Built on the same chassis as Völkl's bestselling alpine ski, the Mantra, the M Rock is lighter (there's no metal in it), and its wood/PU core makes it slightly less forgiving—and more fun—in powder. 133/94/113, 7.8 lbs; volkl.com
Bonus: Hands-down the best resort AT ski we tested. "I'd put alpine bindings on it," said one tester.
Bummer: Not as rock-solid on groomers as the Mantra.