The Verdict's race-like construction adds hard snow performance, but testers agree that the Verdict performs best in bowls, trees and variable snow. Maybon dubbed it "a crud and powder tool." "It's a good hike-and-ski choice for soft snow," said Sutton. A 102 mm waist and slight tip rocker helps with flotation and easy turn initiation, but the skis' power comes from Formula One Technology, inspired by race cars. Three visible ribs and torsion box construction add torsional stiffness. Black Diamond's 3D metal sandwich construction combines titanal sheets with lightweight paulownia wood. The result? "Not a carving ski, but a versatile snappy ski that turns easily and skids nicely," said Mahon.