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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018

Men's

SKI REVIEWS 2018

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18.3/20
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...

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, Rossignol’s 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 don’t 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, it’s as if you’re on rail tracks. The fast and easy turn entry and very energetic exit rounds off the picture nicely. It’s 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. It’s 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 don’t 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 correctly The very grippy tail hampers good skid turn performance More demanding in s...

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 don’t 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, it’s as if you’re on rail tracks. The fast and easy turn entry and very energetic exit round off the picture nicely. It’s a must. However, offsetting the incredible delivery and excellent behavior in long turns, the Speedzone Master is less happy in short and skid turns. It’s 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 don’t 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...

17.8/20
Stöckli Laser SC [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this Carvers category, we ask the suppliers to send us skis designed for speed and slicing clean arcs, but less technical and specialised than race-oriented skis. Perfectly happy in this category, Stöckli's Laser SC is one of the best on the market. The model stood out for its overall performance and its consistent, reassuring behaviour. However, it got top marks mainly for its progressive qualities and its capacity to push the boundaries performance-wise. It’s a ski you can use every day, but it can also challenge riders’ limits. It’s retained its extremely high-speed qualities in very dynamic turns and has exceptional stability for this size (170 cm) as well as excellent turn performance that allows skiers to carve truly dynamic turns at hair-raising speeds. In addition to this highly positive list of qualities, we would add its amazing energy that makes the ski particularly lively and playful, especially in short turns, where it’s outstanding. A ski that "puts a smile on your face" according to the reviewers. We recommend the Laser SC for good to expert skiers who want a reasonably demanding and very athletic ski.

Liked: Overall performance Amazing in short turns A progressive ski that you can push a long way Remains user-friendly Exceptional stability for the si...

Disliked: Slightly less at ease in skid turns...

17.7/20
Stöckli Stormrider 95 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
This year, the Stormrider 95 by Stöckli topped the podium in this very competitive category. The reviewers were unanimous about the features of this particularly versatile model. The basic qualities are certainly there: good grip, turn performance, flotation in deep powder... But it’s the ski’s stability and its capacity to adapt easily on all terrains, even the most difficult, that really carried the day. The way it cuts through choppy snow and lumps of crud is mind-blowing. You just need to position yourself and push off, and the ski will do all the work whatever the conditions. It’s fantastic for good riders who'll zip down the slopes like champions... Shaped for long turns and speed, it features a relatively long radius (+17m in the size tested), but is less intuitive and easy to handle at slower speeds and in short turns. On the piste, it does pretty well in all turns, but lacks playfulness. The Stormrider 95 is becoming a benchmark in this highly competitive segment. It’s a remarkable ski that we recommend for good to expert riders looking for a tool that’s both nimble and versatile, particularly in freeride.

Liked: Incredible stability Good turn performance Cuts through the crud Good grip/anchoring Flotation in powder Happy on all terrains Easy to use and...

Disliked: Less playful on the piste A bit more demanding in short turns and at slower speeds ...

17.7/20
Nordica Dobermann SLR EVO [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In our selection of the best skis currently on the market, Nordica’s Dobermann SLR Evo rates high for its extremely athletic qualities. It's a true slalom ski, very incisive and able to kick back a lot of energy at the end of a turn. Well handled, you can link turns at devilish speed... as long as you’re careful to dose the pressure, otherwise you’ll find yourself coming a cropper from the powerful momentum. This very stiff ski, with good flex distribution, really delivers, planting itself naturally in the turn without ever losing grip, even on packed snow. A real treat. An excellent choice for good to expert riders (with strong thighs!) who love very energetic skis that kick back a lot of energy. Less athletic riders will probably prefer the SLX Fusion, Hero Elite ST ti or the Speedzone 16 Ti.

Liked: Outstanding performance Fast turn initiation Powerful momentum Exceptional grip, can manage wide-angled turns Incredibly efficient in short turns...

Disliked: A very athletic ski, technically and physically demanding The powerful rebound means you need to dose pressure carefully ...

