4FRNT CODY (2014)
Predictably, this 4FRNT was playful and spinny, and it floated well in crud and pow. But testers couldn’t believe its tenacious edge hold on steep, firm snow. “This carves better than any 4FRNT I’ve ever skied,” said one test veteran. “Insane grip in the center zone of the ski,” said another. Only our Vermont-raised ski-academy snob objected, but only because it didn’t let him angulate like Ligety on every turn (so his objection is, actually, a compliment). Suitable for a wide range of terrain, conditions, and skiing styles.
Part of 4FRNT's Signature series of rider-inspired and designed pro models, the Cody comes from the mind of pro skier Cody Barnhill. 4FRNT classifies the Cody as an all-mountain twintip. At 100 mm underfoot, it's right in the sweet spot for an advanced or expert all-mountain ski. Its modern design includes rocker and tapered tips and tails for a looser, more playful feel, and soft snow performance. Camber underfoot and a fairly tight turning radius provides the backbone for its hard and mixed-snow capabilities. It's built with a wood core and semi-cap construction. Utah-based 4FRNT was founded in 2002 by pro skier Matt Sterbenz and has been rider-owned and operated ever since. The Cody, along with many of 4FRNT's skis, is built in the Elan factory in Slovenia.
|Level||Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Lengths||172, 179, 186|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.15 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.30 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.60 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.32 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.53 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.58 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.81 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.05 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.14 / 5|