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62 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2020

Best Skis 2020

SKI REVIEWS 2020

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18.9/20
Rossignol Nova 14 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
For women's skis (just as with men's), in this "Cruiser" category we select skis that have an overall quality of consistency. We are not looking for the most high performance or the most accessible skis on the market, we are looking for those which offer a balance between efficiency, comfort, ease of use and versatility. The Nova 14 Ti is the flagship of Rossignol's Nova range, which fits perfectly with this category. Nova is a new range for the French brand and an equivalent to the men's React, which replaces what was the Famous range. At 699 euros, the Nova 14 Ti, is not cheap but of course you get what you pay for. The first observation is that it scores for performance. Reinforced by a sheet of Titanal, the ski is grippy, gives solid support and is very "stable at top speeds". It's also versatile: it carves or skids under control and is at ease with all types of turn. The Nova 14 Ti is not demanding. The model is "easy to get to grips with" and is not technically or physically demanding. The successful blend of accessibility and performance make it also a very progressive ski which will allow skiers to move up to a higher technical level. "Pleasurable ride", "very nice", the feedback from the testers are in agreement about the ski and the experience of the ride. The testers enjoyed the comfort and playful quality of the ski, in particular, the lively rebound at the end of the turn. An excellent all-rounder, tolerant, accessible and offering a fun ride, le Nova 14 Ti will please intermediate level skiers who wish to evolve technically as well as experts looking for a performance ski which is versatile and comfortable.

Liked: Overall performance Grip, stability, holds the turn Fun, good rebound at end of turn Good for technical progression Pleasurable to ride...

Disliked: N/A...

18.2/20
Dynastar Speed Master SL R22 [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The Proskilab reviewers came back from the Speed Master SL tests with huge smiles on their faces! It must be said that the ski offers an exceptional accessibility–performance ratio. This year, the model was equipped with its R22 "race" plate (like its twin from Rossignol). It only takes a few metres to notice that we are dealing with a ski with a well-tempered "slalom" personality. The Speed Master SL shows all the qualities expected in this category: trigger speed, edge-to-edge transition speed, grip, curve precision, rebound at the end of turns. We are not disappointed, or even surprised, by this diabolically efficient ski, "very good and very solid underfoot", that is brimming with energy. Efficient, the Speed Master SL R22 remains very accessible, "easy", "healthy" and tolerant for this category, very pleasant to use on a daily basis. It is also a versatile ski for this category that makes it possible to fluidly alternate very dynamic handling with cooler slid paths, on tight and wide curves. The reviewers nevertheless found that the ski was best skied on the front to allow for a "good closing of the curve". The Dynastar Speed Master SL R22 and the Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti (with very similar, if not identical behaviour) are not the most effective skis on the market. More than weapons to make fast times, they are very sporty skis with an exceptional accessibility–performance ratio. The performance/accessibility/versatility mix makes it a fun machine. The ski seems to be subject to the good will of the skier, comfortable in all circumstances, never putting them in difficulty and giving a lot of sensations. The comments of the reviewers are eloquent: "excellent ski", "biggest favourite among the skis tested this year", "such a level of performance that's so accessible, it's amazing!"… Anyway, this ski excited the reviewers. The Speed Master SL is a very progressive ski. A "leisure" slalom ski par excellence, it will delight a great number of skiers, from the good skier who wants to progress towards the performance of "tight curves" or competitions, to expert skiers who prefer fun rather than pure performance. The edge lines of the Dynastar and the behaviour are so close to those of the Rossignol that we wanted to consider them as one and the same ski. The Rossignol seemed a little more accessible to us and the Dynastar a little more solid on its supports and better performing, but the differences are really minor and may be due to the preparation of the skis.

Liked: General performance Excellent performance–accessibility ratio Curve handling Grip Excellent versatility for a ski derived from competitions Trans...

Disliked: None...

