Cruisers 2018 ski reviews
They're ideal for intermediary to good skiers who want to make progress, or for experienced riders looking for pleasure over performance.
Following some difficult years, Dynastar is back in the spotlight with its excellent "Speedzone" products. After scoring very well last year in the ProSkiLab review, this year the Speedzone 10 Ti got a "Best ski" distinction. It offers a combination of especially interesting features. First and foremost, it's a high-performance ski that has serious sporting qualities: fast turn initiation, good... Read on
With 83 mm underfoot, the Scale Delta from Stöckli is extremely versatile. Its progressive flex and width at the waist mean that it performs well on all terrains. Snow contact is excellent. The ski couldn’t care less about choppy snow and cuts through irregular terrain like butter. After a few turns, you quickly realise that the Scale Delta responds to a touch and is incredibly tolerant and docile. Turn initiation... Read on
It's less efficient and less character, but more accessible than its cousin, the Speedzone 10 Ti. The Pursuit 800 Ti deserves its place among this selection of best skis on the market. In a category where we’re looking above all for consistency, the ski certainly fulfills its contract. Its accessibility, performance, comfort and versatility result in a well-balanced blend that will give a lot of enjoyment. It’s a one-quiver ski, incredibly tolerant and docile. The reviewers loved the easy, very intuitive carving that will help average... Read on
Nordica's GT 80 Ti really deserves its name. The ski scores high for its excellent sports qualities, especially for carving/slideslips, but unfortunately lacks the versatility needed to get to the top of this category where we’re looking, above all, for consistency. It's well behaved overall with great stability, including at high speed and on hard pack, with solid pressure for big looping curves. Turn performance is excellent and exiting turns is a doddle, with great rebound. On the other hand, the ski is less happy in short turns... Read on
Völkl‘s RTM 81 puts the focus squarely on performance, especially high speed and long turns where it excels. It’s an energetic, even aggressive ski, which requires engagement and a forward position to be handled correctly. It’s slightly less happy in short turns where the rider has to show some stamina, not helped by a rather flexible tail and rebound that lacks energy. The RTM 81 is great for good to very good sporty riders who love long turns and riding fast without necessarily wanting to invest in a ski that’s too... Read on
Not far from the tenors in the category in our selection of the best skis on the market, the iKonic 80ti from K2 comes away with honours. The reviewers were impressed by its agility and accessibility. lt’s remarkably easy to use and riders will get a handle on it immediately. The ski scores well for its comfort. The way it cushions the terrain is astonishing and the ski can be steered with very little physical engagement. Very docile, it responds to a touch, and turn entry in particular is very easy. The reviewers regretted a certain lack... Read on