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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
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 8, 2010
A versatile ski for women who live where abundant soft snow falls, the Rosa has a deep sidecut that makes quick, snappy turns on groomers and feels responsive and secure on steep aspects. The rockered tip and tail release turns easily and enable the ski to wiggle deftly through trees and bumps. Testers remarked on the Rosa’s lightweight feel and thought it would make a good Western touring ski. It’s forgiving and won’t overpower intermediates.
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 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
“An all-mountain generalist,” declared one Tahoe-based racer turned free-skier. “I couldn’t find snow it didn’t like.” The fast, stable Eden seemed to prefer strong skiers with technical backgrounds; ex-racers loved its big-turn power while laid-back freeskiers found it a mite obstreperous and unwilling to skid. The wide shovel hooks easily into turns, and the ski is equally comfortable in long and short arcs. A tiny dose of tip rocker is just enough to deflect crud well and enhance agility in tight spots.
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