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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018

Women's high-end

SKI REVIEWS 2018

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17.0/20
K2 Luv Sick 80 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this "Female Top-of-the-Range" category, we’re looking above all for consistent skis that combine performance, accessibility, comfort and versatility. The one-quiver skis stand out for their clever compromises. The Luv Sick 80 Ti performs well in all areas, with emphasis squarely on performance. Not content to meet the demanding criteria perfectly, the Luv sick 80 Ti has added a few extras that the reviewers loved. First, the 80 mm waist ski is happy in all snow conditions and even encourages riders to go off-piste when conditions are right. In addition, it's responsive, smooth and intuitive, offering riders a great deal of pleasure. It was a "hot favourite" for the reviewers. The Luv sick 80 Ti is aimed at a wide range of skiers, from intermediary to expert who’re looking for a model that will ensure plenty of thrills for very versatile on-piste use as well as easy off-piste rides.

Liked: Overall performance Excellent grip Easy turn initiation and turn entry Versatile for carving/skid turns Stable Smooth and intuitive Versatile i...

Disliked: Somewhat flexible ski tip that has trouble maintaining contact at high speeds, making turn initiation a bit less incisive...

14.9/20
Rossignol Famous 10 [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Best performance!Best performance!
The PROSKILAB reviewers came back after riding the Famous 10 by Rossignol with an enormous smile on their faces! The ski is an incredible performer, especially in turns where it really excels. It’s a very versatile model that can vary turn radius and style. But it’s mainly the playful and dynamic behaviour that sets it apart from its rivals and that riders will love, at least, as long as they’re willing to get actively involved, as the ski needs to be steered and engaged with, especially entering turns. It’s an excellent ski that we recommend with no hesitation for sporty, good to expert riders.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Impeccable hold in turns Lively and playful, with energetic rebound Great fun Adapts to long/short turns Very v...

Disliked: Requires engagement to enter turns Technically and physically demanding ...

14.4/20
Elan Insomnia [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

Elan’s Insomnia is certainly not a model you’ll fall asleep on. The ski is globally efficient, especially in long turns, where its lively and precise. The reviewers loved its strong and relatively high-sprung character. In terms of comfort, there’s nothing more to say: the ski cushions the terrain well and doesn’t require much physical engagement. The stiff tail makes it quite demanding though and requires careful positioning, which makes it less accessible and stopped it from getting to the top of the podium. The Insomnia well deserves its place in this selection of the top skis on the market. Good to very good riders will really love it (already positioned for forward pressure) if they’re looking for a sporty and comfortable ski, especially happy in long turns.

Liked: Overall performance Stable with capacity for big turns Comfortable overall Lively and responsive behaviour ...

Disliked: A stiff and grippy tail that hampers skid turns Requires good positioning ...

11.6/20
Head Epic Joy SLR [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

The Epic Joy by Head has obviously put the emphasis on lightness, an important factor for ladies' skis. The ski is incredibly light underfoot. Very easy in turn initiation, happy in skid turns, it’s really easy to steer until you reach medium speeds. At full throttle, especially on hard pack, it slows down. The ski loses its stability, pressure is less consistent, and it's a lot more challenging to steer. The Epic Joy is a good early stage ski that would certainly have shined in our old "Intermediate women's cruisers" category. It will be a big hit with beginners and second stage riders who’re mainly looking for simplicity and lightness.

Liked: An extremely light ski Very accessible Generally smooth at medium speeds ...

Disliked: Performance a little wanting Lacks stability, inconsistent pressure, turn entry is trickier when we step up the pace ...

10.8/20
Nordica Sentra SL7 Ti EVO [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

Tested a bit short in this category (156cm for 165cm requested), the Sentra SL7 Ti Evo is an excellent touring ski, but unfortunately is not versatile/nimble enough to do well in this Top-of-the-Range Female category. The ski is amazingly simple to use, consistent in skid turns, and rotation is a piece of cake. On the other hand, it’s a lot more challenging when we step up the pace: it loses its stability and pressure when you increase the speed and doesn’t particularly enjoy carving. We recommend this ski for good riders looking for facility and comfort.

Liked: User-friendly Smooth in skid turns Nimble until you reach medium speeds Very enjoyable in soft snow Comfortable and generally enjoyable ...

Disliked: Very happy in skid turns, the ski finds carving more challenging Loss of pressure and stability at high speed ...

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