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Ski rating: Backside 2016-17

This category refers to the skis for freeriding outside of a resort: no lifts, no pistes. The skiing is usually performed in fresh and deep powder. Such skis must be stable and independent from the snow quality. Another important aspect is manoeuvrability, which is very useful on a rough terrain that backside often provides. The skis should also be very light so that it is not that tiresome to skitour or to walk uphill with the skis hanging on a backpack. Backside skis should also be reliable and effective on drops.

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Ski rating: Frontside 2016-17

This category includes skis for those who prefer to stay within a resort’s limits but who has no boundaries in terms of terrain. Such skis must be stable and controllable on a hard or an icy piste. Things like vibration damping on a bumpy slope and universality in terms of technique are also of great significance. The skis must allow to easily swap carving on a hard slope with sliding in a soft snow.

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Ski rating: Freeski 2016-17

This category refers to the skis that are made for those who prefer on-piste skiing with an occasional deviation from a piste, which does not extend to pure freeride. This means no technique limits, fast carving, sliding manoeuvres, a bit of jumping, and snow park riding. Such skis should be controllable, responsive, and frisky. They must be reliable and predictable, but simultaneously “provoke” a skier to have a crazy, fun ride.

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Ski rating: GS/RC/XT 2016-17

This category includes skis for on-piste skiing with medium to large curves. Such skis should be stable at a high speed and be grasping on an icy piste. They must also be controllable on a bumpy and a soft piste, as well as have the variability of turn radius.

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Ski rating: SL/SC 2016-17

The category contains carving skis. They are intended for on-piste skiing with short and frequent turns. Dynamics, elasticity, and grip are the most important features of such skis.

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Ski rating: AllMountain 2016-17

AllMountain - the skis for those who are not lacking in skill to ski on any kind of piste. They must not be limited by the curve radius. Also, such skis have to be controllable on a bumpy piste, grasping on an icy piste, stable at a high speed, dynamic in quick turns, good at maintaining a curve, and comfortable during a sideslip.

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Ski rating: AllRound 2016-17

This category refers to the simplest and the most widespread skis, designed for recreational skiing: the style that does not imply any determined stylistics, skill, aggression or speed but sets enjoyment as the foremost goal. Skis for this style should be steerable, comfortable, manoeuvrable and independent from snow and piste quality: skiing must be enjoyable in any condition.

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Ski rating: SL/SC 2017-18

The category contains carving skis. They are intended for on-piste skiing with short and frequent turns. Dynamics, elasticity, and grip are the most important features of such skis.

3. Elan SLX Fusion

Third place for controllability, dynamics, and elasticity

2. Salomon X-Race SW 165

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Elan Ibex (Seson 2017 - 2018)

Elan always had a lot of skis for ski tour. Most popular model is Ripstick. But in mountaneering and pro ski tour Elan never were so successfull. So Elan decided to fix it.

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Ski test: Armada ARV 116 (Seson 2017 - 2018)

Widest skis from ARV series. We was interested in determining riding/jumping ratio: for what this skis are? Let's stop discussion and have a run on this skis.

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