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October 8, 2010
With the same great all-mountain shape and dimensions as Elan’s much-lauded Apex, the Free handles nearly any inbounds terrain beautifully—from groomers to trees. It lacks the Apex’s metal layers and is consequently less damp and grippy, but it’s more playful. Ski the trees, drop small cliffs, and then hit the park without having to adjust. Sidecut begins close to the tip, so it hooks up readily for weight-forward skiers accustomed to driving the boot into the turn.
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
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]