The Best Men's All Mountain Skis

Gear Institute’s ski test is held annually at Snowbird, Utah, in conjunction with Mountain Magazine and Outside Magazine. The 2018 test was held in February, with more than 20 testers, several of who work in the snowsports industry as ski instructors, ski patrollers, professional athletes, and magazine editors, as well as one former member of the U.S. Ski Team. Other testers included former NCAA Division I ski racers, some hard-charging beer league skiers from the East Coast, as well as local rippers from Alta and Snowbird, and also from Jackson Hole, Vail, Taos, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Initial product testing was also conducted in January 2018 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, during the SnowSports Industries America tradeshow.

Snowbird offers the kind of world-class terrain, including everything from expertly groomed hardpack to tight trees, windswept bowls, big bumps, steep chutes, endless cornices and all-around mixed conditions that allow us to test skis in almost every imaginable condition. With many top name ski manufacturers—such as Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Salomon—having their headquarters in Utah (including several, such as Blizzard, with satellite offices in the Beehive State), we can also easily coordinate with the brands to ensure that we test products in exactly the kinds of conditions in which they were designed to excel. We don’t test Powder skis on hardpack, and we don’t test Frontside skis when the Wasatch is experiencing one of its legendary storms. Each day of our test we check the weather conditions and test the right skis for those conditions accordingly.

We do test skis head-to-head, one after the other, rating them on the same criteria that we feel is most relevant to each specific category, with an emphasis on top of the line products for advanced to expert skiers who know how they want a ski to perform. The five major Classifications we focused on while testing each ski in the All-Mountain Category were the Overall Classification, which measured how well the ski performed in All Mountain conditions, from groomers to bumps to windblown powder and crud, but also including Responsiveness, Resort Float, and Carving.

Below is a summary of the overall results of our test, including which ski scored the Best in Class, and how each ski scored in each specific test classification.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI 2017
95
Best in Class
2016
Edge Hold 10
Float 7
Versatility 10
Stability 9
Carving 10
Value 9

Most versatile turn radius in this category

Ginsu-like edge hold

Beautifully balanced

Super energetic

Very quick edge to edge

Might like a little more float

Experts will get the most out of this ski

Couple testers thought it had a speed limit

MSRP
$899.00
BEST DEAL
Blizzard Quattro RX 2017
94
Edge-hold 10
Float 8
Versatility 9
Stability 9
Carving 9
Value 9

Perfectly balanced

Damp, yet agile

Big sweet spot

Very easy to initiate

Super stable at high speeds

Better on groomers

More rewarding for technical skiers

Needs to be skied all the time

Not as responsive at slower speeds

Little on the pricey side

MSRP
$1,320.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Volkl M5 Mantra
94
Best in Class
2019
Overall 10
Responsiveness 8
Stability 9
Resort Float 8
Carving 9

So much versatility in turn shapes

Delivers at every speed

Insanely stable and reactive

Even with high expectations, this ski delivered

Not for surfer/slough skiers

Rewards your full attention

Not as effective at slower speeds

Some wanted to feel something ‘more' underfoot

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
Rossignol Experience 88 HD
93
Edge Hold 9
Float 8
Versatility 8
Stability 10
Carving 9
Value 9

Powerful but not demanding

True all-mountain performance

Big sweet spot

Confidence-inspiring ski

Great grip

Prefers GS turns

More damp than lively

Rewards skiers who steer

Carves instead of floats

Advanced to expert only

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
Rossignol Experience 100 HD 2017
93
Best in Class
2016
Responsiveness 9
Float 9
Versatility 8
Stability 9
Carving 10
Value 8

Balanced in every respect

Purest arcs possible

A pleasure to ski

Powerful ski

Confidence builder

Better for technical skiers

More damp than nimble

Prefers mid to long radius turns

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Rossignol Experience 94 Ti
93
Overall 9
Responsiveness 8
Stability 9
Resort Float 7
Carving 10

