Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 2.90 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 2.90 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.00 / 5
Pro Race-bred, but not so racy as the RC, the RX8, a perennial medalist in recent years, is similarly enthusiastic when it comes to high-speed carving. Compared to the race skis, the RX8 employs a lighter and softer construction to give it a higher degree of forgiveness and versatility. But its carbon-reinforced wood-core construction still delivers ultra-high performance, and a slalom-ready sidecut will delight high-speed cruisers and help recreational racers conquer the competition. There’s nothing female-specific about it, but female testers nevertheless enjoyed its combination of forgiveness and responsiveness. "Felt like they had jet packs on them," said Beekman. "They really accelerate through turns, so hang on for a ride." Con Unisex design might be unwieldy for some women.