All Mountain Frontside
70 percent on-trail / 30 percent off-trail
The Koa 80 combines All Mountain Rocker (lifts tips off the snow) with an Air Tec Wood Core (complete with air channels) to produce a ski that a tester called “lively, responsive, user-friendly, and consistent.” One of the skinnier skis in the category, the 79mm-waisted Koa nonetheless cranks out powerful medium and short radius turns, and wiggles through bumps. Said one tester, who ranked the Koa #1: “As long as I kept my upper body pointed down the fall line, these skis made perfect high-speed trenches.”
Swami gripe: They’re so light, they can feel a bit dainty.
Swami like: Quiet in bumps.