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2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

From slarvy twin-tips to dual-metal sluggers, this comparison has a little bit of everything, and that’s what these skis are supposed to do. With a wide range of skier type and application, there’s a ski here for most skiers, and while some may seem a bit wide for a daily driver, the consistent thing about all of them is their versatility. Sure, a 96 mm underfoot ski will never hold an edge like a World Cup race ski, and that’s okay. For what it is, it does just fine. This list ranges from 92 to 96 mm underfoot, so it’s a pretty tight spread. If you’re looking for a true all-mountain weapon/one-ski quiver/versatility focused ski, then this is a category you absolutely have to check out. With that preface in place, let’s jump right into our full comparison of Men’s Mid 90mm All Mountain skis!

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2022 Volkl Revolt 95 Skis



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157, 165, 173, 181 cm

21 m @ 173 cm

129 / 95 / 119 mm

2021 g @ 181 cm

Playfulness, Park, Fun


Overview:

For both freestyle and all-mountain skiers who enjoy a fun, playful ski at a low price, the Volkl Revolt 95 is a more than fair choice. Use it in the park exclusively, or not at all, and you’re equally likely to have an absolute blast on this fun-loving stick. Built with Volkl’s Multi-Layer wood core, the skis have a pretty simple build, but their shaping sets them apart with zero taper and low rocker with relative splay. The tips and tails are fairly symmetrical, and this is a good thing for skiers looking for low resistance in spins and jibs, while keeping the center of mass point lower and closer to the snow. They’re pretty darn energetic and snappy for a thinner ski, and while there are lighter options out there, like the Head Oblivion 94, it’s nice to know that the Revolt’s slightly huskier build provides some additional confidence.

Who it's For:

Wide range of skiers, as it comes in sizes 157 through 181, so if you’re a tween park skier or an adult looking for a fun all-mountain twin, you’ve come to the right place.


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2022 Head Oblivion 94 Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

21 m @ 177 cm

127 / 94 / 117 mm

1738 g @ 177 cm

Freestyle, Energy, Light Weight


Overview:

Lighter and quicker than the Revolt 95 and the Poacher, this twin has more of a freestyle-oriented personality, allowing skiers who spend more time in the park to get the most out of their day. This is not to discount the all-mountain implications of the ski, but rather to highlight the true versatility and well-roundedness that the Oblivion 94 possesses. Built with a wood core and high camber, you get a good amount of energy out of the ski, making it fun and easy to smear and slash turns on the trails while keeping the snap and pop intact for crushing park laps. It’s really nice to have that camber for carving off of lips and getting that extra boost in the air. The splay of the twin tip shape is more park than all-mountain, allowing skiers to really push their limits in a freestyle format without overlooking the rest of the fun stuff on the hill.

Who it's For:

75% Park and 25% all-mountain skiers who are looking for light weight energy and a whole lot of fun.


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2022 K2 Poacher Skis



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170, 177, 184 cm

19 m @ 184 cm

124 / 96 / 118 mm

2040 g @ 177 cm

Stability for a Twin, Powder, Park


Overview:

Likely the burliest twin tip ski on the wall, the K2 Poacher gets its power and strength from a combination of construction attributes. First, the core is a combination of fir and aspen, giving the Poacher a stronger overall build with a lot of energy and dampness. On top of that, they add their carbon boost braid, which consists of carbon stringers woven into the triaxial fiberglass laminate. This gives the ski a pretty strong flex, and the epoxy used in the glass weave adds a good amount of snap and energy to the ski as well. That build, which is on the burly side for a twin tip, is nicely counter-balanced by the longer rocker profile and rounded taper shape. This combination is deadly for having fun in the park and beyond. If it’s a good enough ski for Colby Stevenson to win top-flight slopestyle events, it’ll likely be good enough for you. The flip side is that even if you never take it in the park, everyday advanced and expert skiers will love the energy and stability of these skis in true all-mountain conditions and terrain.

Who it's For:

Likely the widest range of skiers. X Games gold medalists to advancing intermediate all-mountain turn skidders.