17.5/20
Dynastar Speed Zone 10 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Following some difficult years, Dynastar is back in the spotlight with its excellent "Speedzone" products. After scoring very well last year in the ProSkiLab review, this year the Speedzone 10 Ti got a "Best ski" distinction. It offers a combination of especially interesting features. First and foremost, it's a high-performance ski that has serious sporting qualities: fast turn initiation, good grip, great pressure at high speed including on hard pack, not to mention stability. It’s not long before we realise that we’re on a very, very fast ski. It’s happy in all situations: stable and well-planted in long turns, incredibly lively and energetic in short turns, fluid on soft snow... In short, it’s a great one-quiver ski, perfectly adapted to this category where we’re looking for versatility and consistency. The Speedzone 10 Ti also has a playful temperament that really impressed the reviewers. Less user-friendly than its cousin from Rossignol, it’s the ideal ski for good to expert riders looking for an athletic ski that’s still very versatile.

Liked: Overall performance User-friendly Fast turn initiation Agile and playful, slight oversteering Fun in all snow conditions Quality of pressure...

Disliked: Nothing special...

17.5/20
Dynastar Speed Zone 7 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this category, we’re looking for accessible skis for weaker riders who have the capacity to progress technically to carving. While it’s not directly aimed at beginners, riders from the beginning of ESF’s class 2 will love the Speedzone 7 from Dynastar, in other words, riders who already master skid turns. Versatile, accessible, docile and responsive to every request, it’s truly awesome. Turn initiation is intuitive and skid turns are consistent, making it a very reassuring ski. But what really impressed the reviewers was its capacity to up the stakes, helping the rider make technical progress. The transition from skid turns to side slips then carving seems totally natural, especially on moderate slopes. You just need to get the right positioning and lean into the turn to see the skis begin to gently carve. When you step up the pace, even on hard pack, the ski remains incredibly reassuring and efficient for this category. We strongly recommend this ski for all riders who've mastered skid turns and want to progress to higher speeds and carving.

Liked: Generally accessible Good rotation Versatile Performs well in short and long turns Comfortable Great performance potential: carving, high speed ...

Disliked: Nothing special...

17.3/20
Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Less energetic than the Laser SC and less precise than the Elite LT Ti, the Zone 12 from Dynastar stands out for its exhilarating performance and consistent behaviour. Very happy in all types of turn, the ski is well balanced, with flex distribution that requires a certain degree of physical engagement and technical know-how. The ski enters turns with ease, grip is excellent, pressure solid and reliable and the ski can be effortlessly controlled in turns. Only the rebound is slightly under par due to a somewhat over-flexible tail. A thoroughly enjoyable and fun to use ski, riders will quickly gain confidence, helping to maximise their performance. Like other models in the series, the Speedzone 12 is a great success for Dynastar. The model is recommended for a wide range of riders, from intermediary to expert, who’re looking for a ski that’s nimble, versatile and playful and will give them a lot of enjoyment.

Liked: Good overall performance Good turn stability Great carved turns Excellent compromise between accessibility/performance Will help the rider make...

Disliked: Slightly bendy tail means it lacks a bit of rebound Performance slightly less convincing at very high speed ...

17.2/20
Rossignol Hero Elite LT Ti [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Best performance!Best performance!
Voted "Best Ski" in 2017, the Rossignol Elite LT Ti continues to stand out, this year taking third place as well as the "Best performance" medal. Like last year, it’s the perfect ski for this programme, distinctive for its overall behaviour and, above all, its precision turns, sliced with a scalpel. In long turns, its behaviour is similar to a giant ski, and we have the impression we’re "on a railway track" according to the reviewers. Turns can be steered to the nearest millimetre, pressure is rock solid and the ski is like a high-strung racehorse just raring to go. It’s awesome. With its general public "Konect" plate, the Hero Elite LT Ti is an excellent choice for good to expert athletic riders who’re looking for speed and long turns above all.

Liked: Overall performance Stability, especially in long turns Precise turn performance A ski that’s just raring to speed up Loves long turns ...

Disliked: The Elite LT Ti is a touch more physical, especially in short turns...

17.0/20
Stöckli Scale Delta [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!
With 83 mm underfoot, Stöckli's Scale Delta is extremely versatile. Its progressive flex and width at the waist mean that it performs well on all terrains. Snow contact is excellent. The ski couldn’t care less about choppy snow and cuts through irregular terrain like butter. After a few turns, you quickly realise that the Scale Delta responds to a touch and is incredibly tolerant and docile. Turn initiation is intuitive, and steering is reliable and reassuring. Pushed to its limits at high speed, the ski remains calm, holding perfectly tight to its trajectory. "Pure bliss!" one of the reviewers beamed. On the other hand, it falls a little short on hard pack where pressure is less incisive, especially compared to the Dynastar or the Nordica. Compared to an ordinary ski, the Scale Delta is a bit like a luxury 4-wheel drive in relation to a standard car: easy to drive, versatile, fast, comfortable ...and expensive! At €900 euros the pair of skis alone, it’s certainly not for everyone. Nonetheless, it’s an excellent product that we recommend for riders looking for both the versatility of an all mountain ski and the performance of a piste ski.

Liked: Versatile Very accessible Good in all snow conditions and on all terrains Smooth in long turns Stable Comfortable, cushions the terrain Enjoy...

Disliked: Behaviour falls short on hard pack...

16.8/20
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...

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 our 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 it’s 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 don’t need Rambo’s 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. It’s 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 ...

16.7/20
Rossignol Pursuit 800 ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

It's less efficient and has less character, but is more accessible than its cousin, the Speedzone 10 Ti. The Pursuit 800 Ti deserves its place among this selection of best skis on the market. In a category where we’re looking above all for consistency, the ski certainly fulfills its contract. Its accessibility, performance, comfort and versatility result in a well-balanced blend that will give a lot of enjoyment. It’s a one-quiver ski, incredibly tolerant and docile. The reviewers loved the easy, very intuitive carving that will help average riders to make technical progress. It’s slightly less happy in very dynamic turns at high speed on hard pack, but that's not included in this programme. The model is designed for intermediary to very good riders. It will help class 2 riders to make skid turns easily, and quickly progress to carving. More experienced riders will love its consistency and comfort.

Liked: Accessible Versatile Comfortable Very accessible Consistent Simple, intuitive carving ...

Disliked: Less responsive and less rebound than the Speedzone 10 ti Vibrates on hard pack at high speed ...

16.6/20
Völk RTM 76 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

Like the Speedzone 7, Völkl's RTM 76 is very accessible when it comes to mastering skid turns and will help riders advance to more technical turns. The ski is accessible from the middle of ESF class 2, in other words, once riders have mastered parallel turns. It’s slightly less accessible than the Dynastar because the tail hampers behaviour to some extent in back-leaning positions. Skiers who are well centred don’t need to worry. The ski will help riders make technical progress remarkably well. It's happy to step up the pace, with very good grip and great stability. Riders can make easy progress to carving/slicing clean arcs with little physical effort. The RTM 76 is an excellent tool for riders who've mastered parallel turns and want to move on to the next level.

Liked: Generally accessible Easy turn initiation and rotation Skid turns Good performance and carving qualities Good grip ...

Disliked: Slightly grippy and lethargic tail may hamper riders in a back-leaning position...

16.5/20
Head WC Rebels iShape Pro [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Best performance!Best performance!
A bit "overpowered" for this category, the iShape Pro from Head is not a tool for the inexperienced. It’s docile as long as you already have good technical skills under your belt. At medium speeds with a well-positioned rider, it’s really easy to enter and hold rock steady turns. Entering carved turns is intuitive and the ski will hold a steady speed as it engages in relatively dynamic turns. On the other hand, the iShape Pro is far less happy in slower back-leaning skid turns, hampered by its relative stiffness and somewhat grippy tail. We wouldn’t recommend this ski to beginners. On the other hand, it’s a good choice for riders who already master carving techniques (beginning of ESF class 3) and who want an easy, progressive tool to hone their technique.

Liked: Overall performance Versatile Excellent slicing clean arcs/carving Easy turn initiation Stability ...

Disliked: Lack of accessibility Demanding both physically and technically ...

16.4/20
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...

16.3/20
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 ...

