An energetic ski that feels stable in bigger turns and in all conditions, the Lumen 99 is lightweight and comfortable. The wood core is layered with CFX Superfiber, a weave of twitchy carbon and dampening flax, which is replaced in the tip with an airy honeycomb insert to reduce swing weight. Testers were equivocal about that tip, some noting it felt floppy and hard to engage. A metal plate under the binding gives it an extra boost of power and grip for groomers and crud, which prompted others to quibble that you need to be right on the center in order to ski it. A strong tail finishes the turn. “You can ski it all day and in any conditions,” Gibbons said.
Strengths: Flotation, Forgiveness