2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: STANDOUT OUTLIER SKIS

There is a time and a place for niche taste and from uphill-oriented speedsters to lightweight powder slaying, women’s specific and brawny freeride chargers, these unique standouts will help you with whatever quirky mission you can think of. Wanna sign up for a skimo race? We’ve got you covered. Been eying that 500-foot pillow line? No problem.

Here are the 2020 Editors’ Choice Outlier Skis.

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4FRNT RENEGADE

$6994frnt.comSIZES (cm): 184, 191 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 137/122/130 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 8.4 lbs. (184)

From the Gear Guide: “Ski it at any speed, any radius, go as big or as small as you want; it doesn’t matter ’cause it slays everything.


VOILÉ HYPERDRIFTER

$795 – voile.com SIZES (cm): 171, 178, 186 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 155/121/138 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 6.6 lbs. (178)

From the Gear Guide: “Ridiculously lightweight yet fully maneuverable and easygoing.


SALOMON STELLA QST 106

$900 salomon.comSIZES (cm): 159, 167, 174, 181 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 131/99/116 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.4 lbs. (174)

From the Gear Guide: “Responsive, easy-turning and moderately lively, the Stellas manage most terrain and conditions with grace and ease.


BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT HELIO RECON 88

$630 – blackdiamondequipment.comSIZES (cm): 158, 168, 178 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 123/88/112 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 6.9 lbs. (178)

From the Gear Guide: “The best sub-90-width ski I’ve ever skied…Predictable, stable, fast, fun and capable.


MEIER PROSPECTOR 106

$850 meierskis.com | SIZES (cm): 166, 171, 178, 185, 192 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 134/106/124 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.8 lbs. (171)

From the Gear Guide: “Great float for a 106, stable and refuses to deflect at speed despite its light nature.

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