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62 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2020

Slalom

SKI REVIEWS 2020

Type of ski: standard ski derived from competition skis
Type of user: competition skiers, good-to-excellent skiers
Main evaluation criteria: performance, suitability for non-competition skiers

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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...

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...

17.6/20
Völk Racetiger SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom
Best performance!Best performance!
Völkl usually offers performance-oriented skis and the Racetiger SL won't change our mind. The ski well deserves its name. The reviewers' comments speak for themselves: "aggressive", "beastly", "nervous", "a weapon"… The level of performance is therefore at the top in this "leisure" slalom category. It is a powerful ski, "precise and incisive", with a lot of energy. The grip, high-speed stability, and a "big boost out of the curve" were particularly appreciated by the reviewers. Typical of a Slalom, it is nevertheless very comfortable on wider curve radii. But its versatility stops there. The Racetiger SL has a natural tendency to anchor, which allows it to offer the best grip and curve handling. On the other hand, slid or skidded handling is not its cup of tea. It is possible, but require a fine balance. The Racetiger SL is not for everyone. The rider must be very present and is unforgiving of mistakes. It requires a good centre of gravity, commitment, speed… and a good physical level. It is a high-performance ski that we recommend to skiers of excellent to expert levels, who prefer performance above all.

Liked: High performance Very energetic ski with a powerful rebound Assertive Exceptional grip High-speed stability Curve radius versatility...

Disliked: Physically and technically demanding ski Not very tolerant Ski struggles slightly in cool handling...

16.2/20
Elan SLX Fusion [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

Regularly invited to the PROSKILAB review, well-known to the reviewers and "Best Ski" last year, the SLX Fusion from Elan is one of the skis that we regularly find in the top pack. It doesn't seem to evolve much over time, playing the card of accessibility and fun. As far as performance is concerned, you get a lot for your money, even if a little bit less than Rossignol/Dynastar and Völkl. The accessibility of the SLX Fusion is excellent for this category. The ski makes you "immediately comfortable", remains "easy" and performs "as expected" in all circumstances. The ski works very well in "cool" mode without committing much, even in slid or skidded handling. The small plus is its fun and playful side, without being too teasing. The ski turns in tight radii and deforms gradually. The rebound at the end of curves is not very powerful, but sufficient for energetic boosts. The SLX Fusion from Elan is the ultimate fun slalom ski on the market. A good choice for those who want a lively and agile ski, without being too demanding. We recommend it to good skiers who want to progress in performance and to experts who want to focus on comfort and versatility.

Liked: Very high accessibility Tolerance Sound ski, no surprises, reassuring Good performance Fun, playful ski that turns very tightly Gentle commitment...

Disliked: Performance slightly reduced Rebound a little weaker than the tenors of the category...

15.4/20
RX12 SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

The RX12 SL from Kästle plays the card of accessibility and fun. The reviewers were unanimous in enjoying its user experience. The word "pleasant" came back on five review sheets out of six. That's saying something… The ski, with its "immediate initiation", shows great docility for this category. Turning is done spontaneously with a limited need for commitment. The ski is incisive, reactive, without ever destabilising. A little less at ease in large turns, it is able to vary cut/slid/skid riding with fluidity. In return for this accessibility, it shows its limitations a little earlier than some of its competitors in this category, particularly at high speeds and when taking considerable angles. It is also less at ease in large curves. The RX12 SL is an excellent ski for practising sporty carving and an introduction to performance. We recommend it to good to very good skiers who want the liveliness of a slalom ski with a good dose of versatility but without sacrificing comfort and accessibility.

Liked: Excellent accessibility Lively and incisive ski Good overall approval Carving skills Sliding and skidding handling Intuitive corner entry Requir...

Disliked: Performance behind Dynastar/Rossignol and Völkl Less at ease on big curves...

15.2/20
Head Worldcup Rebels i.SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

"Super ski, very responsive and playful" but "tested in too short a size", the I.SL pro from Head shows some good qualities that could not be fully exploited. Tested in 160 cm instead of the 165 cm requested, it would probably have gained additional points had it been the larger size. But the level is already excellent and the ski offers very nice sensations. The WC Rebels I.SL is very easy to use for this category and the directions for use are simple. We quickly get comfortable and quickly enjoy the ski's liveliness. The ski deforms and anchors very easily. With a radius of 11.5 metres, the WC Rebels i.SL performs very tight turns. Another point the testers especially liked: it likes to be on the edge and makes it possible to take angles defying the laws of physics. Its favourite area is carving "small curves", where it excels. As a corollary to its ability to anchor, it is less comfortable in skidding and sliding handling, due to a very present tail. The testers found that it skied rather in a centred way in this size. Those who like to ski by applying pressure to the boot housings should probably take it with 5 cm more. "Playful", "fun", the WC Rebels Pro is a ski that likes to take angles and on which you can really enjoy yourself. We recommend it specifically to skiers of a good to excellent level for a committed carving practice and for introducing to competitions. Even if 160 cm is the reference size of the ski, we recommend the size above for medium to heavy skiers.

Liked: Ease Ski that wants to accelerate Excellent carving handling Ability to take angles Effective in small cut bends Very short turn Ability in intr...

Disliked: Tested in a slightly short size Performance in this size Tail that is present but reduces the range of ski uses in skidding/sliding handling...

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