4FRNT Madonna (2013/2014) Review

October 1, 2013
4FRNT Madonna (2013/2014)
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
78
Responsiveness
4
Resort Float
6
Versatility
6
Stability
8
Dampness
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Fun graphics
  • Rockered tip charged through powder
  • Super versatile
  • Good at long and short radius turns

The Bad

  • Too damp and unforgiving for intermediates
THE VERDICT

A great choice for advanced to expert-level skiers looking for a versatile, all-mountain twin tip to add to their collection. And not that you’re supposed to judge a ski by its topsheet, but most testers loved the bold, black and white graphics, designed by Utah-based artist Casey Kawaguchi.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The 4FRNT Madonna is an all-mountain twin tip for more playful-oriented female skiers. At 96 millimeters underfoot and with rocker in the tip and tail and camber underfoot, it’s perfectly suited for all types of terrain, be it groomers, the terrain park, or light powder. The Madonna isn’t new, but it’s got a new, bold topsheet graphic for fall 2013 and a slightly shorter turn radius than previous iterations, making it easier to twist through trees and bumps.

FULL REVIEW

The Madonna has a similar shape to 4FRNT’s men’s Cody, but it has what 4FRNT calls Contour Core construction, a women’s specific design that brings the thickest section of the ski’s core back to suit women’s more centered-style of skiing. Supposedly, this allows you to drive the ski forward while staying centered over the ski. Testers didn’t necessarily notice this technology, but most said they were able to keep the ski in control, even at high speeds, and never felt bucked by it. “I was driving the ski, not the other way around,” one tester said.

Float
The Madonna busted through crud thanks to its slightly rockered tip.

Versatility
At 96 millimeters in the waist, this ski is the perfect all-mountain width. It was damp and had smooth, subtle finesse from edge to edge. No chatter, even at high speeds.

Length
Three options: 159, 165, 172 cm. Because of the rockered tip, it skis a little short.

 


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MSRP
$559.00
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