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2022 Ski Comparisons: Men's Touring Ski Guide

For our first touring ski comparison, we’re sticking with mainly skis that are around 95 mm and up. There are certainly narrower skis and lighter skis that fall more into the Randonee or Skimo categories, but these have more of a dual-use and purpose to them. While many of these skis stand alone in their uniqueness, there are a handful of others that share similar platforms and technologies with alpine counterparts. Additionally, most of these skis can handle a lighter tech binding, but some will perform better with a hybrid-style binding such as a Shift or a Duke PT. The ones at the end of the list are burly enough to handle a regular alpine binding, so take that into account as you peruse.

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2022 Dynastar M-Tour 99 Skis



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162, 170, 178, 186 cm

20 m @ 178 cm

127 / 99 / 117 mm

1258g at 178 cm

Light Weight, Uphill Efficiency, Unique Feel


Overview:

The M-Tour 99 splits the difference between a rugged all-mountain ski and a lightweight tourer, bring a lot of the good parts of the M-Pro 99 to the mix but in a much lighter package. We were pretty surprised when this one ended up on the left/light side of the wall, coming in at 1258 grams per ski in the 178 cm length. Built with a Paulownia wood core and Polyurethane along the sides, this ski features the same construction philosophy as the burlier Pro’s, but with a much lighter build. They also use the Basalt fiber, a material that is commonly found in cross-country skis, so it’s proven to add to the overall composure of the ski without adding much weight. The ski gets the 20-meter radius, so it tracks well on the uphill as well as ripping some turns on the down.

Who it's For:

Dedicated touring skiers who want a ski on the lighter side of the spectrum. You don’t mind sacrificing a bit of stability for quickness and maneuverability.


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2022 Blizzard Zero G 95 Skis



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157, 164, 171, 178, 185 cm

24 m @ 185 cm

127 / 95 / 111 mm

1262g at 178 cm

Uphill Speed, Straightline Ability, Stiffness


Overview:

The use of the Carbon Drive 2.0 Technology is the story with this one, keeping the 178 under 1300 grams and ready to rip on any and all terrain that you can access on foot. This is certainly one of those skis that has more of a touring-specific application, and is a very nice floater for being 95 mm underfoot. With a carbon jacket that offers a 3-Dimensional profile, the skis are stiffer than the weight lets on, and while this creates an efficient climbing ski, it may not be the best for ripping big and fast turns downhill. It’s more comfortable in softer snow, and with a 24-meter turn radius in the 185, it’s got that straight-line personality that a lot of skiers really enjoy. Pairs well with light weight tech bindings and Blizzard-specific skins.

Who it's For:

Hut to hut skiers who spend multiple days out in the woods, or for skiers who take multiple laps on a given day. One of the more skimo-oriented skis on the wall.


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2022 Volkl Rise Beyond 96 Skis



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156, 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

24 / 17 / 22 m @ 177 cm

138 / 96 / 119 mm

1270g at 170 cm

Alpine Ski Refinement, Tour-Specific Flex, Skimo


Overview:

Poplar, Paulownia, and Beech wood combine to create this light weight master of the ups. With Poplar running along the edges and Paulownia in the center, the Volkl Rise Beyond uses Beech underfoot for better binding retention as well as torsional stiffness. For skiers who are looking for a more sophisticated build, the Volkl Tourlite wood core provides a strong and stable start. In addition, Volkl employs their 3D Radius Sidecut to the mix in order to make this ski as intuitive as it is efficient, from bottom to top, and back to the bottom again. With a high-end feel and build, Volkl skimped on nothing, making this one of the most ideal skis on the market for useful touring and backcountry skiing. Ideally suited to a Marker Kingpin or Alpinist tech binding for optimum uphill fun.

Who it's For:

Advanced ski tourers who love to fly, both uphill and downhill. You value and want smartness and sophistication in your skis.


