High performance carvers 2018 ski reviews
In this High Performance Carvers category, we ask the suppliers to send us skis designed for speed and slicing clean arcs, but less technical and specialised than race-oriented skis. Perfectly happy in this category, the Laser SC from Stöckli is as good as this year's best on the market. The model stood out for its overall performance and its consistent, reassuring behaviour. However, it got top marks mainly for its... Read on
Less energetic than the Laser SC and less precise than the Elite LT Ti, the Zone 12 from Dynastar stands out for its exhilarating performance and consistent behaviour. Very happy in all types of turn, the ski is well balanced, with flex distribution that requires a certain degree of physical engagement and technical know-how. The ski enters the turn with ease, grip is excellent, pressure is solid and reliable and the... Read on
Voted "Best Ski" in 2017, the Rossignol Elite LT Ti continues to stand out, this year taking third place as well as the "Best performance" medal. Like last year, its the perfect ski for this programme, distinctive for its overall behaviour and, above all, its precision turns, sliced with a scalpel. In long turns, its behaviour is similar to a giant ski, and we have the impression that were "on a rail track" according... Read on
Slightly disappointing performance-wise (unfortunately tested too short), the K2 Speed Charger is still a ski that the PROSKILAB reviewers enjoyed immensely, as it is both extremely consistent and accessible. Its happy in all circumstances at reasonable speeds, easily alternating between skids and carves in all types of turn. Turn initiation is simple and you just need to lean a little for effortless carving. Unfortunately,... Read on
Elan's Amphibio 16 Ti2 compensates for a slight lack of performance by its great consistency and remarkable user-friendliness. The reviewers liked the fact that they were instantly in control and that the ski was so docile. "Its simple, the ski does everything very easily" one of the reviewers said during the PROSKILAB feedback meeting. Its behaviour is very consistent at all times, including at high speeds when the Amphibio is extremely reassuring. The testers also appreciated the skis consistency which was "enjoyable underfoot", and alternates... Read on
The Supershape i.Magnum is very much a short turn ski, an area it excels in thanks to the fast edge to edge transfer, easy turn initiation, good bite and lively rebound. However, the ski is far less happy when we try to extend the turns. Its a good tool for riders looking for a slalom ski that will rip down the slopes in very dynamic short turns.
Dont forget that ProSkiLab reviews a selection of the best skis on the market. This means that excellent skis can sometimes finish last. That's what happened to the Racetiger RC from Völkl, that has great qualities but was somewhat too "underpowered" to do well in this category. Despite its consistent and reassuring behaviour, the ski is flexible and lacks responsiveness and bite. Its still an excellent ski that would probably have done better in the "Top-of-the-Range" category. Its a good choice for average to good riders looking for a ski... Read on