Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 4.03 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.12 / 5
Crud performance: 3.32 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.59 / 5
Plan on getting good quickly? Or maybe you're an expert in search of a great deal. Either way, testers agreed the Mach 1 has a big upside in performance. Metal-free and lightweight, it's reasonably forgiving and willing to help an intermediate learn to carve. But it really excels at higher speeds with a more aggressive technique, so you're guaranteed not to outgrow it too soon. "A little touchy, but boy is it fun in tight arcs," said Sabanosh.
High performance at a low price
Total forgiveness of poor technique