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2022 Ski Comparisons: Women's ~100 MM All Mountain Ski Guide

In our second women’s comparison for 2022, we bump up a width range into the ~100 mm underfoot category. While we could make a good and strong argument that the previous category of ~90’s makes fantastic one-ski quivers, these can too, just for skiers who prefer wider skis or if you ski and live in a snowier zone. A lot of the same construction and performance characteristics carry through to this list, bringing more rocker, taper, and playfulness to the mix. Ranging from 96 to 104 mm underfoot, there’s a lot of range here, even within this category.

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2022 Armada Trace 98 Skis



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156, 164, 172 cm

17 m @ 164 cm

127 / 98 / 119 mm

1370g at 164 cm

Flotation, Playfulness, Energy


Overview:

In a word, fun! The Armada Trace 98 is one of those in-between skis that doesn’t really fit into a box. As such, it is able to be chameleon-esque when it comes to all-mountain skiing with a freeride flair. Built with a poplar wood core, the skis get a binding reinforcement underfoot and Armada’s Adaptive Mesh to stiffen the ski on multiple levels. The Trace also contains Tapertops to reduce both physical and swing weight, making the ski quicker and more maneuverable without sacrificing stability. In addition, the skis possess Armada’s AR75 sidewalls, giving the ski a ¾ capped construction, again adding quickness and agility to the mix. We see a fair amount of taper and rocker in this ski, and that makes it one of the better floating 98’s out there, and one of the more playful soft-snow skis in this comparison.

Who it's For:

Ladies who love to hit the fresh whenever possible. You want the maneuverability and ease of use of a true all-mountain ski, but with the stiffness and response to rip some clean round turns at the same time.


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2022 Armada Reliance 102 Skis



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164, 172, 180 cm

17.5 m @ 172 cm

134 / 102 / 123 mm

1700g at 164 cm

Stability, Confidence, Power


Overview:

These smooth and stable performers are new for 2022, allowing advanced and expert skiers the opportunity to rip around the whole mountain with the utmost confidence. One of the best parts of the Reliance series of skis is the fact that they are quiet and damp without being dull. The energy that skiers can get out of them is quite impressive. A lot of it has to do with the tail shape, but even more so, the Articulated Titanal Banding that Armada employs creates a unique feel to these skis that isn’t found in many other places. By removing some of the metal in strips at the shovel of the ski and replacing it with an elastomer material, Armada allows the forebody of the ski to flex easier without eliminating the performance and power. Quite the opposite—when you drive forward into the ski, you get more access to the shape, creating a smoother and rounder turn. At 102 mm underfoot, these skis will work well as a western one-ski quiver or an eastern snow day ski.

Who it's For:

Advanced and expert skiers who are looking to charge and rip, but not get bogged down. You love a strong kick to the end of your turn, but in a wider-bodied format.


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2022 Atomic Backland 98 W Skis



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156, 164, 172 cm

14.6 m @ 164 cm

127.5/ 98 / 118 mm

1160g at 164 cm

Touring, Flotation, Snappiness


Overview:

On the other end of the weight spectrum from the Reliance lies the Backland 98 W. This ski is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a nice split between the resort and backcountry. Equally at home with a lighter pin-tech binding as it is with a normal alpine one, the Backland 98 W has a huge range of applications, making it one of the more versatile skis on the wall, especially given the weight. Feather-light and ready to rip, we’ve seen some pretty darn high-end shredding on these skis—no real performance limit here. Built with Atomic’s Ultra Power wood core, but milled to a thinner height, these skis are bolstered by their carbon backbone, utilizing stringers to stiffen and stabilize. The end result is a ton of energy and responsiveness, but at a much lighter weight. HRZN Tech in the tips adds to the flotation and soft-snow prowess of these awesome hybrids.

Who it's For:

Advanced skiers looking to tour, or ski exclusively at the resort, or both. You want light weight, but do not want to sacrifice stability in order to do so.


