"An instant charmer," said one tester. "Really versatile and easy to ski." As with the rest of Rossignol's popular B series, the damp feeling can be attributed to an aluminum insert integrated into the tip of the ski, which increases torsional rigidity and helps it plow through crud. New this year: independent binding inserts that allow the toe and heel pieces to move separately, lending the B83s a floatier feel than previous models. 120/83/110; rossignol.com
Bonus: Equally adept at making short- and longer-radius turns.
Bummer: Expert skiers wanted more.