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(Another) New Mantra: Volkl Mantra 102 Review

The all-new Volkl Mantra 102: A bigger badder M5? Volkl’s redesigned Mantra for 2018-2019, the M5, quickly became one of the best all-mountain skis of the year. For 2020, they look to expand the line further, introducing a wider option built to match the narrower (and also redesigned) Kendo: the Volkl Mantra 102. In fact, Continue reading…

2020 Salomon QST 106 Review

A new ski season, a new Salomon QST 106. For 2020, the Salomon QST 106 gets a redesign. Again. Salomon has been tinkering in the last few years, and those efforts brought us the feverishly popular Shift binding along with excellent boot options, and now the best QST 106 yet. Carbon, flax, and basalt are Continue reading…

Seeing in 2020: All-New Line Vision 108 Review

Line is seeing clearly in 2020. The all-new Line Vision 108 does it all. When we were first introduced to all the new 2020 gear the Denver’s Outdoor Retailer trade show, we noticed several industry trends. Perhaps the biggest? The rise of “lightweight freeride skis”. Tools that ski like real skis, crush powder, and are Continue reading…

2020 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Ski Review

For 2020, Nordica beefs up its bestselling Enforcer lineup. Enter the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free. Nordica’s Enforcer 100 has been one of the industry’s most popular skis—and a favorite of Powder7 customers—for several years. A mainstay at magazine ski tests, it’s received as much universal praise as any ski in the industry. So this winter Continue reading…

2020 Faction Skis Preview

Playful, poppy, prodigies. Faction knows why they’re rad. Their boards are poppy and built to stomp. They’re connoisseurs of energetic and lively skis.  In 2020, Faction doubles down on what they do best — making the best even better. 2020 Faction Skis Highlights Faction beefs up the Prodigy 2.0 from a 96mm waist to a Continue reading…

2020 K2 Skis Preview

2020 K2: pushing lines, bending minds. K2 brings a hot take to their freeride design with their new, built-to-shred Mindbender series.  For four seasons, the Pinnacle line was the essence — the lifeblood — of K2. But in 2020, the Pinnacle reign will come to a halt. The Mindbender is here. The hype is real. Continue reading…