136/104/126 | $680 High Society offers three waist widths—92, 104, and 122 millimeters—in its FR (freeride) series, including a tip-rockered version of the 122. Testers loved the 104, available only in a 186-centimeter length. Solid on edge, smooth in crud, with a powerful top end. Length: 186 | Turn Radius: 23
ABOUT HIGH SOCIETY FREERIDE It’s a classic indie-brand story. Shop rat Reggie Charles and his Aspen ski/ride buddies weren’t happy with the durability of the skis and boards offered back in 2002. “We just destroyed those skis, and for $700 you want something to last.” So they built their own and have been perfecting the FR (freeride) models, available in three different flavors, ever since. They’re still based in Aspen and happy to be pressing their skis at the Never Summer (mostly snowboard) factory in Denver.