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2022 Line Sick Day 94 Skis



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172, 179, 186 cm

17.6 m @ 16 cm

131 / 94 / 117 mm

1603 g @ 179 cm

Light Weight, Quickness, Agility


Overview:

Quick, fun, and super-energetic, the Line Sick Day 94 is a fantastic choice for all-mountain skiers who may not be the hardest-chargers on the mountain, but still like to have a really good time. These skis have a very surprising energy, and a lot of that has to do with the camber, cap, and carbon use that Line employs. With a half-cap construction, the Aspen wood core flexes energetically, giving the skier a lot to lean into, and providing excellent feedback at the end of the turn. On top of the wood core, the Carbon Magic Fingers (silly name for carbon stringers) add another level of pop to the ski, making it surprisingly agile and nimble. It’s on the lighter side, especially in comparison to some of the heavier hitters on this wall, but it opens itself up to more moderate skiing and electric turns. You can really take this thing anywhere—it's more of a directional ski that is better-suited to softer or smoother terrain and conditions, but we found it to hold up better than expected on firm snow as well.

Who it's For:

More moderate than aggressive skiers will find a better fit with this over something stiffer and heavier. Even so, you like to know that there’s a high-end to be attained here, and you want to push the limits as a result.


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2022 Line Chronic Skis



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164, 171, 178, 185 cm

16 m

129 / 95 / 120 mm

1738 g @ 178 cm

Butterability, Smearability, Jumps


Overview:

We’ve had quite a few mid-90's twin tips on this comparison wall, and Line has to do something to set itself apart. These Line Chronics have the heritage and the reputation to solidify themselves as some of the most park-oriented skis of this list, and they do so with basics and tradition. Built with a maple macro-block core, the Chronic is able to achieve a playful flex by thinning the thickness of the wood. This allows the maple to really activate, even when thinner, to create the pop necessary to achieve strong park and pipe showings, while remaining playful enough for more swerve-style skiing, much like its wider brethren the Line Blend. As more of a true twin than some of the others, these excel in the switch format, from takeoffs and landings to normal switch skiing. If you spend more time in the park than not, and are looking for a ski on this wall, the Chronic is one of the best.

Who it's For:

Park skiers and freestylers who value quickness, flex, and maneuverability.


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2022 Armada ARV 96 Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

19 m @ 177 cm

125 / 96 / 117 mm

2008 g @ 184 cm

Strength, Progressive Flex, Smoothness


Overview:

With a blend of poplar and ash wood in the core, the Armada ARV 96 is one of the stronger twins in this comparison, still providing fantastic value to accompany its excellent performance. At 96 mm underfoot, this ski continues the trend of being a true 50/50 ski for all-mountain and freestyle skiers who are looking to do it all out there on the hill. With Armada’s AR75 Sidewall, the skis have fantastic edge grip underfoot with maneuverable cap construction in the tips and tails. This all adds up to a fun-loving and personable ski that loves to be used in a wide variety of conditions and terrain. They have a fairly symmetrical shape to them, and that’s good news for the park lovers, but the camber underfoot provides excellent energy for those who are looking for playfulness on the trails. Thanks to the ash, skiers get quite a bit more strength and stability than they may be used to with twin tipped skis.

Who it's For:

Park and all-mountain skiers who are looking for more of a sturdy build. If you don’t mind a bit of extra heft to your freestyle/freeride type of skiing, you’re in luck.


