BEST FOR: The bigger-is-better crowd.
THE TEST: The Axl is burly enough to drive any ski, but what sets it apart is a simple, durable touring pivot. On descents, testers noted that the stainless-steel toepiece offered unbelievable lateral power and predictable response, particularly in tough conditions. Three cable positions let every skier dial in their preferred tension.
THE VERDICT: Pair it with big boots to take full advantage of the power and precision. 3.8 lbs