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Stability at Speed

Stability at Speed

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October 8, 2010
The forgiving Exclusive Paradise makes shredding look easy. Experts loved its versatility and quiet handling at speeds, but—attention, intermediates—they found it easy to skid and maneuver in any situation. Rocker has very few downsides, and the Paradise is a great example. Wide, rockered tips float over powder and crud; tip them on edge and the “pre-flexed” shape dives into turns without requiring much effort from the skier. While it’s wide for daily use in the East, it’s a great one-ski quiver for Westerners.
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
“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
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]
July 7, 2010
Here's a sneak peak at a 2010-2011 women's ski from Black Diamond called the Starlet. We had a chance to test this women's early-rise, lightweight powder ski during an early morning backcountry tour in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon.