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2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

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Ski season is right around the corner and that means it's time for our 2020 Ski Comparison articles! Here at SkiEssentials.com, we're all about determining what the right ski is for you. Through our in-depth reviews on Chairlift to the 2020 Ski Test Results and now these 2020 Comparison articles, we give you more information to help you choose the right ski than anyone else in the industry. Still aren't finding the information you're looking for? Just pick up the phone and give us a call or leave us a comment. Our motto of "Gear For Skiers By Skiers" isn't just a gimmick. When you contact us with a question, an avid skier is reading it and providing a response. These skis are listed in alphabetical order. We don't believe any one of these skis is necessarily better than another, rather they all correspond to a slightly different skier or skiing style. This Comparison series will run through the fall covering everything from frontside carvers to powder skis, so keep your eyes open for more to come!

AT A GLANCE


2020 Atomic Vantage 90 Ti



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161, 169, 176, 184 cm

18.4 m at 176 cm

127.5 / 90 / 114 mm

Titanium Mesh

Lightweight, Responsive, Energetic


Overview:

We're kicking it off with the Atomic Vantage 90 Ti! Atomic's offering to this category is one of the lightest of the bunch, and also one of the stiffest. We've talked about it plenty before, but when a ski is both lightweight and stiff, it gives it a very responsive feel. This ski is largely unchanged for the 2020 model year, although Atomic made some slight changes to the flex in the tail of the ski. That's given the ski a smoother overall feel, while still reacting to skier input very quickly. The previous version, at times, felt somewhat unforgiving because of the stiff tail, while this new version allows for easier tail edge release. Although it doesn't use much rocker or early taper, the light swing weight increases its ability in off-piste situations and also makes it less fatiguing to through around. Overall, it's still a very responsive, very precise, and very lightweight all-mountain ski.

Who it's For:

Advanced skiers who spend most of their time on groomers and value precision, responsiveness, and a lightweight ski, but still want some versatility too. It's less fatiguing than heavier skis, so a good choice if you've been worn out by skis with 2 sheets of metal in the past.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Blizzard Brahma 88



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166, 173, 180, 187 cm

19 m at 187 cm

127 / 88 / 111 mm

Wood / Metal / Carbon

Strong, Powerful, Damp


Overview:

The Brahma 88 has become a staple in this category, especially for those who like a traditional construction with plenty of power and stability. Blizzard essentially uses race construction in the Brahma with a full wood core sandwiched between two sheets of titanal. They also add in bi-directional carbon fiber to increase edge grip and responsiveness out of a turn. It is, however, not nearly as light as the Vantage 90 Ti, which makes it more tiring to ski. It's not for the feint of heart; the Brahma 88 prefers to be driven and loves high speeds. It prefers to plow through un-groomed snow conditions and variable terrain rather than hop and play over or wiggle through it, which a lot of aggressive skiers will enjoy. The Brahma 88 has no speed limit, but it's also fairly demanding. It holds an edge very well, tracks through anything, has that ultra-stable Austrian feel, but it's not necessarily a relaxing skiing experience.

Who it's For:

Former racers, high speed enthusiasts, and overall aggressive skiers who want a powerful all-mountain ski that will lay trenches. Danger-lovers, thrill-seekers, adrenaline-junkies… the list goes on.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Blizzard Rustler 9



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164, 172, 180, 188cm

18.5 m at 188 cm

128 / 94 / 117.5

Wood w/ Titanal Backbone

Versatile, Playful


Overview:

The Rustler 9 is arguably the most freeride-inspired ski in this group we've put together. Unlike the Brahma 88, it only uses partial metal, uni-directional carbon, and has significantly more rocker in both the tip and the tail of the ski. The Brahma 88 has that endless stability, but the Rustler 9 has lots of snap, pop, and energy. It also releases its tail edge much more easily and will make skidding, slashing, and smearing turns with ease. On the other hand, it will still carve a turn nicely and hold an edge well, it just doesn't have that race-level on trail performance as its narrower, more serious brother. It's a blast in the trees and moguls and loves to find little hits on the side of the trail to play around on. It's kind of like the offspring of a Brahma and a Regulator. In fact, we've even seen some skiers playing around on a Rustler 9 in the terrain park.

Who it's For:

The playful, freeride-inspired, all-mountain skier that doesn't want a noodle of a ski on their feet. Adventurous skiers who like to find a way to play everywhere on the mountain, but don't want to completely sacrifice carving performance.

AT A GLANCE


2020 DPS Cassiar A87 C2



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165, 171, 178, 184, 189 cm

18 m at 178 cm

126 / 87 / 107 mm

Carbon Fiber

Lightweight, Nimble


Overview:

The Cassiar A 87 C2 is a unique ski in this group of skis both due to its construction and its price tag. Sure, it's over $1000, but with that you're getting vibration-tuned aerospace grade carbon fiber (Alchemist construction) and tremendous performance. The Cassiar A 87 C2 is super lightweight and really flickable. While it's not as pronounced as some of DPS' wider skis, it still uses quite a bit of tip and tail rocker and early taper, especially among other skis in this list. This shape combined with its light weight makes it extremely easy to maneuver through tight spots and tricky terrain. When you open it up on the groomers, it might not have the pure power or stability of metal, but the edge grip and responsiveness when linking carving turns is downright impressive considering the weight. The Alchemist construction provides solid edge grip despite the tapered shape. It's an impressive feat to make a ski that feels this maneuverable, but still can hang with heavier skis on the groomers.

Who it's For:

Skiers who are looking for a relatively even mix of performance characteristics in a ski with a high-end feel. We're not big fans of the "one-ski-quiver" title, but this is a ski that could be described as such.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Dynastar Legend X 88



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166, 173, 180, 186 cm

18 m at 180 cm

125 / 88 / 109 mm

Wood / Titanal

Powerful, Edge Release


Overview:

The Dynastar Legend X 88 isn't nearly as light as the Cassiar A 87, but that's because it uses two full sheets of titanal metal. It does, on the other hand, use a relatively similar shape with plenty of rocker and early taper. This gives it a unique placement among this list of skis. You get the maneuverability that comes along with this shape, but the power, stability, and vibration damping of metal. The Legend X 88 is also relatively stiff, so despite it having a shorter effective edge, it doesn't lack any significant edge grip. That shorter effective edge makes turn initiation a little easier than on skis with extended sidecut, both in terms of carving and skidding-style turns. Think of it as a ski that will charge down the fall line, but that you can also slash a quick turn on to dump speed. It's got the stability for speed and the ability for quick adjustments. Just be ready to give it some skier input, as the heavier weight doesn't have the same flickable feel as some of the lighter skis.

Who it's For:

Skiers who want versatile all-mountain performance, but want it with those two sheets of metal and a powerful feel. Basically, if you like skiing fast and like skiing the whole mountain, the Legend X 88 is awesome.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Elan Ripstick 88



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151, 158, 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

15.4 m at 172 cm

130 / 88 / 105 mm

Wood / Carbon Tubes

Lightweight, Fun Factor


Overview:

The Ripstick 88 shares a similar shape with the Legend X 88, but its construction is quite a bit different. Coming in at much lighter weight, the performance of the Ripstick 88 relies heavily on 3-dimensional carbon tubes running the full length of the ski. As we've found, this 3-dimensional application of carbon results in a different feel than the carbon laminates we're used to. The Ripstick 88 is lightweight, yet has impressive vibration damping. It mimics the feel of metal without the weight. You don't get quite the power, stability, or vibration dampness, partly due to it just being lighter, but it's quite impressive. On the other hand, the Ripstick 88 is far more playful and easier to maneuver than those heavier skis. It has a softer flex pattern than some of the skis in this list, but doesn't lack torsional stiffness. That means you can manipulate carving turn radius by getting the ski to flex into a shorter turn shape without it washing it out. It's really quite a lot of fun, which we think Elan would be psyched to hear, as fun is one of the main goals of their all-mountain skis.

Who it's For:

Glen Plake. Also, anyone who wants to feel like they have skis that will play and have fun no matter where you take them. Carving's fun, slashing's fun, throwing daffies in the moguls is fun.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Fischer Ranger 92 Ti



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171, 178, 185 cm

17 m at 178 cm

126 / 91 / 116 mm

Wood / Titanal / Carbon

Soft Snow Carve-ability


Overview:

Fischer has updated their Ranger collection for 2020 with longer metal laminates that integrate directly into their unique Carbon Nose design. This has given the Ranger 92 Ti a more stout feel overall, but without the weight that comes along with two full-length sheets of metal. Swing weight is noticeably lessened by the Carbon Nose, which also does a great job minimizing vibrations or any kind of tip flap. With its rockered and tapered shape, the forebody of the ski feels freeride-inspired and eats up softer snow conditions. The flatter tail helps you finish a carving turn nicely, so it's safe to say the Ranger 92 Ti is designed for those with a carving oriented approach to their all-mountain skiing (as opposed to smearing). For those leaning more towards the pivoting, smearing technique, Fischer now has a Ranger 94 FR that offers an overall similar skiing experience, although with less metal and a more turned up tail for a more playful feel.

