October 30th, 2014

Freeride ski equipment is the hottest new ski category.  As a cross between powder and all mountain skis, the freeride category is a favorite among advanced and expert skiers who have mastered the mountain.  These skis are generally 100-110mm underfoot, with a 20-25m radius, torsional stiffness, carving ability and plenty of surface area to float through the powder and cut through the crud.  Our men’s best of 2015 review list will provide you ultimate access to go where others won’t without sacrificing performance on-piste at the resort.  We recommend you choose a size longer than you might with a traditional pair and go with an early rise tip or moderate rocker, but not full powder rocker.  So check out the cool new graphics for this season’s top selections and get out and enjoy the pow, bumps, trees, cliff jumps and even the hardpacked!

powder skier in the trees

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Freeride Ski Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Blizzard Cochise

red blizzard bonafide with bull logo

Ultimate one ski quiver for hunting soft snow off-piste with snappy, crisp feeling on-piste.

The Blizzard Cochise is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers as an all-mountain freeride ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste) perfect for the varying terrain and snow conditions at Western resorts.  The ski’s softer feel will benefit those cruising through crud and trees, but, despite having a little more camber, it will not perform well on the hardpack and ice.

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Video Review | Radius: 28.5m (134-108-122mm) | Sizes: 170, 177, 185, 193cm | More Reviews

 

Salomon Q-LAB

Salomon Q-Lab ski picture, green and black

The guts of race skis, optimized now for a lighter freeride application.

The Salomon Q-Lab is recommended by SkiGenie for expert adult male skiers as an all-mountain utility ski that does not sacrifice frontside performance (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Built with 42 vertical laminates and 2 sheets of metal, the Q-Lab’s gradual rocker and best-in-class torsional stiffness not only allow skiers to command firm edges at high speeds, but also delivers them a playful feeling in the moguls and trees.

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Video Review | Radius: 20.5m (138-104-127mm) | Sizes: 176, 183, 190cm | More Reviews

 

Line Supernatural 100

top pick for men's freeride skis

Award Winning, hard charging technology packed into a versatile shape.

The Line Supernatural 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for an all-mountain freeride ski that receives top accolades for its performance on the groomers, moguls and in choppy conditions (45% frontside / 55% off-piste).  The Line Supernatural 100 replaces its predecessor the Influence 105, and its reduced waist width and softer flex allow for quicker turns making the ski well suited for the East Coast.

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Video Review | Radius: 21.3m (132-100-121mm) | Sizes: 172, 179, 186cm | More Reviews

 

Volkl Mantra

best volkl ski

The undisputed original all mountain freeride ski, excelling in any snow conditions.

The Volkl Mantra is recommended by SkiGenie for the advanced to expert male skiers looking for a ski that will lay deep trenches on the front side and hang with the big boys on the backside (60% frontside/40% off-piste). This year’s design updates, such as the moderate rocker, may take away from groomer performance yet improve versatility off-piste.

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Video Review | Radius: 24.3m (132-100-118mm) | Sizes: 170, 177, 184, 191cm | More Reviews

 

Nordica NRGy 100

brand new freeride skis

A combination of power and energy for the West Coast scene.

The Nordica NRGy100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers looking for a true one-ski quiver (50% frontside/50% off-piste). This is a smooth, crisp and energetic with versatility in the big mountain and great for western terrain.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.5m (136-100-120mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | More Reviews

Blizzard Bonafide

red blizzard bonafide with bull logo

It’s a Master. This ski will let you fly from East Coast ice to the back bowl crud and bumps.

The Blizzard Bonafide is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male adult skiers looking for an all-mountain ski with a freeride bias (60% frontside / 40% off-piste).  The Bonafide sports 2 sheets of metal which allows for maximum edge hold on hard snow and the width to play all over the mountain. It is recommended for strong skiers capable of bending a stiffer ski.  This ski put Blizzard on the map and it is here to stay.

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Video Review | Radius: 21m (133-98-118mm) | Sizes: 166, 173, 180, 187cm

 

Fischer Ranger 96 Ti

a narrower freeride ski recommendation

A freeride ski with great versatility for off-piste and sidecountry.

The Fischer Ranger 96 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced skiers looking for an all-purpose freeride ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). After years of perfecting a freeride line, this ski deserves high marks for its performance across soft snow conditions.  The lack of metal in the construction allows for a softer “buttery” flex and is recommended for sidecountry and skinning due to the square flat tail.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22.0m (136-96-120mm) | Sizes: 170, 178, 186cm |

Head Venturi 95

alpine freeski recommended for high performance on the hardpack

Best suited for skiers who know they’ll ski as much hardpack as powder.

The Head Venturi 95 is recommended for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for big mountain adventures (65% frontside/35% off-piste). Testers found the Venturi 95 great for carving and average for playfulness, commenting on the ski’s quickness and stability. Tech details include impact-resistant sidewalls and a sandwich cap construction that’s a combo of world cup sandwich with a cap that wraps over the sidewall tops only. When pushing it on the hardpack this provides stability under foot, quick on edge-to-edge control and a lively tail. Back off the gas and it’s perfectly adept at squirreling around in trees in search of powder.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.0m (139-94-125mm) | Sizes: 161, 171, 181, 191cm

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Best Freeride Ski Reviews for Men was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Alex Felix



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