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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018

Giant slalom

SKI REVIEWS 2018

Type of ski: standard ski derived from competition skis
Type of user: competition skiers, good-to-excellent skiers
Main evaluation criteria: performance, suitability for non-competition skiers

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18.0/20
Rossignol Hero Master R21 WC [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
All the reviewers agreed: like the Speedzone Master from Dynastar, Rossignolís Hero Master R21 WC is a "fighter jet"... a real Giant ski, carved for very high speed and long turns. It's hard to find a better performer in this category if you donít include FIS competition skis. The Hero Master R21 WC is striking for its great grip and stability, both judged exceptional by the reviewers, so you can zip down the runs at speeds you previously only dreamt of. Once in the turn, the ski is incredibly stable and grippy. As one reviewer said, itís as if youíre on rail tracks. The fast and easy turn entry and very energetic exit rounds off the picture nicely. Itís a must. However, offsetting the incredible delivery and excellent behaviour in long turns, the Hero Master R21 WC is less happy in short and skid turns. Itís a true Giant ski, an excellent tool that's highly recommended for good to expert riders/competition skiers aiming above all for performance, but who donít necessarily want an FIS ski.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Good grip and turn performance, exceptionally reliable push-off Incredible stability Easy turn initiation ...

Disliked: Requires good technical and physical dexterity to be exploited The very grippy tail hampers good skid turn performance More demanding in short turns...

18.0/20
Dynastar Speed WC Master [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The reviewers all agreed: the Speedzone Master is a "fighter jet"... a real Giant ski, carved for very high speed and long turns. It's hard to find a better performer in this category if you donít include FIS competition skis. The Speedzone Master is striking for its great grip and stability, both judged exceptional by the reviewers, so you can zip down the runs at speeds you previously only dreamt of. Once in the turn, the ski is incredibly stable and grippy. As one reviewer said, itís as if youíre on rail tracks. The fast and easy turn entry and very energetic exit round off the picture nicely. Itís a must. However, offsetting the incredible delivery and excellent behaviour in long turns, the Speedzone Master is less happy in short and skid turns. Itís a true Giant ski, an excellent tool that's highly recommended for good to expert riders/competition skiers aiming above all for performance, but who donít necessarily want an FIS ski.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Good grip, turn performance, exceptionally reliable pressure Outstanding stability Easy turn initiation ...

Disliked: Ski requires good technical and physical prowess to be properly exploited The very grippy tail hampers skid turn performance More demanding in sho...

16.7/20
Elan GSX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The GSX Fusion from Elan, out-distanced by the Speedzone Master, Hero Master and Dobermann in terms of pure performance, is not the most efficient ski in this review. However, a clever combination of responsiveness, fluidity and user-friendliness makes it a very engaging and enjoyable ski. It's easy to handle and intuitive, and you only need a few minutes to get to grips with it. The ski is great in all types of turn. While itís not a true racing ski, it does the job and reassures at high speed, with consistent turns and good stability. Compared to more performance-oriented skis in this review, it requires less physical engagement and you donít need Ramboís thighs! The GSX Fusion bends quite easily and you can steer it in all types of turn and radius. The reviewers loved the exhilarating sensations released by its energetic and playful character. Very versatile for this category, it can also be skied cruising at more moderate speeds and is happy in skid turns and sideslips. Less convincing performance-wise, but very user-friendly and progressive, intermediary to good riders who want to improve their performance will love the GSX Fusion. Itís also perfect for riders with very good technical skills who're looking for pleasure and comfort over pure performance.

Liked: A very user-friendly ski for this programme Extremely versatile Long and short turns Carving and skid turn performance Ski requires little physic...

Disliked: Lacks punch in really dynamic turns compared to more race-inspired skis ...

15.6/20
Nordica Dobermann GSR EVO [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The Dobermann GSR Evo from Nordica gives and asks for more! The ski, which is relatively flexible at the tip and stiff at the tail, needs a little time to adapt. Itís a ski with character that kicks back a lot of energy so you need to learn to master it. But once youíve got the hang of it, itís sheer joy. The Dobermann GSR Evo is a real Giant ski which performs well in all conditions. The ski is smooth in short turns and has a certain fluidity on soft snow, making it very versatile. It will definitely please good to excellent riders looking for a truly athletic ski.

Liked: Easy turn initiation Good grip Enjoyable once you've mastered the ski Possible to shorten the radius Smooth, even fluid, on soft snow Great f...

Disliked: A technical ski that requires precision and a little time to adapt...

13.1/20
Head WC Rebels i.Speed [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

Coming in 6th in a review that tests the best skis on the market is not bad at all. The WC i.Speed is a good ski but, like its Slalom cousin, unfortunately lacks some of the oomph found in its race-inspired rivals in the category. The reviewers appreciated the skiís overall consistency and conviviality, especially in medium turns. We recommend this ski for intermediary to very good riders who love medium turns and want to up their performance.

Liked: A well-balanced ski with reassuring behaviour Good turn initiation Very lively in medium turns ...

Disliked: Limited at high speed and on hard pack, where grip and stability may be wanting...

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