Who it's For:

Those that seek out softer snow conditions and explore the whole mountain, but who also want a fairly stiff tail that will finish a turn well and can handle some speed and powerful skier input.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Head Kore 93



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153, 162, 171, 180, 189 cm

16.4 m at 180 cm

133 / 93 / 115 mm

Graphene / Koroyd / Carbon

Freeride Shape, Maneuverable


Overview:

We've often compared the shape of the Kore 93 to the Nordica Enforcer 93. As neither of those skis have changed for 2020, that's still a good way to think about it. The Kore 93, however, is lighter on your feet and easier to maneuver at slower speeds. It doesn't have quite the power or vibration damping of those skis with metal, but it has a very consistent tip to tail flex and impressive stability considering the weight and construction. It can get a little twitchy at high speeds, especially on the feet of heavy or aggressive skiers, but its performance in moguls and trees is notable among this list of skis. The modern shape also gives it extremely easy turn initiation on groomed slopes, so not only is it a great ski for off-piste terrain, but it can also be a wider frontside cruiser, especially for skiers who aren't burying the gas pedal on every turn.

Who it's For:

Explorative skiers who want one ski that can take them anywhere, and will shred trees and moguls. Also a good choice as a cruiser all-mountain ski, especially for a western skier who wants the extra width.

AT A GLANCE


2020 K2 Mindbender 90 Ti



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

17.9 m at 177 cm

127 / 90 / 114 mm

Titanal Y-Beam

Versatile, Damp, Strong


Overview:

From a versatility standpoint, the K2 Mindbender 90Ti is right up there among the chart-toppers. K2's engineers are specifically designing different amounts of torsional stiffness into different portions of the ski and the result is pretty awesome. In the forebody of the ski, you get metal along the edges which supports powerful carving turns and skiers that like to drive a ski hard. In the tail of the ski, however, that metal is only in the center of the ski, allowing for easier tail release for pivoting turns, moguls, trees, and other tight terrain. It has a really nice blend of stiffness and stability, but is also energetic and poppy. For some reason, it feels less serious than some of the competing models, yet it can hang with skis that are designed specifically for powerful performance. It doesn't use super-pronounced rocker, and it doesn't have a tremendous amount of early taper either. It's also not particularly lightweight, yet somehow it still feels fun and maneuverable. It'll rip carving turns and it'll also wiggle through the bumps.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for that all-mountain versatility in a ski that feels strong, stable, and extremely capable. Because of the weight, however, you should be ready to give it some skier input, it's not a lazy ski.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Kastle MX 89



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156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

17 m at 172 cm

129 / 89 / 113 mm

Wood / Titanal / Fiberglass

Strong, Powerful, Precise


Overview:

You won't find any rocker or early taper in this missile of a ski. Kastle has designed the MX 89 with two full length sheets of metal sandwiching a wood core and, you guessed it, a full camber profile with extended sidecut. That's essentially a wide race ski, and the performance matches the build. The MX 89, simply put, can absolutely rip. If your idea of a good day on the slopes involves arcing perfectly round GS turns at Mach 4 level speeds, this ski is going to be right up your alley. It has a distinctly high-end feel thanks to Kastle's dedication to quality materials and precision manufacturing. It has Cadillac-like smoothness with the precision and sporty feel of a Ferrari. The more you push it, the more you get back. On the other hand, if you're not comfortable really driving a ski, the MX 89 might beat you up a bit. It's also not the easiest ski in any off-piste terrain thanks to the weight and the full camber profile, but boy oh boy does it absolutely demolish groomers.

