Volant SuperKarve I

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1998 All-Mountain Expert-Gold Medal Winner

Size: 178-198 cm
Price: $575
Details: The Volant SuperKarve I offers one of the best combinations of shape and high performance we tested. Its steel top smooths the ride, while its 15-mm sidecut lets you pop tight arcs. The ski clings to the boilerplate, and flies through the aspens and its steel lets it run nimbly on the groomed. There is no place the SuperKarve doesn't thrive and no tester who didn't sing its praises. "A great, stable, hefty ski," said Palmer. "The SuperKarve I goes anywhere, but it carves and holds like mad," said Carmichael. "It's a freight train with a light touch." Said Forland: "What clean arcs this ski has!" All the better to carve it up, my dear.

Positives: Seeks the contours of the hill; it's got rhythm
Negatives: Occasional tendency to ski its shape, not the hill