SKI REVIEWS

2015/16

Product testing is an individual thing and each skier seeks different characteristics from the ski, demanding that the tested model delivers various responses. The results are often as anticipated and skis will do all that is expected - maybe not in precisely the way the tester prefers, but these individualities make models unique and appealing.

But what is it that makes a ski special? The ones that really stand out go beyond the areas where they are anticipated to excel; they perform in terrain and conditions past what they were designed for, or possibly appeal to more than just their target audience.

Skis like these are the award winners...

 

SKI REVIEW

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SKI OF THE YEAR: Salomon X-Max

Salomon X-Max Ski of the Year Review

"So simple to use, with lots of rewarding energy and rebound. The narrow waist and light tip make turning effortless."
- Ben (Milton Keynes)

"A fun eager piste ski. Quick and snappy edge-to-edge very responsive without being overpowering."
- Tom (Tamworth)


"Solid Performance and grippy under foot but it felt relaxed enough if you wanted to cruise and skid your turns. Manoeuvrable through short radius and solid through medium to long radius higher speed turns."
- Mark (Trainer)

Rossignol Unique 6

"A great intermediate to advanced ski if you are looking to progress and push your piste skiing. Excellent hold at speed and turns are easy to engage."
- Chloe (Braehead)

"Great control through a range of speeds. 73mm waist, and tip and tail rocker make an easy to handle piste carver."
- Andi (Bristol)

Atomic Women's Cloud 11 XT

Atomic 11 Skis Review

"Stiff underfoot but a lightness in the tip and tail make it responsive but not too heavy."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

"Lively and responsive but extremely enjoyable and fun. It's stiff underfoot and soft in the tip, great edge hold and easy to initiate turns."
- Chloe (Braehead)

"There’s nothing fluffy about this new, serious high-end piste carver for performance focused lady skiers. Great at top speed."
- Andi (Bristol)

Volkl Women's Aurena

Volkl Aurena ski Review

"A fantastic ski at a fantastic price. Super versatile; can handle high speed turns for fun or slow parallel if you are focusing on technique."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

"Lightweight and an easy to use sidecut should inspire earlier skiers, but will suit a curious intermediate too."
- Chloe (Braehead)



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All mountain Carve ski reviews

Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS

Salomon X Drive Skis Review

"Powerful and lively, nice edge-to-edge and felt stable at all speeds. Handled the fresh snow we had well."
- Scott (Braehead)

"Very responsive yet with the stability to be pushed hard in varied terrain."
- Dave (Castlefield)

"Solid performance on firm snow. A great choice for skiers who want to charge on piste but like to dip off the side or into the trees."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

Salomon Women's Iris

Salomon Iris Skis Review

"Forgiving at low speeds, but still stable at higher speeds. Performed well on piste and enjoyable in the side-piste soft snow."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

"Such a surprise! Lovely to ski on, flattering all over the mountain. Great edge hold and lovely tracking through soft snow."
- Chloe (Braehead)

"Great for easy quick turns and a smooth stable ride."
- Andi (Bristol)



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All mountain ski reviews

WOMEN'S SKI OF THE YEAR: Blizzard Women's Black Pearl

Blizzard Black Pearl Review

"The paulownia core with tip and tail rocker make it feel lightweight and easy to turn in ."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

"Top ski! Responsive and copes well all over the mountain, great at eveything, no compromises."
- Chloe (Braehead)

"My all time, all mountain favourite. Poppy, powerful and will do anything. Very easy to use for a wide variety of abilities."
- Andi (Bristol)

Volkl Women's Kenja

Volkl Kenja SKis

"The changes on this new version have improved what was already a top ski. Totally stable and so easy to control even when the snow becomes difficult."
- Justyna (Milton Keynes)

"This has impressed me so much because I took last year’s version on holiday and found them a bit difficult to handle. On the staff test, where I tried a longer length, it felt a lot more user-friendly. Good initiation with shorter, quicker turns; just generally a lot easier to use."
- Andi (Bristol)

Volkl RTM 84 UVO

Volkl RTM 84 UVO Skis Review

"If you’re a stronger skier who enjoys bombing it down the piste stop reading this and buy a pair of RTM 84s. The Ultimate Vibration Object at the tip feels like someone managed to attach a spoiler to a ski. The lack of vibration gives an impression of downforce which allows you to charge with absolute confidence."
- Luke (Chester)

