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60 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2019

Men's

SKI REVIEWS 2019

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18.5/20
Elan SLX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Selected as one of the best skis on the market and reviewed for several years by PROSKILAB, the SLX Fusion from Elan has frequently got close to the top spot on the podium without ever winning it. This year, the ski finally got a well-deserved "Best ski" award thanks to its balanced combination of performance, consistency and pleasure. You'll get plenty of performance. The ski is truly efficient in every area, from turn entry to exit with powerful rebound. "Well-balanced, it hugs the turn perfectly" one professional reviewer noted. The ski is "very precise and grippy", carving out turns with a scalpel. We reviewed a size slightly bigger than requested (170 cm) and the stick proved extremely frisky, especially comfortable in short turns, while still happy carving out great "S" shaped swoops. The SLX Fusion is "playful and not too technical", "enjoyable and surprise-free", and particularly tolerant so it will forgive minor errors and is remarkably accessible for this category. The reviewers particularly noted its "consistent, predictable and well-balanced" behaviour. The quality of snow contact, the ski's consistency and the moderate engagement required make it a "comfortable" ski. The SLX Fusion is lively, precise and smooth, in short, a great adrenalin booster, and our reviewers came back with their test sheet full and a smile on their face. The SLX Fusion once again confirmed all the qualities already noted in the past. It's the ideal ski for anyone looking for a dynamic, agile and precise slalom ski without the drawbacks of one that's too demanding.

Liked: A lively and playful ski Reassuring, tolerant and consistent Top flight performance Performance and precision in turns Good grip Versatile ...

Disliked: Less dynamic than the Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti with its R22 race plate...

18.5/20
Völk Kendo [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The Kendo from Völkl, which (just) missed out on the "Best Ski" medal last year in harder snow conditions, got it back this year. This year, we reviewed a longer model (184 cm against 176 last year) which improved its stability and flotation in powder. The ski has once again consolidated its excellent reputation and the professional reviewers gave it rave reviews: "Super ski", "Perfection!", "Excellent ski", "Perfect"... Its behaviour on the groomers is excellent and the Kendo could teach many piste skis a thing or two. The ski will amaze you not just for its performance and the quality of rides as by its grip and stability that are simply magic. It's quite stiff, significantly reinforced by two Titanal plates. Here, we'd just like to remind our readers that Titanal (whose presence is generally signalled by the "Ti" added to the models' name) is not the same as "titanium", contrary to what most people think, but is the commercial name given to an alloy with an aluminum base. Despite its 22-metre radius, this "very well-balanced" ski is still remarkably versatile. Obviously, it prefers long turns and speed, but it proved quite capable of rapidly changing radius despite the size of the model reviewed. It smoothly alternates between skid and carve turns, and the latter are especially instinctive. Its consistent behavior and fantastic stability make it a great ski for intermediate riders who can up the pace with confidence and relatively few technical skills. Off-piste, the reviewers felt the ski had "great potential." It's especially good in powder where it glides very well, and its stiffness allows it to cut a path through the crud with ease. The Kendo is one of those skis that's become a real benchmark in its segment. "Very good trail ski with great off-trail potential", it will please a wide range of riders from intermediate to expert. The size reviewed is perfect for heavier riders.

Liked: Good on piste behaviour Great skid turns Intuitive carving Consistent behaviour, reassuring, remains accessible Good off-piste behaviour Float...

Disliked: Needs some technical skills Not so comfortable in short turns ...

