Ski Tests Traveller's fatty
- 100mm+ waist

Group verdict

The standout was the Nordica Enforcer, but two others, the Armada JJ and Elan Spire did well enough in the votes to win gold. Following with silver were the K2 Kung Fujas and Scott Mega Dozer.

Target skier

Advanced to expert skier who travels and wants a ski with more width at the waist to explore the powder that still has the sidecut to get them around the resort.

Skier ability:
On the ski school rating scale, these skis will suit classes 3 to 1.


Armada JJ
Armada JJ
Comments: Great fun off piste and surprisingly versatile; Kent. Whoa! What a ski - it's a powder weapon; Peter. Sick; Sam. Verdict: Explore the world with this one, but not if your passion is for the piste.

Dynafit Stoke
Dynafit Stoke
Comments: Backcountry performer which is surprisingly stable; Kent. Great set-up for powder and touring; Sam. Pack a lunch and away you go; Peter. Verdict: Light and sophisticated outfit for tourers, travellers and powder hunters.

Dynastar Legend Pro 115
Dynastar Legend Pro 115
Comments: Demanding ski, but it delivers if you're willing to push it; Kent. A big mountain powder board; Peter. Verdict: Big ski for big mountain riding.

Elan Spire
Elan Spire
Comments: Early rise on the tip makes it a dream to initiate; Peter. Just loves anything soft - this is an adventure machine; Sam. Verdict: Shines in the category, as the medal says.

Fischer Watea 98
Fischer Watea 98
Comments: Fun, fun, fun and confident in all conditions; Pete. Great all rounder, straight forward performance; Chris. Verdict: Quality choice.

Head Inferno
Head Inferno
Comments: Loved it off-piste, stable, fast and responsive but they're crying out for big mountains; Chris. Would rip the bag in Japan, not happy on the hard-packed; Rod. Verdict: Soft snow performer at home, but happiest away.

K2 Kung Fujas
K2 Kung Fujas
Comments: Great off-piste and big mountain performer that was surprisingly good on the piste; Bill. All-terrain rocker shines off-piste; Doug. Really lively and responsive for so much ski; Chris. Verdict: Top choice.

Kastle Mx 108
Kastle Mx 108
Comments: One for the powder charger - go steep, go deep and go fast and you're there; Macca. Didn't like the hard pack but would shine in the pow; Rod. Verdict: Test drive recommended.

Nordica Enforcer
Nordica Enforcer
Comments: Perfect ski for the category, a great even flex but it still works well in firmer conditions; Rod. Great edge grip despite the width; Shane. Terrific on piste and even better off it; Macca. Verdict: Best of the bunch.

Nordica Soul Rider
NB: This ski was released later than the rest in the group, so we gave it a test run at Hotham early August. Comments: Heavy snow at test time, but the Soul Rider rode through it with soul; Rob. Verdict: Like its sister ship, the Enforcer, a great ski for this category.

Scott Mega Dozer
Scott Mega Dozer
Comments: Good edgehold when rolled over, torsionally great for a wider, softer flexing ski; Bill. Tip and tail rocker really good for the deep; Doug. Verdict: Top choice.

 

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There's a lot to like about ski lifts, and the people who make them.

Life is full of ironies. The Alps got the snow and Russia got the Olympics.

Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.