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  1. F

    Kastle DX vs Stockli AR vs DPS Cassiar Trainer vs Renoun Atlas

    All of these seem to hover around my emerging sweet spot. I thought playful, yet “railable” was what I was after, but now I think I want a playful carver that can push some snow when needed (read: east coast). I might go a bit shorter to slow things down. Right now, my favorite in my quiver...
  2. Erik Timmerman

    Time for 2021 already? (A sneak look into next years gear)

    Just saw a video on Facebook about the 2021 Nordica Enforcer line. I searched on Youtube to post here, but no dice. It's just a short teaser video, but if you want to know more, check Nordica's Facebook.
  3. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Nordica Spitfire 80 RB Review

  4. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Blizzard Bonafide vs 2020 K2 Mindbender 99Ti

    Here is a good old-vs-new-guard Cage Match, the Blizzard Bonafide and the K2 Mindbender 99Ti. In about 2010, the Bonafide tore the torch away from the Völkl Mantra to become the reference ski in the 98mm category; it carried that torch until the golden child, Nordica Enforcer, started shining...
  5. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Men's 110+ Powder ski Comparison

  6. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Women's 100 mm Ski Comparison

  7. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Nordica Santa Ana 88 vs 2020 Nordica Santa Ana 93

    This Cage Match is more like a sibling throwdown. With the introduction of the Santa Ana 88, Nordica has forced the question, "Which is better for me, the 88 or 93?" At first glance, the differences in waist width and turning radius seem negligible, which may leave you scratching your head...
  8. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Men's 95-100 mm All Mountain Ski Comparison

  9. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Liberty V92 vs 2020 Salomon QST 92

    Yes, Liberty is the overnight success that started well over a decade ago but really caught our attention last season with the oh-sooo-good V-Series collection, with its Vertical Metal Technology construction and unique low-rise tip with a good amount of flare (… and more than just 15 pieces of...
  10. Tricia

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Blizzard Black Pearl 98 vs 2020 K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance

    This Cage Match is one of the most requested this season; apparently everyone wants to see a long-time fan favorite spar with the new member in the clubhouse. If you have read my reviews for any amount of time, you know that I have long loved the Blizzard Black Pearl 98 (originally the Samba)...
  11. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Fischer RC One GT 86 Multiflex vs 2020 Salomon S/Force Bold

    Here is the Cage Match I have had more than a few requests for, the Fischer RC One GT Multiflex and the Salomon S/Force Bold, two new skis that have been the topics of many preseason discussions. Honestly, I think it is a Cage Match that is going to disappoint many here in that these skis are...
  12. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Men's 90 mm Ski Comparison

    It's time for our 2020 Comparison articles and videos! First up is the men's ~90 mm all-mountain category. Bob and Jeff put 17 different skis up on the wall of our studio and go through their strengths, what sets them apart from each other, and more.
  13. dovski

    Is there a Pugski Discount at Ski Essentials?

    I noticed some threads from a few years back thanking Ski Essentials for the Pugski discount. Over the last few years I have bought a fair amount of gear from them. There service is amazing and they carry some great gear. Would love to take advantage of a Pugski discount if they still offer one...
  14. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti W Review

    This week on Chairlift Chat Alli and Bob chat about the 2020 Rossignol Experience 88 Ti W and how it's an exceptionally versatile all-mountain ski that can satisfy a big range of ability levels.
  15. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Stockli Stormrider 88 Review

    This week on Chairlift Chat we talk about Stockli being a new brand for SkiEssentials.com and chat in depth about the Stormrider 88 and how it stacks up against a crowded field of competitors.
  16. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 Völkl Kendo 88 vs 2020 Nordica Enforcer 88

    Two well-established names in Völkl and Nordica are attacking the upper 80-90mm segment in two different ways, but with model names that have been around for a while. The Kendo 88 has an all-new shape, and the Enforcer 88 is steamrolling into a whole new segment for itself. It is no secret that...
  17. Philpug

    Cage Match Comparison 2020 K2 Mindbender 99Ti vs 2020 Liberty Evolv 100

    There is no question that K2 has shifted gears over the past few years with new designers, new skis, and a new attitude. We have also seen a shift at Liberty with brand new collections, including the Evolv 100 featured here. Why did I choose these two to go against each other? First, they are...
  18. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Völkl Deacon 84 Lowride Review

    This week we chat about the new 2020 Volkl Deacon 84 Lowride! Big shoes to fill replacing the RTM collection, but we're very impressed by these new skis.
  19. SkiEssentials

    Sponsored 2020 Salomon QST 99 Review

    This week on Chairlift Chat we review the redesigned Salomon QST 99! We're big fans of the changes to this ski. Who has skied it?
  20. Ron

    Comparison Review Ron’s 2020 Reviews 89mm and Narrower: The Way I Ski It

    Augment All Mountain 88 Dimensions: 126.5-88-112.5 Radius: 21m@179cm Sizes: 163, 171, 179, 187 Size tested: 179 Design: All New Move over, Stöckli -- yep, I said it! The brand formerly known as Croc is now Augment, but its skis are still made in Austria. This a skier's' ski: superb, exacting...