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Corduroy Performance

Corduroy Performance

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October 7, 2010
A relatively narrow ski suited to cruising groomers and shredding bumps, the Waveflex 14 is a mellow, predictable carver that pleased testers of all sizes with its laid-back feel. It initiated and gripped best when testers relaxed and pressured the ski’s belly and tails through medium-radius turns; it was less responsive to weight-forward aggressiveness. All testers praised its edge grip and stability. [$1,150 with binding]
October 7, 2010
Think of this as Everyman’s race ski. It does everything you expect a narrow carver to do—slice into the turn, grip powerfully, quickly pop into the next turn—but is more forgiving than a thoroughbred racer. Testers were uniformly impressed with its easy initiation, turn-shape variability, maneuverability, and steadiness at all speeds. It coaxes advanced intermediates into clean carves, but aggressive experts will find no limit to its power. [$940 without binding]
October 6, 2010
This easy turner is the perfect companion for relaxed, sunny-day cruising. Its deep sidecut facilitates quick, spunky turns, but the ski isn’t difficult to control. It initiates smoothly and holds a secure edge on groomed snow. Testers found it responsive whether they skied aggressively or throttled down. It’s a well-balanced ski, and it works best if you’re centered and balanced too. The Great One weaves deftly through trees and bumps, and its stiff shovel punches through crud.
October 6, 2010
Like all Völkl test models, the Tierra has a feeling of structural cohesiveness: All components work harmoniously. Purpose-built for female physiology, it features a raised toepiece to create a neutral stance, which is said to even the energy draw throughout the leg and reduce knee strain. Its tip is stiffer than its tail, and the tail is narrower than those of Völkl’s comparable unisex models. The result is quick, reliable turn initiation followed by a smooth, easy exit. It’s a zippy carver whose in-turn behavior is characterized by unfailing stability and grip.
October 6, 2010
“Totally effortless,” said one tester. “Holds an edge but isn’t edgy,” said another. The Koa 78 isn’t designed for intermediates, but intermediates will find it a friendly, encouraging companion as they master carving technique and begin exploring off-trail. Experts loved it, too, and found it a fast, powerful carver capable in any medium short of deep powder. A perfect blend of sidecut and camber let the ski lock into carves but disengage and skid when needed without chattering.
October 6, 2010
This is a mellow but energetic ride that’s supremely user-friendly. Turn initiation is easy and quick, and edge hold is stellar. Experts found it effortless and fun, with plenty of power for demanding situations. It adapts to any terrain from groomers to trees and bumps, and it thrives in nearly any conditions short of deep powder. An 82-millimeter platform cruises through crud or boot-deep fluff, while tip rocker makes the ski exceptionally easy to manipulate. Prefers medium-radius turns.
October 6, 2010
Whether you love tight, short-radius turns or GS sweepers, this high-energy ski will satisfy your craving for edge-to-edge action. “Definitely fun to carve ‘easy-style,’” said one tester. Other testers noted that Blizzard’s lively Viva is forgiving and lightweight, springs friskily into action on the corduroy, and digs in tenaciously on the steeps. Ex-racers and freeskiers alike agreed that this ski has plenty to offer experts, but remains an easygoing, friendly ride for upwardly mobile intermediates. **Editors Note: The price for these skis was printed incorrectly in the print edition of Skiing's 2011 Gear Guide. The correct price for these skis, with bindings, is $849.99.**
October 6, 2010
This carvy, responsive groomed-snow warrior may have saved tester Megan Michelson from bodily harm. Nearly blindsided by a spacey day-tripper, Megan made a lightning-quick adjustment and reported that the ski “reacted on a dime.” With traditional camber, no rocker, and sidecut that begins at the fat tip, the responsive Attraxion 8 hooks instantly into turns and grips securely throughout. Experts found it well matched to their power; intermediates may want to check out the Attraxion 3 or 1.
October 6, 2010
“These made me feel like a better skier,” said one tester. Perfect for resort skiers East or West, the Free Luv is fun and lively on- or off-piste. It carves with smooth energy, bouncing from one turn to the next on corduroy and steep chalk. Mild tip rocker enhances maneuverability and eases initiation. It’s quick and nimble in bumps and trees and tackles crud without shaking. Easy to disengage and skid, the Lotta Luv earned a high versatility rating. A real game-improvement tool.
October 6, 2010
The pronounced rocker of a powder ski can be a detriment on groomed snow, causing tips to flap and making turn initiation difficult. But like K2’s other groomer and all-mountain skis, the Burnin Luv has a subtle rocker that puts the ski’s forebody into a “pre-flexed” shape, so initiation takes less effort than it would with either pronounced rocker or none at all. The Burnin Luv carves groomers with ease and quickness, and it slays bumps and firm tree lines. It’s an accessible frontside tool for East or West.
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