This forgotten brand has risen from the dead. Distribution will be limited this year and you’ll have to look hard to find them. However, Hart is making a respectable quiver that includes everything from a World Cup slalom ski to a couple of women’s twins. Its big-mountain offerings are still a bit narrow under foot — the largest tops out at 92 mm at the waist.
MSRP: $1,100 Stoke: 6
Testers either loved the Fuelie Boss or hated it. For the haters, the Boss is “too stiff for pow, too fat for bumps and doesn’t have enough sidecut to carve.” For those that loved the ski, the Boss is “great for a big-mountain rider on a hard pack day, is stiff enough to bite the snow and holds like a monkey on your back.” Will you love it or hate it? We don’t know, but this is definitely a ski that you should try before you buy.
Length: 168, 176
MSRP: $1,050 Stoke: 3
Jumps: 4 Pipe: 4
Playfulness: 5 All-Mtn: 4
Hart was once all the rage, then went away and is now trying to creep its way back into the ski scene and onto the feet of the “new” freeride skiers. Its first attempt at a twin-tip, the Twisted Twin, left our testers downright confused. “The flex in the front doesn’t match the flex in the rear,” said one tester. “Way too buttery in the tails, making it exceptional for wheelies,” said another. We’re not sure, but we don’t think a high wheelie factor is what Hart was going for exactly.
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