The final day of Ski Test 2014 was a pure bluebird beauty, all the better to explore the all-mountain category, which represents the "meat of the market in terms of units sold," according to our Ski Test Director, Krista Crabtree. "The category is so large, with such a big range of waist widths that we felt it important to break up the category in to two parts, following the sentiment of many manufacturers," she goes on.
Accordingly, after much deliberation on exactly how to make that distinction, we finally landed on all-mountain front (AMF) and all-mountain back (AMB). "There is some wiggle room, but the waist width breakdown is as follows: all-mountain front (88–98 mm) and all-mountain back (94–110 mm)," reports Crabtree.
You'll also notice some overlap, however AMF skis "behave more like carving skis but can handle some variety of snow conditions and terrain," she explains, while on the AMB side, the design amps up the versatility to be able to handle both on-piste and off-piste.