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Rating: / 5
Lengths: 154, 162, 170, 176
Stability at speed: 2.93 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.42 / 5
Crud performance: 2.68 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.15 / 5
The Z3’s oversize tip and powerful sidewalls will drive you down the fall line. gripes: Slower to come around than many of the skis in this group. props: The brawny torsional rigidity of the sidewalls holds fast. tester’s take: “Has the brawn of an NHLer with the finesse of an ice dancer.” —Kevin Kaneda