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Maneuverability

Maneuverability

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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]
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
“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
The D2’s two-tiered construction damps vibration and reduces a ski’s tendency to twist while on edge. The result is a smooth, quiet ride and magnetic edge grip. Despite its tenacious bite, our women testers found it adaptable and easy to skid and slide. But stay forward, they warned; its stiff tail tends to punish the rider who falls into the backseat. It’s a perfect daily driver for East Coasters, but it’ll handle groomed snow anywhere with aplomb. Zero chatter.
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.
October 6, 2010
This ultralight all-carbon carver is a great all-mountain choice for women who don’t want to work too hard pushing a heavier wood-core ski around. Best suited to well-manicured groomers—think sunny mornings on blue cruisers—it doesn’t have the width for more than a few inches of powder, and crud can send this featherweight stick bouncing. It dives eagerly into arcs and pulls confidently across the hill. Highly maneuverable, it prefers medium speeds. Skis this light can take some getting used to, but you’ll be surprised at the energy you’ll save.
October 6, 2010
The Diamond put our women in a companionable mood—they called it “approachable,” “adaptive,” “friendly,” and “unintimidating.” Though it sports a relatively narrow waist and traditional camber, it smeared surprisingly well and seemed happiest dabbling in trees and bumps. It’s comfortable running slowly or with haste, and it’s easy to initiate. Hardpack performance is smooth and fluid. Medium turns are its preferred mode.
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