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Men's Freeride touring ski reviews 2020


The skis in the “Freeride touring” category are selected for a mixed piste/freeride programme, and are light enough to be mounted with touring bindings. The skis are halfway between freeride or all-mountain skis, designed for descent performance, and touring skis that are narrower and very light, perfect for ascents.

Designed with uphill glides on skins in mind (more or less ambitious depending on their weight) to extend the scope of freeride exploration, they are still great fun in descent skiing. The review criteria are the same as for all mountain/freeride skis, as is the weight, the main performance yardstick for gliding uphill. The skis are relatively wide (from 92 to 100 mm underfoot) to give good float in the powder and fluidity in spring snow. The shape is similar to that of All-mountain skis, but they're far lighter (between 1300 gr and 1900 gr for the ski alone).
Reviewers' score
17.5
BEST SKI

BEST SKI

Already much noticed during the pre-tests, the Mantra V.Werks quickly won over the Proskilab reviewers. To put it bluntly, the "V.Werks" version has nothing to do with the classic version of the Mantra "M5" reviewed last year and renewed by the brand this year. The edge lines, construction, weight and behaviour are very different. It must be said that the Mantra V.Werks is a unique ski on the market.

First... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.8
AWARD

AWARD

Well known to the Proskilab reviewers, the Wayback 96 at K2 remains at the best level and is confirmed as a reference in the market.

The ski was unanimously appreciated for its accessibility. "Easy to handle", the Wayback 96 is particularly docile on all types of terrain and "turns in all conditions". It is also a ski on which you can enjoy yourself quickly and easily without having to deploy... Read on

Reviewers' score
15.3
AWARD

AWARD

The QST 99 ("Quest" 99) from Solomon fulfilled its contract as a good all-mountain ski.

A "pleasant and efficient ski", the QST 99 is versatile and comfortable on all terrains. The reviewers appreciated a ski that was overall "easy" and "balanced".

On-piste, the reviewers noticed the behaviour of the QST 99, which was considered "sound". Despite its 99... Read on

Reviewers' score
14.2

The Ripstick 96 from Elan is well known and appreciated by the Proskilab reviewers.

The ski is always "easy and pleasant" off-piste. It "floats straight away" in powder snow, pivots well in all conditions, including in the more difficult types of snow. Transitioning to choppy snow is good. It's a real treat in 20 centimetres of fresh snow.

On the piste, its behaviour is good.... Read on

Reviewers' score
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A problem with the skis provided for testing by Kästle prevented us from properly reviewing the ski, so it has not been rated this year.