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2022 Volkl Blaze 94 Skis



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158, 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

27 / 15 / 37 m @ 172 cm

134 / 94 / 116 mm

1582 g @ 179 cm

Agility, Flotation, Versatility, Pleasantness


Overview:

Light, fun, and surprisingly performative, the Volkl Blaze 94 gets a much-needed graphics refresh for 2022, with the hope of attracting new skiers to this nice blend of attributes. Built with Volkl’s Hybrid Multi-Layer Wood Core, the skis have that touring aspect built in thanks to the central chord of light wood, and with a Blaze 94-specific skin attachment notch in the tail, this makes one of the better 50/50 touring/resort skis on our wall. Adding to the downhill/resort side of the spectrum, the skis have a titanal binding platform which is not only great for binding retention, but also serves as a structural layer, as the metal does extend to the sides of the skis. Add suspension tips and tails to the mix, and these skis have a lot of tech to them that make the Blaze a fan-favorite among industry personnel. 3D Radius Sidecut completes this ski, making it available and ready to make a variety of turn shapes and styles at any point in your run. More rocker than camber, but still with good energy, these are good floaters for the fresh as well.

Who it's For:

Touring enthusiasts as well as lift riders. Skiers who want that mid-90's ski for light weight backcountry and/or resort skiing will love the Blaze 94.


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2022 Fischer Ranger 94 FR Skis



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161, 169, 177, 185 cm

17 m @ 177 cm

126 / 92 / 117 mm

1690 g @ 178 cm

Versatility, Playfulness, Quickness


Overview:

A returning model, and proudly so, the Fischer Ranger 94 FR checks a whole lot of boxes for a whole lot of skiers. As one of the most versatile, and truly all-mountain skis on the list, the Ranger 94 has an energetic feel, makes snappy and quick turns, and can handle some freestyle implications as well. Equally at home in the trees as it is in the park, the 94 is made with a full wood core and a carbon nose. There’s metal underfoot for binding retention, but it’s not quite structural. The carbon in the tip, however, really sets this ski apart due to maneuverability and quickness. It makes for a responsive entry to the turn, as well as helping with flotation due to the thinner profile and lighter weight. The wood core uses Fischer’s Aeroshape technology to boost the energy and stability of the ski by shaping it in a convex manner. This puts more emphasis and strength on the central chord/spine of the ski while leaving the edges a bit thinner and quicker. While not a true twin tip in a pure freestyle sense of the term, the Ranger 94’s turned up tail is more than enough for moderate to aggressive park skiing, and is also really helpful and fun in the woods and bumps.

Who it's For:

Literally everyone who’s looking for a mid-90's underfoot all-mountain ski.


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2022 Rossignol BLACKOPS Escaper Skis



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156, 164, 172, 178, 186 cm

19 m @ 178 cm

128 / 94 / 118 mm

1740 g @ 178 cm

Versatility, Energy, Agility


Overview:

Along with the Stance 96, I’d say the Rossi Escaper is the most underrated ski on this wall. Light and energetic, and surprisingly stable, there’s not a whole lot that the Escaper cannot do. Built with a light weight Paulownia wood core and Rossignol’s Diago Fiber laminate for power, these skis have a fairly simple build, but when you put it all together, combine it with the shape and profile, and the directional nature of the ski, and this thing really starts to light it up. By borrowing a lot of the shaping styles from the Sender series of skis, this Escaper has that hard-charging mentality, but with more of a gentle build. Most skiers will not find the top end of the Escaper, maybe on very firm snow and at very high speeds, but for the most part, this will be more than enough for the majority of advanced and expert skiers. It’s part of Rossignol’s Freetouring line, and we think that does its resort-oriented prowess a bit of a disservice.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for agility and quickness without compromising stability. If you’re looking for a nearly impossible combination of attributes in a ski, the Escaper is amazing.


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2022 Blizzard Rustler 9 Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

18.5 m @ 188 cm

127 / 94 / 117 mm

1978 g @ 180 cm

Versatility, Well-Roundedness, Energy


Overview:

The Rustler 9 is such a versatile ski, it’s the only one we’ve used in multiple comparisons this year. Built with a wood core and a partial metal laminate, the Rustler 9 combines a lot of different qualities that all add up to one amazing ski. In the 180 and 188, these skis boast a 94 mm waist, but in the shorter lengths, it’s a 92, so there’s a bit of a span of surface area in these skis, offering a high level of versatility. Whether you’re in steeps, trees, bumps, or powder, the energy and consistency of the Rustler are second to none. There’s some nice splay and rocker, giving the ski its playful character, and that shape is nicely offset by the stronger core and metal laminate to give the ski a lot of edge grip and a wonderful amount of energy. Rip some carved turns and then head off into the woods on the Rustler, you’ll find that you will likely not need any other ski.

