BEST FOR: Rocketing down big faces.
THE TEST: G3’s biggest ski to date combines stiffness and full reverse camber to achieve what testers called a “spirited and fun” ride. All that rocker means this behemoth skis much shorter and smaller than it looks, which translated to high marks for agility and playfulness, even at top speed. “You can let ’em run, but it dumps speed instantly,” one tester said. As a bonus, even with a tough Titanal topsheet, the Empire is just light enough to haul uphill.
THE VERDICT: Bounce, slide, carve, and smear in the deepest snow. 153/127/139; 9.5 lbs