Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.46 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.21 / 5
Crud performance: 2.86 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.34 / 5
Take the Avenger 82 Ti (see Cruiser), replace the metal layers with a carbon-reinforced weave, and you get the 82 Carbon. It’s lighter, less expensive and even better suited, with that 82-mm width, to an intermediate’s attempts to improve as a powder skier. It’s not the most intuitive teacher if you’re trying to learn to set an edge and carve, but it’s stable and comfortable, agreeable at any speed, and buoyant in soft snow. “Balanced, easy feel on every type of terrain,” said Lewis.