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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
“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
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.
October 6, 2010
Responsive and eager to set an edge, this quick little number rips slalom turns with security and grace and doesn’t chatter at speed. But it’s forgiving, too—great for mellow weekend resort skiers who occasionally duck into the trees. Lightweight testers found it easy to turn without much muscle. Its stability and tracking enabled testers to work on two-footed carving technique. One tester called them “the Scarlett Johansson of skis: lush, curvy, and easy to look at.”
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.