16.3/20
Nordica Enforcer 100 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!
Nordica’s Enforcer 100 was tested last year in an All Mountain/freeride category where it brilliantly scored a "Best Ski" distinction. Tested this year in the more versatile All Mountain category, it remains a benchmark for the market and has kept an excellent position. Off-piste, the ski is easy to use, remarkable, docile, easy to handle, with great float in powder and happy in crud. It's extremely versatile, even in crud, displaying extraordinary stability and confidence. A joy...! On the slopes, it does what’s it's told and is efficient, lively and grippy. However, some reviewers regretted the stiff tail that made it swing but it won’t take too much edge off your pleasure. This year the Enforcer 100 consolidates its growing reputation and its place as one of the top all mountain/freeride skis on the market. We recommend it for intermediary to excellent skiers, especially good riders who’re keen to discover the joys of freeride.

Liked: Accessible Flotation in powder Very stable, even in the crud and choppy snow Comfortable ...

Disliked: Not so happy on the piste: tends to swing, and ski tip a bit damp...

16.1/20
Elan SLX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

We’ve been reviewing Elan's SLX and GSX for several years now and each time it’s always just as enjoyable. That’s because the brand has managed to get not only the right dose of sportiness and performance in its products, but also enough friskiness to make the skis great fun to use. Like the GSX in the Giant category, the SLX stands out for its incisive and playful character. You’ll get great performance, with fast turn initiation, excellent hold in turns, good grip and powerful momentum. A short-turn ski, it’s still very happy in longer turns. The SLX Fusion requires some technical skill but doesn’t need the physical power of an Austrian woodcutter... It’s remarkably comfortable for a ski in this category. A great ski for good to expert riders looking for a responsive and sprightly tool that's still very accessible.

Liked: Playful Excellent hold in turns Completes turns with ease Versatile in short and long turns Comfortable User-friendly Stable Generally enjoy...

Disliked: A relatively technical ski...

16.1/20
K2 Speed Charger [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

Slightly disappointing performance-wise (unfortunately tested too short), the K2 Speed Charger is still a ski that the PROSKILAB™ reviewers enjoyed immensely, as it's both extremely consistent and accessible. It’s happy in all circumstances at reasonable speeds, easily alternating between skids and carves in all types of turn. Turn initiation is simple and you just need to lean a little for effortless carving. Unfortunately, the ski loses its qualities when pushed to its limits at very high speed and on hard pack, where tail pressure is less incisive. The Speed Charger is an excellent choice for intermediary to good riders who want like a ski that’s nimble, user-friendly and versatile, without necessarily wanting an ultra-athletic ski. We advise medium-build riders to go for the next size up.

Liked: Very accessible and user-friendly overall Easy and intuitive turn initiation Can handle all radius turns Good skid turn performance Good overal...

Disliked: Tested a bit short (168 cm) Slight lack of performance Lacks tail grip at high speed on hard pack ...

16.1/20
Zag H-95 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

Tested a bit short this year (179 cm), the H-95 lost a few points but is still one of the best skis on the market in the All Mountain/freeride category. Its overall behaviour is excellent. Off-piste, its agility, performance in crud and floatation in powder are remarkable. It’s an easy and enjoyable ski that steers with ease and requires little engagement. An "everyday ski" as one of the reviewers pointed out. On piste, its behaviour is generally good. However, the reviewers felt that its performance was not quite up to last year's, probably explained by the difference in size. Intermediary to very good riders looking for facility in freeride will love this model. Heavier riders should definitely choose a larger size.

Liked: An easy, user-friendly ski Good grip Great agility and rotation Floatation in the powder Excellent behaviour off-piste Cuts through the crud ...

Disliked: Needs to be well positioned on the piste as the tail is a bit stiff...

15.8/20
Elan Amphibio 16 TI2 [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

Elan's Amphibio 16 Ti2 compensates for a slight lack of performance by its great consistency and remarkable user-friendliness. The reviewers liked the fact that they were instantly in control and that the ski was so docile. "It’s simple, the ski does everything very easily" one of the reviewers said during the PROSKILAB feedback meeting. Its behaviour is very consistent at all times, including at high speeds when the Amphibio is extremely reassuring. The testers also appreciated the ski’s consistency which was "enjoyable underfoot", and alternates carves, sideslips and skid turns at will. The Amphibio shows a slight preference for long loops but is still nimble in short turns. It’s a good ski, with slightly more focus on user-friendliness and comfort than the Stöckli, Dynastar or Rossignol. An excellent choice for intermediary to good riders who want to quietly polish their performance.