So quick edge to edge

Amazing stability

Lots of energy

Super confident

Versatile ski

Could use a little more float

Has to be on edge

Not a ski for freestylers

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
Fischer Pro MTN 86 2017
92
Responsiveness 9
Float 7
Versatility 8
Stability 9
Carving 10
Value 9

Effortless to get on edge

Tenacious grip

Versatile at different speeds and turn shapes

Powerful and damp

Big sweet spot

Not for the faint of heart

Needs to be driven

Better on-piste

Best for technicians and ex-racers

Likes GS turns the most

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Kastle FX95 HP
92
Best in Class
2017
Overall 9
Responsiveness 7
Stability 10
Resort Float 7
Carving 9

Excellent edge hold

Superior stability

Awesome ski-to-snow contact

Great energy at speed

Performs on and off-piste

Experts only

Less lively than damp

Prefers mid-radius turns

Pricier than most

MSRP
$1,199.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Dynastar Legend X88
92
Overall 9
Float 8
Stability 8
Edge Hold 9
Carving Pleasure 9
Turn Shape 9

Smooth and dynamic

Even flex

Easy to initiate

Responsive

Super edge hold

Has to be in a turn

Better in the fall-line

More lively than damp

Best on softer surfaces

There are a couple better carvers in the class

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition
92
Overall 8
Responsiveness 9
Stability 8
Resort Float 7
Carving 10

Damp but responsive

Super smooth

Effortless edge to edge

Great hold

Fun to ski

Not as much float

Not as much pop

Prefers medium-radius turns

MSRP
$900.00
BEST DEAL
Blizzard Bonafide Ski Review 2017
91
Responsiveness 9
Float 6
Versatility 8
Stability 10
Carving 10
Value 8

Awesome hold

Super precise

Powerful and confident

Best stability

Loves high speeds

Not much for float

Sinks a little in deeper snow

Not for the faint of heart

Better on best or hard snow

Needs to be driven

MSRP
$840.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Atomic Vantage 100 CTI
91
Overall 9
Responsiveness 9
Stability 7
Resort Float 8
Carving 8

Versatile

Super grip

Quick for its size

Great for carving

Very stable

Demands your full attention

Better off-piste than on

Some testers felt it lost performance on hard pack

There are damper skis in this category

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
Head Kore 99
91
Overall 8
Responsiveness 6
Stability 10
Resort Float 9
Carving 8

Stable and happy to go fast

Blast through crud with decent float

Powerful for being so lightweight

Strong All Mountain performance

Smooth flex

No pop

Needs to be on edge

Really, really damp

Bit too big and powerful for on-piste

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
Volkl Kendo Ski Test Results 2016
90
Responsiveness 8
Float 8
Versatility 9
Stability 9
Carving 8
Value 8

All around solid performance

Charges the fall-line

Busts the crud

Great edge hold

Fast and precise

One of the top skis in this category

Not as fun in the bumps

Actually preferred mixed conditions

Race style skiers will opt for the Blizzard or Head Monster 88

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS
90
Edge Hold 9
Float 7
Versatility 9
Stability 8
Carving 8
Value 9

Great carver

Feels light and easy to move

Solid edge-hold

Very versatile

Super easy to initiate

It's possible to over turn

Not the best at higher speeds

Does not dampen out all vibrations

Needs to be on edge

Best for skiers who like to make a lot of turns

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Rossignol Experience 100 HD
90
Overall 8
Responsiveness 7
Stability 10
Resort Float 6
Carving 9

Excellent carver

Wonderfully damp

Confident in all conditions

Great edge hold

Excellent balance

More damp than lively

Best for technical skiers

Not as much float

Bigger skiers might prefer the 182 cm length

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer Pro MTN 95 Ti
90
Overall 9
Responsiveness 8
Stability 8
Resort Float 6
Carving 9

