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60 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2019

On-piste cruisers


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Völk Deacon 74 [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
While Völkl skis regularly stand at the top of the podium in the PROSKILAB™ All mountain category, piste skis have found it more difficult to feature among the world's top skis. Things change. The reviewers loved the Deacon 74 in this Carvers category where we select high-performing skis that are less demanding than race-inspired skis, but will still boost your adrenalin levels. The ski was a perfect match for the programme. It offers plenty of enjoyment, mainly due to its liveliness and “very consistent" behaviour according to the reviewers. Initiation is fast and intuitive. In turns, the ski is excellent thanks to its immense grip and great stability. The Deacon 74's docile nature and high performance encourages riders to "lay on the pressure", increase their angle and stretch their limits that little bit further. The tool offers lots of room for improvement and riders who want to perfect their technique will love it. The ski loves long turns but requires a bit more effort in short turns. The Völkl Deacon 74 is a highly successful ski that we strongly recommend for a wide public. Good riders will find that it adapts to their needs and will help them to improve their performance. Very good to expert riders will love its consistency and versatility.

Liked: Lively and incisive Great grip Fast and easy turn initiation Versatility and quality in all types of ride: carving, stem, slide... Awesome long tu...

Disliked: More demanding in short turns Slight lack of rebound in turn exit according to some reviewers ...

MX67 [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
We pre-tested all of the skis to select the best for the PROSKILAB™ review. In this way, we obtained a limited number of skis with the best possible qualities to meet the PROSKILAB™ guidelines. In January 2018, we tried a few skis from the Kästle line and decided to include some of the models in our 2019 review, including the MX67. It was an excellent decision as the reviewers absolutely loved the ski. A good performer and versatile, it's a truly energetic slalom ski without ever being brutal, encouraging riders to play with it. It gives enormous pleasure as well as being efficient and agile. Snow contact is remarkable and the MX67 is a dream on soft snow. It's not very demanding, although it's not quite so happy in skid turns. Easy, reassuring and adaptable, it will help a good rider move on to very dynamic turns. The reviewers' comments speak for themselves: "Pure bliss", "An awesome ski", "Ultra accessible and ultra playful, I'm going to buy it!" "Best ski" 2019, the MX67 is unquestionably a great success story for Kästle, perfectly matching the criteria for PROSKILAB's "Carvers" category. We recommend this ski for good to expert riders looking for the perfect blend between performance, agility and pleasure.

Liked: Great edge hold and grip Good all round performance Extremely energetic Enjoyable Excellent ski/snow contact, smooth on soft snow Versatile For...

Disliked: Performance less convincing than the Völkl Deacon 74 or the Dynastar Speed Master The ski reaches its limits at very high speed in very dynamic turn...

Dynastar Speed Master Konect [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

With its specialised racing plate, the Speed Master from Dynastar excelled in the "Giant Slalom" category. Here, it's in a less demanding category and features the simple mainstream "Konect" plate by the Rossignol group (which owns the Dynastar company). Having a more flexible plate doesn't alter the ski's intrinsic qualities and it retains its race-inspired qualities. The Speed Master effectively stands out for the incisiveness, stability and edge grip that make it so awesome. The ski's energy and overall performance, together with its intuitive behaviour, provide a great deal of pleasure and the professional reviewers were really enthusiastic: "pure bliss!", "a playful ski that's ready for anything", "we ski without thinking"... The level of performance is logically not quite up to that of the Speed Master with a R22 plate, reviewed in the "Giant Slalom" category. On the other hand, its user-friendliness and comfort have improved. The Giant Slalom ski DNA inevitably makes it more demanding in short turns. We recommend the Speed Master with the "Konect" plate for all good to expert riders who want a great tool to seamlessly carve out swooping long turns. More athletic riders might prefer the version with the R22 racing plate.

Liked: Excellent grip A ski designed for speed that accelerates in the turn Intuitive Fast turn entry, an incisive and playful ski Exceptional stabilit...

Disliked: A typical "Giant Slalom" ski that’s more demanding in short turns...

