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2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

For the Mid-90's Men’s All-Mountain Comparison, we decided to switch things up a bit. The order, as subjective and open to debate as possible, runs from Slarvy to Carvy, Pleasure to Business, Loose to Tight, Playful to Powerful, etc. Feel free to find your own adjectives to describe the skis on this list, but any way you slice it, these are all potential one-ski quivers that will satisfy the needs and wants of a huge range of skiers. We love all of these skis in the mid-90's range, from the fun-loving twin tips to the hard-charging power sticks. 50/50 Hybrid skis have entered the conversation as well, with lighter skis from Volkl, Head, and Elan lining up with more touring-oriented skis like the new Hustle 9 from Blizzard.

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2023 Liberty Origin 96 Skis



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171, 176, 182, 187 cm

17.5 m at 176 cm

130 / 96 / 118 mm

1869 g at 182 cm

Maneuverability, Smeariness, Trees


Overview:

On the slarvy side of the wall, the Liberty Origin has a strong freeride heritage, and has mainly stuck to its roots over the years. The addition of the vertical metal strut last year made the needle move slightly, but it didn’t take any of the fun-loving personality away from the ski. The Origin still has that round-turning philosophy and character that makes it one of the most maneuverable and playful on the list. It’s highly versatile, smooth thanks to the bamboo, and eager to make sideways turns through any type of snow or terrain, and especially trees.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a wiggly ski that can actually check a lot of other boxes as well. You like to spend time in the park, or using the mountain’s natural features, and especially putting your own mark on the snow.

Price: $669.99


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2023 Volkl Blaze 94 Skis



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158, 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

37 / 15 / 27 m at 172 cm

134 / 94 / 116 mm

1589 g at 179 cm

Light Weight, Quickness, Versatility


Overview:

As one of the lightest skis on the wall, it’s easy to put it on this side, mostly because they are so darn quick and responsive to your input. There’s not a whole lot of lag time at all when it comes to the transfer of energy, much like what we see in the Kore 93, but then the Blaze turns on the freeride mentality and allows the skier to play and be agile all at the same time. The touring application is definitely in play here as well, offering skiers the ability to be efficient on the climbs and then smeary and drifty on the downs. This is a very well-rounded ski, and more impressive as it does it with a minimum of mass.

Who it's For:

50/50 skiers looking for the ultimate combination of uphill potential with downhill playfulness. You want something that’s easy to throw sideways without losing much of the directional appeal of the ski.

Price: $599.99


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2023 K2 Poacher Skis



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170, 177, 184 cm

19 m at 184 cm

124 / 96 / 127 mm

2031 g at 177 cm

Stability, Flotation, Park


Overview:

With a fantastic blend of freestyle properties to go along with a slightly burlier feel, the Poacher is an incredibly well-rounded twin tip that’s capable of winning X-Games and Olympic gold medals while appealing to more moderate and civilized skiers looking for a fun and strong twin for all-mountain performance. In a variety of snow conditions, the Poacher excels, mainly due to the triaxial fiberglass laminate that K2 employs. This is what adds to the weight of the ski and makes it feel like a pretty rugged stick. The shape, though, brings the slarvy and smeary nature right back into focus with long tip and tail rocker to go along with fairly symmetrical taper.

Who it's For:

Everyone from Colby Stevenson to a mid-level dad who wants to improve their skiing. You want a mid-90's twin with some oomph rather than a total noodle.

Price: $549.95


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2023 Head Oblivion 94 Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

22.8 m at 184 cm

128 / 94 / 118 mm

1878 g at 184 cm

Park, Flexibility, Cambered Energy


Overview:

While the Poacher has a bit more of an all-mountain feel to it, the Oblivion leans a bit more to the park side, and a lot of this has to do with the flex and the camber. A bit lighter than the K2, and with more flex, especially in the tail, the freestyle influence runs strong in this one. Just by looking at it and flexing it, the park and pipe application jumps to the forefront. This does not mean that the Oblivion suffers in an all-mountain format, rather it has a different energy and feel for that aspect. The tail, while more flexible, is also less tapered, so those two attributes kind of cancel each other out. In the world of mid-90's twin tips, the Oblivion is a strong contender that loves to have fun all over the mountain, but is particularly effective as a park and freestyle-specific model that has a lot of energy and pop.

Who it's For:

Park enthusiasts who are looking for a fair amount of on and off-trail versatility. You love being in the air, but also love to throw your skis sideways at each and every powder pile.