Great edge grip

Versatile turn shape

Rewards being pushed

Very damp

Carving machine

Not as lively

Feels like more of a Frontside ski

Sluggish in bumps

Good use more float

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
evo
Blizzard Bonafide 2018/19
90
Overall 8
Responsiveness 7
Stability 9
Resort Float 6
Carving 10

Damp

Smooth feel on the snow

Vaporizes mank and crud

Strong hold

Exciting ski

Not the best floater

For experts only

Performs better at higher speeds

More damp than playful

Prefers mid to long-radius turns

MSRP
$840.00
BEST DEAL
Salomon QST 99 2018/19
90
Overall 8
Responsiveness 7
Stability 9
Resort Float 8
Carving 8

All around performance

Super smooth underfoot

Great hold

Feels big off-piste

But can still hold on edge on hardpack

More damp than lively

Still needs to be on edge

Short turns aren’t its strength

MSRP
$725.00
BEST DEAL
Dynastar Powertrack 84 Ski Test Results 2016
89
Responsiveness 9
Float 6
Versatility 8
Stability 8
Carving 9
Value 9

Very responsive

Excellent carving capability

Fantastic edge hold

Easy to turn

Fun to ski

Very little float

Better on piste

Needs to be steered

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer Pro MTN 95 Ti 2017
89
Responsiveness 9
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 9
Carving 9
Value 8

Great energy and hold

Powerful yet easy to engage

Very solid all over the hill

Aggressive charger

Vaporizes manky snow

Not as forgiving

Needs to be driven

Stiffer in the forebody

Best going fast

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Head Kore 93
89
Overall 8
Flotation 8
Stability 9
Edge Hold 8
Carving Pleasure 9
Turn Shape 7

Lightweight

Easy carver

Super stability

Very good Frontside ski

Incredible grip

Not as much float

Not as much pop

Needs to be on edge

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
Blizzard Bonafide
89
Overall 8
Responsiveness 7
Stability 9
Resort Float 5
Carving 10

Damp

Smooth feel on the snow

Vaporizes mank and crud

Strong hold

Exciting ski

Not the best floater

For experts only

Performs better at higher speeds

More damp than playful

Prefers mid to long-radius turns

MSRP
$840.00
BEST DEAL
Atomic Vantage 97 TI
89
Overall 8
Responsiveness 7
Stability 9
Resort Float 6
Carving 9

Great edge-hold

Super stable

Makes great medium and long radius turns

Confident ski

Loves to carve

Not as great at short turns

More carve than float

Too aggressive for all but advanced/expert skiers

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
Nordica NRGy 90 Ski Test Results 2016
88
Responsiveness 8
Float 8
Versatility 7
Stability 9
Carving 8
Value 8

Great edge hold

Excels off-piste

Lot of pop underfoot

Blew through mixed conditions

Better at speed

Not as much fun on the groomed

Prefers bigger turns

Rewards stronger skiers

MSRP
$699.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Rossignol Experience 88 Ski Test Results 2016
88
Responsiveness 8
Float 6
Versatility 8
Stability 8
Carving 9
Value 9

Stable

Loves hardpack

Awesome at mid-range turns

Sweet carve

Easy to initiate

Not much float

More damp than lively

Not as powerful as other skis in this category

MSRP
$650.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Salomon QST 99 2017
88
Responsiveness 8
Float 8
Versatility 8
Stability 9
Carving 7
Value 8

Super initiation, even in longer turns

Great edge hold

Very stable

Good float

Can gobble up terrain

Better off-piste than on

Less precise on hardpack

Slightly slower on quick edge changes

Prefers medium to long radius turns

MSRP
$725.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Fischer Ranger 98 Ti
88
Overall 7
Responsiveness 8
Stability 6
Resort Float 9
Carving 8

Fairly versatile turn shape

Especially off-piste

So responsive

Reliable initiation

Excellent maneuverability

Not as great at higher speeds

Not as great on-piste

Lighter tips could get pushed around

Prefers medium to short-radius turns

MSRP
$749.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Head Monster 88 Ski Test Results 2016
87
Responsiveness 8
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 9
Carving 8
Value 8

