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The Best Men’s Frontside Skis of 2022: J Skis Fastforward

Learn about the newest edition to the J skis line-up, the Fastforward. Our ski testers tried it, and this is how it stacks up.

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Brand: J Skis

Model: Fastforward

Overall Ranking: #12

Overall Score: 3.62 / 5


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

160, 167, 174, 181

Radius (m)

16.5 (174)

Waist Width (mm)





Intermediate through Expert

Rocker Technology


Core Material

Maple, Titanal

Stability at Speed

3.79 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.68 / 5


3.79 / 5


3.71 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.54 / 5

Crud Performance

3.46 / 5


3.32 / 5

2022 J Skis Fastforward

J Skis’ all-new Fastforward is similar to a slimmed-down version of The Hotshot with a more subtle rocker in the front. Two thin strips of Titanal sandwich a full maple wood core, which provides the brand’s signature poppy feel, but a narrower waist allows for easier carving and better maneuverability in tight spaces. The overall result is a ski designed to have fun. “These are a barrel of monkeys!” exclaims tester Jon Jay. “They are so fun and playful I was laughing the whole way down.”

While the Fastforward might be outgunned in the carving and speed categories by the heavy metal European brands, that doesn’t mean these skis can’t hold their own for nearly every North American recreational skier looking for frontside fun, especially those with a penchant for finding airtime in the bumps and beyond. “Rippin’ fun time in the fringe and jumps along the sides of the trail,” notes tester Mark Elling. “Not in the master class of carvers but more than enough for all else.”

This playfulness is matched by the Fastforward’s forgiveness and general ease of use, making it a very viable option for skiers who just want to get on skis and go, regardless of how much time they spend in the air. A traditional construction and feel on the snow will also appeal to skiers who aren’t sold on newfangled materials and just want quality performance from a quality product. “Big sweet spot, very forgiving, and easily maneuverable in bumps and crud,” says tester Dustin Cook. “All around fun and easy to ski on.”

  • Strengths: Playfulness (6th in category), Forgiveness (7th)
  • Weaknesses: Hard-Snow Integrity (14th), Stability at Speed (13th)

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