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2022 Atomic Backland 100 Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

19.2 m @ 180 cm

129.5 / 100 / 120 mm

1335g at 180 cm

On-Trail Performance, Energy, Flotation


Overview:

As one of the more alpine-oriented skis on the wall, the Atomic Backland 100 certainly does not feel like it on your feet. Still under 1400 grams in the 180, skiers looking for an energetic and snappy ski will be very happy on the downhills, both in and out of the resort. Atomic uses their Ultra-Light wood core and carbon backbone to get the strength of the ski, and since they mill it thinner than some other skis in this zone, they are able to shed the weight in an effective manner. The carbon is snappy in this ski as it is incorporated into the core of the Backland. HRZN Tech in the tips make this ski a fantastic floater, and the fact that the ski is naturally light only adds to the floaty benefits. Even if you get this ski on firm snow, the directional tail is going to grip tight and provide excellent feedback. From beginning to end, this is one of the most well-rounded skis on this list.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking to pair with more of a hybrid binding for both in and out of bounds skiing. If you want the pop of an alpine ski and the weight of a touring ski, the Backland 100 is the way to go.


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2022 K2 Wayback 96 Skis



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170, 177, 184 cm

22 m @ 177 cm

128 / 96 / 115 mm

1356g at 177 cm

Stability, Dampness, Silence


Overview:

Our first glimpse of a ski with metal in it, the K2 Wayback incorporates a paulownia wood core with a titanal spine and unidirectional carbon stringers. This titanal spine keeps the ski smooth and stable during daring downhill descents while the paulownia wood and carbon allow for light weight climbing efficiency. The K2’s have a unique feel to them, similar to the Mindbender series, in that they are quiet and damp. Since we’re still under the 1400-gram threshold, these skis still hold up as some of the best uphill options on the market. With a K2-specific skin fixation system, this setup is well-organized and good to go. We wouldn’t put much more than a Shift-style binding on these, as they still fall into the more minimalistic side of the spectrum.

Who it's For:

You want just a bit more beef to the setup, delivering more stability without adding weight. You like a ski and skin combo for a cohesive setup.


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2022 Kastle TX 93 Skis



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162, 170, 178, 186 cm

15.1 m @ 170 cm

129 / 93 / 115 mm

1414g at 178 cm

Energy, Precision, Quality


Overview:

The sophistication with which Kastle builds their alpine skis certainly filters down into their touring line. By combining a paulownia wood core for lightness with a Carbon-Fiberglass wound sock that encompasses the wood, the TX 93 has a very cohesive and upscale feel to it, just tipping the scales at beyond 1400 grams. Surely, it’s a better option for touring usage, but for a 50/50 ski, it certainly has some application to it. Ultimately, the best part of this ski is the way that they incorporate fiberglass and carbon into the wrap, as it provides a 3-Dimensional performance to it. Fiberglass gets stiffer when it’s bent or angled, so having that vertical plane to the laminate makes a lot of sense and doesn’t use a whole lot more material. Hollowtech 3.0 Luminous is lighter, removing material from the shovel, and making it more stable as it absorbs vibrations.

Who it's For:

Kastle fans looking for a touring version of one of their more resort-oriented skis. You value quality and precision, even in lighter gear.


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2022 Black Crows Camox Freebird Skis



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160, 166, 172, 178, 183, 188 cm

17 m @ 178.2 cm

133 / 96 / 114 mm

1475g at 178.2 cm

Technical Skiing, Deep Backcountry, Reliability


Overview:

This ski isn’t a huge departure from the normal Camox, but it is enough to make it a different ski. With more of a directional shape to it to take some of the twin tip out, the Camox Freebird still has that fun-loving, all-mountain flair that has made the regular Camox a fan-favorite for a few years now. These skis blend poplar and paulownia wood to split the difference between light weight and strong on-trail and downhill performance. Like a lot of other Black Crows skis, shaping is key, and the Camox Freebird has a nicely tapered shovel to go along with more of a directional tail. These skis are a bit grippier and more energetic than a lot of others on this list, and are well-proportioned to handle tougher skiing in the more technical backcountry. Still a bit under 1500 grams, the Camox Freebird is a capable tourer with a responsive finish to the turn. While it may not be the best floater on the list, it’s one of the most well-rounded.

