The Frontside ski category elicits many car references from our testers, and for good reason. If you were driving on a curvy mountain road, you’d want your car to have precision, grip, responsiveness and a tight turn radius. Same goes for ski gear and carving up the corduroy or skiing icy hardpack on the ski resort’s front trails.
The Frontside ski waists range greatly in this category, running from 69-mm underfoot up to 84-mm—and the narrower the ski, the tighter the turn radius. Build for speed, construction in this category is often inspired by World Cup racing skis, with design elements that reduce weight, increase edge grip and smooth out the flex.
It’s common to find sandwich sidewall construction with a wood core, a sheet of metal and most likely slight rocker in the tip for those hard-charging days skiing hot laps on the groomers. Vehicle or ski—high performance and racing technology helps put you in the driver’s seat down the mountain.
If your quiver is in need of a carver, then compare reviews for the latest men's Frontside skis for the 2016/2017 ski season from our guide below, and click the image or ski name to check out specs and reviews from each of the skis we tested.
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