Who it's For:

You like to ski fast. You look at the steepest groomed run on any mountain and think, "Can I link carving turns down that whole face?" We can't vouch for your personal ability level, but the MX 89 is the right tool for the job.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Liberty Evolv90



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1165, 172, 179, 186 cm

18.5 m at 179 cm

132 / 90 / 114 mm

Wood / Metal / Carbon

Quiet, Damp, Versatile


Overview:

Liberty has taken the Vertical Metal Technology from their V-Series skis and put it into a more versatile all-mountain shape. The tip of the Evolv90 has a nice amount of rocker and a smooth, rounded tip profile that's more versatile in soft snow than the similar-width V-92. The tail of the Evolv90 is flat, which helps it finish a carving turn very nicely when you want it to. The low camber profile helps give the ski a more forgiving feel when you're trying to skid or smear your turn compared to stiff skis with higher camber. It has an intuitive feel when making smaller radius, skidding turns, but can also lay down those powerful carves. It's (somewhat surprisingly) one of the quietest skis in this list with some of the best vibration damping. It feels powerful, but slightly more versatile than some of the heavy, 2-sheets-of-metal skis in this list. Kudos to Liberty for producing a ski from a more boutique-level brand that can compete with the big boys.

Who it's For:

Counter-culture groomer rippers. If you value small-batch production and like supporting smaller ski brands, but want that race-inspired power and stability, it's a fantastic ski.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Nordica Enforcer 88



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165, 172, 179, 186 cm

17.5 m at 186 cm

122 / 88 / 110 mm

Wood / Metal / Carbon

Strong, Energetic, Smooth


Overview:

The narrowest Enforcer yet! It's also the quickest edge to edge, has the best grip, and feels more energetic and responsive when linking carving turns. On the other hand, you can still tell you have an Enforcer on your feet as it has that smooth, damp feel we've all come to enjoy. It's also one of the more versatile skis among those with two full sheets of metal. It feels right at home when laying down carves on firm snow, but you can also take it into the bumps and trees and have a good time. Of course, there are wider Enforcer options for those that are really seeking out soft snow, but we're psyched to have the Enforcer performance in a narrower option for those of us that don't get to ski deep snow very often. It's hands-down the best Enforcer for firm snow and is a formidable contender among this list of skis. Nordica's targeting some well-regarded skis that have carved (heh, puns) their place in the ski world, and the Enforcer 88 feels up to the challenge with its lively carving performance, good stability, and a touch of versatility.

Who it's For:

Advanced skiers and above. Probably a little too much for an intermediate. If you've skied an Enforcer and liked it, you'll be psyched with the extra carving performance of the 88.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti



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166, 173, 180, 187 cm

16 m at 180 cm

127 / 88 / 117 mm

Titanium Line Control

Versatile, Approachable


Overview:

Arguably one of the smoothest, most versatile all-mountain skis in this category. It also hits a big range of ability levels and skiing styles. The redesigned Experience 88 Ti is back for 2020 and we're glad it's unchanged. We've been impressed by this ski since its introduction and we think there are skiers out there who have yet to realize its potential. Line Control Technology gives it better firm snow feel than any previous Experience ski, but it's far more maneuverable and more fun when you take it off trail thanks to the rockered tip shape and relatively light swing weight. It's a breeze when slipping and skidding through moguls, will hop and play through the trees, and does it all with a relatively forgiving, pretty easy-going feel. Not to say you can't give it the gas and lay over some high speed carves, although if that's all you're looking to do you might be better off with a heavier ski. Perhaps the highlighting feature of the Experience 88 Ti is the fact that it never feels out of place no matter where on the mountain you take it.

Who it's For:

Intermediates all the way up to advanced skiers. Intermediates will find it helps promote progression in their all-mountain skiing, while experts will appreciate its balanced performance across the whole mountain.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Salomon QST 92



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153, 161, 169, 177, 185 cm

18 m at 177 cm

128 / 92 / 111 mm

Wood / Carbon / Flax

Versatile, Intuitive, Smooth


Overview:

Salomon's QST series has been overhauled for 2020 and the QST 92 is better than it's ever been before. Salomon's unique construction provides similar performance as skis with 2 sheets of metal in terms of strength and stability, but it has a different feel. The freeride inspiration is obvious, as the QST 92 loves to slash and smear turns in any snow conditions. The combination of construction materials, on the other hand, retains impressive edge grip on firm snow. Still, when you look at the XDR 88 Ti below, it's even more obvious that the QST 92 is designed more for soft snow and adventurous skiers than its pure groomer performance. It's a touch heavier than the version it replaces, but the stability and overall feel has been improved, and it still feels like one of the most maneuverable skis in this list. If you haven't yet skied a Salomon QST ski, you need to, as there's something special about the way Salomon is building these skis.