18.0/20
Dynastar Speed Master GS R22 [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
After some difficult years in which the products of Rossignol/Dynastar were poorly rated by Proskilab, it is clear that the group has been able to go uphill and offer products particularly suited to certain market segments. In these performance-oriented categories, the group's models have become essential. It should be noted that their success is due in part to the R22 "race" plate, which boosts the skis' behaviour. The same models systematically lost a few seats when reviewed with the group's "Konect" consumer plate. The Speed Master GS, already "Best Ski" last year, is once again at the top in this category. The ski is "built for performance". The testers noted behaviour very similar to a competitive ski: "a real giant ski!" It is extremely stable and allows you to go at reprehensible speeds with a great sense of safety. The quality of the ski–snow contact, the "monstrous" grip and the accuracy of the handling were also noted by the reviewers. It requires some technique to be fully exploited. On the other hand, it is relatively tolerant for this level of performance. The reviewers describe it as a "progressive" ski, capable of operating with relatively little commitment and giving the best of itself as you accelerate. The ski doesn't boost very much at the end of curves, which is a disadvantage for our professional reviewers, but which will make the less technical skiers safer. The ski is imperial on large curves, at very high speed. It is a little more demanding but also works when the radii are shortened. In short, the Dynastar GS R22 is a high-performance ski that we recommend to all skiers, of very good or even expert levels, who want to discover or rediscover the sensations close to those of a competition ski.

Liked: High-flying performance Sensations of real giant skis Behaviour in wide turns and at very high speed Exceptional anchorage and grip Progressive fl...

Disliked: Some reviewers lamented a lack of boost at the end of curves...

17.9/20
Rossignol Hero Elite ST TI R22 [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The Proskilab reviewers came back from the tests of the Hero Elite ST Ti with huge smiles on their faces! This year, the model was fitted with its R22 "race" plate (like its twin from Dynastar). It must be said that the ski offers an exceptional performance–accessibility ratio. It only takes a few metres to notice that we are dealing with a ski with a well-tempered "slalom" personality. The Hero Elite ST TI R22 shows all the qualities expected in this category: trigger speed, edge-to-edge transition speed, grip, curve precision, and rebound at the end of turns. We are not disappointed, nor even surprised by this diabolically effective ski, "very good and very solid underfoot" that is brimming with energy. High performance, the Hero Elite ST TI R22 nevertheless remains very accessible, "easy", "healthy" and tolerant for this category, very pleasant to use on a daily basis. It is also a versatile ski for this category that makes it possible to fluidly alternate very dynamic handling with cooler slid paths, on tight and wide curves. The reviewers nevertheless found that the ski was skied on the front to allow for a "good closing of the curve". The Rossignol Hero Elite ST TI R22 and the Dynastar Speed Master SL R22 (with very similar, if not identical behaviour) are not the most effective skis on the market. More than weapons to make fast times, they are very sporty skis with an exceptional accessibility–performance ratio. The performance/accessibility/versatility mix makes it a fun machine. The ski seems to be subject to the good will of the skier, comfortable in all circumstances, never putting them in difficulty and giving a lot of sensations. The comments of the reviewers are eloquent: "excellent ski", "biggest favourite among the skis tested this year", "such a level of performance that's so accessible, it's amazing!"… Anyway, this ski excited the reviewers. The Hero Elite ST TI is a very progressive ski. A "leisure" slalom ski par excellence, it will delight a great number of skiers, from the good skier who wants to progress towards the performance of "tight curves" or competitions, to expert skiers who prefer fun rather than pure performance. The edge lines of the Rossignol and the behaviour are so close to those of the Dynastar that we wanted to consider them as one and the same ski. The Rossignol seemed a little more accessible to us and the Dynastar a little more solid on its supports and better performing, but the differences are really minor and may be due to the preparation of the skis.

Liked: General performance Excellent performance–accessibility ratio Curve handling Grip Excellent versatility for a ski derived from competitions Passa...

Disliked: None...

