BEST FOR: Hard-charging all-mountain skiers.
THE TEST: The Hell and Back is light enough to shoulder for an in-bounds hike, but it won’t let you down if you’re stuck skiing groomers all day. Testers singled out this wood-core ski’s stiff and powerful tail—a trait still favored by ex-racers and telemark skiers. Some praised the end-of-turn oomph. Others like to skid more. “Classic all-mountain shape,” said one tester. “Rails hardpack, but still lively in soft snow.” 135/98/125
THE VERDICT: Does everything well except slarve—that stiff tail performs best with a pilot who carves every turn.