18.4/20
Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti R22 [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Best performance!Best performance!
Reviewed last year (to our regret) with the general public "Konect" plate, it offered a good compromise between performance, accessibility and pleasure, but was not quite good enough to convince the reviewers eager for performance. ItSelected as one of the best skis on the market and reviewed for several years by PROSKILAB, the SLX Fusion from Elan has frequently got close to the top spot on the podium without ever winning it. This year, the ski finally got a well-deserved "Best ski" award thanks to its balanced combination of performance, consistency and pleasure. You'll get plenty of performance. The ski is truly efficient in every area, from turn entry to exit with powerful rebound. "Well-balanced, it hugs the turn perfectly" one professional reviewer noted. The ski is "very precise and grippy", carving out turns with a scalpel. We reviewed a size slightly bigger than requested (170 cm) and the stick proved extremely frisky, especially comfortable in short turns, while still happy carving out great "S" shaped swoops. The SLX Fusion is "playful and not too technical", "enjoyable and surprise-free", and particularly tolerant so it will forgive minor errors and is remarkably accessible for this category. The reviewers particularly noted its "consistent, predictable and well-balanced" behaviour. The quality of snow contact, the ski's consistency and the moderate engagement required make it a "comfortable" ski. The SLX Fusion is lively, precise and smooth, in short, a great adrenalin booster, and our reviewers came back with their test sheet full and a smile on their face. The SLX Fusion once again confirmed all the qualities already noted in the past. It's the ideal ski for anyone looking for a dynamic, agile and precise slalom ski without the drawbacks of one that's too demanding. Selected as one of the best skis on the market and reviewed for several years by PROSKILAB, the SLX Fusion from Elan has frequently got close to the top spot on the podium without ever winning it. This year, the ski finally got a well-deserved "Best ski" award thanks to its balanced combination of performance, consistency and pleasure. You'll get plenty of performance. The ski is truly efficient in every area, from turn entry to exit with powerful rebound. "Well-balanced, it hugs the turn perfectly" one professional reviewer noted. The ski is "very precise and grippy", carving out turns with a scalpel. We reviewed a size slightly bigger than requested (170 cm) and the stick proved extremely frisky, especially comfortable in short turns, while still happy carving out great "S" shaped swoops. The SLX Fusion is "playful and not too technical", "enjoyable and surprise-free", and particularly tolerant so it will forgive minor errors and is remarkably accessible for this category. The reviewers particularly noted its "consistent, predictable and well-balanced" behaviour. The quality of snow contact, the ski's consistency and the moderate engagement required make it a "comfortable" ski. The SLX Fusion is lively, precise and smooth, in short, a great adrenalin booster, and our reviewers came back with their test sheet full and a smile on their face. The SLX Fusion once again confirmed all the qualities already noted in the past. It's the ideal ski for anyone looking for a dynamic, agile and precise slalom ski without the drawbacks of one that's too demanding. It's back again this year with a much sharper shape and the R22 WC plate from Rossignol. We've discussed the impact of plates on the behaviour of skis many times in the past, especially on competition models. The Hero Elite ST Ti is no different and this change has given it an extra dash of energy that's especially welcome in the Slalom category. Forget about the somewhat insipid and forgiving nature of the model reviewed last year... The Hero Elite ST Ti with its competition plate is now a weapon of war, designed for a truly athletic public. Performance is exceptional, and the reviewers were full of praise: "razor sharp turn entry", "outstanding grip", "sensational exit". The ski is incredibly efficient in every area, including the longest turns. The ski needs focus and a certain number of technical skills, but it's not exclusively reserved for high flyers. You can ride at intermediary speeds and the ski is even happy to take you for a gentle cruise along the piste. Its overall behaviour, while highly performance-oriented, remains reassuring, and it won't set any traps. The Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti, with its R22 plate, is a punchy ski that will thrill good to very good athletic riders, experts and competitors who want to hit the runs flying. Skiers looking for a bit more comfort and tolerance will probably prefer the SLX Fusion from Elan.

Liked: Outstanding performance Excellent hold whatever the radius, very precise turns A truly dynamic ski with lively rebound Reasonably accessible given...

Disliked: The ski needs good steering and handling skills with correct centre/forward positioning Needs good technical skills to get the most out of it ...

17.9/20
Dynastar Speed Master GS R22 [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Already a winner last year, the Speed Master GS with its R22 "racing" plate has reaffirmed its incredible performance this year. Along with its twin, the Rossignol Hero Master, this ski out-paced all the competitors in the "Giant Slalom" category where we're looking, above all, for high-performing skis that nonetheless remain accessible to a non-racing public. The skis mainly stand out for their exceptional performance, including on hard pack at very high speed. Edge grip is faultless. The intuitive nature and smoothness of this super-charged, high-performing Speed Master is astonishing. The ski absolutely "rolls out turns" with no particular steering effort. The ski is also very reassuring, edge hold never seems to falter and the speeds it can reach are unbelievable. Obviously, it's a bit more demanding in shorter radius turns but it's still globally efficient. Featuring the group's R22 plate, the Speed Master from Dynastar and the Hero Master from Rossignol are exceptional skis that we recommend for a wide array of riders. Good and very good riders will love this very efficient and forgiving ski that will help them to up their performance and improve their technique. Expert and competition riders will get a great deal of pleasure out of it as it's more versatile and intuitive than a pure FIS competition ski.

Liked: A pure adrenalin-boosting machine Outstanding performance Incredible grip and stability Consistent, forgiving and relatively accessible Lively ...

Disliked: It's only logical, the ski is less comfortable and more demanding (but still good) in short turns...

17.7/20
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 doesn't require a lot of engagement in tighter 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 ...

17.7/20
MX84 [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
We pre-reviewed some of the Kästle line in January 2018 and decided to include the most promising models in our PROSKILAB review (2 months later). The MX84 was among the skis selected and, like its big brother the MX 67 in the Carvers category, generated real enthusiasm among the professional reviewers. The ski perfectly matches the category requirements. PROSKILAB's guidelines effectively require a consistent ski that combines performance, comfort and versatility. It features an extremely successful blend of (reasonable) performance, comfort and accessibility. The ski stood out in particular for its comfort and quality of snow contact: The reviewers noted above all "An ultra-comfortable ski with extraordinary snow contact", and its "incredible smoothness." Performance is good, even if it's not quite at the level of the Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ti. Turn control is very good, and the ski is grippy, stable and very reassuring. However, it reaches its limits at high speed and in very aggressive turns. The MX84 from Kästle is a non-technical ski that's very consistent, designed for pleasure on the slopes, thanks to its exceptional comfort and ski/snow contact. A real leisure ski that we recommend for all intermediate to very good riders looking for cruising enjoyment rather than speed.

