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Men's ski reviews 2019

Reviewers' score
18.5
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Elan SLX Fusion reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Slalom

BEST SKI

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Best ski 2019

Selected as one of the best skis on the market and reviewed for several years by PROSKILAB, the SLX Fusion from Elan has often come close to the top spot on the podium without ever winning it. This year, the ski finally won a well-deserved "Best Ski" award because of its perfect blend of performance, predictability, and fun.

You'll get plenty of performance, for sure. The ski excels in every... Read on

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18.5
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Völkl Kendo reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain front

BEST SKI

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Best ski 2019

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

Reviewers' score
18.4
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Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti R22 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Slalom

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Best performance!

The Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti is regularly selected for review by PROSKILAB and frequently wins an award.

Last year, unfortunately, it came with the "Konect" plate, which was geared more towards a recreational skier. It offered a good compromise between performance, accessibility, and fun but disappointed testers looking for exceptional performance.

This year, it’s back, but it is... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.9
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Dynastar Speed Master GS R22 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Giant slalom

BEST SKI

BEST SKI

Best ski 2019

Already a winner last year, the Speed Master GS with the R22 race plate confirms its superior performance this year.

Along with its twin the Rossignol Hero Master, this ski outperformed all the other skis in the "Giant Slalom" category where we are looking for high-performance skis that are still accessible to recreational skiers.

The skis stand out for their exceptional performance on hard... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.7
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Völkl Deacon 74 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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Best ski 2019

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.

In... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.7
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Kästle MX84 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Cruisers

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Best ski 2019

We pre-reviewed some of the Kästle line in January 2018 and decided to include the most promising models in our PROSKILAB review (2 months later). The MX84 was among the skis selected and, like its big brother the MX 67 in the Carvers category, generated real enthusiasm among the professional reviewers.

The ski perfectly matches the category requirements. PROSKILAB's guidelines effectively require... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.6
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Rossignol Hero Master R22 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Giant slalom

BEST SKI

BEST SKI

Best ski 2019

The ski is identical to Dynastar's Speed Master GS R22.

Already a medal winner last year, the Hero Master with the R22 race plate confirms its superior performance this year.

Along with its twin the Dynastar Speed Master GS R22, this ski outperformed all the other skis in the "Giant Slalom" category where we are looking for high-performance skis that are still accessible to recreational... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.4
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Kästle MX67 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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BEST SKI

Best ski 2019

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.

The... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.1
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Dynastar Speed Master Konect reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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

Reviewers' score
17.1
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Nordica GT Speed Machine 80 FDT reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Cruisers

The Nordica Speed Machine 80 FDT is packed with energy. According to our testers, it is "a fabulous, responsive, and precise ski," and clearly designed for performance. They were particularly impressed by its edge grip, stability, and ability to hold the line.

At the same time, the ski is quite versatile, which is an important quality in this category. It allows the skier to adapt to different terrain, easily transitioning from a carved turn to a skidded turn, and from a short turn to a long turn, depending on the skier’s... Read on

Reviewers' score
17.1
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Black Crows Camox Freebird reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

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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
17.0
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Dynastar Speed Zone 7 (Xpress) reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Easy Cruisers

BEST SKI

BEST SKI

Best ski 2019

In this category, we're looking for accessible skis for the weakest riders that will nonetheless help them to progress towards carving.

The Speed Zone 7 from Dynastar is a perfect match for the program.

The ski is very accessible, intuitive, easy to handle ("it turns on its own"). Very little physical engagement is needed and the ski responds to the rider's slightest request. With... Read on

Reviewers' score
16.9
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K2 Konic 78 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Easy Cruisers

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Best Accessibility/Performance!

K2 regularly treats the reviewers to skis that offer a well-balanced compromise, with a clever combination of access, comfort and performance. The Konic 78 is just such a tool and was judged one of the best skis in this category. We're looking for user-friendly skis for technically weak riders, but that also offer good potential for progress, helping riders to develop more technical turns, especially carving.

The... Read on

Reviewers' score
16.7
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Stöckli Laser SC reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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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

Reviewers' score
16.6
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Head Kore 93 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain back

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Best ski 2019

Already scoring well last year, the Kore 93 came first this year in softer spring snow conditions, which means it's made a well-deserved entry among the top-performing benchmarks in this All Mountain freeride segment like the Stormrider 95, the Mantra or the Enforcer 100.

The ski is extremely versatile. It's a true all-mountain ski that’s as happy on freshly groomed trails as on deep or crusty... Read on

Reviewers' score
16.4
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Rossignol Pursuit 800 TI reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Cruisers

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Best performance!

The Pursuit 800 Ti from Rossignol is a very versatile ski.

When cruising (as long as it stays in carving mode since it’s slightly less at ease in skid turns), the ski is easy to handle, comfortable, enjoyable and versatile.

