ski compare and contrast

  1. C

    2020 Stöckli Stormrider 88 v. 2021 Stöckli Stormrider 88

    Hi all-- I hope everyone is safe and healthy...and enduring as best possible. I know there is a Stöckli rep who often checks in at Pug Ski, I think her name is Lindsey, and was hoping that she or any one else with some insight Stöckli could help me on this Stormrider 88 question. I am...
  2. Marin

    Powder skis

    What would be better for Powder , Elan ripstick 86 or Head Monster 83? I am not big fan of Powder ,but like to have second pair of the skis for one of those days and do not need anything wider then 86 . Thank you .
  3. J

    Monster 88Ti vs. 83Ti

    Apologies if I missed a thread detailing this, but I'm looking for some insight into the differences (primarily in stiffness/flex) between the Monster 88 and 83 Ti. I demoed the 2018-2019 88 on eastern hardpack and a few sad natural trails at Sunday River in November 2018 and loved it...
  4. eok

    2019 Head iTitan vs 2017 iRally (or PRD vs PRX bindings)

    It's been low tide spring conditions here in central OR for a few weeks now, so I've clocked a lot of runs on my narrower carving skis: 2019 iTitans and 2017 iRallys. I got the 2017 iRallys during a ski swap this Fall for a too-good-to-pass-up price. I tuned both the iRallys and iTitans to...
  5. laine

    Cage Match Comparison Stöckli 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 Stöckli Laser AX in a 159 (123/78/109, 13m...
  6. N

    Brahma 88 vs Enforcer 88 - help me decide

    Help me decide. This will be an east coast ski . I have been getting back into skiing after a 15 year hiatus. I am 45 yo, 195 lbs. I am currently a high intermediate to low expert skier, and regaining my former skills rapidly. I spend most of my time on piste, but I also love challenging...
  7. F

    Kästle DX vs Stöckli 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...
  8. 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...
  9. J

    Stöckli laser ax vs blizzard firebird hrc

    Curious if anyone has skied both of these and has impressions. I’m looking at both and would like to know thoughts. I’m a life long eastern skier, currently on head I-rally. Looking for hard snow, carving ski with lots of energy. Based on reviews, the blizzard seems like a slightly better fit...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. musicmatters

    Head iRally vs Stöckli 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?
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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)...
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  18. 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...