Who it's For:

Advanced and Expert skiers who don’t really know what ski to buy, but they know they want something in this range.


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2022 Liberty Origin 96 Skis



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171, 176, 182, 187 cm

19 m @ 182 cm

130 / 96 / 118 mm

1857 g @ 182 cm

Silence, Playfulness, Versatility


Overview:

Another ski with refinements, the Origin 96 gets Liberty’s new VMT 1.0 core, and that’s great news for skiers who loved the light weight and playful nature of the previous Origin skis, but also wanted just a bit more power and stability. With a lone vertical metal strut running the central chord of the ski, the Origin 96 gets that boost, and it works quite well for this ski and in this shape. While retaining a lot of the park and freestyle focus that Liberty is known for, the Origin 96 gets a new dimension with the metal, bringing more grip, better power, and a stabler ride to the snow. The metal really helps with dampening the vibrations, and it does so without the burden of a full (or two) horizontal sheets of metal. The shape and overall personality remain largely the same, just with that added strength for skiers who wanted a bit more of a difference between a twin tip and an all-mountain ski. For 2022, Liberty really nailed it with the addition of the VMT 1.0 core to the Origin and Genesis lines.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a playful shape and style of a ski with equal parts soft snow and on-trail performance. You love bumps and trees, and everything else that’s fun.


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2022 Head Kore 93 Skis



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156, 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

16.4 m @ 177 cm

133 / 93 / 115 mm

1650 g @ 177 cm

Light Weight, Responsiveness, Precision


Overview:

With a bit of a re-fresh for 2022, the Head Kore becomes a bit more complaint, with both increased size options and a little more generous of a flex. We’ve always talked about these Kore skis and their incredibly high flex to weight ratios, making them some of the most responsive and agile all-mountain skis on the planet. Still built with a Karuba wood core, the carbon laminates combine to make the ski incredibly stiff and grippy. It works, and makes the 93 one of the most responsive skis on the wall. As a result, it works great on firmer snow conditions, and has a surprising amount of stability for its weight. It’s not totally confidence-inspiring, but once you get to know it a bit, it makes more sense. As with most lighter skis with carbon, the Kore 93 prefers to be up and on edge rather than skidded—this allows the ski to perform more as intended, as it’s not one of the driftier or smearier skis we’ve been on.

Who it's For:

Skiers who want to save their knees. You want the ski to react instantly to your input without yanking on your legs.


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2022 Elan Ripstick 96 Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

18 m @ 180 cm

136 / 96 /110 mm

1830 g @ 188 cm

Smoothness, Grip, Energy


Overview:

The Elan Ripstick 96 Green is the embodiment of what Elan is trying to do with the sport these days. They want to make fun and good times available to all skiers, and the Ripstick 96 is just the tool to get them there. Built with Elan’s Tubelite wood core consisting of dual carbon tubes that run the sides of the skis, the Ripstick is light, but the application of carbon is as unique as it gets. These tubes not only provide energy in a 3-Dimensional format, allowing for energy in all directions, but they are also inlayed into the core under pressure, so there’s even some kinetic energy built in to the ski. In addition, Elan employs Carbon Line Technology, which is a partial carbon horizontal laminate that stiffens and bolsters the inside edges of the skis. Since these are asymmetrically constructed and profiled, the engineers at Elan are able to take some creative liberties with how they build their skis. The winners of the equation are the skiers, as these things are just plain-old fun.

Who it's For:

Directional skiers looking for a unique feel and a high amount of energy. If you appreciate a ski’s versatility and its ability to operate at high edge angles, I’d recommend the Ripstick 96 Green.