Price: $549.00


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2023 Armada ARV 96 Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

19 m at 177 cm

125 / 96 / 117 mm

2069 g at 184 cm

Park, Trees, Groomers


Overview:

Like the Poacher, we’re seeing some heft and stability in the mid-90's twins here. The ARV 96 uses ash in the wood core rather than an excessive amount of fiberglass and epoxy like Poacher. This gives the ARV 96 some pretty solid grip on firmer snow. They keep it playful, though in a few interesting ways. The AR75 sidewalls allow for a capped build in the tips and tails while the underfoot zone is vertically sidewalled in order to maximize edge hold. The rocker profile and fun-loving taper shape lines up well with the capped portion of the skis in order to provide smeary and slarvy playfulness in softer snow while keeping the ski firmly planted on the harsher stuff when required.

Who it's For:

Stronger Park skiers looking for an all-mountain twin that can rip turns with minimal vibrations. You don’t mind a bit of weight underfoot, especially if it’s complemented with maneuverable and playful tips and tails.

Price: $549.95


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2023 Blizzard Hustle 9 Skis



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156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

17 m at 180 cm

127.4 / 94 / 117 mm

1780 g at 180 cm

Versatility, Uphill Potential, Bounciness


Overview:

The addition of True Blend and Carbon DRT to the Rustler 9 shape was a smart move by Blizzard. By lightening an already-proven ski, they increased the skier reach and made the ski stand out on its own, not just in the shadow of the ever-present and awesome Rustler 9. At under 1800 grams in the 180, we’re not looking at a feather, and when compared to other 50/50 skis on the list like Blaze or even Ripstick 96, it’s still not as light, but the successful shape combined with the new technology make this an awesome ski in its own right, whether you use it as a touring option, a sidecountry specialist, or a resort-specific ski. The carbon makes it super-quick and agile, and like the other Hustle skis, super-bouncy and playful.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a lighter and smearier version of the Rustler 9. You like skis that are powered by carbon rather than metal, but still want that same lineage.

Price: $749.95


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2023 Black Crows Camox Skis



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168.1, 174.2, 180.4, 186.5 cm

20 m at 174.2 cm

129/ 97 / 117 mm

1902 g at 180 cm

Energy, Pop, Versatility


Overview:

Speaking of bouncy, the Hustle designers must have contacted the good people at Black Crows on how to make their skis feel as energetic as Camox. This is an absolute treat to ski. It’s got the energy of a teenager on Red Bull, but somehow manages to remain composed and relatively well-behaved. They do great things with the shaping of the ski, and at 97 mm underfoot, the Camox is able to do a whole lot of things really well. From ripping turns on groomers to floating through fresh, and throwing them sideways in the woods, the Camox is super versatile and about as well-rounded as it gets. They do this all without metal or carbon, so that’s a huge nod to the engineers and shapers of the Camox. It’s got some heft to it as well, to go along with a consistent flex, and that makes them incredibly predictable and confidence-inspiring.

Who it's For:

Pretty much everyone. This is one of those across-the-board skis that just has universal appeal.

Price: $799.95


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2023 Line Blade Optic 96 Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184 cm

18 m

129 / 96 / 119 mm

2047 g at 184 cm

Flotation, Carving, Dampness


Overview:

As one of the few totally new skis on the wall, the Blade Optic 96 is a very successful venture into the world of fun-loving all-mountain skis. They do a very effective job of combining a lot of different attributes to the ski. For one, they use a smooth and playful aspen core, combining that with their Gas Pedal Metal Overdrive metal laminate. This is very similar to what we see in the Rustler 9, in terms of the central spine running longer than the full-width mid-body section. This provides a good amount of stability and dampness through the middle of the ski and good grip underfoot, but they balance that with playfulness and smeariness in the tips and tails by going thinner and fully capped in those zones. It works very well, and combines properly with the freeride rocker profile that they employ as well. So far, it seems that the Blade Optic 96 is very successful at blending on-trail carving with soft snow flotation, and we’ve been really big fans each time we’ve skied them.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a more rockered and playful version of the Rustler 9. You like metal as a damping agent, but don’t want it to overpower or be the dominating character of the ski.