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2022 Black Crows Camox Birdie Skis



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156.1, 162.3, 168.1, 174.2 cm

19 m @ 168.1 cm

128 / 97 / 116 mm

1690g at 162.3 cm

Energy, Snap, Versatility


Overview:

There’s just something really nice and fun about a wider twin tip for true all-mountain skiing. These Camox Birdie skis are limited neither by the park or the rest of the mountain, and that’s good news for a whole lot of skiers. Whether you’re an advancing intermediate or a top-shelf expert, the Camox Birdie offers fun, energy, snap, and confidence in a relatively light weight package. There’s not a whole lot of fancy stuff going on with the construction, it’s basically a poplar wood core with fiberglass, but the way in which they heighten the camber underfoot and pair it with a slightly tapered shape makes the Camox Birdie stand out from the competition in terms of energy. The twin tip is really just icing on the cake, allowing skiers playfulness in the woods and bumps, as well as park capabilities to go along with it. Built with a full sidewall underfoot and half-cap in the forebody and through the tail, the quickness and energy of the Camox Birdie will never cease to amaze.

Who it's For:

Fun-loving skiers who want to maximize their day. If you’re looking for that one-ski quiver with a twin tip and a great rebound, this is the stick for you.


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2022 Blizzard Sheeva 10 Skis



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156, 164, 172, 180 cm

14.5 m @ 164 cm

131 / 102 / 121 mm

1825g at 164 cm

Softer Snow, Grip to Width Ratio, Flotation


Overview:

For a few years, now, the Blizzard Sheeva 10 has occupied a top spot in the all-mountain/freeride world. Blizzard just gets it right with this ski, specifically for skiers who are looking for a wider ski for softer snow. The best part is that you do not have to sacrifice edge grip or all-mountain performance to get the float and smear that the Sheeva offers. Thanks to their DRT titanal laminate, the Sheeva 10 has full-width metal underfoot and extending into the forebody and tail, making it solid and stable where you need it, and playful and fun-loving towards the ends. In the 164, the Sheeva 10 generates a 14.5-meter turn radius with a 102 mm underfoot width, so these skis do like to jump into and out of turns. While not a twin tip in the freestyle sense of the word, it’s got more of that freeride/multi-directional shape that allows for creative skiing.

Who it's For:

Skiers teetering on the edge of freeride, but don’t want to leave the front side behind. You value low swing weight, especially when it’s paired with solid underfoot stability.


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2022 Blizzard Black Pearl 97 Skis



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153, 159, 165, 171, 177 cm

15 m @ 165 cm

136 / 97 / 118 mm

2024g at 177 cm

Versatility, Composure, Confidence


Overview:

The dominance of the Black Pearl series from Blizzard cannot really be understated. This 97, when compared to the ever-present 88, doesn’t quite get top-billing, and that’s kind of a disservice for skiers who are looking for something in this width range. Speaking of range, the Pearl 97 has it in spades. Rip an early-morning groomer? Sure! Float through the fresh in the bowls? Why not! Dance through the trees with ease? More please! There’s really nothing that these skis cannot do. Built with Blizzard’s True Blend wood core consisting of poplar and beech stringers, this ski is about as sophisticated as it gets without adding a bunch of weird materials. While there’s a metal plate underfoot, it’s more for binding retention than structural poise, but it all counts. Fiberglass and carbon round out this nice build, and a friendly directional shape brings it all together.

Who it's For:

Literally, everyone looking for a ski in the mid to upper 90’s underfoot. You want versatility, ease of use, and a top gear to get you through the day.


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2022 Dynastar M-Pro 99 W Skis



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154, 162, 170, 178 cm

18 m @ 170 cm

126 / 98 / 116 mm

1685g at 162 cm

Soft Snow, Firm Snow, Dampness


Overview:

An interesting and under appreciated option in this comparison, the Dynastar M-Pro 99W is a strong and stable ski that has quite a few strengths that set it apart. In the core, Dynastar uses a blend of poplar wood in the central chord of the ski sandwiched in between two wide strips of polyurethane material. This PU is similar to the plastic used in a 120-flex alpine ski boot, and offers a whole lot of energy and dampness to the ski. On top of that core, Dynastar uses their Rocket Frame titanal laminate for additional power. This metal laminate is narrow and more focused in the forebody, full-width underfoot, and remaining that way for most of the tail. This allows for more skier-directed initiation with a stronger finish to the turn. These skis are quite stiff, more so in the tail, and that is great news for advanced and expert skiers who like the kick out of the carve. Floaty in the front, and with a longer-than-most turn radius, these skis create an 18-meter arc in the 170 and are some of the best powder skis of the width. Long rocker is the culprit here, resulting in dramatic splay, these M-Pro 99W’s carve as well as they float.

