Recently, both indie and mainstream brands’ powder skis have gotten skinnier
and more versatile while sacrificing deep-day performance. The Friend takes the opposite approach but remained just as versatile as any powder ski. Builder Jason Levinthal completely redesigned The Friend for 2018-19 with an extra 3mm underfoot and tightened up its turn radius to 18.5 meters. Testers loved zooming The Friend around on fresh snow, groomed, and everything in between.
Strength: Stability at Speed, Overall Impression
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