Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.48 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.20 / 5
Crud performance: 3.30 / 5
Forgiveness: 4.07 / 5
Interesting: The widest ski in the category ranks No. 1, by a lot, in forgiveness. Naturally it’s tops in flotation, too. But while the subtly rockered S7 may indeed be a cheater ski for those who need a little help in deep powder, that’s not what made it a tester favorite. Its sidecut, for one thing, gives it a quickness—especially at turn’s end—that belies its fatness, working in perfect concert with its slight rocker. “As much skateboard as ski. Super maneuverable and easy in deep snow,” said Preston.