Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.51 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.65 / 5
Crud performance: 3.54 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.32 / 5
Pro In no one criterion did the Rangi put up the top score, but it was second in several, including Balance of Skills and Overall Impression. That tells you a lot about its versatility. Few skis are better equipped to handle a winter’s worth of snow conditions. Ice might be a challenge, but the Rangi handles anything else, from set-up crud to bottomless powder, with confidence and verve. It’s a wood-core, carbon-reinforced laminate construction, with a turned-up tail that adds forgiveness to its turn finishes. Above all, testers said, it surfs and floats through deep fluff with the poise of a sophisticated powder ski. "A quick, fun ski," said Hopkins. "The length (168 cm, the only length available) seemed short, but that’d make it a great choice for a less confident powder skier." Con Can’t do it all: Hard snow/ice knocks it off its game.