Liked: A very well-balanced ski Reassuring and without surprise Very accessible Good grip Skid and slide turns Overall fun ...

Disliked: Not quite up to the performance of the Laser SC or the Hero Elite Slightly challenging coming out of turns ...

15.8/20
Head Kore 93 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

An excellent surprise in the 2018 review, the Kore 93 designed by Head impressed the PROSKILAB reviewers and deserves its place among the top skis on the market. The model has no qualms about concentrating on accessibility in an area in which it's very popular. Overall behaviour both on and off piste is good, and it also has a playful nature that’s great fun. The ski is globally easy-going, and doesn’t need too much physical effort to be steered, whether on piste or in freeride. Off-piste, its tolerance, agility and transition to crud was impressive. In our view, the Kore 93 is the ideal ski for intermediary to very good, light to medium build riders, who want to discover the fun of off-piste. More experienced or heavier riders will probably prefer a different model.

Liked: A highly accessible ski Reassuring and no surprises behaviour Manages all snow conditions Versatile Agile off-piste Dynamic and playful Easy...

Disliked: Performance falls short A relatively flexible ski for light to medium riders ...

15.8/20
Völk Mantra [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

Generally getting high praise from the reviewers and taking home a "Best ski" award last year, this year the Mantra lost a few places, probably because of the softer snow conditions and the arrival of new high-flying contenders like the Stormrider 95. The ski is still an excellent model and a market benchmark, but the reviewers found it more demanding than in previous years. The Mantra is still a stiff ski, grippy, high-strung, and very efficient on hard pack, happy sweeping through big turns at top speed. On the other hand, it's less happy than its rivals at slower speeds, in short turns and on softer snow. It’s the ideal ski for riders who love to engage, slicing big loops at full throttle on the groomed trails and charging through snowy fields of powder off the beaten track.

Liked: Carving long turns on the piste Well-balanced ski Very strong character Excellent grip Stability Speed ...

Disliked: A stiff ski Inertia and heaviness Physically demanding ...

15.7/20
Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!
Tested this year with the "general public" "Konect" plates rather than the R21 competition plates, the Hero Elite ST Ti from Rossignol did very well. True, it lost the "Best ski" distinction it got last year with the competition plate due to a decline in performance, but it made up for this with its remarkable user-friendliness and exceptional comfort for a slalom ski. The ski is very consistent, quite flexible (but relatively energetic) and very docile. One reviewer summed it all up: "It does what we ask it to do.” Much of the pleasure you get from the Elite ST Ti comes from the fact that you can take it easy during smooth long slide turns or, if you prefer, let rip down the slopes when you’re raring to go. Which makes it a very good learning ski that will help riders to make technical progress. We recommend it for intermediary to good skiers who want to take their performance to the next level, or very good to excellent riders who’re looking for an everyday ski that doesn’t call for non-stop physical engagement.

Liked: Overall performance Remarkably user-friendly Comfortable Smoothly pleasant rides without needing too much energy A very well-balanced ski Overa...

Disliked: While turn initiation is easy, it's less punchy than the SLX Fusion or the Dobermann SLR Evo. Slightly less convincing performance-wise on packed s...

15.7/20
Dynastar Speed Zone 16 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

Reviewed this year without its R21 racing plate (which it had last year), the Speedzone 16 Ti from Dynastar, like the Rossignol, lost some of its performance whilst gaining in user-friendliness and comfort. The ski has nonetheless retained its slalom qualities with excellent overall performance, fantastic grip and strong character. The Speedzone 16 will bend easily and anchors turns extremely well. On the other hand, you need to put some pressure on the tongue as the tail is fairly flexible, not an issue for good riders in this category. We recommend this ski for good to expert riders who want a sporty, playful and easy to handle ski that's still incredibly versatile.

Liked: Overall performance Consistent Good grip Energetic A flexible ski which bends easily even at low speeds A ski for all turns ...

