snow and powder. However, it's a little too flexible, hampering behaviour at high speed on groomed runs and through choppy snow off-piste. This model is recommended for intermediary to good riders looking for an easy, versatile model.

Liked: Consistent, reassuring behaviour A tolerant and user-friendly ski All mountain ...

Disliked: Lacks character Stability and grip are less convincing More challenging in crud ...

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