Category: Ski Reviews

Strafe Nomad Jacket and Nomad Bibs Review

Here on Chairlift Chat, we review a lot of skis. We’ve also recently started reviewing more boots. One area we’ve historically overlooked however, has been the outerwear category. This year, Jeff’s fallen head over heels for his new Strafe Nomad Jacket and Nomad Bibs, a pink and black ensemble that’s surely caught the attention of our audience as well. In light of this development, this week, we’ve given Jeff the green light to wax poetic about his new kit, highlighting the highlights and mentioning a few things he wishes were slightly different. If you’re in the market for a new jacket or snow pants, give this review a read and learn a thing or two about the Strafe Nomad Jacket and Bibs!

2023 Elan Ripstick 88 Ski Review

Jeff and Bob are different people. They have different heights and weights, they have different ski backgrounds, and they have different ski personalities. Sometimes, those differences are highlighted by a ski like the 2023 Elan Ripstick 88, where one of the primary goals of the ski leaves one of them satisfied while the other is wanting to make a small adjustment or two. In this review, we highlight all of the unique features the make the 2023 Elan Ripstick 88 a unique ski, while sharing thoughts from our resident ski experts in regards to who will love this ski, and who might prefer something slightly different. Find out all their is to know about the new 2023 Elan Ripstick 88 in this complete ski review!

2023 Head Kore 93 Ski Review

With ski season officially underway here in Vermont, we're excited to be back on our ski review grind! This week, Bob shares with us his thoughts on one of his personal favorites from his quiver: the oft overlooked Head Kore 93. Featuring an updated construction for 2023, the Kore 93 features a rare blend of lightweight, power, and stability. For Bob, this makes it a perfect everyday tool. Click through to learn more in this review of the 2023 Head Kore 93!

2023 K2 FL3X Revolver Pro Ski Boot Review

Now that we’re back on snow here in Stowe, it means review season is officially back underway! To get things started, we’re jumping right in with a review of the K2 FL3X Revolver Pro Ski Boot. Why start the season with a ski boot, you ask? Well, we want to nip this one in the bud as quickly as we can, as K2’s discontinuation and rebrand of Full Tilt was a move that caused quite a bit of controversy last Spring. Now that K2 has launched their rebranded versions of the popular Full Tilt boots, Jeff takes us through some of the background of the story, reasons why he thinks it’s a great move for K2, and most importantly, his overall impression of the boots themselves. If you’ve got questions about the K2 FL3X boots, we’ve got answers in this review. Check it out!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Touring Ski Guide

One of the fastest growing segments within skiing is the touring category, and this year we saw an incredible leap forward as several brands introduced new, lighter weight versions of some of their most popular skis to accommodate the growing demand. Now, just to be clear, any flat ski can be mounted with a touring binding and used for uphill travel, but the skis in this list feature a focus on weight savings, making uphill travel easier and more comfortable. Still, within the category, there’s a wide variety of ski personalities, each of which will be a highlighted in this comparison of 2023 Men’s Touring Skis. Enjoy!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Women's Mid 80 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

As we continue our weekly 2023 Ski Comparison series, we've decided to take a closer look at the Women's mid-80mm All Mountain category. While it may not be the most glamorous of all the ski categories, it’s certainly one of the most popular, and also one of the easiest ones to miscalculate when it comes time to buy. Within this category, we see everything from entry level and intermediate skis, to skis with multiple sheets of metal, designed for downhill domination. For that reason, we thought it was particularly important to cover this category of skis ahead of the season, helping ensure that you find the best ski for you this winter. Click through to learn all you need to know about these 19 skis in the Women’s mid 80 mm All Mountain category.

2023 Ski Comparisons: Twin Tip Ski Guide

As we move deeper into our 2023 Ski Comparison series, we’re starting to get into some of the more niche categories of skis. That said, niche doesn’t necessarily mean less popular, as we’ve received countless requests for this week’s comparison series: 2023 Twin Tips. This category is particularly fun to compare as it really highlights the need to match a ski to your specific personality. For example, are you the type of freeskier who butters their way through the park, or are massive jumps your speciality? Are you a rail specialist, or an all mountain skier seeking out natural hits to trick off? Your answer to these questions have a huge impact on deciding which twin tip ski is right for you, as a variety of weights, flex patterns, and widths all play crucial roles in giving each ski in this category a specific personality. Find out more by giving this 2023 Twin Tip Ski Comparison a read!

