Slalom 2018 ski reviews
In our selection of the best skis currently on the market, Nordicas Dobermann SLR Evo rates high for its highly athletic qualities. It's a true slalom ski, extremely incisive and able to kick back a lot of energy at the end of a turn. Well handled, you can link turns at devilish speed... as long as youre careful to dose the pressure, otherwise youll find yourself coming a cropper from the powerful momentum. This... Read on
Weve been reviewing the SLX and GSX from Elan for several years and each time its always just as enjoyable. Thats because the brand has managed to get not only the right dose of sportiness and performance in its products, but also enough friskiness to make the skis great fun to use. Like the GSX in the Giant category, the SLX stands out for its incisive and playful character. Youll get great performance, with fast turn initiation, excellent hold in turns, good grip and powerful momentum. A short-turn ski, its still very happy in longer... Read on
Tested this year with the "general public" "Konect" plates rather than the R21 competition plates, the Hero Elite ST Ti from Rossignol did very well. True, it lost the "Best ski" distinction it got last year with the competition plate due to a decline in performance, but it made up for this with its remarkable user-friendliness and exceptional comfort for a slalom ski. The ski is very consistent, quite flexible (but relatively... Read on
Reviewed this year without its R21 racing plate (that it had last year), the Speedzone 16 Ti from Dynastar, like the Rossignol, lost some of its performance whilst gaining in user-friendliness and comfort. The ski has nonetheless retained its slalom qualities with excellent overall performance, fantastic grip and strong character. The Speedzone 16 will bend easily and anchors turns extremely well. On the other hand, you... Read on
A good ski overall, but the WC Rebels i.SL suffers from a slight lack of performance compared to its more race-oriented rivals. The ski is very flexible for this category and has real qualities in terms of comfort and accessibility. While it's globally efficient, it struggles a little when pushed to its limits. At very high speed on hard pack, it's difficult to anchor correctly and hard to keep up the pressure. The reviewers were a bit disappointed by an overall lack of energy, especially the lack of momentum coming out of turns.
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