Price: $699.95


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2023 Elan Ripstick 96 Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

18 m at 180 cm

136 / 96 / 110 mm

1661 g at 180 cm

Light Weight, Carving, Quickness


Overview:

Even though the ski has stayed the same for about two seasons now, it seems to be getting better and better. Maybe we’re learning more about how to ski it and utilize the carbon-powered character of the ski to maximize performance, or maybe we’re just getting older and appreciate it more. Either way, the Ripstick 96 is an enormously successful ski that does a phenomenal job of blending light weight, strong edge grip, and a playful personality. As a more directional ski, the Ripstick is entering the carvy side, but the weight and agility make it super-maneuverable for playful skiing. The amazing thing about the Ripstick is that it allows skiers to dictate shape and duration better than most skis on this list, and to both extremes. It’s equally happy and at home making short-swing slalom turns as it is ripping GS style arcs through powder, crud, and chop. If the mood strikes, they’re certainly light enough to throw sideways and smear and skid to your heart’s content.

Who it's For:

Like the Camox, quite literally everyone. The Ripstick 96 has huge and broad appeal because it’s so versatile and adaptable.

Price: $699.99


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2023 Blizzard Rustler 9 Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

20 m at 183 cm

127.5 / 94 / 117 mm

1971 g at 180 cm

Versatility, Well-Roundedness, Predictability


Overview:

This one is about as predictable and safe as it gets. We’ve said this about QST 92, and it applies to Rustler 9: if you don’t know what ski to get, get this one. The blend of edge grip on firmer snow due to the metal laminate and the surfiness of the tips and tails make this ski one of the most versatile and well-rounded models on the planet. While we haven’t seen updates or changes for Rustler a whole lot, that’s because they pretty much nailed it the first time. People love this ski and all it has to offer from an all-mountain perspective. The fact that it’s the narrowest of the line makes it a great carver while still adhering to the freeride properties that make the 10 and 11 such successful softer-snow models. The rocker profile extends to the ends unencumbered by metal, making the Rustler 9 drify and smeary when asked, while remaining strong and stable underfoot.

Who it's For:

If you value strong edge grip and an energetic finish to your turns, this is a great choice. Conversely, if you are in it for the softer snow performance and playful character, you’ll find a lot to like here as well.

Price: $649.95


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2023 Fischer Ranger 96 Skis



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173, 180, 187 cm

17 m at 173 cm

128 / 96 / 119 mm

1812 g at 173 cm

Versatility, Playfulness, Dampness Underfoot


Overview:

Another new ski on the block, the Ranger 96 takes hints and clues from the outgoing Ranger 99Ti and 94 FR and blends them into a unique and different ski than we’ve seen before. With a partial metal laminate that extends into the tips and tails with a v-cut in the spine as well as the center point, the Ranger 96, much like Rustler 9 and Blade Optic 96, has a solid and stable feel underfoot with more playfulness in the tips and tails. We’ve heard that a lot lately, and especially with skis in this category, but it has proven to be an effective way to build a versatile ski for sure. Most skiers want their ski to carve like a race ski and float like a powder ski, and this seems to be one of the best ways to go about it. The tail rocker is enough to add a bunch of playfulness to the mix, although not quite as much as Blade Optic, allowing for a stronger kick at the end of the turn for on-piste performance.

Who it's For:

Thrill-seeking skiers who do not want to sacrifice performance for versatility. You want it all in one pair of skis, and you’re likely getting it from the Ranger 96.

Price: $799.99


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2023 Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

18 m at 180 cm

136 / 96 / 110 mm

1711 g at 180 cm

Smoothness, Dampness, Versatility


Overview:

This ski just keeps inching closer to perfection in my book. Mid-90's, carbon powered, light yet substantial, and versatile as they come. This ski is able to do so many different things as the run goes on and the day and the season and the years. The addition of two more carbon rods and a longer, wider carbon laminate over the Ripstick 96 Green makes the performance of this ski really stand out. It’s about as clean as it gets from tip to tail, and makes incredibly smooth arcs no matter the speed or turn style. While it’s not quite as light or drifty as its Green counterpart, it’s got the same shape, so you just have to work slightly harder to get it to do the same things from a creativity standpoint.

Who it's For:

Precision-oriented skiers who prefer a carbon-powered ski to a metallic one.

Price: $849.99


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2023 Line Blade Skis



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169, 176, 181 cm

Tight.

