James Stewart


James Stewart was a tester with us last year, and we’re psyched to have him back for another go-round. Having only skied for 4 years, James has a unique perspective on the sport of skiing. We sometimes get pigeon-holed in our view here, so it’s nice to get some fresh eyes on the sport and on some of the product that we test. He learned to ski at Okemo, and these days prefers to ski in the woods on his Nordica Patron skis. Averaging about 60 days per year, James is continually honing his craft. His other hobbies include bikes, and that’s about it. Mike Thomas, from Pinnacle Ski and Sports, is his favorite skier, and he lists his most important piece of gear to be his buff. Hard to argue if you’ve ever had a cold face. He lists a goldfish as the animal that he would like to be, and we’re not quite sure why—probably because you get the run of the fishbowl?

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Skis Tested

2019 Volkl Deacon 76 Skis

2019 Volkl Deacon 76 Ski Image
Dimensions: 122/76/103 mm at 176 cm Radius: 18.3 m at 176 cm Lengths: 171, 176, 181 cm

2019 Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti Skis

2019 Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti Ski Image
Dimensions: 130/78/110 mm at 174 cm Radius: 14 m at 174 cm Lengths: 160, 167, 174, 181 cm

2019 Nordica Soul Rider 87 Skis

2019 Nordica Soul Rider 87 Skis
Dimensions: 124/87/114 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185 cm

2019 Nordica Soul Rider 97 Skis

2019 Nordica Soul Rider 97 Skis
Dimensions: 134/97/124 mm at 177 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 177 cm Lengths: 169, 177, 185 cm

2019 Liberty Origin 90 Skis

2019 Liberty Origin 90 Ski Image 2
Dimensions: 126/90/112 mm at 172 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 172 cm Lengths: 164, 172, 179, 186 cm

2019 Kastle MX 84 Skis

2019 Kastle MX 84 Ski Image
Dimensions: 128/84/112 mm at 180 cm Radius: 16.3 m at 180 cm Lengths: 152, 160, 168, 176, 184 cm

2019 K2 Pinnacle 95 Ti Skis

2019 K2 Pinnacle 95 Ski Image
Dimensions: 132/95/115 mm at 184 cm Radius: 17 m at 184 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2019 Head Kore 93 Skis

2019 Head Kore 93 Ski Image
Dimensions: 133/93/115 mm at 180 cm Radius: 16.4 m at 180 cm Lengths: 153, 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

2019 Head Kore 99 Skis

2019 Head Kore 99 Ski Image
Dimensions: 134/99/120 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17 m at 180 cm Lengths: 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

2019 Fischer Ranger 102 FR Skis

2019 Fischer Ranger 102 FR Ski Image
Dimensions: 136/102/126 mm at 177 cm Radius: 18 m at 177 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 Elan Ripstick 96 Skis

2019 Elan Ripstick 96 Ski Image
Dimensions: 134/96/113 mm at 181 cm Radius: 18 m at 181 cm Lengths: 167, 174, 181, 188 cm

2019 Elan Ripstick 86 Skis

2019 Elan Ripstick 86 Ski Image
Dimensions: 128/86/108 mm at 177 cm Radius: 17.6 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 Dynastar Legend X 84 Skis

2019 Dynastar Legend X 84 Ski Image
Dimensions: 123/84/106 mm at 177 cm Radius: 17 m at 177 cm Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 Dynastar Legend X 88 Skis

2019 Dynastar Legend X 88 Ski Image
Dimensions: 125/88/109 mm at 180 cm Radius: 18 m at 180 cm Lengths: 166, 173, 180, 186 cm

2019 DPS Cassiar 87.2 Alchemist Skis

2019 DPS Cassiar 87 Alchemist Ski Image
Dimensions: 127/87/108 mm at 189 cm Radius: 19 m at 189 cm Lengths: 165, 171, 178, 184, 189 cm

2019 Blizzard Brahma Skis

2019 Blizzard Brahma Skis
Dimensions: 127/88/111 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17 m at 180 cm Lengths: 166, 173, 180, 187 cm

2019 Blizzard Firebird Comp Skis

2019 Blizzard Firebird Comp Skis
Dimensions: 121.5/70/104 mm at 172 cm Radius: 14.5 m at 172 cm Lengths: 154, 160, 166, 172, 178 cm

2019 Blizzard Firebird WRC Skis

2019 Blizzard Firebird WRC Skis
Dimensions: 121.5/70/104 mm at 172 cm Radius: 14.5 m at 172 cm Lengths: 154, 160, 166, 172, 178 cm