"Wonderfully stable and smooth even in chopped up cruddy conditions. Turns easily at slower speeds and once you get it up to speed, it hugs the snow like it’s on rails!"
- Scott (Braehead)

"If you want a high performance piste charger that can take you off into the trees and softer snow, this is the ski for you."
- Tom (Tamworth)

Volkl Kendo

Volkl Kendo Ski Review

"It’s a great ski for charging about on piste. Stable and smashes through crud with ease. The tail rocker has made it even more user friendly, allowing for easy exit of the turn and helping with the floatation when you take them into the deep stuff."
- Scott (Braehead)

"The new shape and changed rocker profile really boosted the performance of the Kendo for me. It was rapid and agile while being amazing off-piste. Big smiles all the way to the lift."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

"The most capable ski on the market!? Playful, powerful and true all mountain versatility."
- Simon (Cambridge)

Salomon Women's Gemma

Salomon Gemma Skis

"Good ski to charge all over the mountain with, stiff yet very responsive and fun."
- Chloe (Braehead)

"85mm gives a stable platform and feels great at speed. Rough terrain is easy with the rocker in the tip. A great choice for an advanced skier looking to explore the mountain a little more without compromising on piste performance."
- Andi (Bristol)

Rossignol Women's Temptation 77

Rossignol Temptation 77 Review

"Well composed in considering it’s only 77mm in the waist. Extremely versatile and a real confidence booster for intermediate skiers."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

K2 Women's Beluved 78Ti Skis

K2 Beluved 78Ti Skis

"These are great skis and surprisingly versatile considering their waist width. They floated straight over the chop and softer snow and held an edge exceptionally well. Very reliable and stable at slower speeds with easy turn initiation. These skis are ideal for a relatively novice skier looking for something to help them progress, and then some."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

"Responds very well to a variety of terrain, easy to ski but also holds an edge well if pushed."
- Chloe (Braehead)

Rossignol Experience 84 Carbon

Rossignol Experience 84 Carbon Skis Review

"Perfect example of a versatile ski. Excels in powerful carves but the wide body and tip rocker help away from the piste."
- Dave (Castlefield)

"Smooth, composed and light swing weight. A generous tip and tail rocker make it nimble and fun all over the mountain. Good performance that isn't tiring for all day usability."
- Tom (Tamworth)

"For me the Experience 84 sits at the sweet spot between piste and off-piste in Rossignol’s very successful Experience range. Jam packed with an effortless combination of both on and off-piste features, the 84 not only carves it up with the best on the groomers but it also pulls seamless transitions in to more challenging terrain."
- Simon (Cambridge)

DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid

DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid Skis Review

"I Love this ski! I'm a huge fan of the playfulness and energy, plus the smoothest handling in any terrain or condition. All-mountain skiers need to be checking this out."
- Steve (Buying Team)

"Variable snow isn’t a problem on this, seems to plough crud with ease. Perfect for skiers who want to dip into fields, rip the piste and take on everything in between."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

Atomic Women's Affinity Pure

Atomic Women's Affinity Pure Skis Review

"Feels poppy and playful, the 79mm feels stable too. Easy to use, great for an intermediate who wants to ski the whole mountain."
- Andi (Bristol)



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Freeride Ski Reviews

Rossignol Soul 7

Rossignol Soul 7 Skis Review

"Very agile on piste considering its width. Stable in all conditions. Air Tip made them noticeably light and easy to use."
- Scott (Braehead)

"Amazing off-piste coupled with being very easy to ski, makes the Soul 7 a real 'game changer'. At 106mm, but with the shortened contact points, it still gives great piste skiing for someone with an off-piste focus."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

Volkl Women's 100Eight Pink

Volkl 100Eight Pink Skis

"Great fun and ideal for someone who prefers the softer, deeper parts of the mountain, but likes to have fun getting there! It's lively and forgiving in the softer snow, but stable at speed and through turns. Super versatile with an attractive yet subtle graphic, this is a great one-quiver ski."
- Abbi (Tamworth)

