Manufacturers have found that a 90-millimeter waist hits the sweet spot for a variety of turn shapes and snow conditions. Testers concur. "It's easy to make slalom or GS turns all day, every day," Gleich said. "This ski carves well and has great spunk," Rodman added. "It's great for intermediates through advanced skiers who want a ski that will do it all." Nordica uses a women’s-specific Wi-Core for significant weight reduction thanks to two composite stringers in the wood core, making the ski 30-percent lighter than its unisex sibling, the Steadfast. Early rise camRock technology moves the contact point of the ski slightly behind the tip to increase flotation and maneuverability. "Not my first choice for powder, but man, it's easy and effortless for everything else," Minneci said.