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:
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.
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:
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: