A player in the freeride scene for six years now, 4FRNT has consistently evolved its product, company and team to strengthen its place in the market. Built around a core team of athletes who all contribute to the design and evolution of their individual models, 4FRNT maintains a passion for skiing that is highlighted by its five 2008 models.
Length: 186, 190, 193
Dimensions:129-104-121 @ 190
MSRP: $850 Stoke: 8 (for the 190 length)
Testers loved the EHP in the 190 length, a ski that is very different at different lengths. The 190 is closer to the construction and dimensions of a traditional ski — while the 186 has a reverse-sidecut — and it scored accolades for being “super stable with great flotationin the powder,” and “nimble for a ski of this length.”
Length: 168, 175, 182, 189
Dimensions: 129-104-121 @ 175 and 182
MSRP: $750 Stoke: 8
The VCT was our favorite offering from 4FRNT in the big-mountain category. This ski has a wider range of performance than the EHP and impressed testers across the board. “Stable and burly,” said one. “Really smooth” and “great in powder” were a few of the comments about this wood-core ripper, which receives one of our 2008 Editor’s Picks.
Length: 161, 171, 181, 187
Dimensions: 122-92-112 @ 181
MSRP: $650 Stoke: 7.75
The MSP was not for everyone with its wide tip and narrower tail, but those who liked it really liked it. “Very dependable,” “great in crud” and “highly recommended for an all-mountain ski” were a few comments.
Length: 155, 165, 175, 180
Dimensions: 115-89-111 @ 180
$: 500 Stoke: 7
Jumps: 8 Pipe: 7
Playfulness: 9 All-Mtn : 6
The Niklas Karlstrom Pro model lived up to the hype of being a pure park and pipe tool and buttered its way into the hearts of many of our testers. Its torsional rigidity paired with its buttery flex pattern allows it to hold an edge into jumps and jib on and off rails well.
Length: 145, 167, 177, 183
Dimensions: 112-82-104 @ 177
MSRP: $550 Stoke: 5.5
Jumps: 7 Pipe: 5
Playfulness: 5 All-Mtn: 8
The more dramatic sidecut and stability of the STL made the ski very popular when it came to riding all-mountain. Our testers found it to be a bit heavy for park riding, though, so this one is best suited for
shredding everywhere and is not a park-specific tool like some of the other park skis on the market.
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