Excellent edge hold

Superior stability

Loves high speeds

Great carving ski

Exciting

Not for the faint of heart

Experts only

Has to be forced into short swing turns

Felt heavy

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Dynastar Powertrack 84 2017
87
Responsiveness 8
Float 7
Versatility 8
Stability 7
Carving 9
Value 8

Carves like nothing else

Super easy to initiate

Very fast edge to edge

Smooth snow contact

Lively underfoot

Needs to be driven

Better at mid-speeds

And at short to medium turns

More finesse than float

Has to stay on edge

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
K2 Poacher 2017
87
Responsiveness 8
Float 7
Versatility 8
Stability 6
Carving 8
Value 10

Fun, easy to ski

Super quick edge to edge

Playful

Maneuverable

Flat out ripper

Can be over skied

Loses some stability at higher speeds

Don't load the tail on hard snow

Not for ex-racers

More fun and finesse than power

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
Elan Ripstick 96
87
Overall 8
Responsiveness 8
Stability 7
Resort Float 4
Carving 10

Turns are automatic

Giant sweet spot

Wicked grip

Lots of energy

Won’t let go of a carve

Not so much float

Lost some performance at higher speeds

Prefers short to medium-radius turns

Some testers wanted a beefier ski

MSRP
$700.00
BEST DEAL
Kastle MX 89 2017
86
Edge Hold 8
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 9
Carving 8
Value 7

Powerful ski

Stable

The harder you push it the more it gives back

Loves high speed

Predictable feel

Needs to be driven

Some testers thought it was too damp

Does not perform at mid to slower speeds

Smaller sweet spot

Not as forgiving

MSRP
$1,299.00
BEST DEAL
Elan Ripstick 96 Ski Review 2017
86
Responsiveness 8
Float 8
Versatility 7
Stability 6
Carving 9
Value 8

Great carver

Lively

Easy to turn

Forgiving flex

Transitions well from packed to crud

Not the highest ratings for stability

A little too much rocker for super high speeds on the groomed

Skis a bit short

Might be a little too carvy off-piste

MSRP
$700.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Atomic Vantage 95 C Ski Review 2017
86
Responsiveness 7
Float 8
Versatility 7
Stability 8
Carving 8
Value 8

Lively

Nice turn initiation

Good edge hold

Easy swing weight

Loves mid to long-radius turns

Does not excel in any one condition

Has to be forced in short turns

Little too much rocker on the groomed

Definitely prefers to be on edge

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Salomon QST 99
86
Overall 7
Responsiveness 6
Stability 8
Resort Float 8
Carving 7

Damp

Stable

Good edge grip

Stable platform

Very balanced

Prefers off-piste terrain

And softer snow

Less lively than damp

Performs at its best in medium radius turns

Can be overpowered by high-speed turns on hardpack

MSRP
$725.00
BEST DEAL
Nordica Enforcer 93
86
Overall 8
Floatation 5
Stability 9
Edge-hold 9
Carving Pleasure 8
Turn Shape 7

Precise, aggressive ski

Edge hold is awesome

Loves to arc

Fun to ride ALL the way through the turn

Lot of ski for the price

Not for short turns

Will punish late carvers

More damp than lively

Some folks may want to detune the tail

Small amount of Float

MSRP
$749.00
BEST DEAL
Dynastar Legend X96 2018/19
86
Overall 7
Responsiveness 8
Stability 7
Resort Float 5
Carving 9

Fast, fun ski

Great edge hold

Super carver

Very responsive

Super swing-weight

Can be overpowered by GS chargers

Needs to be on edge

Better at shorter turns

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
Armada Invictus 89ti Ski Test Results 2016
85
Responsiveness 9
Float 8
Versatility 8
Stability 7
Carving 6
Value 7

