2014 Editors’ Choice Awards – Skis

This year we tested more than 200 skis from 30-plus brands. And it was the most innovative ski crop yet, with brands like DPS getting 3D and the money zone (100-112mm underfoot) exploding with refined shapes and lighter weights.

Here’s just a teaser of this year’s Editors’ Choice winning skis. To see the full reviews, and those of 60 additional Gear Guide Selects, check out the 2014 Gear Guide.

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ATOMIC CHARTER

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$549 - ATOMIC.COM
SIZES (cm): 166, 176, 186
DIMENSIONS (mm): 130.5/100/122.5
WEIGHT/PAIR: 8 lbs. 10 oz. (186)

+ “The wide nose floats; the shapely waist turns beautifully; you can rely on the tails to finish your turns.”
- “Tips are a little soft and can collapse under duress.”
= Trustworthy backcountry utility and standout versatility.

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BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT CONVERT

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$799 - BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT.COM
SIZES (cm): 164, 172, 180, 188
DIMENSIONS (mm): 132/105/116
WEIGHT/PAIR: 7 lbs. (172)

+ “Balloon-like floatation but tolerates hardpack really well.”
- “You have to stay forward on these, or they don’t respond at all.”
= Playful, stable and turny—without the weight of comparable boards.

DPS Lotus 120 Spoon

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$1299 (PURE) - DPSSKIS.COM
SIZES (cm): 178, 189, 197
DIMENSIONS (mm): 140/122/126
WEIGHT/PAIR: 7 lbs. 12 oz. (198)

+ “The Spoon-ified tip feels like nothing else in powder.”
- “You could buy a used Subaru for the price of these skis.”
= Best of the test: handles pow, crud, groomers with nimbleness and stability.

FACTION CANDIDE 3.0

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$969 - FACTIONSKIS.COM
SIZES (cm): 167, 175, 183, 191
DIMENSIONS (mm): 142/112/132
WEIGHT/PAIR: 8 lbs. 8 oz. (183)

+ “Like slicing a knife through butter, it feels just right.”
- “Not as fun at high speeds—they get a little wild.”
= Buy this ski if you like to go uphill fast and want a quick-turning, playful ride down.

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G3 EMPRESS 115

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$640 - GENUINEGUIDEGEAR.COM
SIZES (cm): 165, 170, 175
DIMENSIONS (mm): 145/115/126
WEIGHT/PAIR: 8 lbs. 6 oz. (165)

+ “The Empress blends G3’s typical active and snappy style with a more progressively designed rockered ski—they stepped it up with the Empress.”
- “If it were a perfect ski, it would give back a little more of the energy you put into it.”
= Surfy, floaty, nimble and fun. The ultimate women’s powder ski.

K2 ANNEX 98

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$840 - K2SKIS.COM
SIZES (cm): 170, 177, 184, 191
DIMENSIONS (mm): 131/98/119
WEIGHT/PAIR: 8 lbs. 3 oz. (177)

+ “Like every K2, it loves the crud.”
- “You’ve got to work for it.”
= A fast ski that can tour like it rides.

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MOMENT EXIT WORLD

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$749 - MOMENTSKIS.COM
SIZES (cm): 174, 184, 190
DIMENSIONS (mm): 142/115/132
WEIGHT/PAIR: 8 lbs. 8 oz. (184)

+ “Well behaved, inbounds and out.”
- “A bit heavy for mega-mileage days.”
= Worth carrying the extra weight uphill for a fun and stable ride down.

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ROSSIGNOL SOUL 7

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$800 - ROSSIGNOL.COM
SIZES: 164, 174, 180, 188
DIMENSIONS (mm): 136/106/128
WEIGHT/PAIR: 8 lbs. 7 oz. (180)

+ “Very fun. A good compromise between skinny and fat. Poppy and positive in deep snow and turny on the flat.”
- “Lost some soul as soon as I turned up the speed. Gets sloppy at speed even though it’s pretty damp.”
= A ski with versatile proportions and performance to match.

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SALOMON LUMEN

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$599 - SALOMON.COM
SIZES (cm): 154, 162, 170, 178
DIMENSIONS (mm): 131/96/117
WEIGHT/PAIR: 7 lbs. 5 oz. (170)

+ “Amazing precision and stability.”
- “If these skis were my prom date, I’d want to slow dance, while the ski would want to rock out. Not for the easy go-er.”
= A standout women’s all-rounder.

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VOILÉ V8

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$625 - VOILE.COM
SIZES (cm): 165, 176, 186, 193
DIMENSIONS (mm): 146/115/126
WEIGHT/PAIR: 7 lbs. 12 oz. (186)

+ “Great all-around, everyday ski in- and out of bounds.”
-“Doesn’t perform that well on crunchy or icy hardpack.”
= With its wide range performance, possibly Voilé’s best ski to date.

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Comments

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