Disliked: Needs to be skied in a slightly forward position A relatively flexible tail that won’t forgive positioning too far back ...

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

The Dobermann GSR Evo from Nordica is enjoyabe but quite demanding! The ski, which is relatively flexible at the tip and stiff at the tail, needs a little time to adapt. It’s a ski with character that kicks back a lot of energy so you need to learn to master it. But once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s 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...

15.4/20
Nordica GT 80 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

Nordica's GT 80 Ti really deserves its name. The ski scores high for its excellent sports qualities, especially for carving/slideslips, but unfortunately lacks the versatility needed to get to the top of this category where we’re looking, above all, for consistency. It's well behaved overall with great stability, including at high speed and on hard pack, with solid pressure for big looping curves. Turn performance is excellent and exiting turns is a doddle, with great rebound. On the other hand, the ski is less happy in short turns where it requires more effort. For the reviewers, this is a stiff and efficient carving ski, so not the ideal companion to cruise through sideslips or for skid turns. Basically, it’s an excellent performance ski that requires engagement but is not consistent enough for the Top-of-the-Range category. However, we recommend the GT 80 Ti for good to very good carving fiends who’ll find it a truly incisive model.

Liked: Stability at high speeds Loves long turns Reliable pressure Carving An energetic and incisive ski ...

Disliked: A technically and physically demanding ski Smoothness less apparent in short turns ...

15.3/20
Völk RTM 81 [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

Völkl‘s RTM 81 puts the focus squarely on performance, especially high speed and long turns where it excels. It’s an energetic, even aggressive ski, which requires engagement and a forward position to be handled correctly. It’s slightly less happy in short turns where the rider has to show some stamina, not helped by a rather flexible tail, and rebound that lacks energy. The RTM 81 is great for good to very good sporty riders who love long turns and riding fast without necessarily wanting to invest in a ski that’s too demanding or technical.

Liked: Versatile All mountain Great stability Energetic Responsive ski tip for incisive turn initiation Good behaviour at high speed Smooth long tur...

Disliked: A big radius ski, far more demanding in short turns Needs to be well positioned (forward) Requires physical engagement ...

15.2/20
K2 iKonic 80ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

Not far from the tenors in the category in our selection of the best skis on the market, the iKonic 80ti from K2 comes away with honours. The reviewers were impressed by its agility and accessibility. lt’s remarkably easy to use and riders will get a handle on it immediately. The ski scores well for its comfort. The way it cushions the terrain is astonishing and the ski can be steered with very little physical engagement. Very docile, it responds to a touch, and turn entry in particular is very easy. The reviewers regretted a certain lack of character and responsiveness, however, especially noticeable in short turns. We recommend this model for intermediary to very good riders for cruising the pistes rather than carving out dashing big turns.

Liked: Easy turn entry Agile User-friendly Comfortable Cushions the terrain Requires little physical effort Great performance in long turns ...

Disliked: A flexible ski, but with limited performance, especially in short turns Lacks character ...

15.2/20
Elan Amphibio 80 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

The Amphibio 80 Ti deserves its place in this selection of the best skis on the market. The reviewers came back enthusiastic, particularly impressed by the model’s overall accessibility and easy rotation. The ski is simple to use, enjoyable and its overdrive feature is reassuring for less experienced riders. Behaviour is globally good and consistent with really smooth carves that are very easy to initiate. There was just one small criticism; some reviewers felt that it lacked comfort and consistency in skid turns. The Amphibio 80 Ti is a ski that makes you want to improve and allows riders who can already manage traverse rides and the snowplough (ESF class 1) to advance to turn initiation and carving (ESF class 3).

Liked: A highly user-friendly ski Easy rotation Versatile Facilitates carving A very progressive ski that makes you want to improve ...

Disliked: Skid turns Lacks grip and stability in dynamic turns ...

14.9/20
Head Supershape i.Magnum [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The Supershape i.Magnum is very much a short turn ski, an area it excels in thanks to the fast edge to edge transfer, easy turn initiation, good bite and lively rebound. However, the ski is far less happy when we try to extend the turns. It’s a good tool for riders looking for a slalom ski that will rip down the slopes in very dynamic short turns.

