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Lindsay Yaw picks her next victim.
106/72/97; 6 lb., 6oz.; $507
AT skiers liked the Diran for the same reasons the telemarkers did: It’s light, very quick in trees and chutes, and stiff enough to hold a mean edge on the hardpack. For a full review, see page 2 of the Tour Tele slideshow.
Like the other G3s we enjoyed (the Reverend and Siren), the brand-new Ace was balanced and damp. It’s a full pound lighter than the Baron, G3’s flagship all-mountain ski, but identical in shape. Gripes: Not responsive enough for our ex-racer testers. Props: The best crud buster of the bunch.
112/70/97; 6 lb.; $369
The thin-waisted, aspen-core Chogori packs a surprising punch. According to one tester, it’s a “light ski with balls – probably why it’s Andrew McLean’s ski of choice. Gripes: Don’t expect much float – it’s the skinniest ski here. Props: A light and sturdy, adventure-ready stick.
117/84/105; 6 lb., 10 oz.; $549
Available only in Europe until this year, the 84-millimeter-waisted carbon-fiber FreeRide was portly for this category, but it’s the lightest and ablest downhiller. Gripes: Stick to the soft – they wander on hard snow. Props: The extra-fat tip is great for breaking trail and won’t dive in powder.