Who it's For:

Black Crows fans looking for a lighter version of their all-mountain ski. You value a sharp tail and strong response as much as efficient climbing.


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2022 K2 Wayback 106 Skis



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172, 179, 186 cm

22 m @ 186 cm

136 / 106 / 124 mm

1491g at 179 cm

Float to Dampness Ratio, Stability, Soft Snow


Overview:

The widest ski so far, the K2 Wayback still comes in shy of the 1500-gram mark, even with its use of a titanal spine and carbon stringers. With similar rocker lines to the downhill-oriented Mindbender 106C, these skis are fantastic floaters, relying on a balance of rocker, taper, width, and light weight. All of these qualities add up to a great ski for the deep, fresh, and soft. Even with that longer tail rocker profile, these skis still are directional in nature, as the skin fixation point on the tail still benefits from having minimal splay. This makes for a better uphill experience, and when you get on skis that are this wide or wider, that climbing efficiency really starts to come in to play. Wide enough for deep backcountry lines, but still narrow enough to stay in the skin track with ease, the K2 Wayback 106 is a fantastic option for those wider-open spaces and floatier snow conditions.

Who it's For:

You tour predominantly in deeper snow spots and prefer flotation on the downhills versus true uphill speed. You like a bit of power and stability to your touring ski and are willing to sacrifice just a tad of weight to get it.


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2022 Salomon MTN Explore 95 Skis



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169, 177, 184 cm

18 m @ 177 cm

130 / 95 / 116 mm

1538g at 177 cm

Smoothness, Dampness, Versatility


Overview:

By pre-shaping the karuba wood core in a 3D format, Salomon is able to start the construction of this ski with a very smart foundation. The MTN Explore 95 is a versatile stick for a multitude of backcountry uses, utilizing some technologies brought over from their alpine side that add another dimension of performance to the ski. Our first ski over the 1500-gram mark, this 177 comes in at 1538 grams per ski, so while it’s starting to get on the heavier side, it does have those downhill properties that add to the overall character and versatility. That shaped karuba allows the engineers to put more emphasis on certain parts of the ski, and this ends up being the basis for their Spaceframe 2.0 shape that reduces material in specific zones to reduce weight without sacrificing skiing performance. As is found in their alpine skis, the C/FX carbon and flax stringers are found in the MTN Explore as well, damping and smoothing out the ride and making for a more predictable ski.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a blend of all-mountain performance with some technological upgrades. You spend all of your time touring on these skis, and are looking to pair them with a lighter tech binding.


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2022 DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP Skis



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153, 163, 171, 179, 184 cm

15 m @ 179 cm

132 / 100 / 117 mm

1550g at 179 cm

Quality, Precision, Short-Turn


Overview:

We’re starting to see more of these skis that share the same mold as their alpine counterparts, and the DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP carries more than just the shape forward into the touring version. As a shape-twin of the Pagoda 100 RP, the Tour iteration differs with its use of purpose-built aerospace grade foam. This foam meshes quite well alongside fellow ash and paulownia wood stringers, as it’s sandwiched into the core, under a full laminate of ash and in between DPS’s dual-carbon laminate. Other than the foam bringing the weight down rather significantly in this ski, it’s still pretty darn close to being a Pagoda 100 RP. At 1550 grams in the 179, it’s certainly light enough to be a dedicated touring ski, but this is one of the first of the group that a skier could really use it in a resort setting, both lift-served and side-country. As such, it’s fine to pair this with more of a hybrid-style binding, from a Shift to a Duke PT, and you’ll still have a wide range of performance capabilities. As with the other RP shaped skis, you get the float and the 15-meter turn radius that comes along with it.

Who it's For:

50/50 skiers looking for classic DPS on-trail performance with the weight and efficiency of a touring ski. You are looking for one setup that does it all, and this is a good one.