Who it's For:

Skiers who love energy out of the turn, but also enjoy staying on top of the fresh. You pair powder skiing and groomer ripping equally, and are looking for one ski to do it all.


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2022 Elan Ripstick 102 W Skis



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154, 162, 170, 178 cm

15.8 m @ 162 cm

136 / 102 / 115 mm

1622g at 162 cm

Fun, Energy, Smooth Flotation


Overview:

If you’ve been following us at SkiEssentials.com, you are likely aware that we’re pretty high on the Ripstick series. The 102 W is no exception, providing amazing versatility and performance in a fun-loving package. Like the other Ripsticks, it all comes down to the build and shape, and the fact that Elan is able to build their skis in an asymmetric fashion really gives the engineers flexibility and creative license to take some risks. It pays off in the form of Elan’s Tubelite wood core, using a laminated wood core with two carbon rods that run the length of the ski. They are 3-Dimensional in nature, so the way in which they flex and bend with the ski provides an incredible level of responsiveness that is not matched anywhere else. The asymmetry comes in to play with Elan’s Carbon Line Technology, which is an additional horizontal carbon laminate that is found only on the inside half of the ski, leaving the outside portion free to flex with the snow, creating a smooth-as-silk feel in both firm and soft snow. At 102 mm underfoot, these are some good floaters, too, thanks to the lighter weight and spoony tip shape.

Who it's For:

Advanced skiers looking for a softer-snow ski. If you are looking for one ski to do it all, this one may be on the wide side, but for western one-ski quivers, it’s money.


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2022 Fischer Ranger 102 FR Skis



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156, 163, 170, 177, 185, 191 cm

17 m @ 170 cm

135 / 101 / 125 mm

1530g at 156 cm

Versatility, Well-Roundedness, Poise


Overview:

We’ve mentioned chameleon-esque skis here in the past, referring to a ski that can change as per the conditions and terrain, but rarely does a ski so pink remind someone, anyone, of a chameleon. Hot looks aside, this Ranger 102 FR really does the trick, camouflaging itself as a powder ski when there’s powder, a carving ski on the groomers, and a tree ski in the woods. It all works, and does so properly. The wood core is milled in a convex shape, giving a more 3-Dimensional personality to the ski. Carbon nose stiffens the front, making it responsive and quick while keeping the maneuverability intact. This is another one of those skis that has a twin tip, but it’s better suited to the freeride, rather than freestyle, realm. Long rocker in both tips and tails add to the flotation, while the full sidewall underfoot boosts the power. This ski splits the difference quite well between a resort ski and a touring one, as we’ve seen a lot of hybrid bindings on these for both in and out of bounds skiing.

Who it's For:

Fun-loving skiers of the advanced and expert ilk. You search for and seek out fresh snow, but are more than happy to cruise groomers all day when called for.


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2022 Head Kore 97 W Skis



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156, 163, 170, 177 cm

15.3 m @ 170 cm

131 / 97 / 118 mm

1625g at 170 cm

Light Weight, Energy, Grip


Overview:

With a number of refinements for 2022, the Head Kore 97 W gets a much-appreciated revamp. Gone is the Koroyd, which make the ski kind of unnecessarily stiff. Instead, they use the carbon in more of a three-dimensional format, wrapping over the sidewalls for just a bit. Whenever you bend or curve carbon, it gets that much stiffer, but doesn’t have the same jitteriness that the Koroyd created. As such, it’s a more compliant ski, while still retaining the strong strength to weight ratio that these skis are known for. With a blend of poplar and karuba wood in the core, the Kore 97 W rips through the groomers, giving the skier a lot of energy and response on the tail end of the turn. It’s a fairly directional ski, more so than a lot of others in this comparison, so it does fare better on firmer snow and groomed terrain rather than floating through the fresh.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a lighter-weight ski for more on-trail purposes. You love the feeling of a purely-carved turn, but don’t want the weight or dullness of metal in order to do it.


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2022 K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance Skis



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154, 161, 168, 175 cm

15.6 m @ 168 cm

134 / 98 / 120 mm

1595g at 154 cm

Dampness, Stability, Smoothness


Overview:

With a nice blend of power and pop, the K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance has a whole lot to offer today’s advanced and expert skiers. Built with an Aspen Veneer wood core, these skis have a pretty nice flex to them. That wood is bolstered by K2’s Titanal Y-Beam that does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to power and grip. With metal over the sides in the forebody, full-width underfoot, and centralized in the tail, these skis have fantastic initiation and a playful finish to the turn. This makes the Mindbender 98 a fantastic ski for both front side and all-mountain cruising. They’re stable and stout enough to rip through GS turns on the groomers while staying on top of the fray when it comes to powder, crud, and chunked up snow. Short-turning skiers, specifically, will enjoy the 15.6-meter arc in the 168, as it’s relatively simple to access the full sidecut of the ski due to the flex. For a ski with metal, it’s not overly stiff, and that’s good news for skiers who want the dampness and stability without all the work.

Who it's For:

Advanced and expert skiers who spend the majority of their time on-trail, but don’t want to forget that the other side exists. You love the groomers, and want something strong for when the conditions are less than ideal.


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2022 Kastle FX 96 W Skis



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156, 164, 172 cm

16 m @ 172 cm

133 / 96 / 119 mm

1650g at 164 cm

Precision, Energy, Grip


Overview:

The quality and performance of the Kastle FX 96 W puts it on the high end of skis in this comparison for sure. All skis are made from some combination of metal, wood, and plastic, yet good companies incorporate these materials in better ways. The Kastle FX 96 W starts with narrow vertical stringers of poplar, beech, and paulownia, all sandwiched together as a central chord, and that chord is wrapped in a fiberglass “sock” of sorts. On the outer portions of the chord, the skis have additional stringers of mainly paulownia that softens the sides, creating a more playful personality. The central chord, as well, sticks up a bit, creating a 3-Dimensional shape and making the ski stouter and more stable when engaged in the turn. The shovel of the ski is on the floatier and more flexible side of the spectrum for such a high-performance ski, and this is a good thing for skiers who are looking for more soft snow performance, even in a mid-90's width.

Who it's For:

Quality lovers who like proper fit and finish to a ski. You value agility, speed, and strength, and don’t mind paying a little extra for it.


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2022 Liberty Genesis 101 Skis



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151, 158, 165, 171 cm

14 m @ 158 cm

135 / 101 / 122 mm

1589g at 158 cm

Playfulness, Flotation, Smeariness


Overview:

The new kid in the Genesis lineup, the 101 splits the difference nicely between the 96 and 106, offering up a softer-snow choice for skiers who spend most of their time seeking out the fresh and the fluff. That said, the new VMT 1.0 core adds a new level of stability and power to the mix by introducing a vertical metal strut that really energizes the ski. The core consists of a mix of bamboo, poplar, and paulownia, so the skier really gets the best of all worlds here, combining lighter woods together to create a unique feel and personality. The overall core profile is on the thicker side, so even though the wood is light, the underfoot zone of the ski is actually quite rugged. This counterbalances the playful and rounded tips and tails, creating a multi-dimensional feel to the ski that doesn’t really have an equal in this comparison.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a softer-snow ski with a freeride flair. If you value carving and groomer performance, you likely have another ski for that application, but it’s not totally necessary.


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2022 Line Pandora 104 Skis



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158, 165, 172 cm

14.6 m @ 165 cm

137 / 104 / 121 mm

1442g at 158 cm

Flotation, Quickness, Energy


Overview:

Tied for being the widest ski on this list, the soft snow prowess of the Line Pandora 104 is not to be understated. That does not mean, however, that this ski should be pigeon-holed into just being a pow stick. The lighter weight and carbon stringers make it quite energetic and capable of carving clean and round turns, but the softer the groomer, the better. If you’re looking for a firm snow carver, there are certainly better choices, but for a ski that blurs the line between all-mountain, freeride, and even alpine touring, there aren’t many better options than the Pandora 104. This ski has a snappy feel to it, with good camber underfoot to help, allowing skiers to get the best-possible rebound out of the turn while keeping it smeary and playful enough for the softer stuff. With a lighter weight and a directional flex pattern, the Pandora 104 is willing and able to tackle anything the mountain can throw at it.

Who it's For:

Solid skiers looking for a fun-loving and poppy ski. You value soft-snow performance, as this leans more to the powder side of the spectrum.


