In the old days the only ski to that would be seen on a mountain was a traditional camber, straight at both tip and tail, today is a whole different matter. The slopes are beginning to be overtaken by a new breed of skis – twin tips.
Winter Badass has ranked and reviewed the best twin-tip skis for men for 2017/2018 session.
Best Twin-Tip Skis
|Head The Caddy|
|K2 Press Skis|
|Rossignol Scratch Pro|
|Scott Mega Dozer Skis|
|Volkl Alley Skis|
|Volkl Ledge Skis|
|Nordica Ace of Spades TI|
Before buying any ski, you must first be sure that you are genuinely interested in buying a pair. As, when many skis are purchased, they will be hid away in a garage or shed for years before it comes time to use them again.
Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that you can answer the following three questions – what experts call, the secret troika.
The troika asks will you really use your skis enough to justify spending money on them, how much are you prepared to spend and what do your perfect skis look like?
With suitable answers to the totality of the troika, the basics of the technicalities of skis and different types of twin-tip skis will allow anyone to make an informed decision to buy their ideal pair of twin-tips. However, if you already know the difference between big mountain twin-tips and all-mountain twin tips, as well as what sidecut is and how it could affect the way the ski your buying will run, then this section is irrelevant and it may be worth skipping ahead to our list of the best twin-tip skis for men.
All-mountain twin-tip skis
All-mountain twin-tips are designed to optimally perform all over the hill while keeping up with the competition-level skis in the park or pipe. They are usually stiffer, more stable at high speeds and wider at the waist.
Big mountain twin-tip skis
Another profound group is big mountain (or powder) twin-tips. These skis are best in fresh snow and will also permit those who dare, with the ability to, ski switch in powder. Usually built with a large sidecut, to maximize floatation and edge grip, stiffer than ordinary skis and softer tails powder twin-tips are perfect for those looking for a set of skis that will be able to ski on the groomers but live for pow-pow.
Rockered twin-tip skis
One of the fastest growing types of twin-tip is the rockered skis. These skis usually have a large sidecut (they’re fat) and have a tip and sometimes tail raised from foot level. This helps the ski glide over powder and initiate turns easier.
Park and Pipe skis
Alas, all of the other groups are blown out of the water by the final and most popular group, Park, and Pipe skis. These are designed to be durable and often have thicker edges, softer tips, and stiffer tails to really get into the pipe or get some awesome air in the park.
The constants of skiing still remain, however. Just like when buying any ski, there are several factors that must be considered to determine whether the ski is best for you. Indeed the sidecut, stiffness, length, and cost of a ski are all deeply profound, but please do not feel ignorant if you do not know what a ski’s sidecut is. All of the above concepts are easy to understand in practice.
What is sidecut?
A ski’s sidecut, better known as its width, is hugely important in categorizing the overall purpose of a given ski. If a ski is wider it is better equipped to deal with softer conditions, convexly thinner skis are best suited to groomed piste and hard-pack.
What is the stiffness?
The stiffness of the ski can be an instrumental disappointment if you get it wrong. The stiffness of a ski is, simply, how physically difficult it is to turn said ski. If a ski is too stiff it can lead the skier to being unbalanced and out of control, if not stiff enough a skier cannot properly power the ski through the turn to accelerate through it.
The length is, most probably, the most important factor when buying a ski. Get rid of your tape measure though, because in skiing there is an expert rule that allows anyone to calculate the right size skis for them. If a ski is just below or on the skier’s nose, when both are stood up straight, it will be the perfect size for a beginner/intermediate skier.
Cost and quality?
In terms of cost, the quality of as ski directly correlates to the amount spent on it and therefore one must beware of frugality when shopping for their dream twin-tips. The easiest way around this problem is by setting a budget and sticking to it.
Equipped with this knowledge, anyone is able to buy the right set of twin-tips for them. Winter Badass have our 10 favorite twin-tips for you guys who love skiing switch as much as forwards.
Coming tenth is Head The Caddy
The ski inspired by 4 time X-Games gold medallist, Simon Dumont, is an all-mountain twin-tip designed to go anywhere on the mountain – although it is most at home in the park. They allow any skier to dismount easily. The Heads are one of the most durable skis on the market, with ABS impact resistant sidewalls that will keep your Caddys in good condition, even with a rail or two, for a long time. These lightweight, poppy, strong edging tricksters are awesome anywhere on the mountain!
