2023 Lusti CWR 87

SkiTalk Test Team

Testing skis so you don't have to.
SkiTalk Tester
Mar 5, 2017
Size Tested:178cm
Location: Palisades Tahoe, Ca
Conditions; Spring glory

Philpug: Lusti is a Czech brand that has been producing skis since about 2000. Being European, they started with technical hard snow skis and have expanded to all mountain collections, and the Cross Wide Rocker (CWR) 87 is right in the middle of their offerings which range from 81mm to 95mm underfoot.

The CWR 87 has a quite smooth feel on snow that is reminiscent of skis that are $200-500 more. I am guessing that being Eastern European-based has a lot to do with that. The finish out of the wrapper is quite nice with a symmetrical chevron structure, and while they don't have the .5°/3.0° base bevel that is posted on their site, the skis were closer to a 1°/2°, well within an acceptable bevel for any 87mm ski.

The early rise is gradual and extends back a bit further than some other skis, but the flair in the 132mm tip engages very nicely. The camber underfoot is minimal and that contributed to the quiet feel. The extension to the wider square race tail with minimal rise allows the ski to carve through and finish the turn very nicely and the 178 skis true to its 18.4 m radius.

Unpiste: The CWR 87 performed well on afternoon groomers and in the bumps. Great engagement and edge hold for a ski at this width. Playful in the bumps, but you'll want to stay on top of the ski. Compares well with skis that traditionally sell at a more premium price point.

Scotskier: The Lusti CRW 87 performed well on firm(ish) snow as well as softer snow. Decent edge hold for an 87 even when driven into tight turn shapes. Comfortable, minimal effort required and didn't get floppy when pushed hard and fast
  • Insider tip: Mount up 2 cm from suggested line.
  • One thing I would change: One more size offering for smaller/women skiers.
Who is it for?
Those that are looking for premium feel/quality for mainstream pricing.
Who is it not for?
Name droppers, most people in the States do not know of Lusti ... yet.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. Frontside
  2. All Mountain
Ski attributes
  1. Groomers
  2. Moguls
  3. Off Piste
  4. Trees
  1. Men


Available sizes
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip and tail rocker
Binding options
  1. Flat
  2. System
  3. Plate
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