Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.63 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.72 / 5
Crud performance: 3.17 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.53 / 5
Like the Sonic (see AME Speed), the new Viva 7.6 has sturdy sidewalls and Blizzard's IQ binding interface. But instead of a full-wood core, it has foam reinforced with wood. The result is a ski with incredible quickness and integrity that's also lightweight and effortless to turn. What did testers think? They ranked it near the top in every criterion. "Best ski in the category," said Sheinberg. "It will make a solid skier out of even the most timid customers."
Lighting up your turns with energy
Straightlining: This ski likes to turn.