Olin Apex NT

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1998 All-Mountain Expert-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 180-200 cm
Price: $750
Details: If you like the feel of a traditional laminate ski but you want high-tech features, the moderately shaped Apex NT, with its piezoelectric dampener, may be right for you. "Very nice edge to edge," Forland said of the NT's quick, calm turnability. "It slides easily into cruiser turns and does equally well off the beaten track," said Lyons. The NT is great for lighter experts (or near-experts) who want to expand their terrain choices, but aren't out to break records.

Positives: Will thrive on both coasts
Negatives: Not for heavy guys