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Völkl Kenja

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Völkl Kenja is an all-mountain ski that’s predictable and stable in a variety of conditions. It does favor carving over flotation, but the 90-mm waist width ski can hold its own in soft snow or crud. Stability, edge grip and frontside performance are the Kenja’s main focus, thanks to full length sidewalls, a layer Read more ›

Salomon X ULTRA 2 GTX

Written by: Brian Miller

Stability  The X Ultra has found the perfect mix of fast and sleek with phenomenal stability and performance. The Contagrip outsole outperformed the Vibram sole and gave added confidence while traveling over boulder-strewn trails as well as class 3 or 4 scrambling. Between the mid- and outer sole is an Advanced Chassis technology, which reinforces Read more ›

Armada Victa 97 Ti

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Armada Victa 97 Ti is freeskiing-focused Armada’s answer to the demand for a high-performance women’s ski. The result? A strong, all-mountain ski with tank-like edge hold and decent stability in a range of snow conditions and turn speeds. “It feels like an Austrian-made ski with unconditional edge hold, stability at speed and a lack Read more ›

Atomic Vantage 95 C W

Written by: Krista Crabtree

Fun to ski, stable and quick underfoot, the Atomic Vantage 95 C W is as close to a one-ski quiver as you can get. “This ski crushes the crud and gives fierce confidence in high angles plus a big sweet spot,” said one tester. “A grab-n-go Western woman’s choice for most conditions.” “Turn it up Read more ›

Black Crows Daemon Birdie

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Black Crows Daemon Birdie is an all-mountain model with full reverse camber. It’s designed for pivoting and carving, yet testers felt that the ski was too light and lacking in edge grip to accurately carve turns and scored it moderate to low for Carving. Testers felt that the Daemon Birdie performs best in soft Read more ›

Dynastar Legend W 88

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Dynastar Legend W 88 is a playful midfat ski with a healthy blend of edgehold, power and maneuverability. “The ultimate cruiser ski,” says one tester. “It suits a range of ability levels, but rewards women who spend their time on the frontside and in soft snow.” Testers gave the Legend W 88 high scores Read more ›

Elan Ripstick 94 W

Written by: Krista Crabtree

A freeride ski that has deceptively bomber performance in a lightweight package, the Elan Ripstick 94 W provides rock-solid edge grip, strength underfoot and fatigue-reducing feel on the knees. The freeride feel surpasses the connotation of a surfy powder ski, and instead excels at the more technical aspect of all-mountain skiing. Though maneuverable and stable Read more ›

Fischer My Ranger 98

Written by: Krista Crabtree

A carving ski in a midfat body, the Fischer My Ranger 98 has a traditional feel with solid edge hold and a serious demeanor to boot. It also has a lightweight construction thanks to Fischer’s Air Tec Ti, which includes a layer of aerospace-grade carbon, plus a carbon inlay located in the thinned-out shovel. Testers Read more ›

Head Great Joy

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Head Great Joy is a multi-tasking, light and peppy ski with enough width, carving performance and flotation for a one-ski quiver. Overall, testers gave the 98-mm-waisted ski high marks for all categories, with its highest scores for Responsiveness and Carving. “It skis like a fat slalom ski,” said one tester. “This superb carver is Read more ›

K2 Alluvit 88

Written by: Krista Crabtree

It’s not by chance that K2’s “all-of-it” play on words was chosen for the Alluvit 88 – it’s a versatile, all-mountain ski with a fun, freeride personality. “This is a simple, supple, easy-flexing ski that will save your legs if you go all day,” says one tester. Other testers called the 88-mm-waisted ski “friendly,” “fun” Read more ›

Liberty Genesis 96

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Liberty Genesis 96 is playful, twin-tip ski with a carbon/wood core. Liberty’s new X-Core Carbon construction begins with bamboo, used for its strong, lightweight and sustainable properties. Pauwlonia, poplar and carbon fiber are added along with Quadaxial fiberglass. Liberty’s Bomb Rocker profile features full tip and tail rocker (slightly more in the tail) with Read more ›

Line Soulmate 92

Written by: Krista Crabtree

The Line Soulmate 92 was redesigned for 2018, with the addition of Carbon Fiber Filaments called “Magic Finger Filaments” or carbon stretching tip to tail. Line’s Capwall construction includes a durable cap over the top and sidewalls underfoot. Further core construction details include full-length maple stringers surrounded by aspen. The Soulmate 92’s early-rise, thin tip Read more ›