Ski Review 2021/2022: Touring Skis Men 2 - 88 to 95mm

In addition to the appropriate clothing and avalanche equipment, the right touring skis are particularly important for a successful ski tour. Those who prefer touring far away from ski resorts and crowds will find reliable companions for extended ski tours and safe off-piste descents among the models in the Men 2 touring category.

Touring skis for the backcountry

With their waists of 88 to 95 millimeters, touring skis in the category Men 2 are ideal for backcountry tours off-piste. The models are light enough for long ascents, but still stable. Thus, they allow safe descents in untracked deep snow slopes as well as in different snow conditions. They also offer great power transmission. The touring models were tested at this year's WorldSkitest on the Mölltal Glacier in Carinthia.

Target group: All mountain freaks and freeriders among ski tourers

Those who tend to focus on particularly easy ascents when it comes to touring skis and also like to travel within ski areas from time to time will find narrower models in the category Touring Skis Men 1 (80 - 88mm).

For a trip into the backcountry, however, not only the right touring skis are necessary, but also the avalanche safety gear. Without an avalanche transceiver, avalanche backpack, shovel and probe, you should never set off into open terrain. You should also inform yourself in advance about the current snow and weather conditions as well as the avalanche situation.

Test winner: Völkl Rise Above 88

Völkl Rise Above 88
Völkl Rise Above 88 © Völkl

This year's winner in the category Touring Skis Men 2 is the Völkl Rise Above 88. As in the Men 1 category, Völkl convinced the testers across the board, scoring a total of 48.5 points and thus the test grade "very good" with top ratings for all test criteria. The versatile touring ski leaves an excellent overall impression without any notable weaknesses.

Handling, skins8.3 / 10
Long turns8.3 / 10
Short turns7.8 / 10
Running smoothness8.0 / 10
Physical effort7.8 / 10
Overall impression8.3 / 10
Total48.5 / 60

>> More infos about the Völkl Rise Above 88

Place 2: Atomic Backland 95

Atomic Backland 95
Atomic Backland 95 © Atomic

Second place went to the Atomic Backland 95 with a very good score of 47.2 points. The Backland was particularly convincing with the easy handling of the skins. In this area, only one other tested model could keep up with Atomic's top score.

Handling, skins9.0 / 10
Long turns7.7 / 10
Short turns7.7 / 10
Running smoothness7.7 / 10
Physical effort7.1 / 10
Overall impression8.0 / 10
Total47.2 / 60

>> Here you can find more details about the Atomic Backland 95

3rd place: Salomon MTN Explore 95

Salomon MTN Explore 95
Salomon MTN Explore 95 © Salomon

With 47.0 points, the Salomon MTN Explore 95 is also on the podium, just behind second place. Its strengths lie in particular in long turns, smooth running and the easy handling of the skins. For its modern yet simple design, the MTN Explore 95 also gets the silver medal in SnowStyle.

Handling, skins8.2 / 10
Long turns8.0 / 10
Short turns7.5 / 10
Running smoothness8.0 / 10
Physical effort7.5 / 10
Overall impression7.8 / 10
Total47.0 / 60

>> More info about the Salomon MTN Explore 95

All test results for the Men's Touring Models 2

RankSkiRatingPrice (RRP*)
1Völkl Rise Above 8848.5 / 60600,00 €
2Atomic Backland 9547.2 / 60549,95 €
3Salomon MTN Explore 9547.0 / 60
SnowStyle Silver
599,99 €
4Dynastar M Vertical 8844.8 / 60
SnowStyle Gold
700,00 €
4Kästle TX 9344.8 / 60749,99 €
6Stöckli Edge FT41.0 / 60979,00 €
7Fischer Transalp 90 Carbon

36.7 / 60
SnowStyle Bronze

649,99 €
8Blizzard Zero G 09536.6 / 60700,00 €

*RRP without skins and binding

>> Detailed skitest results can be found at the linked ski model

>> Review: The results of the ski test 2019/2020
(Due to Corona unfortunately no ski test could take place for the season 2020/2021)

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last update on Jan 13, 2022