Volant SuperKarve S

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1998 Executive-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 163-193 cm
Price: $475
Details: If your ski vacation is a chance to recreate rather than compete, the Volant SuperKarve S may be your antidote to civilization. It holds on ice and floats in the woods. "A cushy ride," said Campbell of the Super-Karve S's butter-soft tip section and damp, easy cruising turns. "Like a Nautique in 6 am lake water," said Thibeault. One note: "Subtle, quiet movements are all this ski needs to initiate turns," said McMenamy. "Too much energy input can overwhelm it."

Positives: Cushy, precise ride on all snow types
Negatives: No interest in bounding across the fall line