Very playful

Nice float

Good turn shape versatility

Lightweight feel

Fun to slarve

Not as fun for carving

More finesse than power

Prefers off-piste

Can ski short--buy the longer length

MSRP
$700.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Kastle FX 95 HP 2017
85
Responsiveness 7
Float 7
Versatility 6
Stability 10
Carving 8
Value 7

The king of stability

Excellent edge grip

Confident at high speeds

Super damp

Powerful ski

Not lively

Can overpower less technical skiers

Needs to be driven

Hard to push into short radius turns

Best at speed

MSRP
$1,199.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Armada Invictus 99 Ti 2017
85
Responsiveness 7
Float 8
Versatility 7
Stability 8
Carving 7
Value 8

Stable and damp

Easy to initiate

Nice touch of playfulness

Does really well in soft snow

Nice hold on the groomers too

Not so versatile

More schmear than carve

Dampness comes at a cost to liveliness

Prefers mid to long turns

Not as quick edge to edge

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
Kastle FX85 HP Ski Test Results 2016
84
Responsiveness 8
Float 6
Versatility 7
Stability 8
Carving 8
Value 7

Stable

Easy to turn

Don't have to work to get on edge

Good energy

Easy swing weight

Less float

Not as playful

Not for freestylers

MSRP
$999.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Armada Invictus 89 Ti 2017
84
Edge Hold 7
Float 7
Versatility 8
Stability 6
Carving 8
Value 8

Very responsive

Great off-piste

Easy to initiate

Playful and forgiving

Lots of fun for a variety of skiers

Extra tip rocker can make it feel short

Not as good on hardpack

Loses stability at higher speeds

And on ice

Didn't stand out in any one category

MSRP
$700.00
BEST DEAL
Volkl 90Eight
84
Overall 7
Responsiveness 6
Stability 8
Resort Float 4
Carving 9

Great turn versatility

Some of the best short carves in the category

Super stability

Outstanding edge hold

Great on-piste performance

Not much float

More of a hard snow ski

There are more responsive skis in this category

For technical skiers only

MSRP
$775.00
BEST DEAL
Fischer Motive 86 Ti Ski Test Results 2016
83
Responsiveness 6
Float 8
Versatility 7
Stability 8
Carving 7
Value 7

Loves mid-range turns

Great stability

Good edge hold

Handles a variety of terrain

Predictable

Not very versatile turn shape

Very damp underfoot

Not as responsive

Prefers on-piste

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Head Monster 88 2017
83
Responsiveness 8
Float 6
Versatility 7
Stability 8
Carving 7
Value 7

Beefy and confident

Crisp feel on the corduroy

Very stable

No speed limit

Loves to be on edge

Great for skiers who like to drive their turns

Feels heavy

Better on piste

Needs to be steered

No float

Really a hard chargers ski

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
Dynastar Powertrack 89 Ski Review 2017
83
Responsiveness 8
Float 6
Versatility 6
Stability 7
Carving 9
Value 7

Super damp

Solid edge hold

Good versatility

The faster you go, the better it performs

Quick edge changes

At the top end, the performance is not as robust

Very little float

Better on piste

Needs to be on edge

Slightly narrow for this category

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Armada Invictus 99 Ti
83
Overall 6
Responsiveness 5
Stability 8
Resort Float 5
Carving 9

Great carver

Solid feel underfoot

Stable in crud

Good edge hold

Smooth turner

Not as lively

Can feel a little planky

Mixed reviews on how this ski floats

Need to make big turns

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
Scott Sage
82
Responsiveness 7
Float 8
Versatility 6
Stability 7
Carving 7
Value 7

Big forgiving flex

Nice and turny

Soft snow seeker

Good stability

Handles a variety of turns and conditions

Not lively

Favors a standup style

Can feel planky

More fun off-piste than on

MSRP
$650.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Liberty Origin96
82
Overall 6
Responsiveness 6
Stability 7
Resort Float 8
Carving 5