In ninth is the K2 Press
An all-mountain park and pipe ski at 85mm underfoot, which will perform well all over the hill. With a wood and fiberglass core, the K2s are extremely light and are great for tricks. Furthermore, with camber underfoot and tip and tail rocker, these skis augment their trickster status. Their durability is increased by a cap sidewall construction and rivets in the tip and tail. The K2s transition well, they have a solid edge hold and are springy and fun, perfect for all of us park-junkies.
Coming up in eighth is the Rossignol Scratch Pro
Rossignol’s competition-level ski that has won more X-Games medals than any other, is a full camber all-mountain park ski. At 80mm underfoot and with a wood fiberglass core, the Scratch Pros are lightweight and playful. An extended sidecut creates better grip at higher speeds and more maneuverability at lower speeds. With a turning radius of 17.3m, the Scratch Pros are perfect for the trickster who has to ski groomers every once in a while but lives for the park.
In seventh, is the Salomon Threat
A park ski for those of an intermediate to advanced skill set and are looking for a versatile ski as good on the groomers as in the park. A composite lightweight core lowers the ski’s weight and Edgy Monocoque leads to great edge angles and efficient energy transfers. The Salomons are built for the park, with wider edges to increase their durability and full camber to help their skier nail the park. The Salomons are the skis for those looking to advance their skill set; in and out of the park.
The Scott Mega Dozers come in sixth in our list
An unequivocal powder twin-tip at 119mm underfoot, with tip and tail rocker to aid floatation over softer snow. They are stable and extremely predictable due to their 3D sidecut. The Scott’s edges are so-called freestyle finish edges – a bigger edge angle than usual – which makes it possible for even intermediate level skiers, to pull awesome edge angles and land perfectly every time. The Mega Dosers are great for all levels of skier (excepting advanced) and are solid, stable and easy to ski.
In fifth place is the Volkl Alleys
A pure camber profile throughout amalgamated with a multilayer wood core gives the ski a loveable snappiness and rigidity – where necessary. The skis are durable, resilient and powerful thanks to a tough box construction. So for an easy, fun and unique ride, with skis that love to cruise, why not get yourself a pair of these beauties?
In fourth is the Atomic Panic
An all-mountain ski, with the ability to play in the park. Ideal for an intermediate to advanced skier. Step down sidewalls and a carbon backbone ads strength, carving ability and stability to the ski. With a full wood core, the Atomics are lightweight. They also have a twin progressive sidecut, which eases turn initiation and provides good grip to allow you to focus on the skiing.
An all-mountain rocker provides super versatility and stability in all snow conditions. But if there is one word to describe the Atomics, it would be; lively, or perhaps, loveable, but you can be the judge of that!
Taking the bronze is the Volkl Ledge 2016
Another all-mountain ski perfect for the park due to tip and tail rocker and a symmetrical tip and tail – meaning the skis will not ski differently when going switch. With a poplar core in the tip and ash underfoot, the Ledges are fun, tricksters and our third favorite.
Taking home silver will be the Nordica Ace of Spades TI
This ski is exclusively for advanced and expert skiers, and if you are not yet at that level, these skis are your new incentive. Designed for aggressive and powerful progressive park skiers. A full wood core with two titanium layers makes the ski stiff and allows it to be really worked. The Nordicas are springy, poppy and one amazing ski!
But there can be only one winner, the Atomic Infamous
The ideal ski for an advanced to intermediate level skier looking for an all-mountain park ski with a full-wood core, resilient steel edges and step down sidewall. The Atomics seem to be indestructible! With a multi radius sidecut making completing tricks easier and park rocker, these truly are the best twin-tips of 2017! I, for one, love them!
Whether for snow ploughing the groomers or pulling an Ollie, twin-tips are becoming the ‘next big thing’ in skiing. As much as it kills me to say it, I can see freestyle killing my beloved racing. But no matter, because kids are ridding themselves of their boards and coming back to the ski world!
So maybe it’s time you joined in and invested in the best twin-tip skis for men, to get out there and enjoy the sheer trill that I have willingly become addicted to- skiing.