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2022 Volkl M6 Mantra Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

30 / 18 / 24 m @ 177 cm

135 / 96 /119 mm

2076 g @ 177 cm

Edge Grip, Race-Like Performance, Power


Overview:

This whole Mantra thing from Volkl just keeps truckin’ along. The legend grows with the refined M6, and while it’s not a huge difference/all-new ski, there are a few things in it that have been borrowed from other models, and some others that will continue forward with other skis in the Volkl line. The M6 borrows the Tailored Carbon Tips from the Deacon V.Werks, so any time we’re seeing that ski’s technology used as an influence, it’s fair to say it’s adding to the on-trail and carving performance of the ski. By lacing the carbon fibers in a cross-hatched manner, the engineers at Volkl are able to increase the responsiveness of the ski without adding weight. 3D Radius Sidecut is also added to the M6, bringing a new level of agility and intuitiveness to the ski. It’s able to make very short turns along with the long and fast ones with tremendous ease and enthusiasm. New to the M6, and its fraternal twin sister the Secret 96, is Tailored Titanal Frame. This allows Volkl to vary up the amount of metal per length of the ski, giving each size a more refined fit and feel for the skier. We expect to see that Tailored Titanal Frame in other Volkl skis moving forward.

Who it's For:

Hard-Charging and aggressive skiers who are looking for a wider on-trail ski for stability and grip. You value innovation and technology, and have an “In it to win it” attitude.


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2022 Salomon Stance 96 Skis



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168, 176, 182, 188 cm

20 m @ 182 cm

132 / 96 / 114 mm

2000 g @ 182 cm

Smoothness, Power, Stability


Overview:

The Stance 96 is a surprising ski that a lot of people don’t see coming. Much like the Escaper, it kind of hides behind a somewhat bland-looking exterior, but underneath, these skis are mainly business. Built with nearly two sheets of metal, the twin frame construction leaves windows open for the C/FX material, allowing for a slightly more playful and freeride feel while keeping the power and stability intact. These skis perform very well at high speeds and in carved turns, and it makes a lot of sense that they’re going after some of the heavier hitters like the Mantra and the Bonafide. In many ways, it’s a great alternative to those skis, as there is a bit more of a smeary personality, but a lot of similarities exist as well. In the second year of existence, the Stance is still somewhat finding its way, but for this upcoming year, it’s hopeful that more skiers will find a home here.

Who it's For:

Advanced and Expert skiers who prefer strength and stability over light weight. If you’re in the market for a smooth operator with virtually no ceiling, these are simply awesome.


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2022 Nordica Enforcer 94 Skis



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165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

17.1 m @ 179 cm

127 / 94 / 115.5 mm

2270 g @ 186 cm

Turn Versatility, Stability, Crud-Busting


Overview:

In the world of all-mountain skis, the Enforcer series really stands out. It’s fair to say, and easy to argue, that the 94 is the most versatile of the bunch. If you take all of the Enforcer skiers in the world and make them pick only one, I’d like to think the 94 would be a consensus choice. This thing makes any turn, any time, and in any condition. It works very well both at speed and in mellower situations. It’s a bit on the heavy side, as are most/all of the Enforcer skis, but it wears its weight well, with the appropriate amount of taper and rocker to make it nimble and agile regardless of heft. The construction remains the same as it has these past few years, with a full wood core and two sheets of metal. This simple, yet burly build allows the Enforcer to make the most of your input, while the shape leans more to the freeride side of the spectrum. Longer taper and rocker combine well with the construction to provide some of the best and truest all-mountain performance in the industry.

Who it's For:

If you’ve skied and liked any Enforcer ski, the 94 is a true Goldilocks. Skiers who don’t mind a bit of effort will get stable and strong performance in any and all conditions and terrain.