Great All Mountain feel

Stable and steady

Predictable

Good edge hold

Even flex

Less lively than damp

Better off-piste than on

Lost some performance at higher speeds, especially

Needs to be in a mid-radius turns

There are purer carvers in the category

MSRP
$725.00
BEST DEAL
K2 Pinnacle 95
82
Overall 6
Responsiveness 7
Stability 6
Resort Float 8
Carving 5

Smooth, even flex

Responsive

Solid edge hold

Fun at medium-radius turns

Good swingweight

Has a speed limit

Some testers thought the tail was too stiff

Performed better in softer snow conditions

More pivot than solid edge contact

Not the purest carver in the class

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
Black Crows Daemon 2018/19
82
Overall 6
Responsiveness 7
Stability 5
Resort Float 9
Carving 5

Fun ski

Slays soft snow

Easy to initiate

Great to slarve on

Easy to steer in trees and bumps

Not a great carving ski

Less effective on hard snow

Some testers felt it skied short

Not as responsive

"Racers" will want something more traditional

MSRP
$799.00
BEST DEAL
DPS Wailer F99
81
Overall 6
Responsiveness 6
Stability 5
Resort Float 7
Carving 7

Lightweight

Easy to initiate

Responsive

Nice float

Predictable

Better off-piste

Prefers short to medium radius turns

Not as good at higher speeds

Hard to discover the preferred turn radius

Would have preferred more power in the tail

MSRP
$799.00
BEST DEAL
K2 iKonic 85 Ti Ski Test Results 2016
80
Responsiveness 6
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 7
Carving 6
Value 7

Fun in the bumps

Not demanding

Easy to turn

Maneuverable

Prefers hardpack

Out-muscled by other skis in the category

Didn't stand out in any one category

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Salomon X-Drive 8.8 Ski Test Results 2016
80
Responsiveness 6
Float 6
Versatility 6
Stability 8
Carving 7
Value 7

Loves speed

And long radius turns

Plows through crud

Very good stability

Not versatile

Very little float

Has to be driven at all times

One dimensional

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Elan Amphibio 84 Ti 2017
80
Edge Hold 7
Float 6
Versatility 6
Stability 7
Carving 7
Value 7

Quick and nimble

Easy to initiate

Fast edge to edge

Smooth flex

Fun to carve

Skis short

Not much for long turns

More damp than responsive

Smaller sweet spot

Not exceptionally versatile

MSRP
$850.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Black Crows Daemon
80
Overall 5
Responsiveness 6
Stability 5
Resort Float 9
Carving 5

Fun ski

Slays soft snow

Easy to initiate

Great to slarve on

Easy to steer in trees and bumps

Not a great carving ski

Less effective on hard snow

Some testers felt it skied short

Not as responsive

Racers will want something more traditional

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
Line Supernatural 92 Ski Test Results 2016
79
Responsiveness 7
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 6
Carving 5
Value 7

Maneuverability

Easy to initiate

Nice float off-piste

Responsive

Not for hard edgers

Some testers felt it was easy to overski

Better at moderate speeds

MSRP
$750.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Head Monster 98 2017
79
Responsiveness 6
Float 6
Versatility 5
Stability 9
Carving 7
Value 6

DAMP!

Super stable

Incredible edge hold

Relishes being skied hard

Gets better at higher speeds

One dimensional turn shape

Not versatile

Needs to be driven

Sluggish at slower speeds

Much more damp than lively

MSRP
$800.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
DPS Cassiar 95 2017
79
Responsiveness 7
Float 8
Versatility 6
Stability 7
Carving 5
Value 6

Easy to pivot

Fun to schmear

Nice float

Good edge-to-edge swing weight

Fun to ski

Got on edge late in a turn

Not the best edge hold on piste

Hard to carve

Kind of planky

Less control at high speeds

MSRP
$799.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Scott The Ski Test Results 2016
78
Responsiveness 8
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 5
Carving 5
Value 6

Responsive

Easy to turn

Great at short to mid-range turns

Not demanding

Playful

Not for high speeds

Softer tail

Less edge engagement

Loses stability in long arcs

MSRP
$825.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Line Sick Day 94
77
Overall 5
Responsiveness 5
Stability 5
Resort Float 8
Carving 4

