Anyone who remembers the Reverend knows that G3 makes good skis. Still, we were blown away by the power and versatility of the Empire, a unanimous Testers' Choice award winner. It's a surfy, maneuverable floater that can still snap an arc. Full rocker makes it smeary in chop and buoyant in powder, and its sidecut extends well up the shovel so edge bite increases as it's tipped over. That's probably why angular racer types found it a strong carver and spinny jibsters found it loose. For bigger guys, the Empire is a "solid ski for 200-plus pounders."