Venture Skylar

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Best For: Riders looking for a big-­mountain twin tip.

The Test: Venture is based in Silverton, Colorado, and if you've been to Silverton Mountain Resort, with its 13,000-foot peaks and endless couloirs, you'll understand why the Skylar is designed the way it is. Supple torsional flex allows for nimble edge-to-edge transfers and quick turn initiation, but the flex pattern and sidecut make it smooth and stable in all types of terrain. Despite its symmetrical shape, it's too stiff in the mid-to-upper range of flex to be a true star in the park. Even so, you can throw it switch as easily as the softest freestyle decks on the market.

The Verdict: A tougher twin than most, the Skylar performs best at speed.

Response: 4

Versatility: 4

Brand: Venture $595

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