Category: Ski Comparisons

2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI Ski Review

Oftentimes in the world of skiing, the competitive nature of business results in brands feeling compelled to make strong marketing claims regarding their skis. Each year it seems that numerous brands all claim to be the “best” at the same things- an impossible paradox. It’s with that in mind that we’re here to describe the 2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI as simply, “fun.” This is a ski that doesn’t get caught up in taking itself too seriously, and instead just provides and exceptionally fun ride on snow. To find out what makes this ski so remarkable, check out this review of the 2021 Elan Wingman 86 CTI!

2021 Ski Binding Comparison

You’ve been asking for it, so here it is: our first ever ski binding comparison article! Despite being an absolutely critical piece of equipment, ski bindings often get a bit overlooked when it comes to dialing in that perfect new setup. It’s understandable. After all, every pair of bindings is more than capable of accomplishing the primary objective of keeping your skis on your feet until they need to come off. Despite that commonality though, there are actually quite a few considerations that should go into making your next binding purchase, especially now that Alpine / AT hybrid bindings are on the market. Find out what you need to know when buying your next pair of bindings in our 2021Ski Binding Comparison!

How to Choose a Complete Alpine Ski Package

If you’re a follower of Chairlift Chat, then you’ve undoubtedly seen our annual ski comparison guides. While we always love putting those together as they give us a chance to explore all of the details of this season’s latest skis, we also realize that for a lot of skiers, the price tag is what matters most. For that reason, SkiEssentials is proud to offer affordable ski packages featuring brand new skis, boots, bindings, and poles. If a budget-friendly ski option sounds like the right lane for you, check out this guide on How to Choose a Complete Alpine Ski Package!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S MID 90 MM ALL MOUNTAIN SKI GUIDE

This week in our ongoing ski comparison series, we take a closer look at 2021 Men’s All Mountain skis in the mid 90mm waist range. Arguably the most popular category of men’s skis, the options in this segment are also some of the most versatile, making excellent daily drivers for a wide range of ski conditions. For some, the skis in this category could also be candidates for a one-ski quiver as their width makes them capable of high performance on both groomers and in softer snow. If this sounds like your type of ski, check out to see how they compare!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: WOMEN'S 90 MM ALL MOUNTAIN SKI GUIDE

Now that we've discussed a bulk of the 2021 men's ski options, we're excited to finally be ready to swing over the women's side of the sport. To kick things off for the ladies, we're covering on of the most sought after ski segments: Women's All Mountain skis in the ~90mm waist range. From soft and playful to super super serious, there's a lot of variety in this category of skis, so if you think you're in the market we definitely recommend checking out this comparison of 2021 ~90mm Women's All ountain Skis!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S MID 80MM ALL MOUNTAIN SKI GUIDE

For installment #5 of our ongoing ski comparison series, we’re focusing on men’s all mountain skis in the mid-80mm waist range. While the skis in this category typically don’t receive the attention that their narrower, purely frontside counterparts, or slightly wider freeride oriented siblings do, they do feature the widest range of both applications and price points. Ranging from $399 to $1,250, and targeting everyone from intermediate skiers to particularly advanced skiers, this is likely the easiest category to chose the wrong ski in. To help ensure that you make the choice that’s best for you, we encourage you to check out our full comparison of 2021 Men’s Mid-80 MM All Mountain Skis!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S FRONTSIDE SKI GUIDE

In the fourth episode of our ongoing series comparing 2021 skis, we dive into a recap of 2021 Men’s Frontside skis. Narrow, stable, and built to carve, this category of ski isn’t for everyone, but those who dream of corduroy are going to love this comparison guide. In this category, skis vary widely in the skill level they’re most appropriate for, meaning it’s entirely possible that skiers shopping for a frontside ski could be significantly underwhelmed or overwhelmed by their purchase if they don’t know what they’re getting into. For example, an intermediate skier would find love the 2021 Volkl Deacon 79, while ex ski racers or beer league champions would strongly prefer the 2021 Rossignol Hero Athlete GS. If you’re looking into a 2021 Men’s Frontside ski, check out this guide to help ensure you’re buying the right ski for you!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S MID 100 MM FREERIDE SKI GUIDE