17.5/20
Völk Mantra V.Werks [click]
Type of ski :
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Already much noticed during the pre-tests, the Mantra V.Werks quickly won over the Proskilab reviewers. To put it bluntly, the "V.Werks" version has nothing to do with the classic version of the Mantra "M5" reviewed last year and renewed by the brand this year. The edge lines, construction, weight and behaviour are very different. It must be said that the Mantra V.Werks is a unique ski on the market. First of all, the ski surprised the reviewers with its behaviour on the piste. It proves to be remarkably lively, stable and reassuring, very gripping for this category on packed snow, including at very high speed. It offers rather particular sensations, that of a ski that is both very light and solid underfoot, very thin, deforming longitudinally while maintaining a high torsional rigidity. The ski is light (1,680 kg according to Völkl, in 178 cm) without being a lightweight for a backcountry or freeride touring ski. It does, however, appear to be lighter underfoot, probably due to the "3D" construction designed to reduce inertia when pivoting. The "Ice.off" covering helps to avoid storing snow on the ski. The weight–performance ratio is exceptional. The reliability of its behaviour, its grip, its lightness underfoot, and the liveliness of the ski make it a ski that gives a lot of sensations. The Mantra V.Werks is a ski on which the reviewers had a lot of fun. Off-piste, its lightness, the finesse of the ski, the almost inexistence of the sidewalls, the width at the waist of 99 mm make it a very comfortable ski in powder snow. It also defends itself very well in choppy snow, thanks to its ease of pivoting. It requires a certain technical level to make the most of it. The reviewers noted that it skied on the front while pressing on the housings. It's also a little less comfortable in small curves. A freeride touring ski par excellence, comfortable on all terrains, the Mantra V.Werks from Völkl is not cheap, but offers behaviour that is unique on the market. It's a very wholehearted recommendation from the Proskilab reviewers for all those who prefer technical excellence without paying too much attention to their wallet.

Liked: Excellent behaviour on the piste, "fast and sound" ski Stable and reassuring, gripping, able to go very fast for this category Lively ski, with a go...

Disliked: Aimed at medium/large curves; is a little less comfortable in small curves Ski that wants to be skied on the front if you don't want to be surprised ...

17.3/20
K2 Konic 76 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
For a few years now, K2's Konic series skis have been reviewed and appreciated by the Proskilab reviewers. Last year, the Konic 78 won the "Accessibility/Performance" medal; this year, the Konic 76 wins the "Best Ski" medal, which is well deserved. The very best quality of the Konic 76 is its very high accessibility. The ski is very "easy to get to grips with", intuitive. You're immediately on it and no instructions are necessary. The first few descents give confidence: the ski's behaviour is remarkably stable, making it easier in all types of ski handling and all types of snow. You can gradually increase the pace until you can take turns at good speed, keeping the ski sound and solid on its supports. Our reviewers (professionals for the most part) had a lot of fun with this ski. It is playful, reactive, especially thanks to its nose, which spontaneously starts the turn. The Konic 76 is a model on which you don't get bored and that conveys a good dose of sensations. In this "Accessible Piste" category, we select skis that are particularly comfortable in pivoting, skid handling with rear pressure but nevertheless able to advance skiers towards cut handling, more towards the front. This is the case of the Konic 76, an accessible ski at the lowest levels and able to take the skier on cut riding or even carving at sustained speed. The potential for technical development at the beginner level is simply amazing. According to the reviewers, the ski allows for "nice progress" from the beginner to the skier who master cut handling. The only downside is that when the rhythm is increased, the nose, which is a little flexible, floats and vibrates at high speed. Playful, "nice and safe", able to advance technically, the Konic 76 is the initiation/improvement ski par excellence. We recommend it to all skiers who wish to progress technically, from the perfect beginner to those who already master parallel curves.

Liked: Easy to get to grips with, accessibility Confidence-building ski Playful, reactive ski Allows for great technical progress of the skier, skills in ...

Disliked: A slightly light nose that floats and hits at high speed...

