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Hard Snow Grip

Hard Snow Grip

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October 8, 2010
Featuring the Mantra’s proven laminate build and vertical sidewalls, the Kenja is built for technically strong women who ski on- and off-trail in equal measure—East or West. “For girls who like fine wines,” said one tester. “This ski has taste and class.” It’s a carving heroine that arcs stable medium-radius turns on groomed snow, yet its width can handle various snow types. Lighter testers found it a bit unwieldy off-trail but loved its groomer performance. Powerful women loved it everywhere.
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
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 7, 2010
An easygoing frontside ski, the Fire Arrow uses traditional camber and an hourglass shape to carve medium- and large-radius turns, though it will bend into short zingers with a bit of effort. Playfulness and ease define it, thanks in part to the kicked-up tail, which lends it a surfy maneuverability. If you’re looking for a fun, versatile, groomer-oriented ski with some park and crud capability, it’s a good choice. [$1,399 with binding]
October 7, 2010
“Engage your ankle, tip it way over, and you’ll feel like Apolo Ohno on the short track,” said one Eastern tester. With its magnetic edge grip, round turn shape, and ability to move easily from slalom to GS turns, the Strato is a carver’s dream—but it doesn’t like being run flat. Well-balanced intermediates and experts will feel every centimeter of edge and derive, as another tester put it, “tremendous pleasure” on groomers. Ski it with a Larry Craig stance or the big, square tails tend to bang together. [$1,100 with binding]
October 7, 2010
A narrowish mid-fat carver, the 78 handles crud and the occasional off-trail foray well. But it prefers carving medium- to large-radius turns on groomed snow. It’s an easy ski—intermediates will enjoy not having to pour in power to get a comfortable, cruisey ride. It tends to initiate turns slowly and locks into arcs when pressure’s applied to the belly and tail. Aggressive skiers wanted more pop, but cruisers liked its undemanding feel. [$1,000 with binding]
October 7, 2010
“So versatile,” said a 200-pound male tester. “A joy to ski.” K2 bills the Charger as a multipurpose, high-performance hard-snow ski, and all testers—from intermediates to experts—agreed. It has the sturdy feel and secure grip you’d expect from a wood-core ski and it slices clean, round, medium- to large-radius arcs. Slight tip rocker enhances maneuverability and eases turn initiation. Easy to disengage and skid when necessary. [$1,250 with binding]