BEST FOR: Shouldering on long hikes and riding hard on the descents.
THE TEST: The Hell and Back was damping and lively, with a comfortable turn shape. Lighter testers thought it favored hard snow more than soft, but everyone found it light enough to pivot in tight spots.
THE VERDICT: Probably the best boards in the category for skiers with strong technical skills who spend time carving GS turns on groomers. It’s not as playful and floaty as the Armada, but it’s easily the most versatile ski in its class. 135/98/125
Resort Float: 3.8