Stöckli Laser SC [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Best performance!Best performance!
The Laser SC from Stöckli is one of the market benchmarks and is frequently selected by PROSKILAB in this category where it always does well. "Best ski" last year, even if it's slightly outdistanced this year by slightly more forgiving skis, it has kept its many qualities, especially its very strong character. Extremely efficient, the reviewer's loved the ski's stiffness, grip and energy, especially in short turns, and the exceptionally energetic rebound in turn release. The ski literally leaps from turn to turn and you have to be careful not to add too much pressure if you want to stay in control. The reviewers' enthusiastic comments sum up the ski's qualities very well: "A stiff and enjoyable ski", "Super ski very incisive, grippy, lively and playful", "Turns easily and strong rebound", "Stable at high speed". Its weaker performance in skid turns and its powerful rebound mean that it's more suitable for a public with good technical skills. The Laser SC from Stöckli is an excellent choice for technically good to expert riders who want a stiff, incisive and powerful ski.

Liked: Exceptional character A lively, incisive ski that's particularly agile in short turns Grip, stiffness Stability Happy in short and long turns ...

Disliked: Technically more demanding than the Deacon 74 or the MX 67 Not so happy in skid turns Very energetic rebound that may destabilise less technical ri...

Atomic Redster TR + X12 TL [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

Atomic has made a real comeback this season. The Redster TR presented by the brand offers an alternative that focuses more on accessibility in this “Carvers” section. A good, efficient and versatile tool, the Redster TR "does its job" and well deserves its place in this selection of the best skis on the market. It offers serious arguments as it's light underfoot, "easy to rotate and carve", displays consistent behaviour and requires little physical engagement. We recommend this ski for good to very good riders looking for a versatile and high-performing ski that's nonetheless accessible and comfortable.

Liked: Good overall performance Versatile Easy to use, accessible Good edge hold Light underfoot Consistent behaviour ...

Disliked: Slight lack of character compared to some skis in the selection...

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

It really lives up to its name... and well deserves its place among the best skis on the market. Reviewed too short (168 cm) last year, K2's Speed Charger is back this year at 175 cm, a size that's far better adapted to its programme. The extra length significantly improved its long turn performance, as well as its grip and cutting-edge pace that are the tool's strong points. The Speed Charger is shamelessly designed for speed. Stability is exceptional ("as if on rails in long turns") and is reassuring for riders who love ripping across the groomed slopes. An absolute rocket that needs lots of space to get the most out of it on the piste. Once out of its field of predilection (in which it excels), the Speed Charger is a bit more timid. It's less adaptable at slower speeds, a bit more demanding in short turns, and not so smooth on soft snow. While many of the skis reviewed in this category flaunt their liveliness and performance in tight turns, the Speed Charger offers a different programme that puts the emphasis on stability and performance in long arcs. The Speed Charger is a very good ski that we recommend for good to very good riders who live for long turns and speed.

Liked: Exceptional in long turns Great grip and turn control Outstanding stability Acceleration in turns ...

Disliked: A stiff ski that's more demanding in short turns Not very smooth in soft snow Needs good positioning ...

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

The Supershape I.Magnum from Head has been a benchmark for several years and is a real market success. Its reputation grew from its user-friendliness and facility when carving at medium speeds. These qualities were reiterated by PROSKILAB's professional reviewers. The ski is highly accessible and demands few technical skills. Turn initiation is easy, even if it isn't very incisive, and carving at medium speed is intuitive. A flexible ski for this category, the Supershape I.Magnum doesn't quite make the grade in terms of pure performance, high speed or on the hard pack. Here, the ski finds it difficult to grip in the turn and the ride is less precise. The Supershape I.Magnum from Head is a very good ski for intermediate to good riders who want to begin carving up to medium speeds on a user-friendly and forgiving ski.

Liked: Good rotation and turn initiation Great carving potential Comfortable up to medium speeds Versatile skid turns/carving Good snow/ski contact ...

Disliked: Flexible Less grippy at fast speed Weak rebound on turn exit Lacks precision at high speed ...

Rossignol Hero Elite LT TI R22 [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The Hero Elite LT Ti from Rossignol is an excellent ski that won the "Best performance" award last year in this category, but struggled this year with the R22 race plate. In effect, while the ski's overall qualities are still there, the reviewers were surprised by the unusually poor turn control, considered as "insecure" and the lack of reliability in push-off. We think there was a problem with the model sent for review rather than a problem with the plate that should, in theory, have enhanced its performance. We therefore prefer to reserve our judgment on the ski Rossignol sent us to review this year and which seems to display abnormal behaviour. We would advise interested riders to check out other reviews or to opt for the version with the mainstream "Konect" plate that proved so successful last year.

Liked: Grip Acceleration Easy turn initiation Incisive Excellent stability ...

Disliked: Not very reassuring Needs back positioning when applying tail pressure ...

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