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Moguls Performance

Moguls Performance

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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
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
Perfect for the on-piste advancing intermediate or expert looking for an exciting ride, the Mag 7.6 playfully carves a variety of turn shapes. “Buy this if you’re an East Coaster who crushes morning groomers,” said a New York–based tester with a background in retail and racing. Though it thrives on the feet of weight-forward athletic skiers, it won’t punish momentary technical lapses. A quick, easy entry and explosive exit define the turn. [$899 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
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.