Liked: Accommodating, requires little technique or engagement Good quality turn control Accessible and forgiving Versatile Exceptional snow contact, rea...

Disliked: Lacks performance and energy at very high speed compared to Rossignol's Pursuit 800 TI ...

17.6/20
Rossignol Hero Master R22 [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The ski is identical to Dynastar’s Speed Master GS R22: Already a medal winner last year, the Hero Master with the R22 race plate confirms its superior performance this year. This ski, along with the Speed Master GS R22 which is its twin, is head and shoulders above its rivals in this "Giant Slalom" category where we're mainly looking for high-performing but accessible skis for a non-race public. The skis stand out above all for their exceptional performance including at high speed on hard pack. In addition, they grip like glue. Incredibly efficient, the Hero Master R22’s intuitive performance and smoothness is awesome. The ski effortlessly "rolls out the turn" without any special steering needed. It's also very reassuring, grip is faultless and riders are amazed at the speeds they can hit. Obviously, it's a bit more demanding in shorter radius turns, but it's still globally efficient. Featuring the group's R22 plate, Rossignol’s Hero Master R22 and Dynastar’s Speed Master GS R22 are exceptional skis that we recommend for a wide range of skiers. Good and very good riders will discover a superbly efficient and forgiving ski that will help them to improve their performance and hone their technique. Expert riders and athletes will find that this ski gives them a great deal of pleasure, but is more versatile and intuitive than a true "FIS" race ski.

Liked: An adrenalin-boosting machine Exceptional performance Phenomenal stability and grip Reassuring, forgiving and relatively accessible Feisty rebo...

Disliked: It’s only natural, the ski is less comfortable and more demanding (but competent) in tight turns...

17.4/20
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...

17.1/20
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...

17.1/20
Nordica GT Speed Machine 80 FDT [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

The Speed Machine 80 FDT from Nordica is packed with energy. "A fabulous, responsive and incisive ski" according to our reviewers, it’s clearly designed for performance. The grip, stability and turn hold quality were especially noticeable. The ski nonetheless corresponds to the requirement for versatility for this category. It can cover every eventuality, and will alternate carving and skid turns, short and long turns depending on the rider’s mood. One reviewer summed up the ski’s qualities perfectly: "Fantastic! Easy and effective carving and smooth and forgiving carving". The reviewers were full of praise for its carving performance with aggressively edgy angles in turns. They’re very easy and smooth, making the ski really playful and great fun. We recommend the GT Speed Machine 80 FDT for good to excellent riders, especially carving fans.

Liked: Good overall performance Incisive Easy carving Loves long turns Versatile Grip and turn hold ...

Disliked: The ski needs more engagement in short turns although it still performs very well Slight lack of comfort and accessibility for this category ...

17.0/20
Dynastar Speed Zone 7 (Xpress) [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this category, we're looking for accessible skis for the weakest riders that will nonetheless help them to progress towards carving. The Speed Zone 7 from Dynastar is a perfect match for the programme. The ski is very accessible, intuitive, easy to handle ("it turns on its own"). Very little physical engagement is needed and the ski responds to the rider's slightest request. With easy rotation (despite a relatively large size: 175 cm) and consistency in skid turns, it's very reassuring for the least experienced riders. For our reviewers, the Speed Zone 7 is a "very good ski to begin with." The reviewers also noted its extremely forgiving nature. In effect, the ski is very forgiving, especially with edge mistakes. But, above all, the Speed Zone 7 is a very adaptable tool. Riders can transition very naturally and smoothly from slow skid turns to carving at medium speed. You'll be surprised how easy carving turns is when you engage a stronger edge angle. "It carves in every position" one reviewer noted. Very stable (true, this was helped by the size of the model reviewed), the Speed Zone 7 can accelerate again and again to reach higher (but still reasonable) speeds. The ski's easy handling and smooth turns, especially on soft snow, make it extremely enjoyable. The Speed Zone 7 is a perfect ski for this programme. It will help riders to master the snow plough or the stem and to make easy progress to parallel skid turns, followed by clean arcs and carving, while gradually stepping up their speed. In short, it's one of the best skis on the market for riders who want to make technical progress.

Liked: Accessible Consistent and reassuring Forgiving Easy rotation Happy in long and short turns Comfortable in skid turns Stable ...

Disliked: Slightly more demanding in short turns...

16.9/20
K2 Konic 78 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

K2 regularly treats the reviewers to skis that offer a well-balanced compromise, with a clever combination of access, comfort and performance. The Konic 78 is just such a tool and was judged one of the best skis in this category. We're looking for user-friendly skis for technically weak riders, but that also offer good potential for progress, helping riders to develop more technical turns, especially carving. The ski is remarkably accessible. In the reviewers' words, the ski is "simple to get to grips with" and you “immediately feel good." Rotation and turn initiation are easy and intuitive. Behaviour is consistent and predictable in all situations. Skid turns are enjoyable and consistent as long as you don't lean too far and/or you're positioned slightly back, as the ski tail tends to grip, great for slicing clean turns. Carving initiation is certainly very easy... According to the reviewers, you just need to bend slightly forward to effortlessly get the ski into a carve ("you lean forward and it carves"). The ski flexes and slides through the turn with unerring ease. Like the Speed Zone 7, the Konic 78 clearly meets the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category by its user-friendliness and its potential to help riders progress to carving. It's a bit more technical than the Dynastar though, especially in skid turns. It's an excellent choice for relatively good riders who enjoy parallel and skid turns and also want to move on to carving.