Who it's For:

You like skiing the whole mountain, but what really gets you going is soft snow conditions and off-piste terrain.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Salomon XDR 88 Ti



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165, 172, 179, 186 cm

17 m at 179 cm

129 / 88 / 112 mm

Wood / Metal

Energetic, Quick, Nimble


Overview:

If the QST 92 leans towards the freeride/soft snow side of the all-mountain spectrum, the XDR 88 Ti leans ever so slightly the other direction. Its construction is somewhat similar with a unique blend of materials, but you find more metal in the XDR 88 Ti. This gives it more stability at speed to go along with a quicker edge to edge feel and better torsional stiffness too. Like the QST 92, it has somewhat of a unique feel that we're only getting out of these Salomon all-mountain skis. Smooth, good vibration damping, but still energetic and fun. In fact, the XDR 88 Ti is probably one of the best mogul skis in this comparison, even though the QST 92 is designed more for off-piste terrain. The XDR 88 Ti feels very nimble when maneuvering through bumps, but then you can get right back on trail and link high speed carves. You're not, however, getting quite the same soft snow performance and feel as you do with the QST 92, but hey, that's why we have options!

Who it's For:

You value carving performance on firm snow and a quick edge to edge feel, but you want your skis to feel fun in the bumps and not like they're fighting you if you want to get a little more playful with your skiing.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Stockli Stormrider 88



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168, 177, 186 cm

19 m at 177 cm

128 / 88 / 114 mm

Wood / Metal Topsheet

Smooth, Powerful, Lightweight


Overview:

The Stormrider 88 is lightweight, but strong. Stockli uses a lightweight wood core with a titanal topsheet. That metal provides plenty of vibration damping, which is exceptionally impressive given the overall weight of the ski. It is silky-smooth when linking carving turns on firm snow and its poise and balanced feel perhaps sets it apart from any other ski on this list. It's not as stiff and powerful as a ski like the MX 89, but its softer flex pattern allows for varied turn shapes more easily than those heavier, stiffer skis. Because it feels light on your feet, despite not using much tail rocker, it still is pretty darn easy to flick around when you find yourself in tight terrain. These $1000+ skis (DPS, Kastle, Stockli) all have certain characteristics that make you realize why they garner that price tag. For the Stormrider 88, it's its smooth feel, confidence-inspiring nature, and the fact that it still feels really good even at slower speeds, unlike skis that don't come alive until you hit a certain speed.

Who it's For:

Porsche owners who want their skis to match the performance and feel of their Cayenne Turbo SUV.

AT A GLANCE


2020 Volkl Kendo 88



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

18.6 m at 177 cm

129 / 88 / 111 mm

Titanal Frame

Strong, Powerful, Versatile


Overview:

How fitting to end with the Kendo 88, a ski that helped create this segment of all-mountain skis. The Kendo has long been known for its powerful, stable feel. This new version, despite using less metal, carries that trend forward. Volkl has taken the Titanal Frame design we saw in the M5 Mantra and moved it into the Kendo 88 as well. Metal is placed along the edges of the ski under the topsheet, which does not meet underfoot. This gives the ski a bigger sweet spot than any Kendo we've seen before, while retaining that stout, stable feel. It also has a new 3D Radius, which allows you to make some of the biggest radius carving turns of any ski in this category. If you really push the ski underfoot, however, you can get that radius to shorten into mid-range GS turns. It's also better off trail than it's ever been before. It doesn't use much rocker or early taper, so you need to ski it with pretty good technique and a willingness to drive the ski, but advanced and expert skiers will love its versatility.

Who it's For:

Volkl lovers. The brand has a following that's arguably stronger than any other, and if you like Volkl skis, you'll like the Kendo 88. If you've never skied one, you get all-mountain versatility with a powerful, precise, distinctly-Volkl feel.

