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Medium Turns

Medium Turns

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October 8, 2010
Our female testers liked this one as much as the guys liked their S86. Like the S86, it employs the AmpTek rockered-tips/camber-underfoot concept. It carved zesty medium-radius turns on firm snow, but the rocker allowed for easy disengagement from carves and smeary maneuverability off the corduroy. Sidecut begins farther back from the tip than it does on a groomer-specific ski, allowing the S86W to be steered easily without being hooky. This design worked well in bumps and crud. A true all-mountain freeride ski.
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
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
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]
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 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
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.
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