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2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 94 Skis



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158, 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

18.2 m @ 186 cm

127.5 / 94 / 115.5 mm

1555g at 179 cm

Energy, Smoothness, Maneuverability


Overview:

A new ski for 2023, and another based on an already-popular alpine model, the Enforcer Unlimited 94 uses Nordica’s Lite Performance wood core with a full sidewall and carbon stringers. They use the wood in a macro-block format, allowing the Nordica Engineers to interlace larger portions of wood, saving weight by reducing glue and epoxy. This also makes for a fairly cohesive feel to the ski with a predictable flex and energetic finish to the turn. In the 179, we’re getting a 17.1-meter turn radius to go along with the 1555-gram per ski weight. This, when combined with Enforcer 94’s shape and personality, makes for a strong-skiing ski that handles the uphills with poise and efficiency. The nice thing about this new ski, other than the skin notch in the tail and the feather-like mass, is that it should ski and feel like a real Enforcer. Tru Tip and Carbon Chassis LT add more tech to this directional touring ski, making it a clear favorite for emerging tourers.

Who it's For:

Enforcer fans looking for a touring equivalent of their 94’s. You value energy and snap in your skis, and are looking to expand your skiing boundaries.


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2022 Fischer Hannibal 106 Skis



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171, 178, 185 cm

22 m @ 178 cm

138 / 106 / 122 mm

1563g at 178 cm

Stiffness, Dampness, Flotation


Overview:

The Fischer Hannibal 106 is a softer-snow specialist that does a fantastic job in the deeper stuff and more rugged lines on the mountain. Fischer utilizes a paulownia wood core in this ski, but the way they go about it is pretty unique. Much like in their Nordic skis, they use their Air Tec process to ditch weight without sacrificing performance. They mill out vertical strips of wood from the bottom of the core, reducing overall weight but keeping the longitudinal flex intact. Similar to their alpine skis, Fischer also employs their Aeroshape design to the ski, leaving more wood on the central spine and shaping the ski in a convex fashion to the sidewalls. This reduces overall material while keeping the ski smooth, damp, and strong. Titanal binding reinforcements and Carbon Tex stringers make up the rest of the ski, as Fischer uses a cross-hatching of strips that overlay vertical stringers for almost a tri-directional carbon laminate. With a Fischer-incorporated skin fixation system, this cohesive unit is a great setup for soft-snow and adventure tourers.

Who it's For:

Big Mountain Touring Skiers who are looking for a stronger/stiffer ski for higher-performance skiing.


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2023 Elan Ripstick Tour 104 Skis



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166, 173, 180, 187 cm

23 m @ 180 cm

129 / 104 / 122 mm

1575g at 180 cm

Playfulness, Energy, Versatility


Overview:

New for 2023, the Elan Ripstick Tour 104 carries with it a bunch of new properties that a lot of skiers will like. These skis are not only taking a lot of the fun-loving aspects of the Ripstick alpine line, but also influence from ski designer Glen Plake who is a huge fan of having fun on the mountain. Since Glen’s favorite Ripstick is the 106, it makes sense that his touring ski would be pretty darn close to that as well. At 104 mm underfoot, and with a straighter cut, these skis do not sacrifice uphill efficiency for downhill performance, or vice-versa. Whereas the alpine Ripstick skis utilize two carbon rods on the sides of the skis, the Tour skis use a central Carbon Bridge Rod that runs the central spine of the ski to provide stability, damping, and vibration absorption. Carbon laminates on the top and bottom of the light wood core add more stiffness and responsiveness to the ski, making it as fun-loving as the other successful skis in the Ripstick line.

Who it's For:

Fun-loving touring skiers like Glen who appreciate the responsiveness of carbon in a somewhat multi-directional format.