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2022 Nordica Santa Ana 98 Skis



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151, 158, 165, 172, 179 cm

15.6 m @ 165 cm

131 / 98 / 118 mm

1990g at 172 cm

Power, Versatility, Smoothness


Overview:

This is one of those skis that just has it dialed. The Santa Ana 98 is one of the most complete skis on this wall, capable of ripping turns on groomers, busting through crud, floating through fresh, and swiveling through bumps and trees. It’s a great combination of strength, stability, and agility, and it all starts with the construction. Built with a performance wood core, the skis get an upper metal laminate that’s terrain-specific, so in the 98, it takes up a middle-amount of ground. This adds to the versatility and flexibility of the ski in a very positive manner. The carbon chassis adds stringers to the fiberglass, stiffening the ski in addition to making it nimbler and quicker. At 98 mm underfoot, it may not sound like the best floater, but for the power that it possesses, it stays on top of the snow quite well. The longer tip rocker and spoonier shape mesh well with the lower tail rocker, making it more of a directional ski in the fluff, especially when compared to the next ski on the list.

Who it's For:

Advanced and expert skiers who love the feeling of carving turns on a wider ski. This could certainly be your one and only ski for any mountain at any time.


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2022 Nordica Santa Ana 104 Free Skis



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158, 165, 172, 179 cm

16 m @ 165 cm

133 / 104 / 122 mm

1795g at 165 cm

Playfulness, Versatility, Flotation


Overview:

It’s just like the last ski, only floatier and more playful. Very similar in the construction, with a dense wood core and a single layer of metal, the Nordica Santa Ana 104 is still a strong performer on the trails, but the added rocker and taper make it really come to life in the softer stuff. With more of a turned-up tail and more dramatic splay, these skis are fantastic floaters, despite the slight heft, and that’s great news for advanced and expert skiers who use this as a soft-snow ski on its own, or as part of a quiver. The fact that these skis have that Santa Ana pedigree to go along with the smeary shape speaks volumes of what Nordica is going for with this ski. It’s basically a race/powder ski that can do it all, but has a preference and leans to the softer side of the equation. Tied for the widest ski on the wall, it’s likely one of the better floaters, but the build and shape make it ready for business on the groomers as well, and that’s really what sets it apart from the rest.

Who it's For:

Advanced and expert skiers who want a wider and more playful ski that can also lay down some mean carves. This is likely your softer snow ski, but if you ski in a snowy zone, there’s no reason it couldn’t be a daily driver.


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2022 Rossignol Blazer Skis



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160, 170 cm

17 m @ 170 cm

131 / 98 / 121 mm

1772g at 160 cm

Freeride, Freestyle, Versatility


Overview:

Much like the Camox, Origin, and Ranger on our wall, the Rossignol Blackops Blazer is just a fun, wider twin tip that has virtually zero weaknesses. The only limitation to this ski is your mind. Other than that, the Blazer can pretty much do it all. Sounds repetitive, I know, but this twin tipped all-mountain ski is just a heck of a lot of fun. Built with a pretty stable poplar wood core, the skis also have diago fiber to stiffen and damp tech rubber inserts in the tips and tails for vibration absorption. Underfoot, there’s a Titanal Beam, which is both binding-retention as well as stability-inducing. It allows for better grip in the mid-section of the ski, and makes the on-trail performance quite a bit stronger. In the 170, these skis produce a 17-meter turn radius, and this allows the skier to have better input into the shape and duration of the turn. The twin tip is great for freeride and freestyle fun, whether you ever step foot in the park or not. On-trail tricks and jumps are totally in play as well, adding to the all-mountain prowess of the ski.

Who it's For:

Advanced and experts who prefer to have more input into the ski rather than letting it drive them. You are a playful and confident skier who knows how to get the job done in a fun and awesome manner.


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2022 Rossignol Rallybird Ti Skis



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163, 171, 178 cm

16 m @ 171 cm

137 / 102 / 127 mm

1740g at 163 cm

Power, Stability, Crud-Busting


Overview:

On the stiffer and more directional side of the spectrum, certainly versus the previous Blazer, the Rossignol Rallybird Ti is a powerful ski that loves to charge through, over, and around any type of snow conditions or terrain. These things really start to come to life when the snow deteriorates, showing up as one of the better crud and chop skis on this wall. Built with a lighter paulownia wood core, that’s about the only light weight thing about these skis. Rossi really throws it all at these skis, with a carbon alloy matrix that stiffens the whole board, and a titanal beam that is similar to the one found in the Blazer. The Rallybird Ti is also one of the only freeride skis left in Rossi’s catalog to incorporate Double LCT Visco, which are two vertical struts that stiffen and stabilize the ski. If you put power and energy into this ski, you’re certainly going to get it fed back to you on the back end of the turn. The tail holds tight, and the shovel floats nicely, so this ski, at 102 mm underfoot is a fantastic floater that can lay down some mean carves on the groomers.

