Essentially built just like a race ski—with solid sidewalls, a full wood core, and a 15-meter turn radius—this aptly named ski is in a carving league all by itself. "Watch out for yellow jackets," cautioned one tester. But even when this ski was ripping high-speed turns down firm early-morning faces, we still felt in control, thanks to its predictable flex and big sweet spot. 119/72/104; nordicausa.com
Bonus: The Speedmachine's integrated binding system features aluminum cantilevers under your boot, which help distribute your weight evenly—and eliminate chatter.
Bummer: This ski is made for ice and groomers; it's too stiff for bumps and too narrow for powder.