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Indie Skis: All Mountain Wide

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 MSRP: $780.00 Tip/Waist/Tail: 130-105-118 Length: 176, 186Want custom? Folsom can do it, but this year the company is also building a handful of…

MSRP: $780.00

Tip/Waist/Tail: 130-105-118

Length: 176, 186

Want custom? Folsom can do it, but this year the company is also building a handful of stock models available in limited quantities through Backcountry.com. The Completo is one such model. Testers found it to be a playful all-mountain tool. It turned every bump into an air opportunity and danced between groomers and crud. It’s not the stoutest carver, but navigating the gamut of day-to-day conditions is its M.O.


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 MSRP: $759.95 Tip/Waist/Tail: 139-108-128 Length: 175, 180, 185, 190G3 was an A-Basin test surprise. Historically G3's been thought of as a…

MSRP: $759.95

Tip/Waist/Tail: 139-108-128

Length: 175, 180, 185, 190

G3 was an A-Basin test surprise. Historically G3’s been thought of as a backcountry and mountaineering brand, but the company’s offerings were highly praised by testers across the board for impressive downhill performance. Noted for its reassuring edge grip, smooth turn shape, and lack of a speed limit, the Manhattan offers versatility and strength in a relatively lightweight package. “A great ski for big Western mountains, where they can run,” said one tester.


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 MSRP: $699.00 Tip/Waist/Tail: 140-105-130 Length: 161, 171, 181If the elegant graphic is a hint, the new Nomad RKR is for the all-mountain artist.…

MSRP: $699.00

Tip/Waist/Tail: 140-105-130

Length: 161, 171, 181

If the elegant graphic is a hint, the new Nomad RKR is for the all-mountain artist. The tip and tail rocker make it hyper-playful and open up new creative avenues down every line, while underfoot camber provides enough backbone to let you put down compact carves on hardpack when you’re fully angulated. “So light and rhythmic,” said one tester of its bouncy attitude. It’s not a big charger, but if your day consists of pillow drops, ledgy chutes, forest dwelling, and a fresh track or two, the RKR has your back. All of these Testers’ Choice-worthy attributes make it a capable Western one-ski quiver or Eastern pow ski.


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 MSRP: $850.00 Tip/Waist/Tail: 132-105-120 Length: 175, 185A progressive early-taper shape and healthy tip and tail rocker give the impression that…

MSRP: $850.00

Tip/Waist/Tail: 132-105-120

Length: 175, 185

A progressive early-taper shape and healthy tip and tail rocker give the impression that The Apostle is more of a soft-snow specialist. Not so, according to our testers, who found it plenty sturdy for quick turns on hardpack. It still prefers the moguls, techy glades, and a few inches of fresh, and “It yearns to teach the advanced intermediate to progress,” said one tester.


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 MSRP: $770.00 Tip/Waist/Tail: 137-110-131 Length: 176, 186A frilly piece of wall art this is not. The Howitzer matches its topsheet beauty with…

MSRP: $770.00

Tip/Waist/Tail: 137-110-131

Length: 176, 186

A frilly piece of wall art this is not. The Howitzer matches its topsheet beauty with impressive on-snow performance. A large sweet spot keeps it forgiving, and its smooth, even flex provides stability at any speed. Tip rocker gives it some smeary maneuverability and float. It’s not the most playful ski but “nothing fazed it,” said one tester. The Howitzer is perfect for the directional charger.


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MSRP: from $1,750Tip/Waist/Tail: 142/108/126Length: 176Wagner’s philosophy is to personalize each ski to its owner, from shape to flex to rocker…

MSRP: from $1,750
Tip/Waist/Tail: 142/108/126
Length: 176

Wagner’s philosophy is to personalize each ski to its owner, from shape to flex to rocker profile. But the company must have built the 108 Custom with every single one of our testers in mind. It landed among everyone’s top picks. “Holy shitballs! Awesome!” exclaimed one tester. “It smeared, carved, and slid—a truly confident all-mountain ski.” It’s the Western one-ski quiver for folks with deep pockets.

 

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