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Exclusive Legend Eden (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Dynastar

Women testers gravitated toward the Exclusive Legend, and enduring favorite of the Dynastar women’s collection. The men (and one or two women) favored the Contact 4X4, another Dynastar classic that, with its 74 waist, is a likely bet for Easterners. Among skis that got enough test runs for a valid result, here are the rankings:

iSupershape Magnum (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Head

No surprise—the Supershape, an unabashed carver, was Head’s most-requested model. New Englanders still like to set an edge, and aren’t embarrassed to admit it. The Peak 76, a little wider and a little less demanding, also garnered interest—and enough test runs to earn a rating.

Black Magic (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Elan

Elan was busy, sending out lots of test skis over the weekend. We apparently had some racers among our testers, and they B-lined for the Elan tent and cranked out a healthy number of test cards on the SLX and GLX race skis (mostly quite favorable, though we won’t deal with race skis here). Meanwhile, the Speedwave 14 and the 888 were the most-tested—apparently folks weren’t deterred by the 88 waist on the latter. Among skis that got enough test runs for a valid result, here are the rankings:

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M's Pow Wide Skis: 2010

Pow and crud are these skis' natural habitat. But when the clouds won't come, they'll graze the groomed like a ride half their size. Built for experts, and perfect for intermediates learning to surf the deep.

G-Force Supersonic (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Blizzard

Word is getting out about the G-Force Supersonic, judging by the path testers beat to the Blizzard tent. It was among the most-tried models in the test. Testers also gravitated toward the Magnum series of all-mountain midfats, particularly the 8.1.

Olympia Victory (2010)

People's Ski Test 2010, Nordica

With flat, fast snow and good light on the hill, and while the Hot Rod collection must have felt ignored, it was a Speedmachine kind of day. Testers swarmed to the Mach 3 and Mach 4—both proven carvers on modern waist widths. Meanwhile, Nordica’s Olympia Victory was one of the most-tried women’s skis of the weekend. Among skis that got enough test runs for a valid result, here are the rankings: