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Olin Radius K

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Last year's Olin Radius was popular for its effortless turning ability, but it lacked...oomph. Add a little 21st-century Special K-Kevlar-and you suddenly have one of the most energetic, exciting skis in the category.

Olin DTSL Super Shape

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Olin claims that the DTSL has the "widest performance range of any Olin ski," and our testers agree.

K2 Merlin V

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We skied the Merlin V in three lengths and found three different personalities. At 198 cm, the ski is a pure-bred race sled with an overdrive gear-the piezoelectric modules literally calm the ski down as it gains speed.

K2 Merlin IV

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If the Merlin V feels a bit too rambunctious for your taste, consider the agile, effortless Merlin IV.

K2 Merlin

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These days, most shaped skis promise to boost your performance in a matter of seconds. But some people aren't so demanding in their leisure time. They just want to relax and have fun.

Hart Contour EXC

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The Contour EXC, which has an ultralight Densolite core, is an EXCellent offshoot of Hart's popular Contour series.

Fischer Revolution Ice

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Last year's story went something like this: Famous Austrian ski company gets giant slalom model caught in paper cutter. Resulting ski pleases nearly everybody and wins the Ski of the Year for 1997.

Rossignol Energy 10.1

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Most skis in the Aspiring Carver category aspire to make the turn easier. The Rossignol Energy 10.1 aspires to make it better.

Atomic Beta Race 9.28

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The Atomic Beta Race 9.28 earned a gold medal in the race category because it handles speed like a 757-do 600 mph, and you could still sip your drink without spilling.

Volkl Carver XT

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Unchanged from last year's gold medal ski, the Völkl Carver XT is once again the ski for discriminating Aspiring Carvers and lighter intermediates who have designs on becoming experts.

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