Women's 2018 ski reviews
In this "Female Top-of-the-Range" category, we’re looking above all for consistent skis that combine performance, accessibility, comfort and versatility. The one-quiver skis stand out for their clever compromises. The Luv Sick 80 Ti performs well in all areas, with emphasis squarely on performance. Not content to meet the demanding criteria perfectly, the Luv sick 80 Ti has added a few extras that the... Read on
We've been keeping an eye on the remarkable progress Stöckli has made with its all mountain models for several seasons now. This year, the Swiss brand carries off the "best ski" awards in these categories, with a special mention for the excellent Stormrider 85. Easy to handle and tolerant, it responds to a touch and is extremely forgiving. Its versatility got warm praise from the reviewers: the ski... Read on
Performing a little less well than the Stormrider 85, but just as enjoyable, the Astral from Nordica scored well for its extreme user-friendliness and exceptional fun on the piste. You’re immediately on top of it and need very little time to adapt. Simple to use, not to say intuitive, the ski steers at a touch with very little technical or physical skill. Above all, the Astral is a very playful ski, which enters... Read on
The PROSKILAB reviewers came back after riding the Famous 10 by Rossignol with an enormous smile on their faces! The ski is an incredible performer, especially in turns where it really excels. It’s a very versatile model that can vary turn radius and style. But it’s mainly the playful and dynamic behaviour that sets it apart from its rivals and that riders will love, at least, as long as they’re willing... Read on
Elan’s Insomnia is certainly not a model you’ll fall asleep on. The ski is globally efficient, especially in long turns, where its lively and precise. The reviewers loved its strong and relatively high-sprung character. In terms of comfort, there’s nothing more to say: the ski cushions the terrain well and doesn’t require much physical engagement. The stiff tail makes it quite demanding though and requires careful positioning, which makes it less accessible and stopped it from getting to the top of the podium. The Insomnia... Read on
Incredibly accessible, easy to handle and to enter turns, very happy in skid turns, the Ripstick 86 W is a model that requires little physical engagement or technical prowess. Its behaviour off-piste is very good. The ski is docile and easy to handle, even in choppy snow. On piste, it’s a bit more challenging at high speed. The stiff tail tends to hamper it to some extent. It’s the ideal ski to discover the joys of virgin slopes with little experience and to begin exploring off-piste.
The SKi W's from Scott has the same qualities as its peer designed for men. It’s a relatively springy ski with progressive flex. The reviewers liked its accessibility, its overall behaviour, its great agility and fluidity on soft snow. The tip tends to bend slightly in chopped up crud, but it’s the price for its user-friendliness. Its flexibility means that the ski should not be chosen too short. The size of the model reviewed (160cm for 165cm requested) meant that it was judged insufficient by many of the reviewers. The Ski W's... Read on
The reviewers found the Legend 88 to be globally well behaved, especially on the piste. However, they felt it lacked responsiveness on the groomed runs, and stability and smoothness on challenging terrains, probably due to its relative flexibility.
The Epic Joy by Head has obviously put the emphasis on lightness, an important factor for ladies' skis. The ski is incredibly light underfoot. Very easy in turn initiation, happy in skid turns, it’s really easy to steer until you reach medium speeds. At full throttle, especially on hard pack, it slows down. The ski loses its stability, pressure is less consistent, and it's a lot more challenging to steer.
The Epic Joy is a good early stage ski that would certainly have shined in our old "Intermediate women's cruisers"... Read on
Rossignol’s Temptation 88 HD proved too demanding to do well in this category where we’re looking for a good compromise between grip and the capacity to cut through crud, accessibility and comfort. On the whole, the ski performs well, especially carving on the piste. However, the reviewers found it very stiff and hard to bend, and it requires physical and technical prowess to be exploited correctly. Rossignol’s target is expert riders... and we agree! Recommended for heavier, athletic riders with good technical skills.
Tested a bit short in this category (156cm for 165cm requested), the Sentra SL7 Ti Evo is an excellent touring ski, but unfortunately is not versatile/nimble enough to do well in this Top-of-the-Range Female category. The ski is amazingly simple to use, consistent in skid turns, and rotation is a piece of cake. On the other hand, it’s a lot more challenging when we step up the pace: it loses its stability and pressure when you increase the speed and doesn’t particularly enjoy carving. We recommend this ski for good riders looking for... Read on