Olin Kinetic

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1998 Aspiring Carver-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 160-190 cm
Price: $450
Details: The narrower the ski, the quicker it is. The wider it is, the more stable. Olin has gone the more stable route, putting a substantial 67.5 mm in the middle of its Kinetic. The result: "Silk on the snow," said Moscarella. "The Kinetic has an incredibly smooth feel." For lighter intermediates who like a ski to relax them, not dictate to them, the Kinetic provides "short easy turns. A little pressure under foot is all it takes to get a comfy ride," said Carmichael.

Positives: Great flotation in rough and changing snow
Negatives: Quickness has been compromised for stability