Here are the ins and outs of how we conduct the best ski test in the industry.
Consensus can be merciless. And when the results are in, we often have some tough phone calls to make. But for every brand that tanks in the test, there’s a brand that shines, and we want readers to know which factories are on their game.
What we shouldn’t have to say is that objectivity rules our test, but we know what goes on at some other tests. So we’ll say it: There’s no “pay-to-play” fee for entry. No medals are exchanged for ad dollars. No palms are greased.
Welcome to Gearfinder 2013-14, SKI Magazine’s comprehensive compendium of information on virtually every adult recreational ski on the market.
SkiMag.com’s Gearfinder is now live, with about 700 2013-14 ski test results plus in-depth technical information on virtually every adult recreational ski that will hit shelves this fall in North America. Gearfinder is a ski shopper’s best friend, and we hope you’ll use it as a resource.
Some ski shops are bigger and more professional than others; some are smaller but offer excellent service and key brands. One might be family-oriented in its model selection, another strictly hardcore.
A. SKI’s gear test is the most comprehensive, objective test in the ski world. Before we hit the snow, we spend countless hours discussing categories that mesh with what the manufacturers offer and that help consumers identify what’s right for them. Manufacturers then decide which model to enter in each category.