Men's Carvers ski reviews 2019
They're designed for athletic riders who love carving and are looking for an energic ski that's also great fun to use.
While Völkl skis regularly stand at the top of the podium in the PROSKILAB™ All-Mountain category, their carving skis have found it more difficult to feature among the best skis in the world.
Things change - the testers loved the Deacon 74. It is in the Carvers category where we select high-performance skis that are less demanding than race-inspired skis but will still get your heart pumping.
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We pre-tested all of the skis to see if they should be considered for the PROSKILAB™ review. We wanted to narrow down the field to the best skis according to PROSKILAB™ criteria. In January 2018, we tried a few skis from the Kästle range and decided to include some of the models in our 2019 review, including the MX67. It was an excellent decision as the testers absolutely loved the ski.
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With its racing plate, the Dynastar Speed Master excelled in the "Giant Slalom" category. Here, the same ski is in a less specialized category and features the simple "Konect" plate from the Rossignol group (which owns Dynastar). The Konect plate is geared more towards a recreational skier.
Having a more flexible plate does not alter the ski's intrinsic characteristics, and it retains its race-inspired qualities. The Speed Master stands out for the precision, stability, and edge grip that make it so awesome. The... Read on
The Laser SC from Stöckli is one of the benchmarks in the market . It is regularly included by PROSKILAB in this category and it always does very well. Last year, it won "Best Ski," but this year it has been slightly overtaken by slightly more forgiving skis. Nevertheless, it still has the same great qualities, in particular rock solid performance.
A high-performance ski, the testers loved... Read on
Atomic has made a real comeback this season. The Redster TR from Atomic is a ski more focused on accessibility than other skis in the “Carvers” category.
A good, high-performance, and versatile ski, the Redster TR "does its job," and deserves a place in this selection of the best skis on the market. It is “light underfoot,” "easy to pivot and carve," predictable, and requires little physical effort.
We recommend this ski for strong intermediate to advanced skiers looking for a versatile... Read on
The K2's Speed Charger really lives up to its name and deserves its place among the best skis on the market. Last year, the model we reviewed was too short (168 cm). This year we tested the Speed Charger in a 175 cm, which is a much more appropriate size for this category.
The extra length significantly improved edge grip, maximum speed, and performance in long turns, which are some of the ski’s strengths.
The Speed Charger doesn’t shy away from speed. Stability is exceptional; you feel “like you’re... Read on
The Supershape I.Magnum from Head has been well-known for several years and is a real market success.
Its reputation is based on its ease of use and ability to carve at moderate speeds. PROSKILAB's pro testers agreed with this. The ski is very accessible and requires little technique. Turn initiation is easy, although not very quick, and carving at moderate speeds is a walk in the park.
The Supershape I.Magnum is a soft ski for this category. It doesn't quite make the grade in terms of pure performance and gets... Read on
The Hero Elite LT Ti from Rossignol is an excellent ski that won the "Best Performance" award in 2018 in this category, but this year it struggled with the R22 race plate.
In fact, even though the ski's main features are the same, the testers were surprised that the ski didn’t really hold the line, which was disconcerting, and that it lacked solid edge grip. We think there was a problem with the model sent for review rather than a problem with the plate that should, in theory, have enhanced its performance.
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