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2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

19.3 m @ 180 cm

129 / 95 / 113 mm

1790 g @ 180 cm

Stiffness, Light Weight, Carve/Float Blend


Overview:

Another completely new model, the Atomic Maverick 95 sits kind of in the middle of where the Vantage 97 and 90 left off. And in a very good way. We’ve found the Maverick series to be a more than acceptable replacement to the Vantages, carrying forward many of the positive aspects of the outgoing models, and adding a whole bunch of new attributes that make this an extremely light, agile, and powerful all-mountain ski. Sitting in the middle of the Ti versions, the 95 complements the 88 and the 100 quite well. Still light, built with Atomic’s Omatic core, the skis somehow manage to fit a full wood core and two sheets of metal into one of the lightest skis on this wall. The half-capped sidewalls underfoot taper to full-cap in the tips and tails, aligning themselves with where the rocker profile begins. This makes the ends of the skis quite maneuverable and fun, while keeping the underfoot and mid-sections of the skis strong and powerful. This is a surprising ski, and given the light weight and the HRZN tech in the tips, it’s actually a pretty darn good floater.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a great blend of high performance and low weight. You do not want chattery skis, but aren’t scared to blur the line between all-mountain and high-speed carving.


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2022 Line Blade Skis



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169, 176, 181 cm

13 m

154/95/124 mm

1973 g @ 176 cm

Uniqueness, Interestingness, Rarity


Overview:

With such an incredibly unique shape and construction, it’s hard to compare the Line Blade to really anything on the market today, and that’s just fine with the good people over at Line Skis. With a massive shovel and a 95 mm wide waist, these skis are some of the most aggressively shaped skis in the industry. The tips are fairly low-rise, and that has a lot to do with the fact that they would be a lot harder to get up on edge without. Add the Gas Pedal Metal to the mix and you’ve got enough torsional stiffness to get this behemoth up on the sidewalls and carving some of the purest, cleanest, and roundest turns out there. It’s tough to get to that 14.5-meter arc, but if you’re committed to making that angulation, you can do it, and a whole lot more. They’re great floaters, mostly due to the surface area, so it ends up being a slalom-like powder ski with a twin tip swallow tail. There’s just so much going on with this ski that it’s incredibly difficult to label and define, and I don’t think Line would have it any other way.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for something out of the box. If you like carving short turns and skiing powder all day long, the Blade is a unique and amazing ski.


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2022 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

18 m @ 180 cm

136 / 96 / 110 mm

1878 g @ 188 cm

Everything Skiing Related


Overview:

New for 2022, the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition is poised and ready to make a gigantic splash on the mountains this year. If you haven’t heard of them or seen them, you will soon, as they take the shape of the Green 96 and add more carbon to the mix. Elan uses their Quad Rod technology, adding two additional carbon tubes to the core of the ski, one in front of the binding and one behind. These tubes add to the longitudinal stiffness of the ski and create a much damper feel, in fact, this Quad Rod technology is an incredibly successful application of carbon to mimic the feel of metal, and since it doesn’t weigh quite as much, it really hypes the strength to weight ratio, making this one complete ski. In addition, the Carbon Line technology is increased to full width underfoot and longer to the ends, making the inside edges of these skis quite formidable from a grip standpoint. Whether you’re ripping turns on groomers or seeking the deep and fresh, there’s not a whole lot that these skis won’t do, and they’ll do it at a pretty high level at that.

Who it's For:

Advanced and Expert skiers who want the performance, stability, and dampness of metal, but with the energy and responsiveness of carbon.


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2022 Black Crows Serpo Skis



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168.2, 174.1, 180.1, 186.3 cm

20 m @ 180.1 cm

131 / 93 / 115 mm

1854 g @ 180.1 cm

Rebound, Grip, Agility


Overview:

The Black Crows Serpo represents one of the only totally new skis on this wall, and it enters the fray in grand fashion. As a blend of the Justis and the Orb, the Serpo and its 93-mm waist width is versatile, useful, and a whole lot of fun. Sure, there’s skis this shape that carve better, or float better, but not both, and that’s where the Serpo really stands out. Thanks to the construction, the skis have a pretty darn good mesh of edge grip and playfulness. The H-shaped metal laminate is mostly to blame for this, and it makes a lot of sense. By placing the metal on the sides of the skis and leaving the central part unencumbered by the titanal, the skier is getting precise grip through the forebody, mid-section, and into the tail while the very ends of the ski are playful and energetic and light. The thing that sticks out the most, however, is the responsiveness of the tail. This ski has a ton of pop to it, and is snappy in the best-possible manner. We’re all very impressed with the all-mountain versatility of the Serpo, and are glad to see it in the Black Crows lineup for 2022.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a boutique-y brand ski that feels like a more mainstream model. If you like endless energy and pop out of a ski, you’ll love the Serpo.


