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.