Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.35 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.36 / 5
Crud performance: 2.98 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.08 / 5
In its reassuring predictability, the X-Wing 8 is perfect for the category. With never a hitch or a surprise, this soft, forgiving cap construction responds obediently when you make the right moves-and papers over mistakes when you don't. It skids readily, but when tipped on edge and properly pressured, it carves with ease, too. Just point a tip somewhere, and that's where you'll go. "Playful and fun, but at the same time strong and supportive," said Rogan.
Mastering the carve on soft groomers
Gaining confidence in crud