ski reviews

  1. Philpug

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

    One thing we can say here at 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...
  2. 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...
  3. SSSdave

    all terrain midfat for small turny guy

    I have a midfat hole in my current 3 ski quiver. The narrow Twisters are great in moguls, ok on groomed, lousy in fresh or crud, and aging. The tank like fat S7's are superb in fresh powder, a mediocre tool once snow is tracked up, and too heavy for backcountry uphill. The short really light...
  4. 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...
  5. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2019 Men's 100 mm Ski Comparison

    This week on Chairlift Chat we compare 15 different skis in the 100 mm waist width category!
  6. 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...
  7. A1ex

    Ski choice and sizing advice

    Hi all. To keep it short, i'm 6'2 and 210lbs, upper advanced, can really ski anything, sometimes hitting hard, sometimes chilling, i generally like short to medium turns. I like my skis fairly stable when going fast but playful and light feeling with some pop and energy. Conditions-wise skiing...
  8. 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...
  9. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Renoun Endurance 98 V3.0 vs 2019 Kästle FX95 HP

    These two premium skis are sure to be compared over a snifter of one's favorite Cognac. This was actually a tougher comparison last year before the Endurance evolved to its newer shape. Last year I referred to the Endurance 98 as the ski that the FX95 wanted to be, a bit stronger with a touch...
  10. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2019 Men's 90 mm All-Mountain Ski Comparison

    This week on Chairlift Chat we compare 15 different men's all-mountain skis in the 90 mm waist width range and discuss what type of skier they would be best for. Don't forget we have a whole heap of more information on these skis in our 2019 Ski Test results as well as our full length ski...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Philpug

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

    This is the Cage Match that I think will be most requested for this coming season because it involves two skis that have been completely reinvented for 2018-19. The only thing that carries over from their previous incarnations is their names. This is going to be the toughest of the matches for...
  14. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison Armada Tracer 98 vs Head Kore 99

    The 98mm category is a packed one, offering many options and models with a lot of overlap. When any new collection comes out in a crowded segment, the manufacturer tries to let us know how it wants the skis presented. Some other review sites regurgitate that information, but at Pugski, we give...
  15. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison Head Monster 83 vs Liberty VMT V82

    @Superbman asked for this one, and even though I really like both of these skis, is this really a viable Cage Match? The whole premise of the Cage Matches is that they are usually between two skis that are commonly compared; at first I thought these two would not be on the same radar, but the...
  16. Pugski Test Team

    2019 Reviews by Pugski Reviewer

    The following is a list of reviews by each member of the Pugski Test Team. Philpug 2019 Reviews, Technical Skis 2019 Reviews, 70-80mm Frontside Skis 2019 Reviews, 80-90mm All-Mountain Skis 2019 Reviews, 90-100mm All-Mountain Skis Tricia 2018-19 Ski Tests: Sub-83mm Skis 2018-19 Ski Tests: 83+mm...
  17. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Nordica Enforcer 93 vs 2019 Blizzard Rustler 9

    For being in the same family, Blizzard and Nordica are really going after each other. I don’t get it. Guys, you are the same company, globally speaking. Does it matter if a customer buys the orange one or the red one? Does it matter if the money goes in the right pocket or the left pocket? I am...
  18. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2019 Head Supershape iTitan vs 2019 Fischer The Curv GT

    The two hard-snow skis that go Head to ... umm ... up against each other here are the Head Supershape iTitan and Fischer's Curv GT. These two skis deserve a throwdown that the majority of readers will be interested in. They define what Cage Matches are all about: both are designed for the same...
  19. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2019 Armada Tracer 108 Review

    This week on Chairlift Chat we take a closer look at the 2019 Armada Tracer 108! Has anyone been on these skis? Very fun, super versatile, would make a great AT ski!
  20. GregK

    Just wondering if anyone has the Scoop on the 2019 Nordica Enforcer 104

    Saw a post on Tenton Gravity(2018/19 Gear) on the new Nordica Enforcer 104 that’s going to be coming out and wondering if anyone else has seen or possibly skied it. Sounded like a scaled down 110(more tail rocker/partial twin/free ride style ski) more than a wider 100. Might be a good quiver...