Liked: Rotation, turn initiation Consistent and adaptable behaviour Stability Happy in long turns Easy carve turn initiation ...

Disliked: Not quite so happy in short turns Tail could hamper skid turns if you're not well positioned ...

16.7/20
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", "Super ski", "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...

16.6/20
Head Kore 93 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Already scoring well last year, the Kore 93 came first this year in softer spring snow conditions, which means it's made a well-deserved entry among the top-performing benchmarks in this All Mountain freeride segment like the Stormrider 95, the Mantra or the Enforcer 100. The ski is extremely versatile. It’s a true all-mountain ski that's as happy on freshly groomed runs as on deep or crusty snow. It's remarkably accessible, including on tricky terrain and is particularly docile. You'll get to grips with it immediately. Forgiving and intuitive, it asks for very little from the rider. It's extremely enjoyable and a lot of fun, especially on soft snow where snow/ski contact is remarkable. However, it remains solid when you put on the pressure and up the pace. The ski is responsive and grippy and is "very consistent in turns" according to the reviewers. The Kore 93 is a very successful ski, displaying a combination of user-friendliness, really easy handling and a playful character. We recommend it for a wide range of riders, from intermediate looking to take their first steps off piste to experts who want a good combination of comfort and performance.

Liked: Excellent off-piste behaviour Versatile Handles well Good grip Light Accessible and intuitive Good fun ...

Disliked: Needs some speed for best results...

16.4/20
Rossignol Pursuit 800 TI [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Best performance!Best performance!
The Pursuit 800 Ti from Rossignol is a very versatile ski. When cruising (as long as it stays in carving mode since it’s a tad less at ease in skid turns), the ski is easy to handle, comfortable, enjoyable and versatile. But it's when you step up the pace that the ski shows its real character… and what character! As you pile on the pressure, the ski seems to just want more. The reviewers were clear: "A super performer and raring to go", "energetic and grippy", "made to carve", "incisive", "just wants to play"... The reviewers couldn't praise it enough. The ski's grip, turn control and ability to take the edge in carving were particularly appreciated. We highly recommend the Pursuit 800 Ti for good to expert riders who want a good one-ski quiver. The ski will also help good riders achieve more technical and more radical turns. Riders who haven't yet mastered carved turns would probably be better off with an MX84 from Kästle.

Liked: Top flight performance Incisive Good grip Great carving qualities Versatile ...

Disliked: Demanding, not as accessible as some other skis Less convincing in skid turns ...

16.2/20
Stöckli Stormrider 88 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

Kendo's main rival, the Stormrider 88 lost its "Best ski" medal this year but remains a benchmark in the highly competitive All Mountain ski market with emphasis on the groomed runs. On piste, the Stormrider 88 performs incredibly well. It's a docile, "consistent and enjoyable" ski that makes no demands of the rider, doing what it's told and giving its owners total confidence. It will perform well in every type of ride but is a bit more demanding in sliced short turns. Off-piste, the ski does its job. It will literally go anywhere and is even happy in the crud. It glides very smoothly in powder, giving the impression of riding a wider ski. The Stormrider 88 from Stöckli has once again confirmed its position as one of the best skis in this segment. We recommend it for all intermediate to expert riders who want a smooth-performing and extremely versatile ski.

Liked: Consistent, predictable, reassuring Efficient and nimble Versatile Behaves well off-piste Cuts through the crud Good float in powder ...

Disliked: Lacks agility A good performer but has a slightly neutral character ...

16.1/20
K2 Pinnacle 85 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!
Our professional reviewers loved the Pinnacle 85 from K2: "a ski with a soul", and "has a real personality". "Very versatile and closer to an all mountain/freeride", the ski displays excellent off-piste behaviour, helped by a large rocker. Accessibility is excellent. Its behaviour is consistent, forgiving and it remains docile in all circumstances, while the rocker assists turn entry. The ski is very lively and playful, especially at medium speeds. Its short radius (15 m at 177 cm), fast and intuitive turn initiation and good grip make it a particularly dynamic tool. Playful and agile, riders will get a lot of enjoyment from it. The Pinnacle 85 is an excellent choice for intermediate to very good riders who want an agile, lively ski for all snow conditions and all terrains.

Liked: Good fun Lively and playful Good grip Versatile Great off-piste behaviour Enjoyable up to medium speeds ...

Disliked: Limited at high speed...