Damp

Stable

Easy to steer

Fun in soft snow

Nice amount of float

Not as lively

Better off-piste than on

Feels planky on groomers

Lost responsiveness at higher speeds

MSRP
$625.00
BEST DEAL
Line Supernatural 86 2017
76
Edge Hold 5
Float 7
Versatility 7
Stability 5
Carving 6
Value 6

Damp

Easy to maneuver

Good swing weight

Slarvy

Playful

Not great on edge

Outmuscled by other skis in this category

Better for off-piste

Felt kind of planky

MSRP
$700.00
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Liberty Variant 87 Ski Review 2017
76
Responsiveness 6
Float 7
Versatility 6
Stability 5
Carving 6
Value 6

Forgiving

Easy to initiate

And maneuver

Playful off-piste

Light and predictable

Not for high speeds

Easily overpowered

Too forgiving for some testers

More all mountain than frontside

Felt out of category for direct comparisons in this test

MSRP
$725.00
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Liberty Origin 96 2017
75
Responsiveness 7
Float 6
Versatility 5
Stability 5
Carving 6
Value 6

Forgiving

Easy to initiate

Performed at medium speeds

Better in softer snow

Traditional feeling ski

Easily overpowered

Prefers to be steered instead of carved

Feels planky at high speeds

Not the best grip

More damp than lively

MSRP
$725.00
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Line Supernatural 92 2017
67
Responsiveness 4
Float 6
Versatility 5
Stability 3
Carving 4
Value 5

Easy to turn

Lightweight

Ok on piste

Playful feel

Forgiving flex

Not powerful

Unstable at high speeds

Did not do any one thing exceptionally well

Kind of planky

Lacked energy

MSRP
$750.00
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Volkl M5 Mantra

Volkl’s new M5 Mantra (marking the 5th iteration of the ground-breaking ski, which has continually ushered in another new era of All Mountain performance with less effort) won the All Mountain Category. Period. The majority of our testers wanted to ski the rest of the day on it, or the week, or the season, dropping over the ridge to Alta on the test models with a wave and a nod, and a quick, “Yeah, I’m good.” This is the new benchmark for high-performance multi-condition skis.

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Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition

Last year we said, “The Elan Ripstick 96 is the purest, most accurate carving ski in the All Mountain Category of the Gear Institute Ski Test.” That was before Elan added a lighter, increasingly stable carbon construction (i.e., the “Black Edition”) to Amphibio Technology (a specific left and right ski with camber for hold on the inside of each tip, and rocker on the outside for ease of initiation), which makes it amazingly easy to carve medium to short-radius turns that it’s practically automatic. Along with a “Tubelite Woodcore” inserted into the wood to provide power and an even flex, the Black Edition 96 offers effortless carve and superior grip.

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Head Kore 99

Head’s Kore 99 delivers strong, stable, confidence-building All Mountain performance, particularly if you ski primarily off-piste. The added waist width of the 99-millimeter design (Head had us test the 93-millimeter waist width in this category last season) provided the extra bit of light powder/crud/mixed condition performance testers asked for, and it showed in the positive results. This is a very damp ski that can feel sluggish on the hardpack, but it absolutely rules – and rips – on every other kind of condition where we tested it.

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Fischer Ranger 98 Ti

Fischer’s Ranger 98 Ti has the amazing ability to give you the confidence you get ripping groomers, even when you’re off-piste. This ski is super maneuverable, incredibly responsive, and lots of fun to ski, especially when you’re poking around in the bumps and trees. It’s not as confident on the groomed, and the lighter weight freaked a few testers out when they were mach-ing on hard snow back to the lift. Overall, the ease with which this ski performs should garner a serious look.

