SKI Magazine's Buyers Guide 2009

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Choose the right category for you from this list and you'll be on your way to your perfect setup.

All-Mountain Expert Skis – Freeride
Once the weapon of Westerners, midfats can now conquer East Coast ice, too. So no matter your locale, if soft snow if your specialty but you dabble in the groomed, these are the skis for you

All-Mountain Expert Skis – Speed

owder days – who needs ‘em? You’ve got a frontside of steep cord to crank on, and the beasts in this section are raring to race. Feel the power. And remember your helmet.

Men’s

Women’s

All-Mountain Cruiser Skis
You’re an expert who demands performance. But you’d prefer to do the driving, thank you very much. These skis are a little less touchy and a little less aggressive than their high-end brethren, but when you want to shift into overdrive, they’ll rev the engine.

Men’s

Women’s

Aspiring Expert Skis
This is your year for a breakthrough, and these are the skis that will show you the way. Gentle and easygoing, yet strong enough to guide you, they bring out your best and forgive your worst. They will make you better – now.

Men’s

Women’s

Freeride Powder Skis – Wide
Pow and crud are these skis’ natural habitat. But when the clouds won’t come, they’ll graze the groomed like a ride half their size. Built for experts, and perfect for intermediates learning to surf the deep.

Men’s

Women’s

Freeride Powder Skis – Super Wide
At home plundering the Wasatch’s deeps, these specialty skis eat powder for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Anything else is empty calories.

Men’s

Women’s

All-Mountain Expert Boots - Speed
Also known as “race” boots: The tightest fits and stiffest flexes for the ultimate in power, precision, and performance.

Men’s

All-Mountain Expert Boots – Freeride
The spirit of a race boot tempered with all-day comfort and real-world convenience features.

Men’s

Women’s

All-Mountain Cruiser
Sensible comfort, warmth, and value in a boot that delivers a relaxed fit and acceptable performance for all but the heaviest experts.

Men’s

Women’s

Aspiring Expert Boots
Easy fits, soft flexes, and affordable prices. Will keep the casual skier warm and comfortable, with just enough support to foster improvement.

Men’s

Women’s