SnoCountry's Best New Model Skis For 2016
Narrowing the field to new models, note that in today’s world, a completely overhauled model may continue to bear a longstanding nameplate. Among our picks, this alert applies to the Völkl Kendo and Dynastar Cham 97. Here are SnoCountry.com's choices for best new models for 2016:
The Atomic Vantage 90 CTi strikes the perfect balance between power and facility. It feels buoyant in bottomless, tenacious on hardpack and quick to the edge. The signature feature of the new Vantage series, the Carbon Tank Mesh, proves its mettle on this model.
K2 has made the biggest changes to their core models in 15 years, retiring the top dampening layer and generally trimming fat wherever they found it. The most versatile model with the new Konic design is the Pinnacle 95, which fulfills the mission of achieving better snow feel without losing K2’s legendary ease of operation.
Dynastar has earned a fanatical following among strong, aggressive skiers who might not be pleased to hear the new Cham 2.0 97 is easier to handle in all conditions and particularly more adept in off-trail conditions. Fear not, big bruisers, the new edition is still a muscular ski; it just follows terrain better than its forebear.
Head unveils two new ski series for 2016, Instinct and Monster, featuring Graphene™, the one-atom thick material that lets Head use less metal, wood or glass, reducing and redistributing mass. Our favorite is the Instinct Raw Ti Pro, a powerhouse that purrs like a pussycat at speed despite feeling feather light.
The Völkl Kendo uses the same construction as its eponymous ancestors, but its shape and baseline are all New Age, with a double rocker profile and tapered tip. The result is pure Völkl performance with a passport to travel anywhere. Any snow condition, any turn shape, any speed, any day: the Kendo is ready when you are.
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Photos: Top to bottom -- array of colorful skis (Susan Leggett); Atomic Vantage 90 CTI; K2 Pinnacle 95; Dynastar Cham 2.0 97; Head Instinct Raw Ti Pro; Volkl Kendo (RealSkiers.com)