15.8/20
Rossignol Pursuit 600 CAM [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

Rossignol's Pursuit line is a great success. The Pursuit 800 stood out in the "Men's Top-of-the-range" category with a "Best ski" 2019 distinction. The Pursuit 600 CAM (Carbon Alloy Matrix for those in the know) is very well placed in this (already very demanding) selection of the best skis on the market. It's extremely accessible thanks to the ease of rotation, consistent skid turns and slight overdrive effect that will facilitate first turns. It's a tool that anyone can handle, even beginners. The ski is versatile, a good overall performer, and happy in all registers as long as it's not pushed too fast. In effect, at high speed, the tip tends to float and turns are less solid. The passage from skid turns to carving is easy and even intuitive. It's an excellent ski for this PROSKILAB programme that selects accessible skis for the weakest riders, but that can help them progress towards more technical carving. We recommend the Pursuit 600 CAM for a wide range of riders, from beginners getting onto skis for the first time to riders who have mastered parallel turns. They'll all discover an enjoyable, forgiving ski that will help them to make technical progress.

Liked: Accessible Efficient skid turns Forgiving Smooth carving ...

Disliked: Tip tends to float a bit Limited potential for speed ...

15.8/20
Völk RTM 76 Elite [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

This year, we reviewed the RTM 76 Elite from Völkl in a smaller size (161 cm) than requested for this category, which makes it more accessible but reduces performance. The ski rotates extremely easily, and the drifting tail makes wedge turns and first skid turns easier. Skid turns are intuitive and consistent. Unfortunately, since it was reviewed too short, the ski was less happy when pushed to its limits. At higher speeds, the lack of stability becomes tricky, "limiting the ski's potential for progress." The RTM 76 Elite from Völkl is great for all beginner to intermediate riders who've already begun their first carve turns. We recommend a larger size as, in our opinion, the 161cm is better suited to smaller riders.

Liked: User-friendly Good rotation and turn initiation Great for snow plough and carving ...

Disliked: Limited speed Not as happy in long turns ...

15.7/20
RX12 SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

When we tried the Kästle models in January 2018, we found them very promising, so we decided to include the brand in the 2019 reviews. The RX12 SL selected for the "Slalom" category was a great surprise. The reviewers found the ski easy to handle for this category, giving it plenty of praise, with "I loved it", "perfect flex for me", "an easy slalom ski"... The performance isn't quite as good as the Rossignol Hero Elite St Ti R22, but it's absolutely fine. The ski is lively, responsive and extremely enjoyable: "it's such fun riding with such an easy slalom ski!" Heavier reviewers found the ski's tail had a bit too much flex which cramped turn exit and rebound. To get the best stiffness and grip, the RX12 SL requires careful forward positioning. We recommend the RX12 SL for light to average good to very good riders for sport or leisure-style short drive turns.

Liked: Good fun Good overall performance Good short/long turn versatility Comfortable Easy-to-handle ski Little physical engagement needed ...

Disliked: As the ski is stiffer at the front, it requires careful forward positioning. The flexible tail reduces turn exit and rebound performance ...

15.7/20
Elan GSX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The GSX Fusion from Elan is preselected every year for the PROSKILAB review and is unquestionably one of the market's star performers. It frequently wins or is close to first place on the podium. The ski is very much performance-oriented. With excellent grip and remarkable stability, the ski is simply majestic in long turns. Once the turn is initiated, it has incredibly solid edge hold and never seems to want to let go. The ski requires a certain degree of technical and prowess for optimum rides.

Liked: Good overall performance Excellent stability Good edge hold Loves long turns ...

Disliked: A technically and physically demanding ski Less intuitive and accessible than the Speed Master or the Hero Master ...

15.7/20
Atomic Redster G9 + X 12 TL [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The Redster G9 from Atomic is definitely one of the best skis on the market in the "Giant Slalom" category of race-inspired skis designed for a non-racing public. "Consistent and reassuring", almost "perfect", it shines in this category in virtually every respect. The professional reviewers noted in particular its "very reassuring" character, with incisive turn entry and amazing stability at high speed. Efficient and docile, you'll feel really confident whatever the conditions. The only criticism concerns the tail, which was judged somewhat soft. There was a lack of energy in turn release for this category, making the exit more technically demanding. That's why it needs good positioning with forward pressure. The Redster G9 is a good ski that will satisfy all adrenalin-seeking fans of high-powered long turns.

Liked: Consistent Sound behaviour, reassuring Good overall performance Initiation, dynamic turn entry ...

Disliked: Soft tail Lacks rebound Turn exit requires some technical prowess Needs good positioning ...

15.5/20
Völk M5 Mantra [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Best performance!Best performance!
The new (5th) generation Mantra from Völkl has been entirely redesigned. The structure has changed with the inclusion of a Titanal frame all round the ski instead of the traditional plates inserted in the core. Given the large number of questions we get about this, we'd like to remind you that Titanal is the trade name given to an aluminium based alloy with excellent mechanical properties. It has nothing to do with titanium, which is in fact completely absent from its composition. The size of the waist has been drastically reduced, losing 4 cm (from 100 mm to 96 mm) and making turn radius more reasonable. The ski is easier to handle but has still kept most of its character. Our reviewers noted the ski's potential both on and off piste. The use of Titanal around the skis contour does not affect its rigidity and the M5 remains a stiff ski. Its grip and stability are impressive, and the reviewers particularly liked the fact that the ski was "hooked once in the turn." Despite its relative shortness (177 cm), the ski's grip and stability "make you want to go fast". Its off-piste behaviour is good and it's especially comfortable in the crud. However, it does need a certain amount of physical engagement and technical skill, and is not particularly forgiving. The new M5 from Mantra has inherited many of its predecessors' qualities. We found the ski easier to handle but not necessarily more supportive than previous versions. We recommend this ski for good to expert riders looking for a high-performance tool that's as happy on the piste as in freeride.

