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October 8, 2010
The forgiving Exclusive Paradise makes shredding look easy. Experts loved its versatility and quiet handling at speeds, but—attention, intermediates—they found it easy to skid and maneuver in any situation. Rocker has very few downsides, and the Paradise is a great example. Wide, rockered tips float over powder and crud; tip them on edge and the “pre-flexed” shape dives into turns without requiring much effort from the skier. While it’s wide for daily use in the East, it’s a great one-ski quiver for Westerners.
October 7, 2010
“An all-mountain generalist,” declared one Tahoe-based racer turned free-skier. “I couldn’t find snow it didn’t like.” The fast, stable Eden seemed to prefer strong skiers with technical backgrounds; ex-racers loved its big-turn power while laid-back freeskiers found it a mite obstreperous and unwilling to skid. The wide shovel hooks easily into turns, and the ski is equally comfortable in long and short arcs. A tiny dose of tip rocker is just enough to deflect crud well and enhance agility in tight spots.