Recent Ski Reviews
It’s once again that time of year where we spend way too much time thinking about ski quivers, so we’re kicking off our reviewers’ personal quiver selections with the big ones: 5-ski quivers.
Sego’s Condor 108 was one of the more surprising skis we got on last season, and we think it is a reliable, predictable, and versatile tool that will work for a lot of skiers – whether you take a more directional or more playful approach to the mountain. Check out our Full Review & Deep Dive Comparisons.
This season Blizzard overhauled one of the most popular and recognizable all-mountain skis out there, the Bonafide. And while we’re often wary of brands updating established products, we are very excited about the new Bonafide 97. Check out our Fist Look & Flash Review for more.
Last season Isaac Freeland won both Rookie of the Year and the overall title on the Freeride World Tour, and for some of the stops, he was on a new, custom ski from Sego. That ski is now available to the masses, and you can check out our First Look of the Cleaver Comp to learn more about this unique big-mountain ski.
The 4FRNT Devastator had been relatively unchanged for many years, but that changes for 20/21. 4FRNT overhauled the ski this season, and while the new version maintains much of what Devastator fans would expect of a ski bearing this name, there are also some significant changes. Check out our First Look for more.
The Anima has been in the Black Crows line for several years now, serving as their playful-yet-stable, big-mountain powder ski. For 20/21, they overhauled the Anima and we’ll be skiing it this season. For now, check out our First Look to see what’s changed with the new ski, and how its design compares to the rest of the market.
This year WNDR Alpine added a new ski to their lineup, the Vital 100. Check out our First Look for more on why we think this new backcountry skis stands out — even if you don’t take into account the fact that it uses materials derived from algae.
The new Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender fills an interesting role. It essentially serves as a replacement for the exceptionally popular Soul 7, it’s also positioned as the easier alternative to the new BLACKOPS Sender Ti, and now we’re chiming in on how it compares to both of those skis, and who we think will like it the most. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons.
ATK had already made an excellent, lightweight touring binding in their previous Raider 2.0, but we think their new R12 binding is even better. Check out our review of this lightweight, freeride-oriented AT binding.
We’re always skeptical when brands claim that their lightweight skis offers “no compromises on the down,” but after spending time on it this past season, the new Volkl Blaze 106 clearly stood out as a lightweight ski that’s still lots of fun on the descent. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons.
Last season we got to ski a lot of very deep snow on the very wide K2 Reckoner 122. Check out our Full Review and Deep Dive comparisons for more on this new playful pow ski.
For the 20/21 season, Blizzard decided to update one of the most popular skis in the world, the Black Pearl 88. Check out our First Look & Flash Review to learn more about what’s changed with the new ski, and our initial on-snow impressions.
For 20/21, DPS is launching not only several new ski shapes, but also two brand-new ski constructions. They’re making some pretty bold claims about their new Pagoda Piste & Pagoda Tour designs, and you can check out our First Look of the Pagoda Piste 100 C2 to learn about their rationale for those claims and how the design of the ski compares to the rest of the market.
During this coming season we’ll be reviewing Elan’s big-mountain ski, the Ripstick 116. Check out our First Look to see what it shares in common with the other Ripsticks, what it does not, and how its design compares to the rest of the market.
Climbing skins often receive less attention than skis, boots, & bindings, but the skins you stick to your skis can make or break your days in the backcountry. So in this guide, we go through the qualities to look for in a pair of skins, then directly compare 13 different skins from 5 different brands.
We’ve spent much of this past spring & summer on the new Majesty Superwolf, and think it warrants strong consideration from anyone seeking an intuitive, versatile, narrower touring ski. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons.