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  1. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Nordica Santa Ana 88 vs 2020 Nordica Santa Ana 93

    This Cage Match is more like a sibling throwdown. With the introduction of the Santa Ana 88, Nordica has forced the question, "Which is better for me, the 88 or 93?" At first glance, the differences in waist width and turning radius seem negligible, which may leave you scratching your head...
  2. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Liberty V92 vs 2020 Liberty Evolv 90

    Sibling rivalries ... why can’t we all just get along? No more long car rides with “He’s touching me” or “She’s looking at me.” As we discovered last year, Liberty became an overnight success with our readers, and it only took the company a bit over a decade to do so. How did this newfound love...
  3. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Liberty V92 vs 2020 Salomon QST 92

    Yes, Liberty is the overnight success that started well over a decade ago but really caught our attention last season with the oh-sooo-good V-Series collection, with its Vertical Metal Technology construction and unique low-rise tip with a good amount of flare (… and more than just 15 pieces of...
  4. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Renoun Citadel 106 vs 2020 Kästle FX106

    It is a brave new world when an upstart boutique ski builder from sleepy northern Vermont makes one of the reference skis in the hotly contested One Oh Something category. The Citadel 106 is Cyrus’s baby; he made the Z-90 and Endurance 98 first so that he could afford to make a lightweight 106...
  5. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Fischer RC One GT 86 Multiflex vs 2020 Salomon S/Force Bold

    Here is the Cage Match I have had more than a few requests for, the Fischer RC One GT Multiflex and the Salomon S/Force Bold, two new skis that have been the topics of many preseason discussions. Honestly, I think it is a Cage Match that is going to disappoint many here in that these skis are...
  6. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Völkl Kendo 88 vs 2020 Nordica Enforcer 88

    Two well-established names in Völkl and Nordica are attacking the upper 80-90mm segment in two different ways, but with model names that have been around for a while. The Kendo 88 has an all-new shape, and the Enforcer 88 is steamrolling into a whole new segment for itself. It is no secret that...
  7. Philpug

    Comparison Review K2 Mindbender 99Ti vs Liberty Evolv 100

    There is no question that K2 has shifted gears over the past few years with new designers, new skis, and a new attitude. We have also seen a shift at Liberty with brand new collections, including the Evolv 100 featured here. Why did I choose these two to go against each other? First, they are...
  8. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Stöckli Laser AX vs 2019 Liberty V-Series V76

    This comparison wasn't on my radar initially, but it was brought up by a few members who were considering both. So, how do these smaller, specialty brands stack up with their offerings of similar dimensions? Well, let's check 'em out. We will start with the golden one, the Stöckli Laser AX...
  9. R

    Cage Match Request: M5 Mantra vs. Stormrider 95

    Please and thank you :)
  10. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison Time Machine Cage Match: The Völkl Mantra

    Which one? That is the question I have to ask whenever someone inquires about a Mantra, the new M5 in particular. "I owned" "My buddy owned" "I read about" ... the Mantra. I always have to answer, "Which one?" The reply is usually, “What do you mean, 'Which one?'" There have been several...
  11. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Liberty V76 vs 2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 78 vs 2019 DPS Alchemist Cassiar 79

    Ah, 76, 78, 79. This seems to be the sweet spot for a ski that can carve up the groomers, rip a zipper line, or help someone work on technique. For me, it is the sweet spot for a ski that puts a smile on my face. I was fortunate enough to be able to ski all three of them early in their lives...
  12. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Blizzard Brahma vs2019 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti

    In all its wisdom, Blizzard played it safe when redesigning the Brahma. It had a good thing going and decided to tweak things rather than start over. So, the new Brahma got a slightly more rounded shovel, a slightly more aggressive sidecut, and a slightly more balanced flex compared to the model...
  13. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Liberty V-Series V76 vs 2019 Head Supershape iRally

    The Liberty V-Series V76 takes on the Head Supershape iRally. Am I really going there? Am I really going to put the all-new, relatively unknown, mostly unproven Liberty up against the reference ski in the segment? Hell yeah. Because this very good Liberty has everything to gain and nothing to...
  14. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Dynastar Speed Zone 12 vs 2019 Salomon S/Max 12

    One thing we can say here at Pugski.com is that we do love them there hard-snow skinny-type skis. This comparison comes from the people who give us toast, fries, and kisses -- yes, we are talking about the French. Dynastar quietly introduced the Speed Zone 12 a few seasons back, and it is a ski...
  15. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Dynastar Legend W84 vs 2019 Rossignol Experience 84 Ai W

    Two skis from two brands under the same umbrella: one would think they might have some similarities, and they do. But as much as they are similar, they are also quite different. The Dynastar Legend W84, with its five-point sidecut and two layers of Titanal, is a frontside carving ski with...
  16. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti and 2019 Völkl Mantra M5 vs The World

    After we requested ideas for Cage Matches, many asked us to compare this against the new Rossignol Experience 94 Ti or that against the new Völkl Mantra M5. So we decided that instead of doing a bunch of one-to-one comparisons, the Rossi and Völkl should take on the world. But first, go back and...
  17. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Head Kore 105 vs 2019 Elan Ripstick 106

    Here is a Cage Match that could have happened last year, but no one requested it. It is hard to argue with what Head is doing right now. It is hitting on all cylinders, and the Kores are no exception. Head has been able to produce a light yet powerful ski with the Kore, and it’s a winner ... but...
  18. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Kästle MX74 vs 2019 Stöckli Laser AX

    Stöckli vs Kästle, Kästle vs Stöckli, these are the comparisons that keep people coming to Pugski. I feel like a ring announcer in Vegas: "In this corner, measuring in at 74mm underfoot, the Kästle MmmmmmmX Sev-en-ty Fourrrrrrr, and in the far cornahhhh, measuring in at 77mm underfoot, the...
  19. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Völkl Secret vs 2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 88

    This comparison is one that will likely be brought up in ski shops around the world: the brand-new Secret from Völkl and Blizzard's longtime favorite, the Black Pearl 88. The skis are 4 mm apart in waist width with a 2m difference in turn radius, yet they will appeal to similar women. The Völkl...
  20. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94 vs 2019 Liberty VMT V92

    We are going to be seeing a lot from Liberty in the coming season with its new V-Series VMT skis; the focus here will be the new 92mm version. DPS has an all-new ski that shares some DNA with the Liberty, since they both come out of the same facility. In today's age of shared manufacturing, it...
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