The best powder skis of 2016

The best powder skis of 2016

Also read: Top park skis | Top women’s skis | Top powder skis | Top big-mountain skis

115+ mm-waisted freestyle skis

You might enjoy these skis if… You stare down the dreamiest pillow line with this debate in your head: Enter with a spin to the right, left… or perhaps a switch 5? You stomp and destroy each pillow, then amid your run-out, you toss a beauty of a nose butter for added effect. These maneuvers come with ease, due in part to your ski’s hefty amount of rocker, forgiving flex pattern and plus-size waist width.

1. Armada JJ 2.0

Armada JJ 2.0 skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.92

“‘Hard charging, fist pumping, rage machine…'” Click for full review and scores.

2. Atomic Bent Chetler

Atomic Bent Chetler Skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.76

“Think about Chris Benchetler’s skiing style for a moment: smooth and effortless, big tricks in big terrain and, of course, that signature nose butter…” Click for full review and scores.

3. Folsom Trophy

Folsom Trophy skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.39

“The Folsom Trophy Skis are a quick and nimble pow slayer…” Click for full review and scores.

4. Faction Candide 4.0

Candide 4.0 Skis 2016

Overall Score: 8.30

“Candide’s go-to choice for bottomless conditions, the Faction Candide 4.0 Skis, comes back unchanged for its third year of production, and that’s just fine by our testers…” Click for full review and scores.


4FRNT YLE skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.98

“Wiley Miller’s signature planks are essentially park skis for the pow…” Click for full review and scores.

6. Fischer Big Stix 122

Fischer Big Stix 122 skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.97

“If rocking down huge lines in Alaska is a recurrent daydream of yours, consider getting your kicks on Fischer’s Big Stix…” Click for full review and scores.

7. Voile X9

voile x9 skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.78

“Switch pow landings: ✓ Nose butters through choke-worthy snow: ✓ A beefy platform for stomping landings off big ol’ backcountry features: ✓…” Click for full review and scores.

8. Liberty Schuster Pro

Liberty Schuster Pro Skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.74

“Joe Schuster gets his own well-deserved pro model from Liberty this year…” Click for full review and scores.

9. Lib Tech Fully Functional Five Nas Pro

Lib Tech Fully Functional Five Nas skis 2016

Overall Score: 7.72

“While its wide platform and rockered tip and tail help make the Functional Five a trustworthy pow companion…” Click for full review and scores.

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