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Crud Performance

Crud Performance

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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.
October 7, 2010
Most models in Nordica’s unisex and women’s carving series—not just those at the upper end—favor aggressive skiers with strong technical backgrounds…or lesser skiers who are willing to commit to improvement. The Conquer is no exception. Stay alert: It will start arcing the moment you step off the lift. It crushes junky snow the way a cambered ski should by displacing it rather than planing over it. Among women’s groomer-centric all-mountain skis, its responsiveness is unparalleled.
October 7, 2010
On groomers the Tornado screams through medium- and large-radius turns with power and precision, gripping securely but disengaging when necessary. In crud, bumps, and trees it’s energetic and maneuverable. It’s perfect for folks looking for a playful ski that knows how to work hard when the time comes—patrollers, instructors, and all-mountain generalists. Overall, it’s a great blend of on- and off-piste strengths. [$1,190 with binding]
October 7, 2010
Another winner in K2’s stellar A.M.P. line, the Rictor stands out among all-mountain skis by virtue of its playfulness, manageable power, and confidence-inspiring edge grip. Like most all-mountain skis, the Rictor eschews tight turns for looser, longer ones and handles groomers, crud, and mild doses of powder. A slightly rockered tip dives effortlessly into carves and steers nimbly through bumps and trees. Experts and intermediates, mellow and aggro, East and West—all will dig the Rictor. [$1,125 with 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
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
“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.
July 7, 2010
Here's a sneak peak at a 2010-2011 women's ski from Black Diamond called the Starlet. We had a chance to test this women's early-rise, lightweight powder ski during an early morning backcountry tour in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon.