Kneissl Ergo


1998 Executive-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 160-190 cm
Price: $539
Details: If you want a ski with a little power at the end of the turn and an ice-friendly Eastern demeanor, consider the easy-turning yet tenacious Kneissl Ergo. It demands a center-to-forward stance because it "has a tail like the Hale-Bopp comet," said Bigford. But it rewards good balance with a precise, inviting arc. The Ergo doesn't force any issues. All testers echoed Shelton's comment that it "lets you set your own turn shape, but has incredibly nice hold on hard snow any time you need it."

Positives: Tenacious on hard snow, big-tail whip
Negatives: Not as forgiving for lesser skiers