BEST FOR: Long tours.
THE TEST: On paper, the 100-millimeter-waisted Charter has an early-rise tip for flotation, a flat tail for stability, and a light-weight karuba core. Testers found it performed to spec on the hill, calling it solid, even, and reliable. At 8.1 pounds, it was a bit heavy for long tours, but when it came to fun the Charter blew away expectations. “A ski that can smear with the best fully rockered boards,” one tester said. 130.5/100/122.5; 8.1 lbs.
THE VERDICT: If you like the feel of rocker-free tails, check out the Charter.