SKI REVIEWS YOU CAN TRUST

Men's Freeride touring ski reviews 2019


The skis in the “Freeride touring” category are selected for a mixed piste/freeride programme, and are light enough to be mounted with touring bindings. The skis are halfway between freeride or all-mountain skis, designed for descent performance, and touring skis that are narrower and very light, perfect for ascents.

Designed with uphill glides on skins in mind (more or less ambitious depending on their weight) to extend the scope of freeride exploration, they are still great fun in descent skiing. The review criteria are the same as for all-mountain back skis, as is the weight, the main performance yardstick for gliding uphill. The skis are relatively wide (from 92 to 100 mm underfoot) to give good float in the powder and fluidity in spring snow. The shape is similar to that of All-mountain skis, but they're far lighter (between 1300 gr and 1900 gr for the ski alone).
Reviewers' score
17.1
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Black Crows Camox Freebird reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

BEST SKI

BEST SKI

Best ski 2019

Already selected and reviewed last year, the Camox Freebird from Black Crows did incredibly well this year with a new version and a new design featuring an updated core. The result is amazing.

Its behavior on the groomed slopes is very adaptive with, in particulier, good grip and outstanding stability. The ski is well-balanced, determined, easy to handle and playful.

Outside the groomed trails, the... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.9
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K2 Wayback 96 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

AWARD

AWARD

Best Accessibility/Performance!

Selected again for the PROSKILAB review this year, the Wayback 96 from K2 confirms its excellent behavior (already noted last year).

The ski boasts a very adaptable flex that makes it remarkably consistent and enjoyable. The Wayback 96 is happy in all relatively soft snow conditions, including groomed trails.

Despite being easily accessible, the ski has punch and offers first-rate performance. The... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.8
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Völkl VTA 98 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

AWARD

AWARD

Best Accessibility!

During the pre-tests, we mentioned a preference for the Mantra V.Werks (an amazing model that we'd like to review next year), but VÖLKL asked us to review the VTA 98, a ski designed for a wider public.

Overall behavior is good. The ski was judged to be "very consistent", "playful" and "smooth" in all snow conditions, especially in powder where float and maneuverability... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.4
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Atomic Backland 95 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

Reviewed for the first time by PROSKILAB, the Backland 95 from Atomic made a good impression.

It's a relatively stiff ski for this category. The result is excellent behavior on the groomed slopes, with grip and stability that would make some trail-oriented skis green with envy. Off the beaten track, this same stiffness gives it some serious arguments. The ski's performance in uneven snow and its potential to go very fast were highly appreciated by the reviewers: "a super freeride ski!", "impeccable in crud",... Read on

Reviewers' score
13.6
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Dynastar Mythic 97 CA reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

The Mythic 97 CA from Dynastar displayed an enjoyable and docile character. It's an easy ski, that’s relatively soft, contrary to what its CA name (for Carbon) would have us think.

The professional reviewers appreciated its comfort and overall user-friendliness in most snow conditions: "a consistent and easy to handle ski", "an easy ski", "enjoyable on all types of snow"...

The Mythic 97 CA is playful, agile and especially happy in short turns. With a 15-metre radius, it's virtually... Read on

Reviewers' score
12.0
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Zag UBAC 95 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

The UBAC 95 from ZAG hasn't changed much compared with the model we reviewed last year.

It's a ski that’s light underfoot, simple to handle, with very easy turn initiation. It's relatively docile and enjoyable as long as you don't go too fast.

Off-trail, its behavior is good. Its float and rotation in the powder in particular won praise from the reviewers: "extremely enjoyable ski in powder."

On the other hand, once the rider steps up the pace, the ski begins to show its limitations.... Read on