Women's ski reviews 2019
The Speed Elite from Dynastar got this year's "Best ski 2019" award for this category.
The ski is clearly designed for performance and its short radius (13m) makes it hard to hide its slalom origins. It's great in all areas, including at high speed. Turn initiation is incisive, with rapid edge to edge, great stability in turns and fantastic punch at the end of turns, making it a very energetic... Read on
The Endless Luv is a great surprise from K2. "Easy, simple and comfortable", the ski won over several of the PROSKILAB reviewers. As is often the case with K2, the ski stands out for its balanced flex, its very adaptable character and the judicious balance between smoothness, comfort and user-friendliness.
This "very easy to handle" ski is especially docile and reassuring, and accessible... Read on
The Famous 10 from Rossignol offers an excellent compromise between performance and comfort.
Overall performance is excellent and the ski is made for carving.
Its behaviour is consistent in all situations and the ski is "easy to understand" and "easy to get to grips with" as the PROSKILAB reviewers put it. They particularly liked the ski’s capacity to alternate relaxed skid turns with more aggressive carve turns. The combination of performance, comfort and reliability made it extremely enjoyable. It’s... Read on
The PROSKILAB reviewers were surprised by the excellent all-mountain skis in K2's Pinnacle series, which stood out for their great compromise between facility and performance.
In this "women's all mountain" category, the All-LUvit 88 shines in the same way thanks to its balance and adaptability.
The ski is happy on all terrains. On the piste, it's remarkable for its overall... Read on
Völkl's reputation for all mountain skis is well established. The brand has been at the forefront of the market for several years with products that are benchmarks, like the Mantra or the Kendo for men.
Unlike the brand's best sellers for men, which are geared more towards performance, the Yumi is extremely user-friendly.
The ski is especially happy on the piste. With smooth turn... Read on
"Best ski" last year, the Stormrider 85 from Stöckli remains at the top of the market like its big brothers in the men's categories.
The Stormrider 85 stands out on the piste for its excellent grip and outstanding stability. The ski responds powerfully and fast and is comfortable in all areas.
Off-piste, the reviewers liked the ski's ability to cut through tricky snow, to ride... Read on
The Super Joy from Head is a consistent ski that performs well and is happy in all types of ride, including at high speed. The ski is very responsive.
The reviewers felt that it didn't absorb uneven terrain as well as some models, making the ride uncomfortable on bumpy surfaces. It's a high-performing ski that demands a little technical skill.
The Super Joy is a great ski for good to very good riders looking for a model that's both efficient and reliable.
The Kaya Pro from Roxy is an exceptionally user-friendly ski.
It's very "easy to ski", forgiving and enjoyable. The reviewers particularly liked the fact that the ski is "without limits" and yet needs little engagement.
It's also a ski that will help riders to make progress. You can cruise along with skid turns and gradually move on to more technical rides... up to a certain... Read on
The Cloud 12 from Atomic offers amazing performance but falls short when it comes to versatility and accessibility.
The ski is extremely happy at high speed, carving smooth long arcs, its area of predilection, where the ski is incredibly grippy and stable and riders can fearlessly adopt serious angles to carve momentous long turns. The Cloud 12 is an excellent ski for making swooping arcs on the piste at high speed.
On the other hand, once out of its favourite programme, it becomes more demanding. It's difficult to vary... Read on
The Vertis Birdie, with its Freeride DNA, is a perfect match for the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category.
Despite its 85 mm at the waist, the ski can't hide its origins and is particularly comfortable off-piste. The reviewers were full of praise for its fantastic accessibility. Riders who want to discover the joys of the powder without having a stick that's too wide underfoot will simply love it. It behaves well in the crud and float is very good for the size underfoot.
On the groomed runs, the ski is not very incisive... Read on
With an impressive 98 mm underfoot, the Great Joy goes way beyond the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category.
This no-surprise freeride-style ski behaves well off-piste and has excellent float in powder.
Its behaviour on the groomed runs is fine, and the PROSKILAB reviewers especially liked the easy turn initiation and stability in long turns at high speed.
On the other hand, the reviewers regretted a lack of agility and a certain inertia. The ski turns well but kicks back little energy. It's demanding and needs... Read on
The Santa Ana 93 is the narrowest in the Santa Ana all-mountain and freeski line.
On the groomed runs, the ski was notable for its liveliness and the grip provided by the ski's tail as long as you don't ride it too far forward.
Off the beaten track, the ski performs well thanks to the comfortable width underfoot.
The reviewers found the ski soft at the tip and stiff in the tail, which meant that riders need time to adapt to it, and need to find the right positioning. While the stiff tail boosts grip,... Read on