17.2/20
Elan Wingman 86 CTI [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The Wingman 86 CTI proposed by Elan had made a strong impression during pre-selection in January 2019. We included it in the Proskilab review, considering that the ski was perfectly suited to our specifications for this category. We were looking forward to having it tested by a team of professionals in a comparative situation with other market leaders. The result did not disappoint us and the ski (a first in this category for Elan) gets a well-deserved "Best Ski" award. The Wingman 86 CTI is above all an incredibly easy ski: you immediately feel good on it and your first turns are performed confidently. No need for instructions: the ski has remarkably docile and intuitive behaviour. It is "a ski for everyone", "that lets the skier choose", for which you don't need to deploy any big techniques. The behaviour on the piste is simply excellent. The ski is very solid on its supports, agile, with a very good boost at the end of turns. The ski brings gives a lot of sensations and you don't get bored. Off-piste, the ski shines with its ease. Despite its 86 mm waist, its buoyancy is correct in powder. Transitioning to choppy snow is very good and the ski does not allow itself to be deformed in lumps of compacted snow. Capable of cut and skid handling, small and large turns with fluidity, the Wingman 86 CTI is comfortable on all terrains and demonstrates great versatility. No doubt this ski is destined for a long career like the Kendos, Kore 93s, and other celebrity models of this market segment. The Wingman 86 CTI is therefore a success. A "do-it-all ski", intuitive, easy and playful, comfortable in all circumstances that we highly recommend to intermediate skiers up to excellent skiers. Note that Elan offers two versions of the Wingman 86: a "CTi" (green) version reviewed here and a "Ti" (orange) version, less rigid, not reviewed. Both have a Titanal plate, justifying the "Ti", but the "CTi" version also has two longitudinal carbon reinforcing rods.

Liked: General performance Accessibility Lively and agile ski Sound and intuitive behaviour Great versatility At ease on all terrains Pleasant and fun ...

Disliked: Slightly poor performance compared to more rigid models like the Kendo 88....

17.2/20
Stöckli Stormrider 85 Motion [click]
Type of ski :
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The legendary Stormrider series from Stöckli continues to rack up the points this year. The women's Stormrider 85, on the podium last year for its "accessibility/performance", has stepped up to this year to take the top spot: our "Best ski". It's a ski which is at ease on any terrain, in any conditions. The piste performance in particular is excellent. The Stormrider 85 is fun, grippy, stable and solid. This ski needs no instructions, it is "easy to tame" and you can feel it's going to be a fun ride within the first few metres. It is its element in the off-piste, whether that means riding through powder or chopping up the variable. A genuine "all snow, all terrain" ski - just like its brothers in the men's range - it is excellent at adapting to changes in terrain. At around 1,000 euros with bindings, it's expensive, but you get your money's worth. The Stöckli Stormrider 85 is an excellent match for skiers from good to expert level who are looking for a responsive ski that is reliable on groomed pistes but is capable of holding its own when venturing into different terrain.

Liked: Piste performance Adapts to the terrain Easy to move/manoeuvre Good for progression Stable Easy in off-piste Copes with variable...

Disliked: N/A...

17.0/20
Stöckli Laser SC [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Well known to the Proskilab reviewers and often positioned in the top places, the Laser SC from Stöckli is this year's winner of the "Best Ski" medal in the category. Performance is on the programme. The ski is lively, quickly enters curves and easily deforms without excess. Its holding to curves is excellent, the ski grips, is very precise and the "pressure reactions are easy to find". The rebound at the end of curves is tonic, without being destabilising. The ski reviewed this year appeared a little more comfortable in skidding than last year. The fluidity of skid/slip/cut transitions was appreciated by the reviewers. What impressed them most was the stability and comfort of the ski. The SC Laser remains "laid down", in contact with the snow, tracing its curve with serenity and effectively absorbing all the different types of terrain. It evokes a great sense of security and you feel "in control" in all circumstances. It should be noted that it requires little commitment for a ski in this category. On the other hand, at very high speed, it loses a little of its lustre: the ski becomes less clear and the presses less solid. It is an excellent ski for this category where we prefer performance, but especially the pleasure the skier experiences. We advise the Laser SC from Stöckli to a wide range of skiers from good to expert levels.

Liked: General performance Intuitive ski Accessible, easy to handle Slid/skid transition Requires little commitment Stability, comfort, damping of terra...

Disliked: Limited at very high speed...

