The beloved Brahma continues to camp out near the top of the rankings. Its combination of dense solidity with rockered smearability has been pleasing testers for years. And as usual its balanced blend of attributes sets it apart. Two sheets of metal, sturdy vertical sidewalls and a reassuring overall heft give it the hard-snow skills Eastern carvers will love, but it’s an adept floater/smearer in soft snow as well. Gleason: “Amazing balance of frontside precision and backside agility,” Gleason said.
Strengths: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity, Versatility