The Verdict would be a good pick for someone who wants a reliable ski for primarily off-piste all-mountain skiing, and who would mount this with an AT setup.
Nordica's Hell & Back was a test favorite for its stability, versatility, easy turn initiation and edgehold.
The Theory is a great ski for a wide range of skiers that is easy to turn, has a lot of energy, and will definitely fulfill a lot of skiers' needs.
Armada's ARV ti tears up the off-piste like few others in this category. It's not as confident on hardpack.
Fischer's Watea 96 offered up middle of the road performance in a category with several all-mountain standouts.
Faction's Prodigy loves powder. But you may not fall in love with skiing it everywhere else.
Lighter, West Coast-raised all-mountain skiers will enjoy the Ramp Groundhog's responsiveness. Hard edgers will be underwhelmed.
Head's Venturi 95 scored among the top of the all-mountain class.
Skiing in soft snow and bumps earned good marks for Salomon's Quest 98, which was recognized for its comfort level in off-piste terrain.
Kastle's edgehold and gs turn shape is so reliable the brand could trademark it.
The Volkl Mantra was easily one of the two favorite skis in this category, with a wonderful mix of versatility, power and confidence in lift-served terrain.
A real frontside loving, mogul eating machine from K2
The Bonafide is a flat out groomed killer with amazing stabiity and edgehold.
Rossignol's Soul 7 is the all-mountain ski of the future, and the future starts now.
A very fun ski with high marks for its ability to make a number of different turns in lots of different conditions.
“Beautiful performance at high speed,” one tester said.
At its best holding a long turn at just about any speed.
Edging and long turns are the 82 Xti's strong suit.
A rewarding, positive feeling ski that is easy to initiate into turns.
The Enduro performed well in making stable turns with confidence.
There were a lot of "Wows!" in the test cards from the women who tested Salomon's Enduro XT 850.
"A performance ski for performance skiers," one tester said.
Initiates easily without much work.
A super stable ski with a lot of energy underfoot.
The superior edging capability kept increasing the harder our testers pushed it.
The Temptation 82 has great grip, and a great sense of predictability.
Reliable, predictable and easy to turn.
As one tester said, "Aggressive skiers will love it."
Reliable, flexible, and with easy turn initiation.
The Elan Pure is purely a smile-maker, with great drive and versatility almost everywhere we tested it.
Wow! One of the best skis in the entire test.
Short turns and long turns with Blizzard's Viva 7.6, as well as great on-piste performance.
The Enduro is a joy to ski, with plenty of performance, energy and arc.
Fluid versatility is the name of the game with this Experience.
A high-performance, all-mountain ski with a propensity to make a beautiful medium radius turn.
Lots of energy. Lots of edge grip.
An all-mountain performer with a calm sense of confidence.
Stability, edge grip, and some seriously sweet long radius turns are all included in the Waveflex 78 Ti call-out.
The Outland 80 XT is an all-mountain performer.
Versatile and fast, the Blackeye Ti makes big arcs all over the mountain.
Pure all-mountain enjoyment.
An easy ski to turn, with a damp, predictable initiation in a variety of conditions.
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