Testers’ Choice: G3 Empress 115


Holly Howard [Photo] Alden Pellett

Holly Howard
5’2”, 115 lbs.
Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

A Nordic ski racer, Holly picked up telemark skiing in college. She recently added an AT setup into the mix. Holly favors low-angle powder and trees, and enjoys making smooth, graceful telemark turns. Her pick of the test? The G3 Empress 115.

Overall Score: 9/10
Best For: Lift Accessed Touring
Best Speed: Medium
Responsiveness: 8/10
Playfulness: 7/10
Dampness: 7/10

Turn Performance
Short Turns: 8/10
Medium Turns: 9/10
Long Turns: 8/10
Turn Initiation: 8/10

Crud Performance: 8/10
Powder Performance: 9/10
Hard-Snow Performance: 7/10

Comments: “The Empress was not springy or snappy, but smooth and graceful. They performed great in a spectrum of conditions. Even if you suck, this ski will make you feel like a champion.”

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


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