Who it's For:

Advanced and expert skiers who love to charge hard. You are not afraid of a stiffer ski and know how to drive one.


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2022 Salomon QST Lumen 99 Skis



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153, 159, 167, 174 cm

19 m @ 167 cm

134 / 99 / 116 mm

1773g at 167 cm

Versatility, Smoothness, Dampness


Overview:

One of the smoother performers of the wall, the Salomon QST Lumen 99 is about as intuitive as it comes. There’s a bit of extra weight that accompanies this ski, but if you’re not using it as an uphill ski, then it doesn’t really matter much. In fact, the weight makes it a whole lot of fun both on and off-piste. With a 99 mm waist and a 19-meter turn shape in the 167, these skis initiate easily, rolling from turn to turn the whole way down. Starting with a poplar wood core, these skis benefit and strengthen through the use of Salomon’s C/FX material, combining carbon and flax in tip to tail stringers, and creating a snappy and energetic ski that’s as versatile and fun-loving as they come. Quieting things down up top is the Cork Damplifier that does a fantastic job mitigating vibrations and leading to a smooth and powerful personality. Moderate tip and tail rocker combine with a relatively tapered shape to make this ski a fantastic floater in a variety of conditions and terrain.

Who it's For:

If you’ve made it this far in the comparison and still don’t know what to get, you should get this one. Truly an every-person's ski with a wide range of abilities and benefits.


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2022 Stockli Nela 96 Skis



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156, 164, 172 cm

15.8 m @ 164 cm

134 / 96 / 121 mm

1573g at 156 cm

Precision, Quality, Poise


Overview:

The Super Light Core is one of the keys to success with the lovely Nela 96. By starting with that core, they’re able to bulk up the ski in other ways, making it one of the smoothest and most precise skis on this list. The price tag backs it up, too, but you certainly get the utmost in quality with these skis. Titec, the upper metal laminate, brings the rest of the power, directly connecting your binding to the ski, and ensuring that each and every movement that you put into your boot gets efficiently transmitted into the ski, and thus to the edge. One of the amazing parts of this ski is the fact that it’s light, yet super stable, and Stockli’s Thin Glass Laminate has a lot to do with that as well. By lightening the fiberglass, they’re able to reduce the weight without affecting performance. This, among other build qualities, are what make this Stockli special, and if you get a chance to ski them, you’ll figure it out pretty quickly that these skis are a unique product.

Who it's For:

A wide range of skiers, since Stockli is able to pack a pretty big performance package in a light weight setup. You value precision, quality, and control, and will spare no expense to get it.


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2022 Volkl Secret 96 Skis



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149, 156, 163, 170, 177 cm

24 / 14 / 20 m @ 163 cm

135 / 96 / 119 mm

N/A

Precision, Grip, Carving


Overview:

Likely the burliest/ruggedest ski on the wall, the Volkl Secret 96 is a new ski for 2022, providing excellent on-trail carving capabilities to go along with its true all-mountain versatility. At 96 mm underfoot, it’s on the narrower side of this comparison, but the quality of the build put it at the top of the list in terms of high-end performance. Surely, it’s not the floater that the Santa Ana 104 is, but the Tailored Titanal Frame really comes to life when the snow gets firm. In addition, Volkl utilizes Tailored Carbon Tips, much like those that are found on the Deacon V.Werks, and now the Deacon 72 and 76 Master, allowing for complete and total precision at the entry of the turn. As a result, when you tip, these things rip. The 3D Radius Sidecut will take care of the rest of the turn, ensuring proper shape and duration in a totally and completely intuitive manner. Strong, stable, and incredibly precise, the Volkl Secret 96 is the ultimate high-performance all-mountain weapon for any and all resort use.

Who it's For:

Expert skiers who value clean carved turns. You don’t mind having to work a little harder to get rewarded with sublime performance.


Written by Bob St. Pierre on 11/18/21

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