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2022 Liberty Origin 106 BC Skis



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171, 176, 182, 187 cm

20 m @ 182 cm

138 / 106 / 128 mm

1580g at 176 cm

Smeariness, Surfiness, Freeride Fun


Overview:

Liberty, as a company, was founded with a strong freeride philosophy, and that has carried forward into 2022 with the Origin 106 BC. It’s interesting, I think, that this is the only ski with the BC/Backcountry moniker to it, emphasizing the fact that this ski is focused on downhill performance. With an Origin design, but complete with a flatter tail, the 106 BC is a fun floater—willing and capable of tackling big mountain lines and super-deep snow. The use of Aspen and carbon in the core causes this ski to have the lower weight without losing that which Liberty is known for. With a top and bottom carbon stringer laminate, these skis have the stiffness and responsiveness to go along with their freeride shape and Backcountry Rocker profile. Most BC skis don’t want or need a huge tail rocker, as it makes for less-efficient climbing. As such, the Origin 106 BC nicely splits the difference between a resort freeride ski and a backcountry specialist.

Who it's For:

Skiers who value backcountry performance to go along with their touring capabilities. You fall more on the freeride side of the spectrum.


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2022 Blizzard Zero G 105 Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

24 m @ 188 cm

134 / 105 / 120 mm

1645g at 188 cm

Grip, Maneuverability, Stiffness


Overview:

Starting with a light weight wood core, Blizzard uses their Carbon Drive 2.0 carbon frame to boost the ski’s energy and bolster the performance. At 105 mm underfoot, these skis love to float through the fresh, and have the light weight core to provide excellent uphill efficiency. In addition to that carbon frame, there’s two edge-to-edge layers of bi-directional carbon in the binding zone for both retention and torsional stiffness. When you get in some sketchy zones out there in the backcountry, it’s nice to know that your skis will keep up and maintain poise when you’re laying it on the line. Since the carbon laminate on top of the ski is formed in a 3-Dimensional format, the skis get quite a bit stiffer. Any time that a carbon sheet is curved or angled, this increases the overall stiffness of the material. The 188 cm length produces a 24-meter turn radius, so these skis have the shape for some straight-line skiing to accompany the climbing efficiency of the ski.

Who it's For:

Skiers who want that stiff and responsive feeling in a wider-bodied shape. You value flotation, but don’t want to downplay the necessity of edge grip and confidence.


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2022 Volkl Mantra V.Werks Skis



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170, 178, 186 cm

20.8 m @ 178 cm

135 / 99 / 117 mm

1666g at 178 cm

Quality, Quickness, Energy


Overview:

There’s a lot going on with these Mantra V.Werks skis, making them some of the most technologically advanced skis on this wall. Surely the Katana V.Werks falls into the same category, but this Mantra may have the more versatile shape. Starting with a Multi-layer wood core made from poplar and beech, Volkl mills out vertical strips from the bottom, not dissimilar from the way that Fischer uses their Air Tech in their touring skis. While full-width underfoot, this core tapers drastically through the forebody and the tail, leaving the edges thin and carbonized. This results in the 3D Ridge Carbon technology that reduces swing weight and overall weight while keeping the ski smooth and stable. In addition, Volkl uses a titanal band in the central chord to stabilize and dampen the ski. If you’re looking for that ski at 99 mm underfoot that can crush through crud and powder, this ski has the tech and the quality to get you there. Volkl skin fixations a plus.

Who it's For:

You value precision and responsiveness in your touring skis.


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2022 Stockli Edge FT Skis



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167, 176, 185 cm

18.7 m @ 176 cm

130 / 94 / 119 mm

1676g at 176 cm

Precision, Quality, Smoothness


Overview:

While somewhat similar to the Stormrider 95, the Stockli Edge FT brings some of its own uniqueness to the touring world. At 94 mm underfoot in the 176, and coming in at just under 1700 grams per ski, this one is a great blend of that which you know and love from the Stormrider series, just with a lighter overall weight. Super-Light Core is the main story here, as these skis basically get the Nela core to make the ski more uphill-oriented. The skis still get Stockli’s Titec Pro, so the upper laminate is full-metal, making this one of the smoothest skis on the wall by a good margin. On that Titec laminate, Stockli utilizes their Titanal Technology Evo, which is a new powder coating that is not only more durable, but also friction-free to shed snow. Also contributing to the lighter weight are Stockli’s Touring Super Light Edges, which are about 25% lighter than their normal edges. All of these things add up to a wonderful touring ski that’s uniquely Stockli—poised and ready for either a Shift or a lighter tech bindign for both in and out of bounds skiing.

