Head's Venturi 95 was designed to be playful as well as high-performing. Judging from the testers high scores for playfulness, Head got it right. "This ski blends the right amount of stiffness without sacrificing playfulness," O'Neill said. The Venturi-shaped tip is designed to reduce and absorb vibration and reduce swing weight without losing torsional stability. It has tip and tail rocker, impact-resistant sidewalls and a sandwich cap construction that's a combo of World Cup sandwich with a cap that wraps over the sidewall tops only. "It's tough to grab an edge on hard steeps and doesn't lay over on groomers as some other carve-oriented All-Mountain skis," Witman said. "But it's great in crud and bumps and playful off-piste."