But it's when you step up the pace that the ski shows its real character… and what character! As you pile on the pressure, the ski just seems to want more. The... Read on

Reviewers' score
16.2
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Stöckli Stormrider 88 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain front

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Best Accessibility/Performance!

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

Reviewers' score
16.1
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K2 Pinnacle 85 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain front

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Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!

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

Reviewers' score
15.9
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K2 Wayback 96 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

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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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Rossignol Pursuit 600 CAM reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Easy Cruisers

Rossignol's Pursuit line is a great success. The Pursuit 800 stood out in the "Men's Top-of-the-range" category with a "Best ski" 2019 distinction. The Pursuit 600 CAM (Carbon Alloy Matrix for those in the know) is very well placed in this (already very demanding) selection of the best skis on the market.

It's extremely accessible thanks to the ease of rotation, consistent skid turns and slight overdrive effect that will facilitate first turns. It's a tool that anyone can handle, even beginners.... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.8
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Völkl RTM 76 Elite reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Easy Cruisers

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K2 regularly treats the reviewers to skis that offer a well-balanced compromise, with a clever combination of access, comfort and performance. The Konic 78 is just such a tool and was judged one of the best skis in this category. We're looking for user-friendly skis for technically weak riders, but that also offer good potential for progress, helping riders to develop more technical turns, especially carving.

The... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.8
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Völkl VTA 98 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Freeride touring

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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
15.7
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Kästle RX12 SL reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Slalom

When we tried the Kästle models in January 2018, we thought they showed potential, so we decided to include the brand in the 2019 reviews.

The Kastle RX12 SL was selected for the "Slalom" category and was a great surprise. The testers found the ski easy to handle for this category and gave it plenty of praise: "I loved it," "Perfect flex for me," and "An easy slalom ski" were some of the comments.

The performance is not quite as good as the Rossignol Hero Elite St Ti R22, but it... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.7
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Elan GSX Fusion reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Giant slalom

The GSX Fusion from Elan is preselected every year for the PROSKILAB review and is unquestionably one of the safest bets on the market. It frequently comes close to the top spot on the podium.

The ski is very much performance-oriented. With excellent edge grip and remarkable stability, the ski is amazing in long turns. Once the turn is initiated, it has incredibly solid edge hold and never seems to want to let go.

You’ll need a certain amount of technical skill and physical strength to drive this ski properly.


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Reviewers' score
15.7
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Atomic Redster G9 + X 12 TL reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Giant slalom

The Atomic Redster G9 has earned a place among the best skis on the market in the "Giant Slalom" category. This category includes race-inspired skis designed for recreational skiers.

"Smooth and predictable," almost "perfect," it excels in this category in virtually every way. The pro testers were impressed by its "very predictable" behavior, super quick turn initiation, and incredible stability at high speed. It inspires confidence because it performs so well and is easy to control.

The... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.5
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Völkl M5 Mantra reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain back

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Best performance!

The new (5th) generation Mantra from Völkl has been entirely redesigned. The structure has changed with the inclusion of a Titanal frame all round the ski instead of the traditional plates inserted in the core.

Given the large number of questions we get about this, we'd like to remind you that Titanal is the trade name given to an aluminium based alloy with excellent mechanical properties. It has nothing... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.2
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Nordica Dobermann GSR RB FDT reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Giant slalom

The name Dobermann GSR RB FDT is a bit of a mouthful! We can easily guess that GSR stands for "Giant Slalom Race," and we know that RB stands for "Racing Bridge," but we are still trying to find out what FDT means, although it seems to be linked to the plate which, in this case, is the company's own "Recoil Power Plate.”

The ski performs well and is responsive. Edge hold is excellent, and the Dobermann GSR RB FDT has incredible grip throughout the turn, even at very high speed.

After singing... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.2
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Stöckli Stormrider 95 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain back

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Best Accessibility/Performance!

Voted "Best ski" last year, the Stormrider 95 lost a few slots this season in the milder snow conditions. It nonetheless remains a reference in this market segment.

The ski has effectively retained all of its qualities. Its behavior is remarkably reassuring both on and off the runs, and it is predictable and surprise free. It's incredibly easy to control and extremely simple to use.

Relatively... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.0
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Atomic Redster TR + X12 TL reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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

Reviewers' score
15.0
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Nordica Dobermann Spitfire TI FDT reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Easy Cruisers

The Doberman Spitfire TI FDT spits fire... Maybe a bit too much for this category where we're looking above all for accessible skis that beginners can handle.

The ski displays truly high-powered quality. Turn initiation, edge to edge, carving precision and stability are all very good. A "good carving ski", it's literally glued to the turn, even at high speed and doesn't mind being handled on edge.

Despite its many qualities, the Dobermann Spitfire TI FDT does not fit into the program as its too technical... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.9
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K2 iKonic 84 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Cruisers

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Best Accessibility!