Who it's For:

Active skiers who love the Stockli product for both uphills and downhills. You value a smooth, stable, and damp ski that complains about nothing.


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2022 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 104 Skis



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165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

18.5 m @ 186 cm

135 / 104 / 124 mm

1700g at 179 cm

Playfulness, Energy, Flotation


Overview:

Haven’t you always just wanted a lighter Enforcer 104? I think a lot of skiers have, and that’s where this ski really comes in handy. While it sits squarely in Nordica’s touring line of new Unlimited skis, it has more applications than that, and we’re pretty stoked about it. If you are a current Enforcer skier and are looking to get into the backcountry, this ski will allow you to do it and not miss a beat. Thanks to the macro-block forming of the core, skiers get a lighter ski that uses carbon stringers to get the stiffness and responsiveness instead of metal. While sharing the same footprint, skiers can expect the same freeride fun out of the ski, as this is one of the more freestyle-oriented skis of the group with one of the most turned-up tails as well as one of the curviest rocker profiles. Coming in at about 400 grams lighter than the 104 Free, this Unlimited version offers a whole new approach to freeride touring.

Who it's For:

Skiers who have wanted an Enforcer 104 for a 50/50 ski but have balked at the weight. You will now slide right into the Unlimited seamlessly.


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2022 Volkl Katana V.Werks Skis



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177, 184, 191 cm

23.5 m @ 184 cm

143 / 112 / 132 mm

1900g at 184 cm

Flotation, Smeariness, Surfy


Overview:

With technology to spare, the Volkl Katana V.Werks is one of the best big-mountain touring options on this list to be sure. At 112 mm underfoot, it’s not only the widest ski on this list, but it’s also the only fully-rockered one. As a result, the flotation of the ski is up there with the best of them, and the surfy nature of the ski is not to be understated. That said, we’re dealing with a relatively burly build to go along with it. Approaching 2000 grams in the 184, these skis are certainly entering the heavier side of the spectrum, but Volkl still does a good job in keeping the skis as nimble and agile as possible. By using a wood core of poplar and beech, they mill out sections of the bottom of the core in a vertical manner, so the skis ditch weight when possible. 3D Ridge Carbon takes over from there, with a full carbon layup that adds a good deal of stiffness to the mix. The sidewalls are fully vertical underfoot, tapering to a thin, carbon-based laminate on the edges through the forebody and tail. This allows for less weight overall and a very precise snow feel.

Who it's For:

Advanced and Expert skiers looking for a dedicated big-mountain touring setup. you can put a real alpine binding on these, although we’d suspect something in the Duke PT range would be ideal for the intended audience.


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2022 Black Crows Ferox Freebird Skis



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170.1, 176.7, 181.4, 186.2 cm

21 m @ 181.4 cm

136 / 110 / 126 mm

2020g at 181.4 cm

Flotation, Hard-Charging, Stability


Overview:

As the heaviest ski on this list, the Black Crows Ferox Freebird kind of masks what it actually is with what it wants to be. Without a lighter wood core consisting of paulwonia and poplar, the Ferox would be quite a bit more beastly. As is, though, it’s relatively light, tipping the scales at 2020 grams per 181.4 cm ski. Much like other skis in the Crows line that use H-Shaped metal, the Ferox adopts the same 3D shape, but they use both carbon reinforcement as well as Isocore, which, get this, is a polyurethane mousse strengthened with continuous glass fiber. Add a twin tip with a skin notch, a crazy tip taper shape, and a 21-meter turn radius, and you have one of the more unique and interesting skis in the industry. At 110 mm underfoot, and with that taper, it’s going to cut pretty clean lines through deep and fresh snow, making this one of the better big-mountain skis on the wall.

Who it's For:

A pretty small group of skiers. You need a twin tip, a tapered tip, a skin notch, and a relatively heavy ski for touring purposes.


Written by Bob St. Pierre on 11/24/21

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