The Bargain Basement: Fall 2022 Edition - 17 of Our Current Best Deals on 2022 Skis

As we approach the start of winter in North America, it’s that time of year when dialing in your gear and making sure you have what you need is crucial so you can hit the ground skiing on opening day. As such, we’ve been running our companions series for the past several weeks, highlighting the best skis within each category. But what do you do if you don’t have a cool $750 plus to spend on the latest gear? Well, you give this article a read, as we’re here to put you on to 17 different skis currently available here on SkiEssentials for scary low prices. Take for example the 2022 Salomon QST 92, now available for under $300. If you need to add a ski to the quiver this year, but are doing so on a budget, this one’s for you!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Powder Ski Guide

Next up in our 2023 Ski Comparison series, is the aspirational category of Men’s Powder Skis. Let’s face it: this category is chock full of skis that you’ll likely only take out on the very best days of the year. Still, if you’ve ever skied a powder ski on a powder day, you know that there’s no feeling quite like floating atop feet of the white stuff on platforms well over 105mm wide. While the skis in this category are likely the second or third pair in a skier’s quiver, their higher price tag and lower usage rate makes it all the more important to make an informed purchasing decision. So, on that note, it’s with great excitement and high hopes for your future that we share with you our comparison of 2023 Men’s Powder Skis. Enjoy!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Frontside Ski Guide

As winter continues to creep closer, we’re starting to release our comparison articles at an accelerated pace in an effort to provide the info you need to know ahead of your next ski purchase. Speaking of acceleration, in the second series overview of the week, we’re focusing on Men’s Frontside skis. In this often overlooked category, we’re excited to share with you 24 skis that absolutely rip groomers. While all mountain skis and freeride skis both offer enjoyable experiences on groomers, there’s nothing quite like a ski that’s purpose built specifically for hard, fast carving. Click through to learn more about the skis in this category as we try to convince you that a frontside ski is a must have in ever skier’s quiver. Enjoy!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Women's 100 mm Ski Guide

As the start of the 2022-2023 ski season draws ever closer, time is slowly starting to run out for those looking to get on a new pair of skis this year. As such, we’re excited to bring you another installment of our ski comparison series, this time focusing on women’s skis in the 100mm waist width range. At this width, there’s plenty of variety as we blend all mountain and freeride personalities together. If you’re in the market for a pair skis in this category, you won’t want to miss out on this comprehensive comparison!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 80 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

In this week’s installment of our 2023 Ski Comparison Series, we’re highlighting one of the most diverse categories in skiing: men’s mid 80mm all mountain skis. “What makes this category so diverse,” you might be asking? Well, it’s because it covers a wide range of skiers. Within this waist width, we see everything from approachable intermediate skis, to fun-focus all mountain skis like the Bent Chetler 85, novelty twin tips like the Black Crows Mirus Cor, and also purpose built, powerful frontside carvers like the Stockli Montero AR. Due to the sheer diversity of this category, we highly recommend checking out this ski comparison to ensure that you end up on the best skis for you this season.

2023 Ski Comparisons: Women's 90 mm All Mountain Ski Guide

Ok ladies, you’ve waited long enough, and for that we apologize. But, the good news is that this week’s Comparison article focuses on one of your most favorite categories: 90 mm All Mountain Skis. Continuing on with the theme of this series, this week’s comparison article takes a deeper look into 23 of this year’s hottest 90mm All Mountain skis, highlighting each one’s personality while comparing and contrasting it to the other options on the market. As always, our goal is to help you identify the best ski for you this season. So without further ado, give this article a read, check out the video on YouTube, and send us any questions you might have in the comments section. Enjoy!

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

Well, it’s another Thursday in September, so you know what that means: it’s time for another one of our ski comparison guides! This week, for the fourth installment of our 2023 series, we’re excited to bring you a comparison of Men’s mid-90 mm All Mountain skis. We’ve been trying to focus on the most sought after categories first, and in the comments for the 100 mm Men’s Freeride comparison, which we launched last week, you all made it quite clear that you were dying to see an overview of the new 2023 Men’s mid-90 mm All Mountain Skis. So, without further ado, we’re excited to bring you exactly that, as we cover 24 of the hottest Men’s All Mountain skis in this comprehensive ski guide! Enjoy!

2023 Ski Comparisons: Men's Mid 100 mm Freeride Ski Guide

This week on Chairlift Chat, we’re excited to bring you our third ski comparison of the year, and it’s one that we’re personally particularly excited about as we love this category of skis: men’s mid 100 mm Freeride skis. Grouped solely by waist width, skis within this category have a wide range of personalities, from the soft and surfy K2 Reckoner 102, to the particularly serious and straightforward Rossignol Sender 106 Ti Plus or lightweight tourers like the Atomic Backland 107 or the Nordic Enforcer 104 Unlimited. No matter what your ski style is, if you’re looking for a ski in the mid-100mm width range, make sure you check out this comparison of the top 2023 Men’s mid 100mm Freeride Skis