154 / 95 / 124 mm

1967 g at 176 cm

Short turns, Swervy style, Versatility


Overview:

We had no idea where to put this one on the wall, so we gave up and put it in the middle. It’s a slarvy carving ski, so go figure. At least nobody really cares what it’s supposed to do, rather the reality of the ski makes it incredibly impressive from a freecarving standpoint, whatever that may be. With about a 15-meter turn radius and a 95-mm waist, the Blade occupies its own spot not only on this wall, but in the industry as a whole. The massive shovel will stay on top of the snow while the turned-up swallow tail is an industry rarity. This makes for the playful feel of the ski, but that’s balanced with the short radius and exceptional torsional stiffness due to the Gas Pedal Metal laminate. This ski is unique because it appeals to racers and freestylers alike, and that combination is pretty seldom seen.

Who it's For:

Carving freestyle athletes who want to lay trenches in the park, I suppose.

Price: $799.95


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2023 Faction Dancer 2 Skis



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163, 171, 177, 182, 187 cm

19 m at 182 cm

127 / 96 / 117 mm

1819 g at 171 cm

Precision, Cambered Energy, Pop


Overview:

With a light weight poplar wood core and two sheets of metal, the Dancer 2 is a real-deal ski that has great grip but still falls under the freeride umbrella, at least as far as Faction is concerned. There’s a strong sidewall underfoot with playful tips and tails that are capped. This is the blend of playfulness and versatility that a lot of skiers really like. Very grippy, the Dancer 2 is preicise and agile for sure. It’s on the blocky side in terms of the build, but that’s a good thing for skiers looking for Faction-like playfulness meshed with the alternate reality of on-trail carving power. At 96 mm underfoot, it’s a competitor with skis like Volkl Mantra and Stance 96, it just goes about getting its character in a slightly different manner.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for something under the Faction/Freeride umbrella, but more for the firmer days and carvy side of the spectrum.

Price: $749.00


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2023 Black Crows Serpo Skis



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168.2, 174.1, 180.1, 186.3 cm

20 m at 174.1 cm

131 / 92 / 115 mm

1822 g at 180 cm

Pop, Snap, Rebound


Overview:

The Black Crows Serpo is simply a treat to ski. It’s got some of the best rebound out of any ski on this list, and it does so in a pretty precise and fun-loving manner. With Black Crows’ H-Shaped metal laminate over a poplar wood core with fiberglass, the Serpo has strong grip on the edges, but still falls less than the dual-metal laminate found in Enforcer 94. The Serpo still has a decent amount of versatility, and while the tail rocker isn’t as dramatic as we see in more freeride-oriented skis, it’s mainly going to be plenty for skiers who spend about 20% of their time off-piste. The snap and pop you get out of this ski is insane, and you can feel it from the first turn all the way to the last arc of the day.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for something precise, grippy, and agile, but not overly demanding. This skier values rebound and energy over power.

Price: $899.95


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2023 Rossignol Sender 94 Ti Skis



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164, 172, 178, 186 cm

19 m at 178 cm

128 / 94 / 118 mm

1779 g at 178 cm

Smoothness, Quickness, Carving Energy


Overview:

The Sender 94 Ti picks up where the Escaper left off last year. Rossignol took that ski, which everyone pretty much loved, and added a titanal plate to the underfoot zone. That pretty much solidified the Sender 94 Ti’s as a strong player and contender in this category. They have a straighter cut through the tail, with minimal rocker and splay, and that makes them very directional and smooth due to the longer effective edge. The shovels are light, thanks to the air tip and somewhat spoony shape, so they do float, but they don’t necessarily play when it comes to powder performance. The light weight paulownia wood core is actually quite stiff, so it makes for a nice blend of attributes for a wide range of skiers and skier types.

Who it's For:

Directional skiers looking for something responsive and agile while holding a strong finish to the turn. You value consistency and predictability in a ski.

Price: $649.95


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2023 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

19.3 m at 180 cm

129 / 94.5 / 113 mm

1839 g at 188 cm

Light Weight, Sharp Nature, Strong Tail


Overview:

On the thinner and lighter side of the metallic spectrum, the Atomic Mavrick 95 Ti loves to be pushed and pulled in a variety of directions and magnitudes. By using a thin poplar core and two thin metal laminates, Atomic is able to achieve a sharp, precise ski that still comes in at under 1900 grams even in the longest length. It’s a consistent ski from tip to tail, but they still manage to put their HRZN tech in the tips for soft snow smoothness. There’s some off-trail performance to be had here, but the Maverick is still a bit more comfortable on groomed trails and firmer snow conditions. The build is similar to what we see in the Faction Dancer 2, but the feel due to the shape is quite different.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for the feel and dampness of metal, but in a thinner and lighter profile. You want your ski to be quick, agile, and responsive, still with metal, but on the lighter side of the spectrum.

