Gear Guide 2018: Men's Indie Skis

Innovation, guts, and “cool factor” are what indie brands are all about. These skis also happen to perform at the top of their class.

What makes an independent ski, independent? Well, these brands are small, mobile, and unrestrained, meaning you may just find something out of the ordinary. We tested skis for three days on the legendary steeps of Colorado’s Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Conditions ranged from boot-deep powder to overripe corn—and everything in between.


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Gear Guide 2018: Women's Indie Ski Reviews

These independent brands are small, nimble, and innovative - meaning you just might find something out of the ordinary.

Todd Casey at Loveland, Colo.

Gear Guide 2019: Men's Indie Skis

These independent brands are pushing the big guys to innovate, change, and just be better.

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Gear Guide 2018: Indie Ski Test Highlight Gallery

Eleven brands, fifty-five models, a dozen dazzling testers, and lots and lots of big vert.

Jenny Wiegand at Loveland, Colo.

Gear Guide 2019: Women's Indie Skis

These are the skis of the future, and you don't have to be a cool kid to enjoy them.

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Gear Guide 2018: Men's All-Mountain Narrow Skis

Just wide enough for soft-snow fun, still narrow enough to carve almost like a race ski. Bring it all on.

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Gear Guide 2018: Men's Value Skis

Is there such a thing as inexpensive sticks that rip? Yes, and these six pairs fit the bill.


The Gear Guide 2018: Full Scoresheet

A breakdown of all the scores from the 2018 Ski Test at Deer Valley Resort.

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Gear Guide 2018: Women's Value Skis

Six inexpensive lady-specific skis that absolutely rip.