Liked: A fast and high-performing ski Stable at high speed Good grip Holds well in turns Passage in the crud Enjoys short turns ...

Disliked: Far more agile than its predecessors, the Mantra M5 remains a technically and physically demanding ski, which needs time to adapt to. ...

15.2/20
Nordica Dobermann GSR RB FDT [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The Dobermann GSR RB FDT is a tale in its own right. We can guess that GSR means "Giant Slalom Race", we know that RB means "Racing Bridge" but we're still trying to find what FDT means, although it seems to be linked to the plate which, in this case, is the firm's own "Recoil plate”. The ski is efficient and responsive. Edge hold is excellent and the Dobermann GSR RB FDT clings to every turn, even at high speed. After ringing the praises of the skis' qualities, the reviewers nonetheless regretted the lack of accessibility. The ski is both physically and technically demanding and needs to be steered with the right positioning.

Liked: Responsive Stable Great speed performance Excellent grip and hold Superb turn initiation ...

Disliked: Technically and physically demanding Difficult to get to grips with You need to find the right positioning ...

15.2/20
Stöckli Stormrider 95 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

Voted "Best ski" last year, the Stormrider 95 lost a few slots this season in the milder snow conditions. It nonetheless remains a reference in this market segment. The ski has effectively retained all of its qualities. Its behaviour is remarkably reassuring both on and off the runs, and it is predictable and surprise free. It's incredibly easy to control and extremely simple to use. Relatively stiff, the reviewers also noted its remarkable stability and its capacity to absorb uneven terrain. Its capacity to adapt to choppy snow and crud are impressive: the ski ploughs through deep snow without losing any of its stiffness. The Stormrider 95 is a great ski for anyone looking for a high-performing tool to take both on and off the marked runs, and will please all good to expert riders (with a nice thick wallet).

Liked: Consistent Versatile both on and off piste Stable Rides well in the crud and spring snow Reassuring, predictable behaviour ...

Disliked: In softer snow conditions, the reviewers regretted a slight lack of punch, especially compared to the more playful Kore 93 ...

15.0/20
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...

15.0/20
Nordica Dobermann Spitfire TI FDT [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers

The Doberman Spitfire TI FDT spits fire... Maybe a bit too much for this category where we're looking above all for accessible skis that beginners can handle. The ski displays truly high-powered quality. Turn initiation, edge to edge, carving precision and stability are all very good. A "good carving ski", it's literally glued to the turn, even at high speed and doesn't mind being handled on edge. Despite its many qualities, the Dobermann Spitfire TI FDT does not fit into the programme, as its too technical and demanding for beginners or false beginners. On the other hand, it's an excellent ski for riders who already master skid parallel turns and want to move on to carving or to improve their performance.

Liked: Overall performance Slicing arcs and carving Grip and rebound Overall pleasure ...

Disliked: Lacks accessibility Skid turns less conclusive ...

14.9/20
K2 iKonic 84 [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

The iKonic 84 from K2 exists in two relatively different versions: the iKonic 84 and the iKonic 84 Ti, which is stiffer. We reviewed the first version and were not disappointed. The ski does exactly what it's supposed to for this category where the PROSKILAB guidelines demand consistent skis that combine performance, comfort and user-friendliness. The iKonic 84 matches the criteria perfectly. While it doesn't necessarily shine in every area, it "does the job" in all situations. The reviewers noted its accessibility above all. Despite its slightly less convincing skid turns, it's a docile ski that's easy to ride and forgiving. We recommend the iKonic 84 for good to very good riders who know how to carve and are looking for an easy, consistent ski.

Liked: Stability Long turns Grip Generally versatile Easy turn initiation User-friendly ...

Disliked: Less convincing in skid turns More demanding in short turns Less comfortable at high speed ...

14.7/20
Rossignol Experience 94 TI [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

We've been reviewing Rossignol's Experience for many years now... Our reviewers have frequently criticized the skis for being too focused on the world of the groomers, with strongly shaped designs and radical tips. In January 2018, Rossignol told us it had taken our comments into account (and no doubt those of other reviews too) when it presented us with the new Experience line with straighter shapes and more adaptive tips and rockers. The result of these changes is extremely positive. The Experience 94 Ti has pulled itself up to the top level thanks to the ski's performance both on and off piste as well as its impressive accessibility. It's effectively an "easy ski", "reassuring", "accessible to everyone"... Easy to get to grips with, it's consistent and reassuring, especially for riders taking their first steps off the groomed runs. An "excellent piste ski", the Experience 94 performs well, is grippy, reassuring and can easily switch turns. Unexpectedly (given the size of the model tested), the ski is "very playful" and lots of fun for the rider. The reviewers noted a considerable improvement in the off-piste behaviour of this new generation. The ski is now a real all-mountain freeride ski that's comfortable in all snow conditions, including tricky snow. The reviewers tested the 187cm ski on relatively soft snow (like all the other models in this category). It's therefore logical to expect less performance on hard pack with shorter skis. But the ski's qualities and the progress the brand has made are undeniable. The Experience 94 Ti is a must for all riders looking for a genuine one-ski quiver with a focus on agility and a good deal of performance. We recommend it for all good to excellent skiers of small to average size who're looking above all for simplicity and pleasure. The 184cm that we reviewed would be best for heavier or extremely athletic riders, while the others would probably be better off with the 180cm.

