Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 2.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 2.80 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.10 / 5
Pro Mind your speed, and the Magfire 8 rewards you with a lively ride on a versatile waist width that’s certain to improve your experience in powder and soft spring corn. Testers loved the shape—as deep a sidecut as you’ll see anywhere. And Elan’s Fusion interface, integrated into the wood core of the Magfire for a slop-free coupling of ski and binding, gives its pilot instant edge access. The result: A ski that no Aspiring Expert can fail to tip on edge, combined with a sidecut that takes over from there. Meanwhile, the wide waist is easy to balance on, and the metal-free construction makes it nonjudgmental. In other words, if you can’t break through to carved turns on the Magfire 8, you’re not trying. "Lightweight and easy to ski," said Shaw. "I could relax and enjoy the ride." Con Nervous in long arcs at higher speeds.