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Dynastar Contact Cross Ti
Frontside
Add a layer of metal (preferably titanium alloy) to a frontside ski and you instantly quiet the ride, absorb high-frequency chatter, and boost the speed limit. The Cross Ti delivers all that without sacrificing slow-speed performance—unlike with carving skis of old, you don't need to bring it up to 30 miles an hour and jump on it to get a crisp, round turn. And because it isn't as twitchy as some carving skis we tested, you can throw it around easily enough in bumps and ungroomed snow. "The Cross Ti is a versatile and damp frontside ski for someone who loves making round turns on nice corduroy," said one tester. 120/72/104; $1,100; dynastar.com

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