As you likely know by now, one of our core beliefs at SkiEssentials is that there really aren’t any bad skis anymore, some skis are just better suited to an individual’s particular style and ability. As such, when it comes to buying skis, the trick isn’t to buy the “best” ski, it’s to sort through your options to discover which one is best for you. In the third installment of our 2021 ski comparisons, we’ll take a look at Men’s Freeride skis in the Mid 100mm category. From skis with attitude such as the Stöckli Stormrider 105, to more playful twin tips like the 2021 Line Sir Francis Bacon, this article looks to walk you through this year’s options, ultimately helping you narrow down your options. Click through to check out all the details!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S 100 MM ALL MOUNTAIN SKI GUIDE

Next up in this year’s ski comparison guide series are the Men’s ~100mm All Mountain Skis. Being one of the most popular categories of skis available, there’s quite a bit of variation amongst this group of skis, from those with freestyle tendencies like the 2021 Line Blend or the 2021 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, to the more serious minded Kastle MX98. Of course with so many great options available in such a wide range of styles, it can be hard to figure out which ski is right for you. As it so happens, that’s exactly why we wrote this article. Click through to find out which 2021 Men’s 100mm All Mountain ski is best suites your style!

2021 SKI COMPARISONS: MEN'S 90 MM ALL MOUNTAIN SKI GUIDE

Making its return for the third consecutive year is our ever popular ski companion series. Nowadays, it’s a skier’s market as just about every ski available could be considered high quality thanks to advances in construction and shaping techniques. While it’s comforting to know that “bad” skis are hard to come by, that’s certainly not to say that it’s easy to buy the “right” ski. Even within a particular category, skis can vary widely in what type of skier they’re best suited for. In our ski comparison series, we’ll break down a number of skis with the goal of helping you understand which might be the best option for your ability and style of skiing. This week, we kick things off with a companion of 2021 Men’s All Mountain Skis in the 90mm waist width range. Enjoy!

SkiEssentials.com Bargain Basement – Six 2020 Men’s Freeride Skis

A couple of weeks ago, we gave the concept of an article highlighting some of our best deals on 2020 Men’s All Mountain skis a test drive to see if our readers would be interested in a quick overview of some of our best preseason deals. It turns out, that’s exactly the type of content you wanted, so we’re quite excited to be back this week with the second installment of what we expect to be an ongoing series: 6 Bargain Basement skis in the 2020 Men’s Freeride category. From the 2020 Fischer Ranger 102 FR to the Volkl Confession, the skis in this article are some of the best skis from last season currently available at unbeatable prices. If you’re in the market for a new Men’s Freeride skis, you’ll definitely want to check this article out before adding anything to your cart!

2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti Ski Review

If you're starting to think 2021 is a bit of a reload season in terms of brands launching new product lines, then you're right. We've already shared with you plenty of new 2021 ski reviews, and this week we keep that trend going by taking a closer look at the 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti, a super fun, directional ski that unlocks a world of edge to edge possibilities. Click through to learn the ins and outs of this exciting ski in our full review of the 2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti!

2021 Salomon Stance 102 Ski Review

New from Salomon for 2021 is the Stance series: a lineup of freeride skis that borrow concepts from Salomon's well liked QST and XDR lines, packaging them in a series of versatile all mountain freeride skis. We previously reviewed the 2021 Salomon Stance 96, and now we're excited to share our thoughts on that skis wider sibling, the Stance 102. With it's QST 106 inspired rocker, C/FX core, and dual titanal frame, the Stance 102 is an impressive ski, and one that should be well received by those looking for a powerful, yet manageable ride. To get a more comprehensive version of our thoughts, as well as some of the technical specs of this ski, click through to check out our review of the 2021 Salomon Stance 102!