It's probably asking too much for a ski to be an edgy, precise carver one minute, an easygoing, crud-skimming freeskier the next. But the RTM delivers. At heart it's a flat-snow arc machine - glued to the snow, with a hefty, quiet dampness. But subtle tip-to-tail rocker - a Volkl hallmark - gives it a pivoty playfulness that makes harbor chop and bumps fun. Testers rewarded its versatility with high marks across the board and a No. 1 in Balance of Skills, which says it all. Hogen: "Arcs short turns better than most in this category, but like any Volkl, it purrs on a long edge."