These are new and/or improved skis for 2014...
Atomic Blackeye Ti (129-81-106) and Crimson Ti (133-86-115)-- Atomic took two venerable winners in this class and brought the back with only the names staying the same. While the dimensions are similar, the feel of these skis have changed....these two with the addition of a significant new binding plate called ARC, a throwback acronym to their race days, which does a great hod reducing vibration and minimizing the flat spot under the binding. I skied these in a 181cm and 178cm respectively.
Blizzard G-Power 7.5 (124-75-108)-- the G-Powers were not in Blizzard's U.S. offerings for 2013 and IMHO. They were missed. Technical skis like the G-Powerhave a place not only in the east,where hard snow can be prominent, but in the west where instructors and technical skiers alike appreciate a ski like this. I skied the G in the 174cm length.
Blizzard Brahma (125-88-110)-- Yep, the leader in the clubhouse and the ski all 88-90mm all mountain skis will be measured against. Just read my review HERE. skied (and own) the 180cm
Head iSupershape Rally (131-76-109)-- This 77mm (in the 177 length) wide ski that has evolved from the Supershape series is a fantastic ski, rarely Does a ski that has suchi a race construction be able to handle a multitude of turn shapes and speeds. Skied it in the 177 length
Head Rev 85 Pro (132-86-117)--As soon as the buying season was done last year, I realized I overlooked this ski. It is a great carver with a nice big sweet spot. My mistake was your gain though, Head dropped the price by $100 to $799. I skied this in the 177cm length.
Kastle Mx83 (123-83-109)-- Arguably the most versatile of the frontside Kastles. Granted it is not as nimble as the RX12 or as crud busting as the MX88, but the MX83 bestows the best balance of them both.skied it in the 173cm but would have preferred the 183cm
Nordica Firearrow 84 Pro (128-84-112)-- For $899, this ski could be one of the best hard snow values for the 2014 season. While the 84 EDT might be more powerful, it is hard to justify the $400 price premium. Ski it in the 176cm
Stockli CX (116-69-100)-- Very nice and smooth ski, just what you would expect from this boutique ski maker. While at 69mm underfoot, it is not what I would choose for a pure carver, when I can get almost as much precision from some of the other skis I tested without the nervousness. Skied the 175cm
Stockli VXL(126-87-111)-- not the VXL I skied 4 years ago, with the addition of Leary rise, this is a better ski, smoother and more refined. It is still tough to go up against the MX88 in this premium category. Skied 180cm
Salomon 24 X-Race (120-71-99) -Spiritual replacement for the street racer ski. Very good hard snow performance in a tight segment with some proven skis, can the Salomon compete here? Skied it is the 175cm length
Skis added on 2/12 from Alpine Meadows, unfortunately I do not have dimensions at this point and will add them.
Dynastar Chrome 78 Pro- Wow, the new Chrome series will be worthy successors to the Contacts and to an exert the Course Ti. I am looking forward to getting on the new Course version that will be introduced soon. This ski was amazingly smooth and powerful and with it's 18M radius, it will be a fun GSish feeling frontside charger
Head iSupershape Magnum-The one 71mm underfoot and with the green writting. Head is making the naming of these very confusing and as Finndog said, it seems they have more names than a British Lord. With that said, after skiing the Rally, I was expecting to come in and be gaga over this ski and was underwhelmed. I don't think it was because the Supershape was bad, it is just that the Rally was so darn good. This one just felt more nervous that a long tail cat in a room of rocking chairs.
K2 Rictor 90XTI (132-90-115)- K2 just has a knack for making smooth skis, damn well skiing smooth skis. The new Rictor 90 is no different but it is better. The 90mm Rictor, now the Rictor becomes a series verses just one model, has a feel from the AMP and the Sideshow and does combine the best of both models.
I will be expanding on these reviews once we get the product pages built.
Edited by Philpug - 2/12/13 at 9:37pm