Top 10 Skis: The best value park skis of 2014, for $500 or less

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Unfortunately, skis will never be the most affordable tools (toys) in the world. It’s not uncommon to see a pair of planks in the thousand dollar range, or above. We know that you’ve got a strong hold on your wallet, so we’ve put together this list: You’ll find the ten best park skis of 2014, for both boys and girls, priced at $500 or less—each of these skis earned Editor’s Pick status in our 2014 Buyer’s Guide. So, here’s to saving a couple of bucks, and still getting your trick on this season with a quality pair of skis.

1. 4FRNT Blondie

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Overall Score: 23.67 | Price: $410

“A member of 4FRNT’s lineup since 2011-12, the Blondie was a hit with our testers this season, earning Editor’s Pick status for the first time…” Click for full review and scores.


2. Nordica Badmind

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Overall Score: 22.00 | Price: $410

“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…” Click for full review and scores.


3. Head The Show

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Overall Score: 21.00 | Price: $350

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


4. Atomic Punx

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Overall Score: 20.68 | Price: $500

“Garnering an Editor’s Pick stamp of approval for the fourth straight season, the totally redesigned Punx is a proven park offering with heavy competition roots…” Click for full review and scores.


5. Atomic Supreme

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Overall Score: 20.60 | Price: $450

“If you’re a lady who splits your time between skiing the park and charging around the frontside, Atomic’s Supreme is at your service…” Click for full review and scores.


6. Atomic Infamous

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Overall Score: 20.40 | Price: $400

“Dropping a midseason release in 2012-13, Atomic made waves with this brainchild of Jossi Wells. “This ski is incredible. So responsive and fun,” said one tester…” Click for full review and scores.


7. Head The Caddy

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Overall Score: 20.40 | Price: $400

“Inspired by Simon Dumont, the Caddy is an elite-level ski that’s designed to absolutely destroy. Park and Pipe Rocker blends subtle tip and tail rise for smoother turn initiation…” Click for full review and scores.


8. Nordica OMW

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Overall Score: 19.85 | Price: $499

“The OMW is a cambered, directional park ski, aimed toward the slope and urban riders out there. While it didn’t score as high in playfulness, it certainly caught our testers’ attention with its stability and rip-ability…” Click for full review and scores.


9. 4FRNT Click!

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Overall Score: 19.56 | Price: $410

“One of 4FRNT’s trusted park sticks since 2010, the Click! is hailed for its light weight and playful character. “Great jib sticks,” said one of our ski testers…” Click for full review and scores.


10. Völkl Ledge

Volkl-Ledge-ski

Overall Score: 19.56 | Price: $410

“The Ledge is a fully symmetrical ski, boasting tip and tail rocker with camber underfoot for versatility and grip. One minute you’ll be buttering your way into a switch 450-on and the next, you’ll be carving off the lip of the following booter…” Click for full review and scores.


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