"The Magnum 8.1 outscored all others in energy and liveliness. Grippy, sturdy, and stiff, it slashes steeps and runs fast on flats. Its proficient in all turn shapes and speeds, but it nonetheless prefers long and fast over short and swingy. Its edge grip is tenacious. plus: Technically strong, athletic skiers will be astounded by the skis enthusiasm. minus: Somewhat unforgiving and intolerant of laziness a gaper bucker."