Top 10 Skis: The best park skis of 2014

October 17th, 2013 by

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

Playful and soft enough to butter around on, yet slightly stiff to handle big tricks at high speed—that’s how most prefer a good, solid park ski. Others might want a total noodle. Another may desire something stiffer, ideal for laying down pipe laps all damn day. We put this year’s park skis to the test at Breckenridge—shredding features both big and small—and from the masses emerged the few, our 2014 Editor’s Picks. Below, you’ll find our top 10 park skis for 2014. Each of these skis earned Editor’s Pick status in the 2014 Buyer’s Guide. And while these are the top 10, there are 28 Editor’s Picks total in the park category, and you can browse ‘em all here.

Read more about how Freeskier tests skis.

1. Armada Al Dente

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Overall score: 22.33

“The new Al Dente was built to the liking of Henrik Harlaut and ’twas on this ski that he stomped his historic nose butter triple cork 1620 for X Games big air gold.” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


2. Nordica Badmind

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Overall score: 22.00

“The Badmind combines things you don’t usually see together: an affordable park ski in a wide range of sizes, geared toward serious park skiers…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


3. Armada Halo 2

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Overall score: 21.43

“With a five-dimensional sidecut, a wider tip profile, traditional camber underfoot, and rockered tip and tail, the Halo 2 is constructed for park riders who love to dabble all over the place…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


4. Armada Alpha X

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Overall score: 21.29

“The Alpha X received a bit of a makeover this season. Most notably, a wider platform adds stability and enhances the ability of this five-dimensional ski to romp all over the hill…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


5. Armada AR7

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Overall score: 21.13

“‘The golden staple of park skis for a hot minute, and it’s no wonder why,’ said one of our testers, who later joked, ‘If this ski were a woman, I’d marry it…’” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


6. Head The Show

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Overall score: 21.00

“Designed for aspiring young athletes or lightweight shredders, the Show is Head’s smaller park and pipe ski…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


7. Scott Jib

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Overall score: 20.88

“The Jib is a durable and responsive ski for those who view the park and pipe as their canvas…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


8. APO Sammy C

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Overall score: 20.80

“As a slopestyle gold medalist at Winter X Games 15 in Aspen, Sammy Carlson knows a thing or two about what goes into making a good park ski…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


9. Fat-ypus G-Butter

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Overall score: 20.77

“Now in its sixth year on the market, the G-Butter remains a solid park-oriented offering…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


10. Scott Jib TW (Tom Wallisch Pro)

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Overall score: 20.76

“The Jib TW is Tom Wallisch’s tool of choice when it comes to laying down some of the baddest slopestyle runs out there…” Read our full review and see scores/stats.


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

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