Liked: Versatile both on and off piste Reassuring Very stable Ploughs through the crud Great curve control Great long and short turn control ...

Disliked: Less convincing at high speeds ...

14.5/20
Nordica Enforcer 100 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

Another legendary ski, the PROSKILAB 2016 reviewers were extremely impressed by the Enforcer 100 from Nordica which has won a "Best ski" distinction in the past. The ski is frequently selected in the PROSKILAB review and continually does well but it lost a few places this year due to the arrival of new rivals (especially the Expérience 94 Ti) and softer snow conditions. The piste/off-piste mix is still very well-balanced. The ski performs well on the groomers. With good flex distribution, the reviewers noted its easy turn initiation, its turn performance and stability at high speed. In long turns, the ski grips hard and is "smooth and comfortable." Off-piste, the comfortable underfoot width (100 mm) boosts its float and capacity to ride through tricky snow. This relatively stiff ski performs well in the crud, apart from the tip that's a bit too soft and at times tends to brake (we already noted this behaviour last year). Some reviewers regretted a lack of agility due to its weight (around 2.2kg per ski) and noted some fishtail behaviour. The Enforcer 100 is a great choice for intermediary to excellent riders who love long stretched-out turns on both the piste and in freeride.

Liked: Versatile both on and off piste Competent Stable Excellent behaviour on soft snow Fluid in long turns ...

Disliked: Not so hot in short turns A bit too much flex in the tip which hampers rides through the crud Inertia ...

14.4/20
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 ...

14.4/20
Dynastar Legend 88 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

The reviewers were impressed by the Legend 88's qualities but found the bindings too central. The ski has many qualities and the reviewers found it accessible, with easy turn initiation and rotation. However, the central positioning of the binding made it impossible to add forward pressure in aggressive rides. The imposing tail in uneven snow conditions and heavy snow hampers rotation. We tried mounting the bindings 4cm further back and this helped improve the ski's behaviour. The Legend 88 is a very good ski that we recommend for intermediary to good riders. It's probably worth trying to mount the bindings a bit further back than the central positioning recommended by the maker.

Liked: Good overall behaviour An easy and enjoyable ski for cruising Behaves well off the groomed runs (except for our comments below) ...

Disliked: Central positioning required Long tail due to the centralisation of bindings, hampering rides in the crud and even in powder ...

14.3/20
Head V-Shape 4 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Best performance!Best performance!
PROSKILAB only reviews the very best skis on the market and so if the V-Shape 4 from Head is in last place, it's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and its score shows that the ski has real qualities. It's a high performer but less forgiving than the other skis in this category, so it's not easy to do well in a programme that looks for user-friendliness above all. The ski's overall performance is good and its behaviour is consistent. The ski is quite stiff for the category and is very shapely, with a particularly narrow waist. The heel is extremely grippy, making snowplough and stem turns trickier to handle. On the other hand, the ski provides extra heel pressure for perfectly carved turns at low speed, which makes it an excellent ski for riders looking to improve their carving skills. The V-shape 4 is a good ski for relatively good riders who enjoy parallel turns. Less experienced riders should go for a more accessible ski like the Konic 78 or the Speed Zone 7.

Liked: Good all-round performance A great carving tool Easy and smooth for carving Consistent behaviour ...

Disliked: Riders need to know how to ski parallel turns Not very forgiving ...

14.0/20
Atomic Redster S9 + X12 TL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

The Redster S9 is objectively a good ski, remarkably consistent and versatile. The reviewers liked the ski's easy handling, the overall enjoyment, and the very consistent behaviour that will reassure a lot of riders. It's especially comfortable and intuitive when carving out short turns. On the other hand, the reviewers noted a slight lack of punch in very dynamic rides at high speed which showed the ski's limitations. The ski is globally efficient, but stiffness, edge grip and rebound at the end of a turn are not as good as some of its rivals. The ski's programme is similar to the "Carvers" category, which the reviewers felt the ski would have done very well in. Something to think about for the next review. The Redster S9 is a very good ski that we recommend especially for intermediary to very good riders who want to up their carving performance.

Liked: Easy to use Very consistent Good behaviour carving small turns Comfortable overall Good rotation ...

Disliked: A flexible ski for this programme Slight lack of performance ...

