BEST FOR: Hunting down fresh snow.
THE TEST: “It’s the perfect backcountry package: flotation, weight, power, and price,” gushed one tester. With a 118-millimeter waist, the Buster is a true powder ski, but camber and a carbon-and-fiberglass-reinforced aspen core will stand up to rigorous in-bounds pounding. Considering how light it is, the ski lived up to its name in variable conditions, providing a surprisingly stable platform when blasting through cruddy snow, while a rockered tip and tapered tail give the Buster float and maneuverability in the softer stuff.
THE VERDICT: Surprisingly stable in all conditions for such a lightweight ski. 139/118/127; 7.8 lbs