The 2017 ski season brings some minor tweaks to the best skis on the market, and
some new game changing skis as well. We get to ski on snow demos at Stratton and
Okemo in Vermont,
Copper Mountain Colorado,
and SkiWelt in Austria. Here is our
review of awesome new skis and many favorites back
with a change in font or graphics for 2017 for men (or unisex skis for gals who
rip men’s skis):
Rossignol's Super 77HD is 116-millimeters with a rocker tip and
honeycomb technology that makes it float yet respond fast to quick turns.
Rossignol Experience 100Ti is fun and fast, just the right
amount of metal for high speed cruising on soft snow, taking the place of the
much revered Rossignol's Experience 98 - too bad about Rossi's boring
color block graphics (snooze).
Rossi's Experience 88s have long been a top on our tester but
now their "less wimpy" with an additional metal layer. Great front side ski, no
wonder all the ski instructor are on them.
Rossi’s new Pursuit 800 is a carver with a playful freeride
side, borrowing characteristics from Rossignol’s park and ride skis. Final note
on teh top sheet design,
Rossi - bump up your cosmetic styling, maybe bring back the Rossi Rooster
Monsieur Le Coq.
Nordica Enforcer 100 gets high marks for all conditions. With a
100mm waist, this ski likes everything, leaves everyone behind too, stable at
speeds, great in deeper snow and spring slush. We have said
it before, bears repeating -Nordica is no longer just a ski boot fleet.
Nordica Patron at 113 under foot is bold and beautiful, take
note of the cool graphic. Its balanced with the right shot of Tequila, Patron
joke, to be playful, but still stable and quick in the trees and occasional
bumps. Nordica’s ladies ski line up is a winner too, with Nordica Santa Ana
Nordica Wild Belle sweeping women of their feet.
Blizzard keeps bringing strong like bull but fun like the
running of the bull in Spain kind of skis, the graphics are winning
too. Blizzard Peacemaker is all new with the bull graphic and a no
bull ski style, strong on cord, but competent cruising powder too for 104 mm
under foot. Blizzard Cochise 108 is bullish on powder, but still an aggressive ski
on groomers and crud, with red bull’s eyes. Blizzard’s Bonafide 98 now has quattro for a smoother more tapered bull
ride– more versatile
but still super playful if you like a full quiver ski. Blizzard Quattro 85 is a great groomer ski, back to the ski
race basics with a fun flair, based off the popular
Blizzard Magnum series.
Volkl Confession at 117 is stable at high speed but soft
enough to plow the pow.
Volkl 100Eight is a faster fun version of the Volkl Mantra, its floaty
and fun, but performs well in mixed snow and sprign slush. Only thing missing is
a cool top sheet -what with all the grammar school color blocking.
Volkl 90Eight, gets a A+ or a 98 in our exam, with a wood core and camber for extra
pop despite its wide 133 tip. Volkl RTMS 84 is still a favorite for the front side,
light, quick and responsive like a race ski should be only designed to “Ride The
Mountain” per its acronym.
Atomic’s Vantage ski line did not do it for our testers
this year. Floaty, not fabulous at anything. .
Head Monster 98 and 83 are built with graphene to be smooth but
strong as an all terrain ski. Head iSupershape Titans are still one of our fave race ski
prototypes – fast, unforgiving but so responsive, the kind of ski Teg Ligety
would take out to play - hence his sponsorship.
Salomon X Drive 8.8 was a big Xfactor surprise for our
tester, he loved the responsive care and stability at speeds.
But remember, the best ski for you is the one you like - at the best ski price
you can find at your favorite ski shop. We recommend you demo skis on snow it
you have the chance. Just be warned: free ski demos can be costly to you when
you fall in love with your new fall line boards.