14.0/20
Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti (Konect) [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

Dazzling holder of a PROSKILAB "Best ski" award last year and scoring very well in many other reviews, the Speed Zone 12 Ti remains well placed in this selection of the best skis on the market. However, it lost a few places on the scoreboard, probably due to the arrival of new competitors, softer snow conditions and slight changes to the ski's structure (the Active Air Core wood core is lighter). The ski has excellent qualities overall. It's very well-balanced and offers good performance and comfort overall. Its character is consistent and it's extremely reassuring. The ski is globally efficient and enjoyable. However, the reviewers felt that its behaviour was less intuitive than last year and while it's very comfortable in its carving radius, it appears to find it difficult to adapt to other types of ride and needs careful positioning. The Speed Zone 12 Ti is now a benchmark in this programme and we recommend it for good to very good riders looking for an easy carving ski.

Liked: Accessible Versatile Good carving performance Grippy ...

Disliked: Finds it difficult to move away from its radius Skid turns fall short Needs good positioning ...

13.9/20
RX12 GS [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The RX12 GS from Kästle is a very good ski that stands out for its great behavior when carving turns. The ski loves to be on edge and is remarkably easy and enjoyable in this context. On the other hand, it does far less well in the Giant Slalom programme. The ski's radius is too short for the programme and suffers from a lack of stiffness which reduces its performance. Pushed to the limit, it runs out of steam on hard pack at high speed as turn quality deteriorates and grip becomes more uncertain. The RX12 GS is a good sporty ski, but not specialised (despite its "GS" badge) or nimble enough for this competition-inspired category. It's still a very good ski and would have done well in the "Carvers" category. We recommend it for good to excellent riders who want a sporty ski without going over the top, and who're looking for a tool that's versatile and extremely happy carving to help them work on their performance.

Liked: User-friendly Good performance at all speeds Easy carving, enjoys sharp angles Energetic edge change Comfortable ...

Disliked: A flexible ski for this category Somewhat limited in performance Radius too short (16 m) for a giant slalom ski ...

13.8/20
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 ...

13.4/20
Head Monster 88 Ti [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

While the Kore 93 from Head shone in the all mountain/freeride category, the more piste-oriented Monster 88 found the competition stiffer in the midst of more versatile skis. The reviewers praised the Monster 88's excellent behaviour on the piste. The ski was judged to be "a good piste ski", proving docile and grippy, and especially happy in short turns. The ski is accessible and very user-friendly. Off-piste, its behaviour is correct with good flotation in powder, but it doesn't do quite as well as the Kendo, Pinnacle 85, Stormrider 88... Despite its size at the waist (88mm) and its rocker, the Monster 88 can't hide its piste ski DNA. It's the perfect ski for intermediate to good riders who love whizzing down the groomers but would like a ski that can handle all snow conditions and that they can also use off the beaten track from time to time.

Liked: Well behaved on the piste Versatile User-friendly Good overall performance Comfortable in short turns Good float in powder ...

Disliked: Behaviour deteriorates at high speed Less convincing freeride behaviour compared to some of the models reviewed Turn initiation is not very intuiti...

13.3/20
Head V-Shape 8 [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

Relatively flexible, the V-Shape 8 is closer to an adaptive ski, lacking some of the agility needed for this category. The ski is really enjoyable as long as you don't try to go too fast. Light, smooth, gentle and accommodating, it will forgive errors and deliver great sensations. However, when you step up the pace on hard pack and steep slopes, the ski quickly shows its limits. Grip is less solid and turns start to wobble. The V-Shape 8 is a good ski with the accent on accessibility and comfort at moderate speed. We recommend it for average to good, light to medium-size riders looking for pleasure and effortless performance mainly for leisure use.

Liked: A light ski Accessible Enjoyable Enjoys carving at cruising speeds Easy to handle ...

Disliked: Flexible Performance more limited at high speed, on hard pack and steep slopes Not suitable for heavier riders ...

13.3/20
Nordica Enforcer 93 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

While the Enforcer 100 regularly does well in the all mountain/freeride category, the Enforcer 93 finds it more difficult to do well in this programme. Its overall behaviour is good, both on and off the groomed runs and it performs well in every situation. We got mixed reviews for the Enforcer 93's behaviour at low speeds. Our expert (non professional) reviewers had a very positive opinion of the ski, while the professional reviewers were less enthusiastic, pointing to a certain degree of inertia. We recommend this ski for fast and sporty riders who want a versatile ski that's extremely happy at high speed.

Liked: Good overall performance Stable and comfortable at high speed Loves long turns Great in the crud ...

Disliked: Lack of response and agility, especially at lower speeds Rotation and skid turns Needs some physical engagement ...

12.9/20
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 ...

9.5/20
Zag H-95 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

Selected for the PROSKILAB review for several seasons now, the H-95 from ZAG is one of the best skis in this market segment. Unfortunately, the reviewers detected erratic behaviour that was probably due to a technical preparation problem: unpredictable initiation, temperamental turn control, unreliable pressure... As a result, we decided not to review the ski this year and to try again next year. As far as we know, the ski hasn't changed, and we suggest that our readers check out the PROSKILAB 2018 review and other 2019 reviews on the GEARSCORE platform.

Liked: Not reviewed...

Disliked: Not reviewed...

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