2020 SKI COMPARISONS:


Men's ~90mm All Mountain Skis


SKIS

SIDECUT

RADIUS

CORE

RETAIL PRICE

2020 Atomic Vantage 90 Ti

18.4m @ 176cm

127.5 / 90 / 114

Titanium Mesh

$599.99

2020 Blizzard Brahma 88

19m @ 187cm

127 / 88 / 111

Wood / Metal / Carbon

$649.95

2020 Blizzard Rustler 9

18.5m @ 188cm

128 / 94 / 117.5

Wood w/ Titanal Backbone

$599.95

2020 DPS Cassiar A87 C2

18m @ 178cm

126 / 87 / 107

Carbon Fiber

$1,299.00

2020 Dynastar Legend X 88

18m @ 180cm

125 / 88 / 109

Wood / Titanal

$649.95

2020 Elan Ripstick 88

15.4m @ 172cm

130 / 88 / 105

Wood / Carbon Tubes

$599.99

2020 Fischer Ranger 92 Ti

17m @ 178cm

126 / 91 / 116

Wood / Titanal / Carbon

$649.99

2020 Head Kore 93

16.4m @ 180cm

133 / 93 / 115

Graphene / Koroyd / Carbon

$649.00

2020 K2 Mindbender 90Ti

17.9m @ 177cm

127 / 90 / 114

Titanal Y-Beam

$649.95

2020 Kastle MX 89

17m @ 172cm

129 / 89 / 113

Wood / Titanal / Fiberglass

$1,299.00

2020 Liberty Evolv90

18.5m @ 179cm

132 / 90 / 114

Wood / Metal / Carbon

$649.00

2020 Nordica Enforcer 88

17.5m @ 186cm

122 / 88 / 110

Wood / Metal / Carbon

$649.99

2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

16m @ 180cm

127 / 88 / 117

Titanium Line Control

$699.95

2020 Salomone QST 92

18m @ 177cm

128 / 92 / 111

Wood / Carbon / Flax

$549.99

2020 Salomon XDR 88 Ti

17m @ 179cm

129 / 88 / 112

Wood / Metal

$599.99

2020 Stockli Stormrider 88

19m @ 177cm

128 / 88 / 114

Wood / Metal Topsheet

$999.00

2020 Volkl Kendo 88

18.6m @ 177cm

129 / 88 / 111

Titanal Frame

$649.00

2020 Men's All Mountain Ski Test Results Image


 

Written by Jeff Neagle on 10/03/19

5 thoughts on “2020 Ski Comparisons: Men's ~90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

  1. Excellent review of the Stockli Stormrider 88. I'm curious about the compare-contrast between Stormrider 88 and Stormrider 95.
    It sounds like these new 88's are an upgrade to my 4 year old 72mm Stockli's that are still great in all conditions including moderate fluff in the Vermont slopes but no good in Utah deep powder.

    1. Hi Will!
      I think you'll see a big uptick in your flotation and all-mountain performance with the 88, and even more so with the 95. Yes you'll lose some of the torsional stiffness and carving performance with the wider 95, but if you're looking for something on the wider side, it's a great choice. My only concern with the 95 is that it's too big a jump for you in terms of width for what I'm assuming will be a one-ski quiver. Another thing to think about is that even the 95 won't be enough for significant snowfalls, so if you're interested in a two-ski quiver, I'd go with the 88 and then something wider like a 105 or more. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. Hey guys, really excellent comparison! I think the Rustler 9 would work really well for me and wondered if you could give me some advice about length. I'm 5'11" and 155 lbs, a strong intermediate skier and I'm mostly in Europe now (although most of my skiing days so far have been in Vermont). I'm looking to replace / augment an old pair of Rossi Pursuit 16's in 163cm length, they have been great and fun but I'm going off piste more and my old skis just don't float. I'm also hoping for skis that are a little bit more playful, I do enjoy carving a lot but these days I also enjoy a few spins and jumps. Do you think the Rustler 9 fits the bill here, and do you think the 172 or 180 length would be better? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ash!
      I think you'll love the Rustler 9 for all-mountain skiing and playfulness. Here's a wrinkle: The 172 is 92 mm underfoot while the 180 is 94 mm underfoot. If you're looking for something quicker and with a bit more edge grip, go with the 172, but if you're looking for more stability at speed and flotation, I'd go with the 180. Your size is right in the middle, so it's kind of up to you as to how you want to use the skis. I

      1. Thanks for the reply, that's a great point. I was debating between the Rustler 9 and Rustler 10, so I'd rather have the wider version of the 9 with more flotation. Since I've already got a ski with good edge grip and piste performance, the Rustler will basically be my off-piste ski. I'll try out the Rustler 9 in the 180! Also, I know lots of people say this, but your reviews and round-ups are the best things out there. I've learned a ton about how ski construction affects performance from listening to you guys. Thanks for putting in all that work!

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