Price: $699.95


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2023 Kastle FX 96 Ti Skis



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164, 172, 180, 188 cm

16 m at 172 cm

133 / 96 / 119 mm

2047 g at 188 cm

Power, Stability, Flotation


Overview:

With a high-quality mix of vertical wood stringers with two sheets of metal, the Kastle FX 96 Ti is a strong performer that still gives up a bit of consistency in the very tip. The Hollowtech in the tips still make it more flexible than other skis in this range, and while that helps when the ski is in softer snow, it’s a bit less precise when it comes to firm snow and groomers. The FX 96 Ti loves to be operated in a carved turn, at high speeds, and in that realm, it’s one of the best of the bunch. The fact that the shovel is more amenable to softer snow and powder just increases the versatility of the ski overall while keeping the character and personality still firmly entrenched in the hard-charging category.

Who it's For:

Skiers who value quality and precision above almost everything else. You still want a bit of driftiness in your carving ski

Price: $1,099.00


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2023 Salomon Stance 96 Skis



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168, 176, 182, 188 cm

20 m at 182 cm

132 / 96 / 114 mm

2108 g at 182 cm

Smoothness, Power, Stability


Overview:

The Salomon Stance 96 is probably the most overlooked ski on this list. For whatever reason, the strong personality, energetic feel, and versatile nature of the ski haven’t caught on quite yet, making this one of those models that we wish got more press or exposure. We have done our part here at SkiEssentials.com in trying to get the word out, so maybe we’ll see some more on the hill this year. The combination of metal in the frame and carbon/flax in the windows make it an energetic and stable ski that loves to be carved mostly, but still has some versatility in the shape in order to make it a competitive ski in the off-piste realms as well. This was love at first turn for me on this ski, and I still feel the same way about the powerful carving versatility of the Stance 96.

Who it's For:

Powerful skiers who are looking for something solid, stable, and smooth without losing out on well-rounded performance. You want something that does it all, and operates on a high-level all the time.

Price: $699.95


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2023 Stockli Stormrider 95 Skis



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166, 175, 184, 193 cm

17.2 m at 175 cm

132 / 95 / 123 mm

1838 g at 175 cm

Quality, Tail Grip, Precision


Overview:

The Stockli Stormrider 95, in a nutshell, is a premium all-mountain ski. This is one of the best of the bunch from a variety of standpoints and perspectives, and while it is not as playful as a lot of skis up on the wall, it’s certainly one of the most precise. Thanks to the combination of light weight wood in the core and two thin sheets of metal, the Stormrider 95 also utilizes their mythical rubber dust in between all the laminates. This gives the ski an uncommon amount of dampness and silence in terms of the performance, and that’s one thing that makes it stand out from the rest of the skis, not only on this wall, but also the earth. This ski would be a lot of skiers’ first pick, I’d guess, as it blends a high-performance ceiling with a well-rounded and friendly nature, all in a supremely high-quality package.

Who it's For:

You value precision and quality above most things, but also want a lot of performance to go along with it.

Price: $1,149.00


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2023 Head Kore 93 Skis



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

14.7 m at 177 cm

133 / 93 / 115 mm

1694 g at 177 cm

Light Weight, Power to Weight Ratio, Strength


Overview:

Light, stiff, and super-fun, the Head Kore 93 has a rare blend of attributes, and other than the DPS following this, there’s nothing out there like it. This thing really starts to sing when it’s up on higher edge angles, keeping the dual-carbon laminates fully engaged into the carve. I’m a big fan of the Kore 93, and carbon-powered skis in general, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’m heavy enough to bend this ski. On the other end, lighter weight intermediates will love the maneuverability and agility of the ski to go along with the high-end feel and precision without getting overwhelmed by the stiffness. If you keep the edge to a shallower angle, it does equally as well, and for skiers looking for lightweight performance, the Kore is certainly worth a strong look.

Who it's For:

Either heavier skiers looking to bend the Kore to access the performance or lighter skiers who are happy with the side-to-side skidding character of the ski. Not so much the skiers in the middle.

