Ski Equipment Reviews and Recommendations

Ski, boot and other ski equipment reviews help you get the right gear while cutting risks of costly mistakes. Our reviews provide you with accurate pictures of how a given ski performs and how that will relate to you, pictures drawn from the experiences of dozens of skiers of varying abilities and technical styles – recreational and pro alike – who test skis and other ski equipment from VT to California between January and May.

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After reading our Member reviews, you’ll be able to select ski models to try or perhaps we’ll give you that extra bit of information that makes you realize you want this or that ski right now. If you're considering skis from a past season, chances are we have those reviews as well in our 3000+ review archives (1999-present).

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A (Slight) Swing Toward Sanity
What We Learned at SIA –  (current newsletter)

Last week I spent three days immersed in the annual ski show in Denver and, like many of my brethren, almost as much time trying to travel home. 

boot fittingIf you ever hope to emulate the impeccable Mike Rogan, you first need to find a skinny ski to slide on.

After sifting through the catalogs of 14 major brands, culling and categorizing over 260 models we expect to cover for 2017, a most interesting and welcome development emerged from the data: most new models next year will be less than 85mm underfoot, a significant slimming of America’s ski silhouette. Before parsing the details of this important tipping point, let’s pause to consider why it matters.

 For the past several seasons, American skiers have been buying skis too fat their own good, literally.  Once skiers are on boards so broad they can’t comfortably tip them to a high edge angle, the chances of them ever acquiring this foundational skill are virtually nil.  Furthermore, most skiers remain unaware that a wide ski on hard snow poses inherently higher risks of knee discomfort and increases the odds of a serious knee injury.

So it is with considerable relief that I report that of the 100+ new models we’re likely to survey in 2017, more than half will be Frontside, Technical or non-FIS race skis.   The genre with by far the largest influx of new models is Frontside, and that’s without our counting the many lower priced package models that populate the nether reaches of this beginner-to-expert category.

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More than merely ski reviews . . .

Beyond reviews, we have articles on custom boot fitting, boot design, ski sizing, binding placement, ski tuning, equipment maintenance, outstanding accessories, high performance ski technique (featuring Harald Harb and John Clendenin) and more. We offer unique 1-on-1 consulting. Got a skiing question? Top pros answer you directly.

We'll help you get the most fun per ski dollar. Whether you are just starting, a sometimes leisure skier, venerable veteran or working pro, we can help you find the best skis and other equipment and help take your skiing to a higher level, often saving money in the process.

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rs130We know from experience the folly of trying to fit boots long distance – say, via the internet – and can tell you all you need to know about boots, including their role in how well you’re able to ski on any ski, but because we want you well served, we urge you to visit a specialty ski shop with veteran personnel who know their craft.

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This book by Realskiers Editor Jackson Hogen and "Snowbird Guru" Dave Powers is unique. The title may be coyly misleading: The "Secrets" are secret to elite skiers only in that they have not before been so clearly articulated and, although centered on Snowbird, Secrets reveals more than tactical approaches to that iconic big mountain playground. Secrets applies to all skiing, from local bunny hill to the vast reaches of the Chugach.

Equipment and technique are central to performance, but not the whole story. Context, mental environment and, especially, the concept of Flow are as, if not more, important. "Secrets" addresses these crucial concepts is fresh and accessible ways.(disclosure: review by PK)
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We feel a special obligation to maintain the integrity of our testing and reporting protocols, so we neither solicit nor accept ads from the brands we review. 

Identifying the best equipment and instruction that together contribute to the ideal alpine ski experience—and just as importantly, where to find said gear and guidance—has always been the core of realskiers’ mission. Central to accomplishing this mission is the support of our retail test partners, selected from among the top shops in the U.S.

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