Top 10 Skis: The best microbrew skis of 2014

Comments by Freeskier Magazine/

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

It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy microbrew skis. Somebody who appreciates the tastes and textures of a small batch as they swish it around. Some are OK, some are no good, but then you find a few that are the best you’ve ever had. Below is a list of the top 10 skis from the microbrew companies—those whose annual sales, according to SIA data, fall outside the top twenty overall. Each of these sticks earned Editor’s Pick distinction in our 2014 Buyer’s Guide. And while these are the top 10, there are 27 Editor’s Picks total in the microbrew category alone—the whole lot can be viewed here.

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1. DPS Wailer 99

DPS Wailer Ski

Overall score: 21.16

“A repeat Editor’s Pick, the Wailer 99 is based on the DPS Wailer 112RP which is also a pick this year…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


2. Faction CT 4.0

Faction CT4.0

Overall score: 19.88

“The CT 4.0 caters to playful skiers who spend their days on the prowl for deep pow…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


3. Fat-ypus D’Riddum

Fat-ypus D'Riddum

Overall score: 19.80

“A new addition to the Fat-ypus stable this season, this Adam Delorme pro model is an ‘amazingly fun ski for all terrain,’ said one of our testers…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


4. Fat-ypus I-Rock FT

Fat-ypus I-Rock FT

Overall score: 19.60

“The Fat-ypus I-Rock FT is identical to its twin, the I-Rock, with one exception: this model lacks rocker in the tail…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


5. DPS Wailer 112RP

DPS Wailer 112RP

Overall score: 19.25

“Many DPS skis are available in a hybrid (fiberglass/carbon/bamboo) construction as well as the Pure3 that we tested, a lighter, stiffer, carbon- and poplar-based sandwich construction with three vertical aluminum ribs…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


6. Folsom Rapture

Folsom Rapture

Overall score: 19.15

“Dubbed as Folsom’s ‘weapon for the Apocalypse,’ the Rapture is a powerful ski suited for big-mountain lines and deep powder fields…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


7. Faction Prodigy

Faction Prodigy

Overall score: 18.44

“Complete with rocker in the tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot, the Prodigy is a predictable and trustworthy all-mountain offering from Faction…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


8. Fat-ypus I-Rock

Fat-ypus I-Rock

Overall score: 18.35

“‘Great for skiing fast over variable terrain and charging steeps,’ said one tester about the I-Rock…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


9. High Society FR

High Society FR

Overall score: 18.31

“As High Society’s flagship ski, the FR is designed to be the ultimate twin-tip freeride ski..” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


10. ON3P Vicik

ON3P Vicik

Overall score: 18.20

“The Vicik’s waist width makes it a great everyday ski for hard-charging freeriders…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


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