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The XTi is a hard-snow, high-speed hybrid GS/SL carving machine for frustrated racers who love to arc. Not quite as heavy as the Redster Doubledeck, it's still reinforced with two full sheets of vibration-dampening metal, but lacks the elaborate Doubledeck secondary core. Nor is it as expensive as the Doubledeck, retailing for about $150 less. It comes with a 12-DIN Atomic binding, stout enough for the heaviest chargers and the highest speeds. The Redster collection includes three models of race-inspired carvers for hard-snow technicians who love speed and g forces. They're built for maximum heft, dampness, edge grip and high-speed stability-performance just shy of an actual FIS-legal race ski, with a bit of all-mountain versatility for recreational carvers. All are built on dense wood cores with metal reinforcement for high-speed calm and powerful sidewall constructions for optimal hard-snow edge grip. The top of the line Doubledeck 3.0 is traditionally cambered for maximum edge bite tip to tail; the XT models feature a tiny bit of tip rocker for slightly looser, featherable Ligety-like turn entries. All feature a sidecut radius that splits the difference between slalom and GS (XT stands for Cross Turn)-ideal for the typical beer-league course set.