Price: $749.00


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2023 DPS Pagoda 94 C2 Skis



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157, 165, 171, 178, 185 cm

17 - 19.5 m

129 / 94 / 109 mm

1740 g at 171 cm

Stiffness, Dampness, Stability


Overview:

The DPS Pagoda 94 C2, much like the Kore 93, gets its snap and demand from two layers of carbon. It takes it a step further with ash wood in the core, putting it slightly on the more rugged side of the wall, and that’s great news for skiers who are looking for a blend of on-trail carving performance to go along with a friendlier weight and mass. I found that this ski was great from the first turn to the last, offering a predictable and strong feel from start to finish. I did not find the limit of this ski, as the dual-carbon laminate stood up to my 225-pound frame pushing aggressively against it. It’s fast, stable, and tough, and will most likely be enough of a carver for most advanced and expert skiers. It’s not terribly playful or fun-loving outside of the normal carving turns, but that’s not really what it’s meant for.

Who it's For:

Skiers looking for a powerful and strong ski that’s carbon-powered. You value strength and precision above playfulness and smeariness.

Price: $1,549.00


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2023 Nordica Enforcer 94 Skis



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165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

17.1 m at 179 cm

127 / 94 / 115.5 mm

2119 g at 179 cm

Heft, Demand, Power


Overview:

The Nordica Enforcer 94 has an amazing blend of attributes and versatility built in. It loves to be pushed to the limit and beyond, and has no issues being driven pretty darn hard by experienced and expert skiers. Since it falls nicely between the 88 and the 100 in the Enforcer line, the 94 strikes a balance of freeride fun and powerful groomer performance. It still shares the attributes of the wider skis while maintaining an insanely fun carving personality. I’m constantly amazed at how well this ski turns, in a variety of shapes and styles, and at a multitude of performance and speed levels. It’s rockered, but not bowed out. It’s stiff, but predictably so. It loves to be used in a daily format by skiers who don’t mind a bit of extra weight and heft on the feet.

Who it's For:

Strong skiers and former racers who don’t want to give up on-trail performance in a wider-bodied ski. You value power and stability over pretty much all else.

Price: $749.99


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2023 Volkl M6 Mantra Skis



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163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

30 / 18 / 24 m at 184 cm

135 / 96 / 119 mm

2087 g at 177 cm

Firm snow, Precision, Grip


Overview:

The most recent upgrades to the Mantra M6 make it a precise and powerful performer in this category. It’s probably the most business-like ski on the wall, but that doesn’t mean it’s exclusive to experts and former racers. More likely, those skiers will be able to access the top-level of performance of the ski on firm snow and groomers while the mid-range advanced skier won’t be outright overpowered, but just won’t have the same experience overall as a stronger and more experienced skier. Precision and carving performance are paramount here, with the titanal frame and multi-layer wood core doing the bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to edge grip and arcing power. It certainly feels like a wide race ski, and that’s just how Mantra skiers like it.

Who it's For:

Experienced and strong skiers who know how to carve a turn. You want the precision and power of metal, and are willing to work a bit harder to get it.

Price: $749.99


Written by Bob St.Pierre on 9/22/22

4 thoughts on “2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 90 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

  1. Love these videos/write-ups but wondering if there will be any women's-specific ones this year? Please and thank you in advance!

  2. Ok, moderately aggressive early 50's East Coast guy here. I skied on Bonafide's the last 6 years in a blend of conditions, East Coast, Alps and Rockies. On the East Coast mostly ski in bounds (Front Four at Stowe or the Canyons at Killington) with a trip or two per day into the woods. Alps and West Coast Im in the bowls or off piste...Really liked them as they handled pretty much all conditions, only negative is that they took a lot to drive and were a tad on the heavy side. Trying to dial in on a new pair of skis and have three (or four) in mind. I'd love you take. Rustler 9, Cammox and the Ripstick Black (or regular Ripstick). Your thoughts are appreciated!

    1. Hi Steve!
      I feel that a lot of Bonafide skiers successfully transition to Rustler 9 pretty easily. If you're looking for a similar feel but with less effort, that's the way to go. Camox is really fun, maybe lacking a bit of punch. Ripstick 96 Black is about as complete a ski as you're going to get a this or at any level. I really like that ski a whole lot. I'd narrow focus to Rustler and Ripstick Black, with the Rustler being a bit better in softer snow. Have fun!
      SE

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