The Rossi 7 Series is packed with high performing skis. Our
tester loved the Soul 7's 109 in deep snow but also ripping
arcs on hard pack, 106 under foot with a rocker tip and
honeycomb technology that makes it float but also respond fast to turning -
perfect for hard charging powder days like we had testing these skis at Mt
Bachelor Oregon from the wide open summit to the glades soaked in fresh snow.
Rossi Super 7 has a big 116 waist, and the fattest of the fleet
- Rossi Squad 7 is 120mm.
Rossignol's Experience 98 is still a top ski for us, but new for
2015 enter the Rossignol Experience 100 for high speed cruising
on soft snow. This big mountain ski carves like butter on groomers and even
harder surfaces. Rossi's 88s and 84s are top on our testers' list for front side
fun fantastic performing skis. If you haven't experienced the Rossi Experience
line, try it, you might like it. Not eto Rossignol, time to brign teh Rossi
Rooster back - the Cock rocks.
Volkl RTM 81, code for Ride the Mountain, are still our fan
favorite with a full rocker but metal reinforced that just loves to rip, grip
and go fast. For a slightly fatter more forgiving ski, the Volkl Kendo,
sounds like Ken Doll - perhaps they should launch a ladies Volkl Barbie, the
Kendo is a better blend of on and off piste performance with a 89 millimeter
Nordica ElCapo and Nordica Soul Rider are
excellent midsized skis with plenty of precision and rebound, from the famous
ski boot maker. Nordica's extensive collection of skis also now includes the
Nordica NRGy, aka energy, with 100-millimeters this is a big
mountain ski for all conditions from crud to corn to deep. The Soul Rider is a
center mounted twin tip - a playful take on Nordica's fleet that loves bumps and
big wide-open cruising, and spraying your followers with freshies. For a fun
free ride ski, the Nordica Patron and Nordica
Helldorado boast great names and big waists a 113 each - these big bad
boys are well balanced with cool black graphics.
Blizzard Bonafide 98 for 2015, like the Blizzard
Cochise 108, are the all mountain ski based on the popular performance
Blizzard Magnum series. This Bonafide 98 with the trademark Bull on the tip is
bold in big snow and mixed conditions. The Cochise, also with Taurus emblazoned
tips, requires a bit more focus, not as carefree as the Bonafide - but these are
both powerful bullish skis. Blizzard Bodacious at 118 is the
big fat bull in the powder room, not for the shy skier.
Atomic’s Ritual 103 has been tweaked or 2015 with a single
sheet of metal in a backbone shape, making it quick but stiff. For a more race
performance Atomic ski, after all - this is where the Austrians ski maker
shines, the Atomic Crimson 86 remains at the top of its game for cruising,
carving and cutting across the slopes like a ski team champ.
Head iSupershape Titan retains the revered race ski tradition
with a fast unforgiving carving ski. This ski is snappy and responsive, holds
the snow and hard pack like Ted Ligety - hence the sponsorship. But this is not
the board to be on if your hung-over, you need to be Head's up. These attention
seeking Austrian skis are intense, as are the slightly wider Head Rev 85
Pro which are a bit more relaxed... like a 7 instead of a 9. head's ski
graphics are very throwback 80s red and blue color block - boring - but a bold
race standard nonetheless.
For men's Salomon skis, The Salomon Q Lab 138, and the
Salomon X Drive 88, were not a big with our tester. Too light and not
responsive were the comments. Similarly K2 didn't grab us, but we have yet to
sample the new 2015 K2 Shreditor series which includes the K2 Shreditor
92, 112 and the K2 Shreditor 120 Sean Petit series is
sure to plow through pow like a free ski big mountain pro. The graphics on these
K2s are catchy and colorful too, so stay tuned for that review.