2015/2016 RAMP Shabang ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its men’s All-Mountain Front Category.

RAMP calls the Shabang versatile, but testers agree that it performs best in one particular condition, scoring it favorably for float, but lower on the carving scale. “Keep this ski in soft snow, and you will have fun all day,” says Witman. “It loves to slide turns but lacks edge grip on the groomers.” The Shabang has a wide shovel—measuring 140 mm in the tip, 90 mm in the waist—and rocker in the tip and tail. The core is made from bamboo (technically a fast growing grass) and a double layer of Kevlar. “It’s best for buttering turns off-piste or in the untracked,” says Stoeger.