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2022 Kastle FX96 Ti Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

18.1 m @ 180 cm

133 / 96 / 119 mm

1895 g @ 184 cm

Quality, Stability, Maneuverability


Overview:

Metal is good. Metal is bad. Metal is good again! A bit of a departure, and then a return, to the metal versions of this ski, and we think they’ve gone back to getting it right again. Built with a blend of poplar and beech in the inner core and poplar and paulownia in the outer portions, the skis get a sophisticated and strong start. Add two sheets of titanal and two layers of fiberglass to the mix, and we’re dealing with a powerful and stable ski for sure. The 3D shape adds some more stability and dampness to the central chord and spine of the ski, and this makes for a stronger ride when the speed gets up and going. Hollowtech continues on, damping the vibrations even further, by reducing the mass in the shovel of the ski. Overall, this is a boost of performance and grip from the FX 96 HP from last year, and they manage to do it without adding weight, in fact these 96’s are a few grams lighter than last year’s. As per usual with the Kastle skis, the premium quality and precise build stand out and justify the price.

Who it's For:

Audi, not VW owners. If you like the top-end fit and finish of a product, and the accompanying performance, the FX 96 Ti is for you.


AT A GLANCE


2022 Stockli Stormrider 95 Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

WEIGHT

STRENGTHS

166, 175, 184, 193 cm

19.4 m @ 184 cm

132 / 95 / 123 mm

1925 g @ 184 cm

Precision, Quality, Versatility, Performance


Overview:

On the upper-end of the performance and price spectrum, the Stockli Stormrider 95 occupies some rare air. Built and shaped for true all-mountain performance, these skis have a whole lot going for them. It’s interesting, and we’ve seen this with the Maverick skis, how companies are able to put in their lighter wood cores and then bolster them with dual-metal laminates. It makes sense for skis in this range, and for this Stormrider, the skis have quite the range. The top metal laminate is Stockli’s Titec Pro sheet, and this is a bit stronger than in years past, allowing for a higher performance ceiling, giving the skis the ability to operate at faster speeds and under more duress. The most impressive thing, though, is that they also handle more moderate speeds, making these skis some of the best-possible tools for a variety of skiers and skier types. If you have the coin, and are looking for a strong contender for best ski on the planet, the Stormrider 95 is a must-ski.

Who it's For:

Skiers who love high quality products and don’t mind paying the premium. The good news is that you’ll get the corresponding performance.


Written by Bob St.Pierre on 10/21/21

4 thoughts on “2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90mm All Mountain Ski Guide

  1. This is great information. Question. I’m 6’4” and around 270. Been skiing for 30+ years. Looking for a good ski at 191cm that is an all mountain. I’m an intermediate to advanced skier. I’m not fancy. I really like the M5 and the new M6 Volkl.

    Skied on K2 205cm skis last season I’ve had from the 90’s. Time to upgrade.

    1. Hi Seano!
      In addition to the Mantra for an all-mountain ski, I'd also check out the K2 Mindbender 99 Ti and Nordica Enforcer 94 or 100. Stockli Stormrider 95 comes in a 193, but that does fall into the fancy category. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Currently running a rustler 9 as well as a line vision 98. I enjoy them both but am looking for something more capable in the bumps yet still fun and versatile. Should I go for another ski in this category or another category all together?

    1. Hi Rube!
      If you're looking to split the difference, I'd check out the Elan Ripstick 96, or if you're looking to go slightly narrower for bumps and versatility, the Ripstick 88 is a great ski as well. Have fun!
      SE

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