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Men's Intermediate ski reviews 2017

In this category, we select skis that can help weaker riders to make technical progress. We look for skis that are extremely tolerant of errors of balance, are consistent and reassuring in a beginner's stance, ensure easy turn initiation, smooth skid turns and snowplough, while helping riders to progress towards slice turns or even carving at intermediary speeds.

These skis are ideal for intermediate riders who are mastering skid turns and want to make more technical progress toward carving turns.
Reviewers' score


The Speed Zone 7 from Dynastar offers a perfect match for the demands of the PROSKILAB "Intermediate cruisers" programme. Riders with the weakest technical skills will enjoy this ski. Its easy rotation and turn entry, the consistency of skid turns, and its forgiveness of mistakes in positioning or pressure make it a particularly reassuring model for beginners.

In addition, it can help skiers to make technical progress. There's a natural transition to slide turns and then carving. Grip and turn hold remain good when the pace is stepped up.

The quality of the snow contact and its docile behaviour make it an extremely agreeable ski that will give a lot of enjoyment.

A flexible... Read on

Reviewers' score


In this category, we're looking for skis that will help riders make progress from their early steps (snowplough and skid turns) to more technical rides. The skis therefore need to be very accessible, with easy rotation, reassuring and consistent in skid turns, and requiring little physical engagement. They should also be able to retain their grip and stability at a faster pace, end ensure the transition to carving or even carved turns.

The Pursuit 600 Basalt unfortunately does not have what it takes to fulfill the first part of the contract. A very (too) good performer and relatively stiff for this category, it's not accessible enough for less technically skilled riders. In particular, the ski... Read on

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The Amphibio 80 ti is notable for its overall facility and consistent performance, judged excellent by the reviewers. The ski is very versatile and is happy in all types of ride and turn.

It's very user-friendly, even if it performs less well than the Speed Zone 7... The ski is intuitive and requires little technical prowess; it's extremely reassuring for intermediate riders. Turn entry is very easy,... Read on

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The Strong Instinct Ti from Head immediately stands out as a ski adapted to the weakest levels. The ski enters turns easily, skid turns are very consistent and reassuring and its tail helps produce successful parallel turns after a snowplough opening. It's brilliant for beginners and fair to middling riders.

In addition, the ski is extremely comfortable and requires little physical engagement. Highly versatile,... Read on

Reviewers' score

A good ski, the Rc Ca from Blizzard significantly lacks the accessibility required to do well in this category.

The model is effectively far more demanding than its rivals. The reviewers particularly regretted the stiff tail that hampered the ski's rotation in skids at slower speeds, and had a strong impact on the ski's accessibility for beginners and average riders.

The ski is globally efficient... Read on