Men's All-Mountain front ski reviews 2019
They're designed for good to excellent riders looking for a highly efficient ski for the groomers (at times performing better than some traditional piste skis), while able to go off-piste when the conditions are right. They're well-adapted to freeride, but less effective than the wider skis from the “All-mountain back” category, especially in deep powder and crud snow.
The Kendo from Völkl, which (just) missed out on the "Best Ski" medal last year in harder snow conditions, got it back this year. This year, we reviewed a longer model (184 cm against 176 last year) which improved its stability and flotation in powder.
The ski has once again consolidated its excellent reputation and the professional reviewers gave it rave reviews: "Super ski", "Perfection!",... Read on
Kendo's main rival, the Stormrider 88 lost its "Best ski" medal this year but remains a benchmark in the highly competitive All Mountain ski market with emphasis on the groomed trails.
On the groomers, the Stormrider 88 performs incredibly well. It's a docile, "consistent and enjoyable" ski that makes no demands of the rider, doing what it's told and giving its owners total... Read on
Our professional reviewers loved the Pinnacle 85 from K2: "a ski with a soul", and "has real personality".
The ski is "very versatile and closer to an all mountain back", displays excellent off-piste behavior, helped by a large rocker.
Accessibility is excellent. Its behavior is consistent, forgiving and it remains docile in all circumstances, while the rocker assists... Read on
The reviewers were impressed by the Legend 88's qualities but found the bindings too central.
The ski has many qualities and the reviewers found it accessible, with easy turn initiation and rotation.
However, the central positioning of the binding made it impossible to add forward pressure in aggressive rides. The imposing tail in uneven snow conditions and heavy snow hampers rotation.
We tried mounting the bindings 4cm further back and this helped to improve the ski's behavior.
The Legend 88 is... Read on
While the Kore 93 from Head shone in the all mountain back category, the more trail-oriented Monster 88 found the competition stiffer in the midst of more versatile skis.
The reviewers praised the Monster 88's excellent behavior on the groomers. The ski was judged to be "a good trail ski" that's docile and grippy, and especially happy in short turns. The ski is accessible and very user-friendly.
Outside the groomers, its behavior is correct with good flotation in powder, but it doesn't do quite as well... Read on
While the Enforcer 100 regularly does well in the all mountain back category, the Enforcer 93 finds it more difficult to do well in this program.
Its overall behavior is good, both on and off the groomed trails and it performs well in every situation.
We got mixed reviews for the Enforcer 93's behavior at low speeds. Our expert (non professional) reviewers had a very positive opinion of the ski, while the professional reviewers were less enthusiastic, pointing to a certain degree of inertia.
We recommend this ski... Read on