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The Tahoe delivers on Moment’s promise to create skis for skiers, blending stability with freedom by using tip rocker, camber underfoot, and small sections of “microcamber” fore and aft of the binding. The combo results in maneuverability with healthy burliness. Like a muscular California spangled cat, the Tahoe is nimble, playful, and strong, but it won’t shit in your house. “Stable enough to haul ass but adept enough to make quick changes in direction.”
Strengths: Stability, Playfulness
Lengths: 168, 178, 186
Radius: 23 (178)
You might have to take out a loan to purchase a pair of DPS skis, but they might be worth it. The Wailer 99 Hybrid T2 (rolls off the tongue, don’t it?) wants to live in the soft depths, but it’s no one-trick pony. “The go-anywhere tapered tip eats up terrain: bumps, trees, crud.” This versatile ski offers effortless “old-school-Cadillac cruising.” DPS fosters spiritual encounters and the Wailer family offers the most versatility, from on-resort turns to metaphysical journeys out back.
Strengths: Float, Versatility
Lengths: 168, 176, 184, 192
Radius: 18 (184)
“I could happily ski this for the rest of my life,” one tester said of the Royale. It’s perhaps the best compliment a ski could ever get. Telluride-based Wagner creates one-of-a-kind skis that, like Samuel L. Jackson, will adapt to any role. Through consultation, Wagner deduces a skier’s “DNA” to optimize an out-of-the-box-perfect match. Its tailored skis may not be on the dollar menu, but Wagner guarantees its work and your happiness, 100 percent.
Strengths: Versatility, Stability
The Crows want one thing out of their skis: complete sensory gratification. They’ve accomplished it with the Atris. Testers wrote, “It’s a rally car with edges,” “It just seemed to be one with me,” and “I strained my smile muscles.” Refined tip and tail rocker gives the Atris a playful freestyle feel but not so much that stability or power is sacrificed. The ski can rail in high-speed fall-line turns or stylishly schmear. It’s the go-to ski for playfulness and performance.
Strengths: Versatility, quickness
L: 178, 184, 189
R: 18 (184)
Pete Wagner and crew pour heart and soul into their custom skis. The result: an unparalleled union of skier and ski. The Panther 118 attacks quietly and aggressively, like a mountain puma in the night. Wagner powder boards are so smooth edge to edge you’ll think you’ve clicked into a race ski when you’re on the hardpack. Amazingly nimble for such a wide-body, it’s ideal for smooth, floaty slashes in the deep stuff. “I will ski these skis all day, any day.”
Strengths: Maneuverability, Float
Dynafit has created a gluten-free CrossFit Godzilla ski: agile, beefy, and large. It has everything you’d expect from a big powder plank but with the playfulness of a ski half its size. It’s strong, reliable, and predictable. Its edge grip is superior, yet you can shut it down quickly in tight spots. The large geometry provides superior float, and the full carbon tip and stringers provide a damp, forgiving ride. “This ski meant business.”
Strengths: Stability, Performance
L: 176, 182, 189, 195
R: 28 (189)