ski compare and contrast

  1. laine

    Cage Match Comparison Stockli Laser AX vs. Augment 77

    I was quite intrigued when Phil reached out and let me know he had an Augment 77 in an 159 (121.5/77/107.5, 14m radius) available for testing. I've only read about Augment on Pugski, but have yet to see one in the wild in Tahoe. And I have a 2018 Stockli Laser AX in a 159 (123/78/109, 13m...
  2. F

    Kastle DX vs Stockli AR vs DPS Cassiar Trainer vs Renoun Atlas

    All of these seem to hover around my emerging sweet spot. I thought playful, yet “railable” was what I was after, but now I think I want a playful carver that can push some snow when needed (read: east coast). I might go a bit shorter to slow things down. Right now, my favorite in my quiver...
  3. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Blizzard Bonafide vs 2020 K2 Mindbender 99Ti

    Here is a good old-vs-new-guard Cage Match, the Blizzard Bonafide and the K2 Mindbender 99Ti. In about 2010, the Bonafide tore the torch away from the Völkl Mantra to become the reference ski in the 98mm category; it carried that torch until the golden child, Nordica Enforcer, started shining...
  4. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison Elan Wingman 82 CTi vs Wingman 86 CTi

    More than a few testers and readers have demoed these new halo skis from Elan’s Wingman collection and returned very impressed. I was wondering how to do Cage Matches with them, which skis I wanted them to go against and which skis people would be comparing them against, and then it hit me...
  5. 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...
  6. musicmatters

    Head iRally vs Stockli AX

    How does the Laser AX compare to the iRally? Has there ever been a comparison? I searched but couldn’t find one. There’s often talk about the right ski for the right person. What are some characteristics that would cause to someone prefer one over the other?
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Blizzard Black Pearl 98 vs 2020 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance

    This Cage Match is one of the most requested this season; apparently everyone wants to see a long-time fan favorite spar with the new member in the clubhouse. If you have read my reviews for any amount of time, you know that I have long loved the Blizzard Black Pearl 98 (originally the Samba)...
  10. 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...
  11. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Men's 90 mm Ski Comparison

    It's time for our 2020 Comparison articles and videos! First up is the men's ~90 mm all-mountain category. Bob and Jeff put 17 different skis up on the wall of our studio and go through their strengths, what sets them apart from each other, and more.
  12. 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...
  13. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 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...
  14. Ron

    Comparison Review Ron’s 2020 Reviews 89mm and Narrower: The Way I Ski It

    Augment All Mountain 88 Dimensions: 126.5-88-112.5 Radius: [email protected] Sizes: 163, 171, 179, 187 Size tested: 179 Design: All New Move over, Stöckli -- yep, I said it! The brand formerly known as Croc is now Augment, but its skis are still made in Austria. This a skier's' ski: superb, exacting...
  15. Ron

    Individual Review Ron's 2020 Reviews 90mm and Wider: The Way I Ski It

    Fischer Ranger 94 FR Dimensions: 126-92-117 Radius: [email protected] Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185 Size tested: 177 Design: All New The Ranger 94 FR was a real surprise for me. I really liked it on the firm groomed snow. It does a lot of things well. It is solid, energetic, and fun, as well as fairly damp...
  16. Marty McSly

    Comparison Review An intermediate oompa-loompa's comparison: Head Rally vs Fischer The Curv GT

    I've had the chance to A/B these skis in the last week, in Australian early season conditions - mostly man-made snow, firm, fast early morning pistes deteriorating quickly with the dense crowds to choppy slop or push piles on a hard base. The Head Rally's are huge fun and so carvy on the early...
  17. DocGKR

    Comparison Review A Tale of Two Racer-ish Skis

    As mentioned previously, after a 30+ year gap, this past ski season I attempted to re-learn how to ski narrower, racing type skis. While I eventually progressed to trying real FIS race skis (Thanks ScotsSkier!), at the start of the season I wasn’t sure if I could handle such beasts, so I picked...
  18. Tricia

    Comparison Review Tricia Reviews 2020 Skis: The Skinny on Skinny Skis

    Testing the 2020 skis was particularly exciting for me because some manufacturers are making huge strides in women-specific ski design, strides that are far from the old mantra of "shrink it and pink it." Companies are leaning on female teams who are involved with research and development; no...