Liked: Responsive in short turns Easy turn initiation Fast edge to edge transfer Great grip...

Disliked: A specialised short turn ski, it's noticeably less happy in long turns...

14.9/20
Rossignol Pursuit 600 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

In this category, we’re looking for skis that are accessible to the weakest learners but that can help slightly more experienced riders move on to more technical turns. Here, Rossignol's Pursuit 600 fulfilled the first part of its contract but fell somewhat short in the second. True, even the weakest riders will find the ski very easy to handle. In particular, the ease of rotation and floating effect will please all those who’re still finding it hard to change direction. Skid turns are consistent and easy to steer. On the other hand, the ski is less happy when you step up the pace. Very flexible, it struggles to remain stable and retain pressure at high speed. In addition, its overdrive effect that’s very welcome at low speeds, becomes more problematic when we hit the accelerator in more dynamic turns. The Pursuit 600 is a good initiation ski for riders with a little experience (ESF class 1) to moderate speed carvers (beginning of class 3). It’s also an excellent model for riders looking for a tool that’s really easy to handle and requires very little physical engagement for cool cruising on the groomed piste.

Liked: A light ski User-friendly and very accessible overall Easy rotation Impression of going into overdrive that weaker riders will love Comfortable ...

Disliked: Very flexible, loses stability at medium speed The overdrive effect means that more experienced riders will need to hold back the pressure ...

13.3/20
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 ...

13.1/20
Scott Slight 93 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

Let’s be honest; the Slight 93 proposed by Scott is not a true All Mountain ski and, despite its qualities, it struggles in this category. Its shape and behaviour betray its piste DNA. So it’s no surprise that the ski is very happy on the groomed runs where it’s great at everything: turn initiation, turn performance, bite, etc. It really excels in short turns. Sheer bliss. On the other hand, because of the small waist (93 mm), the short size of the model tested (175 cm for 180-185 cm requested) and its highly carved shape, its behaviour in freeride fell far short of the champions in this category. In other words, it’s a pleasant, easy ski, with a playful nature that deserves a very good place in the All Mountain/freeride category... and it’s just amazing when there are a few centimetres of fresh powder on the slopes.

Liked: Excellent performance on the piste User-friendly Good grip A light ski Nimble ...

Disliked: The highly carved shape hampers performance in freeride, Tendency to oversteer ...

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 ski’s 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...

12.8/20
Völk RaceTiger RC [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

Don’t forget that ProSkiLab reviews a selection of the best skis on the market. This means that excellent skis can sometimes finish last. That's what happened to the Racetiger RC from Völkl, that has great qualities but was somewhat too "underpowered" to do well in this category. Despite its consistent and reassuring behaviour, the ski is flexible and lacks responsiveness and bite. It’s still an excellent ski that would probably have done better in the "Top-of-the-Range" category. It’s a good choice for average to good riders looking for a ski that performs well, is consistent, easy and enjoyable to ride.

Liked: User-friendly Consistent Good compromise between comfort/accessible/versatility Smooth in soft snow Skid and slide turns ...

Disliked: Performance falls a bit short Lacks character and energy for this category ...

12.2/20
Head WC rebels i.SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

A good ski overall, but the WC Rebels i.SL suffers from a slight lack of performance compared to its more race-oriented rivals. The ski is very flexible for this category and has real qualities in terms of comfort and accessibility. While it's globally efficient, it struggles a little when pushed to its limits. At very high speed on hard pack, it's difficult to anchor correctly and hard to keep up the pressure. The reviewers were a bit disappointed by an overall lack of energy, especially the lack of momentum coming out of turns. However, despite its positioning, we should keep in mind that this ski was selected from among the top skis currently on the market in a particularly demanding category. Overall, it’s a good slalom type leisure ski that we recommend for intermediary to good skiers looking for comfort rather than pure performance.

Liked: Good overall performance Easy turn initiation Generally user-friendly for this category Easy to understand and quick to get to grips with Comforta...

Disliked: A flexible ski with limited speed, especially on hard pack Loses pressure in very dynamic turns Less punchy turn initiation Lacks impetus coming ...

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