Gear Guide 2018: Men's Value Skis

Is there such a thing as inexpensive sticks that rip? Yes, and these six pairs fit the bill.

Let's face it: Skiing isn't cheap. But there are ways to keep it inexpensive and fun, so to help you help your wallet, we tested a number of men's skis that don’t require refinancing your house to purchase. Our testers made turns on these skis alongside every other pair found in SKI’s Gear Guide.

To qualify as a “Value Ski,” the price for a pair must be less than $650 (or $850 if bindings are included), and it must be enjoyable to ski. There is no width prerequisite, so any ski category can make the cut. We take the ski’s overall average test score, multiply it by 1,000, and divide it by the price to come up with a Value Score. These are the planks with smallest price tags that stood out.

Pro Tip: Prices here are MSRP, so these skis are probably marked at a lower price in-store. You’re welcome.

Read about the best Women's Value Skis here.