16.9/20
Rossignol React R8 TI [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The React series replaces the Pursuit range from Rossignol reviewed in previous years. The Rossignol R8 Ti, reinforced with a Titanal plate, is at the top of the range. In this "top of the range" category, we select skis offering a balanced mix of performance, comfort, accessibility and versatility. The React R8 Ti meets the defined specifications perfectly… with one big plus: fun. On the performance side, the reviewers were not disappointed. The ski is "playful and incisive". Turns are instantaneous and intuitive thanks to a very present nose. Curve handling is impeccable, especially thanks to an excellent grip and imperial stability. Accessibility and comfort are at the top. The ski is intuitive and does not require special guidelines. You're instantly "on it". It operates intuitively by requiring very little physical or technical commitment from the skier. Its versatility is excellent. The React R8 Ti is capable of alternating at will the types of curves and handling. It should simply be noted that it is a little less comfortable in skid handling (in return for its excellent grip) and in large curves. The reactivity of the ski, which is quite exceptional, the overall ease of use, and the little commitment that it requires make it a fun machine. This is a ski that is perfect for this category. It will offer great sensations to a wide range of skiers, including the less committed. The React R8 Ti is our best choice for skiers of good to excellent levels, who are not necessarily very keen physically, but who want to have fun on a ski that is at the same time playful and not very demanding.

Liked: Very agile ski Excellent grip Instantaneous curve entry Accessible, requires little physical or technical commitment Fun Stability Versatility...

Disliked: A little less comfortable in skid handling where its grip sometimes penalises it Slightly less solid supports in turns at high speed...

16.8/20
Rossignol Experience 94 TI [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Two years ago, Rossignol transformed its Experience range from a very "piste" one to a real "all-mountain" one. The shape has become more reasonable and the tips more progressive, to the benefit of their behaviour, which is much improved. The Experience 94 Ti benefits from the various modifications made and is at the best level of a very competitive category. This year, the ski wins the "Best Ski" medal, which rewards the progress made by Rossignol. The ski fulfils its "All-Mountain 50/50" ski contract and demonstrates excellent versatility. It is distinguished above all by its accessibility and the liveliness of its behaviour on the piste. The reviewers praised the general behaviour of the ski, considered very sound, "stable", "reassuring" and that easily forgives small errors of balance. It pivots easily, skid handling is homogeneous. It is therefore an easy ski that can be used with a minimal technical level. Although very accessible, the ski is not lacking in character – far from it. It proves remarkably incisive and playful, carving very correctly on the piste. The trigger is instinctive, the ski enters curves with a minimum of effort. It is easily deformed, without excess. The rebound is good. All of these elements contribute to the feeling of a light ski underfoot that is both easy and agile. One reviewer said "on the piste, it turns like a slalom ski". A rare quality for a ski in this category, which are generally relatively uncut skis that are rather aimed at larges bends. Off-piste, the Experience 94 Ti brings the same qualities. Docile and manoeuvrable, the ski is comfortable on all terrains. A slightly larger waist width would have been appreciated in powder snow, but the 94 mm remain a very good compromise. If the ski deforms easily enough; it shows its limits at high speed. Pure performance is not its domain of choice. Its added value lies in the mix of accessibility, versatility and manoeuvrability. The Experience 94 Ti is undemanding and gives a lot of sensations. To sum up, the Experience 94 Ti is a very good All-Mountain ski, efficient and homogeneous, that provides a lot of fun. It will appeal to a wide audience, from intermediate skiers who want to learn off-piste to experienced skiers looking for a versatile and playful ski.

Liked: Behaviour in choppy snow Excellent buoyancy Excellent versatility Accessibility, tolerance Surprising handling on the piste Terrain absorption I...

Disliked: Limited at high speed...

15.6/20
K2 Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance [click]
Type of ski :
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The Mindbender series is the new all-mountain and freeride range from K2. The 88Ti in its dedicated women's version ("Alliance") is a stiffer model, reinforced by a Y-shaped Titanal plate - which K2 call the 'Titanal Y-Beam' - which brings it a little extra 'oomph' which the testers enjoyed. "Quite stiff", "lively but not overly", the K2 plays on the compromise between performance and accessibility. Overall performance is good, particularly on piste. The grip, the solidity and the versatility were noted in the test. It's a responsive ski which experienced skiers will enjoy. Off-piste, the K2 Mindbender 88Ti holds its own. The testers found it noticeably "easy to manoeuvre" and at ease in the powder. It's a ski which ticks all the boxes for "all mountain 70% piste: 30% freeride". It will suit skiers looking for a versatile model for riding all types of terrain. Very good skiers will find it lively.

Liked: Overall performance Balanced, versatile Grippy and solid Responsive, lively ski ...

Disliked: N/A...

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