BEST FOR: Hard charging all over the mountain.
THE TEST: The Gear of the Year award winner in Outside’s Winter Buyer’s Guide, the Cham 97 is one of the most versatile all-mountain skis we’ve ever tested. The tip floats in everything but waist-deep glop, but unlike most surfy and fun skis, the flat tail lets you power through turns. Plus, because the ski tapers into a pintail, you can release the power of your turn at any point along the way.
THE VERDICT: A playful rockered ski with serious horsepower. 118/133/97/113/94