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Rossignol Experience 94 Ti

Rossignol’s new Experience 94 Ti is one super fun, very exciting ski. The performance on these boards is so easy-access, and so amazingly confident, that more than a few times testers had to dial it back to keep from breaking the speed limit. Easily one of the top three skis in the All Mountain Category, it has a wonderfully smooth swing-weight that practically invites you to start a new carve, but also such great edge-hold and sidecut that you can just park in an arc. Not a ski for freestylers or jibbers, this is a hard-charging alpine ski that’s perfect for pass holders and weekend warriors alike.

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Men's All Mountain Ski Review Results

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These results dig into each of the test criteria to provide an in depth evaluation to help you find the best ski for you.

Overall Overview

In the Overall Classification, testers focused on how each ski performed in a wide variety of All Mountain conditions, including hardpack, bumps, trees, light powder, and pretty much whatever the expansive terrain of Snowbird could deliver on any given run. What we found is skis like the DPS Wailer F99, Liberty Origin96, Line Sick Day 94 or Black Crows Daemon might offer superior off-piste Float and ease of initiation, but at a slight cost to the ski’s hardpack performance. At the other end of the spectrum, skis such as the Nordica Enforcer 93, Blizzard Bonafide or Salomon QST 99 feature great Carving ability, but not as much Float, and more easily edge through off-piste conditions rather than porpoise. Overall leaders, such as the Kastle FX95 HP, Rossignol Experience 100, Head Kore 93 and Fischer Pro MTN 95 Ti, offer a more evenly balanced mix of both.

Responsiveness Overview

The Responsiveness Classification was scored in a slightly similar fashion to the Overall Classification, testing scores for how well each ski moved from edge to edge in a variety of conditions, whether it performed better off-piste or on, and how easy it was to drive each ski in a variety of turn shapes. Skis such as the DPS Wailer F99, Line Sick Day 94, K2 Pinnacle 95 and Black Crows Daemon felt more Responsive off-piste, partly as a result of their superior Float and ease of initiation. Skis such as the Blizzard Bonafide, Elan Ripstick 96 and Nordica Enforcer 93 were much accurate on-piste, although off-piste each of those skis still held a strong edge. Skis such as the Kastle FX95 HP, Rossignol Experience 100, Head Kore 93, Fischer Pro MTN 95 Ti, Dynastar Legend X88 and All Mountain arcing Atomic Vantage 100 CTI all received 8s and 9s for Responsiveness, for their ability to rip on any piste.

Resort Float Overview

As discussed in the Overall Overview (see above), skis such as the DPS Wailer F99, Liberty Origin96, Line Sick Day 94, K2 Pinnacle 95 and Black Crows Daemon offer superior off-piste Float and ease of initiation, with generous tip rocker and a progressive, even shovel flex. The Kastle and Rossignol also performed well in this classification, while skis such as the Volkl 90Eight, Nordica Enforcer 93, Blizzard Bonafide, and Salomon QST 99 received average scores, due often to increased Stability courtesy of metal laminate layers and a damper feel underfoot.

Carving and Stability Overview

As we found in the Frontside Category, the Stability of a ski often impacts its Carving ability, providing ready power transmission underfoot and torsional strength for better edge hold through the shovel. That was also generally the case in the All Mountain Category. While skis such as the Liberty Origin 96 carved better off-piste, and the DPS Wailer F99 rewarded carvers who prefer a lighter touch, it was damper, stiffer skis such as the Volkl 90Eight – which earned 9s for Carving and Stability (out of a possible 10) – that scored best in each of these classifications. The Kastle FX95 HP, for instance, scored a 9 for Carving and a 10 for Stability, the Head Kore 93 scored 9s in each classification, the Elan Rip Stick 96 scored a 10 for Carvcing, as did the Blizzard Bonafide, while the Nordica Enforcer 93 scored a 9 for Carving and an 8 for Stability. While Carving and Stability Classification scores were well above average in the All Mountain Category, as mentioned above, several of the skis with the best off-piste Float also earned lower Carving. Something to consider as you decide exactly what you prefer in your perfect All Mountain ski.