Top 10 Skis: The best all-mountain skis of 2014

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Not every day is a deep day, and lapping the park non-stop can get old (for some). Ski manufacturers have been trying for years—using buzzwords like do-everything ski and one-ski quiver—to produce sticks that can be taken around the resort, into the park and backcountry, through powder, chop and hardpack, without sacrificing performance. To better equip you to the everyday grind, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 all-mountain skis for 2014. A total of 16 all-mountain models were bestowed Editor’s Picks in our 2014 Buyer’s Guide, but below are the top 10—the absolute creme de la creme.

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1. Atomic Theory

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Overall Score: 20.99

“Earning an outstanding 4.45 in the carving category, Atomic’s Theory has bagged Editor’s Pick status for the third straight year…” Click for full review and scores.


2. Blizzard Brahma

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Overall Score: 20.75

“The Brahma is tailored to the frontside enthusiast. Directional and 88 mm underfoot, it ‘might as well be a GS ski,’ said one tester…” Click for full review and scores.


3. Blizzard Bonafide

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Overall Score: 20.66

“Blizzard has a reputation for crafting weapons that slice and dice, and the Bonafide is one of the meanest carvers in its arsenal…” Click for full review and scores.


4. Armada ARVti

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Overall Score: 20.24

“Now in its 11th season, the ARVti is a veteran all-mountain slayer. New this year is a widened footprint, two added layers of Titanal and a bit of rocker in the tips…” Click for full review and scores.


5. Kästle FX94

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Overall Score: 19.95

“This ski is a ‘super-charging frontside ski!’ raved one of our testers…” Click for full review and scores.


6. K2 Shreditor 102

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Overall Score: 19.82

“Designed to give you a one-ski quiver, the Shreditor 102 aims to fulfill your all-mountain needs in or out of bounds…” Click for full review and scores.


7. Head Venturi 95

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Overall Score: 19.19

“At home in the park as much as in the bumps, bowls and trees, the Venturi is a new ski with traditional camber and early rise tip and tail…” Click for full review and scores.


8. Line Sir Francis Bacon

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Overall Score: 18.92

“As the little brother to Mr. Pollard’s Opus, the Sir Francis Bacon is no stranger to fun. This ski is for somebody who envisions a trick on every terrain feature they come across…” Click for full review and scores.


9. 4FRNT Cody

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Overall Score: 18.75

“Back for its second season, Cody Barnhill’s signature ski was celebrated as a ‘reliable and predictable’ ski by one of our testers…” Click for full review and scores.


10. Fischer Big Stix 100

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Overall Score: 18.57

“New for 2014, the Fischer Big Stix 100 takes the place of the old Big Stix 98. In addition to the two extra millimeters underfoot, the all-new shovel geometry and rocker profile are great when things get a little deeper…” Click for full review and scores.


Also read: Top 10 microbrew skis | Top 10 park skis | Top 10 big-mountain skis | Top 10 powder skis