"For a 108mm ski I found it was easy to use, floated really well and turn initiation was easy. It filled me with confidence no matter what the terrain."
- Andi (Bristol)

Blizzard Bonafide

Blizzard Bonafide Skis Review

"The Bonafide has always been one of my favourites but now, with the improved carbon tip, it’s easier to use and lighter. This is a true all mountain charger."
- Ben (Milton Keynes)

"The Bonafide is still one of the best all mountain chargers. Metal laminate and flipcore make it stiff but easy to use. Great for skiers who like big fast turns anywhere on the mountain."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

Not only is the Bonafide perfect for the freeride inspired skier wanting a ski that floats in the deep stuff but it can be pushed to the max on hardpack. These are wonderful for the stronger skier needing a blend of power, solidness, float and grip."
- Rob (Manchester)

K2 Pinnacle 95

K2 Pinnacle 95 Review

"Looked really cool and performed just as well. The large amount of rocker made it very manoeuvrable but it also felt stable which is unusual with less edge. The construction makes it very solid and really fun all over the mountain."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

"Surprisingly agile and responsive on hardpack but playful and light in ."
- Simon (Cambridge)

"Even if you're not a fan of the lime green but are looking for a fun, poppy and versatile, you NEED to try it. The new core keeps the weight down without softening it too much which makes them super playful. The V shape profile gives loads of float in the nose off-piste whilst allowing the waist to be a suitable 95mm all mountain width. Well done K2!"
- Mark (Trainer)



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Armada JJ 2.0

Armada JJ Skis Review

"I had good fun skidding them about on piste and blasting through the crud. Effortless floatation in the deep and sticky snow. One of the most stable skis I have ever skied."
- Scott (Braehead)

"You don’t have to spend much time looking at the JJ to realise it’s going to be impressive off-piste, it really impressed me how manoeuvrable and responsive it was on piste too. Looks great, skis great, it’s fair to say I think it’s pretty great."
- Luke (Chester)

"Incredible off-piste performance! Can’t have more fun in . Feels light and easy to use, but on steep terrain or riding at speed they are powerful and have great control."
- Simon (Cambridge)

Blizzard Spur

Blizzard Spur

"The Spur is a powerful charger for soft conditions and will provide stability at speed for advanced skiers no matter how choppy the snow conditions are."
- Ben (Milton Keynes)

"It's pretty light for its huge dimensions. Trustworthy stablity, floats for days and is an exhilerating ride. For powder hounds who like to charge."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

"Big, stable, stiff, the Spur is only built for deep snow and high speeds. It will be wasted doing anything else, but if you’re after a no compromise powder ski, then this should be high on your list. Doesn't get knocked around at all even in chopped off-piste."
- Tom (Tamworth)



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All terrain freestyle ski reviews

Armada Women's ARW

Armada ARW Skis Review

"Love this ski. I can use it for everything and I do! Happy skiing pistes, getting some air or playing about off-piste. Looks amazing too!"
- Justyna (Milton Keynes)

Salomon Rocker2 100

Salomon Rocker2 100 Skis

"Finding itself in my favourites list for a second year; what stands out for me is just how natural the '100' feels in the powder without compromising responsiveness everywhere else. All at a surprisingly reasonable price."
- Dave (Castlefield)

"The Bonafide is still one of the best all mountain chargers. Metal laminate and flipcore make it stiff but easy to use. Great for skiers who like big fast turns anywhere on the mountain."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

"Playful off-piste, solid and smooth. This is a great all-rounder for anyone wanting to explore everything the mountain has to offer."
- Ben (Milton Keynes)

Armada El Ray

Armada El Ray Skis Review

"Freestyle/jib skiers, dome skiers and novice to intermediate skiers could all enjoy this ski. A lively, fully cambered core makes it responsive and nimble."
- Scott (Braehead)

"Light and poppy. Great 1st twin tip for the park, forgiving all mountain ski or both. Value for money."
- Matt (Covent Garden)

K2 Women's MissConduct

K2 Missconduct Skis

"Great all round ski for someone who wants to be able to ride the whole mountain and have fun lapping the park as well."
- Chloe (Braehead)

"Well balanced, playful and very easy to use thanks to a subtle amount of rocker."
- Andi (Bristol)

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