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.
Ski Reviews in this public section are distilled from more comprehensive reviews in our Member Section, which has, say members, "the best ski reviews available anywhere, in print or on the 'Net."
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).
Where We Stand
For as long as skiing has been a sport, skiers have squabbled over the ideal location of the skier on the ski. The emergence in the 1970’s of manufacturer recommended mounting marks did little to settle the argument. For more than a decade there remained two accepted standards, one using a boot-toe mark and the other a mid-point mark.
By the dawn of the current era of shaped skis, the mid-point position had been universally adopted. Radical, deep-dish sidecuts made pinpointing mounting position more important and less subject to freelance re-positioning.
Then along came twin-tips and centered-mounted positions on skis with symmetrical sidecuts, creating a new binding position paradigm. To keep the skiing public on their toes (pun intended), many manufacturers have resorted to screening multiple boot-center lines and letting the consumer pick from this à la carte menu.
How could a ski with an hourglass sidecut have a variety of positions from which it will ski as intended? Before you answer, consider this: any ski with a pronounced rocker, particularly those with a spatulate tip, effectively move the skier around in relation to center as they transition from an edged ski to flat and flat to edged.
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.
Realskiers is independent; we accept no advertising from equipment manufacturers or distribution companies. Our reviews aren't subject to advertising pressure and embody no corporate compromises.
We 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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