It didn’t score as well as the make-your-eyes-bleed racers reviewed here, but the brand new X12 might be the most versatile frontside ski we tested. You can mix up the turn shape with abandon, dump speed without fear of body slamming, and transition from perfect corduroy to bumps or weird snow without taking out a new insurance policy. Two layers of titanium and a full wood core keep it stable at speed. We loved the silky ride quality no matter where we pointed it.
Swami gripe: Our heaviest testers found it soft and graded accordingly (thickset sticklers).
Swami like: Deep, progressive flex with tons of life, and a touch of tip rocker lets you butter your way into each turn.
Overall: 4.4 Stability: 4.5 Carving Pleasure: 4.7 Dimensions: 120/73/103
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.