The iKonic 84 from K2 exists in two relatively different versions: the iKonic 84 and the iKonic 84 Ti, which is stiffer. We reviewed the first version and were not disappointed.

The ski does exactly what it's supposed to for this category where the PROSKILAB guidelines demand consistent skis that combine performance, comfort and user-friendliness.

The iKonic 84 matches the criteria perfectly. While... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.7
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Rossignol Experience 94 TI reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain back

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Best Accessibility!

We've been reviewing Rossignol's Experience for many years now... Our reviewers have frequently criticized the skis for being too focused on the world of the groomers, with strongly shaped designs and radical tips.

In January 2018, Rossignol told us it had taken our comments into account (and no doubt those of other reviews too) when it presented us with the new Experience line with straighter shapes... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.5
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Nordica Enforcer 100 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain back

Another legendary ski, the PROSKILAB 2016 reviewers were extremely impressed by the Enforcer 100 from Nordica which has won a "Best ski" dist-pinction in the past.

The ski is frequently selected in the PROSKILAB review and continually does well but it lost a few places this year due to the arrival of new rivals (especially the Expérience 94 Ti) and softer snow conditions.

The trail/off-trail mix is still very well-balanced. The ski performs well on the groomers. With good flex distribution, the reviewers noted... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.4
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K2 Speed Charger reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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

Reviewers' score
14.4
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Dynastar Legend 88 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain front

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

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
14.3
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Head V-Shape 4 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Easy Cruisers

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Best performance!

PROSKILAB only reviews the very best skis on the market and so if the V-Shape 4 from Head is in last place, it's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and its score shows that the ski has real qualities.

It's a high performer but less forgiving than the other skis in this category, so it's not easy to do well in a programme that looks for user-friendliness above all.

The ski's overall... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.0
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Atomic Redster S9 + X12 TL reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Slalom

Objectively, the Redster S9 is a good ski, remarkably smooth and versatile. Testers thought it was easy to use, fun, and very predictable so it will give confidence to a lot of skiers. It is especially at ease when carving short turns.

However, the testers said that the ski was sluggish in very quick turns at high speed, which was one of the ski's limitations. Generally, the ski performs well, but its stiffness, edge grip, and rebound at the end of a turn are not as good as some of its rivals.

The ski performs more... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.0
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Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti (Konect) reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Cruisers

In 2018, the Speed Zone 12 Ti won the coveted PROSKILAB "Best Ski" award and scored very well in many other ski reviews as well. This year, it still holds a good position in our selection of the best skis on the market. However, it dropped a few spots in the rankings, probably due to the arrival of new competitors, softer snow conditions, and slight changes to the ski's structure (the Active Air Core wood core is lighter).

The ski’s main features are the same. It is well-balanced, smooth, and performs well. It... Read on

Reviewers' score
13.9
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Kästle RX12 GS reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Giant slalom

The RX12 GS from Kästle is a very good ski that excels at carving. It is really easy and fun to create big edge angles on this ski.

However, it does not fare as well in a Giant Slalom race course. The ski's radius is too short for GS turns. The flex is also not stiff enough and consequently performance suffers. When pushed, i.e., at high speeds on hard snow, it shows its limitations. Turn quality deteriorates and edge grip becomes less precise.

The RX12 GS is a good lively ski, but despite its "GS" label,... Read on

Reviewers' score
13.8
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Head Supershape I.Magnum reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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

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
13.4
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Head Monster 88 Ti reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain front

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

Reviewers' score
13.3
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Head V-Shape 8 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Cruisers

Relatively flexible, the V-Shape 8 is closer to an adaptive ski, lacking some of the agility needed for this category.

The ski is really enjoyable as long as you don't try to go too fast.
Light, smooth, gentle and accommodating, it will forgive errors and deliver great sensations.

However, when you step up the pace on hard pack and steep slopes, the ski quickly shows its limits. Grip is less solid and turns start to wobble.

The V-Shape 8 is a good ski with the accent on accessibility and comfort at moderate... Read on

Reviewers' score
13.3
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Nordica Enforcer 93 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain front

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

Reviewers' score
12.9
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Rossignol Hero Elite LT TI R22 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > Carvers

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.

Therefore,... 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

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Zag H-95 reviews 2019

Men's skis 2019 > All-Mountain back

Selected for the PROSKILAB review for several seasons now, the H-95 from ZAG is one of the best skis in this market segment. Unfortunately, the reviewers detected erratic behavior that was probably due to a technical preparation problem: unpredictable initiation, temperamental turn control, unreliable pressure...

As a result, we decided not to review the ski this year and to try again next year. As far as we know, the ski hasn't changed, and we suggest that our readers check out the PROSKILAB 2018 review and other 2019 reviews on... Read on