Top 10 Skis: The best microbrew & independent brand skis of 2012-2013

Comments by Matt Harvey/

No matter how big a company is today, it started as a micro: a small group of people who share the same passion for ski making. Today more people than ever are picking up tools, building ski presses in garages, and popping out skis. Most impressive is how many of these companies are putting out quality skis. Here are our favorite indie brand skis of the year, our Editor’s Picks, made by people fueled by the gas fumes in their garage.

1. Folsom Rapture

Overall Score: 17.66
Rockered tips and tails and camber underfoot ensure all bases are covered, whether you’re charging pow or shredding hardpack. Read our full review here.


T-2. Folsom Completo

Overall Score: 17.5
With rockered tips and tails and low camber underfoot, this ski excels all over the mountain. Read our full review here.


T-2. ON3P Wrenegade

Overall Score: 17.5
Additional adjustments were made to the 2012/13 Wrenegade model, and the results are in: The Wrenegade is better than ever. Read our full review here.


4. Klint Prime

Overall Score: 17.25
The Prime is an all-mountain world beater with a terrain park slant. Read our full review here.


T-5. RMU Professor

Overall Score: 17.2
If tearing up the frontside with the ability to jump in the park is your thing, then RMU has the ski for you. Read our full review here.


T-5. Folsom Quark

Overall Score: 17.2
Folsom’s foray into park skis has been a successful one, with testers gushing over the Quark with comments like, “Super fun, quick and responsive,” “Great stability,” and, “The best ski yet!” Read our full review here.


7. Lib Tech POW NAS

Overall Score: 17
This ski is so much fun. It performs great everywhere, and it’s so good for solid stomps. Read our full review here.


T-8. Icelantic Nomad RKR

Overall Score: 16.8
Icelantic says its all-new Nomad RKR “could quite possibly be the funnest ski we make.” Catalog jargon? Hardly. Read our full review here.


T-8. Folsom Gambit

Overall Score: 16.8
Slightly stiffer than last year’s model, this iteration is a favorite among our testers. Read our full review here.


10. Hart Griffin

Overall Score: 16.61
At 125 mm underfoot, Hart’s all-new Griffin is a powder-specific shred stick built for true powder addicts. Read our full review here.


See the rest of the Microbrew skis Editor’s Picks.

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