Ski Review 2023/2024: Men High Performance

With the High Performance models, the name says it all. The sporty piste skis are made for fast-paced descents, but are more forgiving than real racing skis. Whether short or long turns, sporty skiers can experience a lot of fun with them.

At WorldSkitest, the new ski models for the 2023/2024 season were pre-tested. Find out how the high-performers from the best-known ski brands scored.

Dynamic performance for the slopes

High performance skis are the perfect mix of giant slalom and slalom skis. They have enough power and stability for high-speed descents, while not costing quite as much power as race models. No wonder, then, that they are among the most popular ski models. Still, you should have a certain level of skill and athleticism. Beginners are better off with the skis in the Allround category.

At the 2023 WorldSkitest, the high-performance models were tested in Wisła in changeable conditions ranging from icy to soft snow. Like last year, one model in particular stood out.

Target group: sporty to highly athletic piste skiers.

>> Click here to test the high performance models for women

>> How the models are tested at the WorldSkitest


Test winner: Atomic Redster X9 S Revoshock

Atomic Redster X9 S Revoshock
Atomic Redster X9 S Revoshock © Atomic

The Atomic Redster X9 S Revoshock defends its title and once again takes the victory in the men's High Performance category by a clear margin over the competition. Top marks in all areas give it an overall score of 41.7 points and the rating "excellent". Thanks to its smooth running, it shows what it can do, especially in long turns.

Same old, same old? Not quite! The Redster X9 comes in a new color in 2023. Green becomes teal and the testers like it. So Atomic additionally gets the gold medal in SnowStyle for this category.

Long turns8,7 / 10
Short turns7,8 / 10
Edge hold8,3 / 10
Stability at speed8,6 / 10
Physical effort8,3 / 10
Final score41,7 / 50


>> For more info on the Atomic Redster X9 S, check out our ski database

Second Place: Blizzard Firebird HRC

Blizzard Firebird HRC
Blizzard Firebird HRC © BLIZZARD - TECNICA

With a very good 38.6 points, Blizzard's Firebird HRC secures second place. Its strength also lies in the long turns. With an excellent running smoothness and very good edge grip, it gives its rider the necessary security for fast-paced descents.

Long turns7,9 / 10
Short turns7,4 / 10
Edge hold7,8 / 10
Stability at speed7,8 / 10
Physical effort7,7 / 10
Final score38,6 / 50
very good

>> For more info on the Blizzard Firebird HRC, check out our ski database

Third Place: Völkl Deacon 72

Völkl Deacon 72
Völkl Deacon 72 © Völkl

Third place (as with the Race GS models) goes to Völkl. With 38.4 points, the Deacon 72 is only just behind the Firebird. Whether you prefer long or short turns hardly matters with this model. The Deacon 72 is a balanced ski that can do it all. The price-performance ratio is also right. The Deacon is the lowest-priced model in the Men High Performance category this year.

Long turns7,8 / 10
Short turns7,6 / 10
Edge hold7,8 / 10
Stability at speed7,8 / 10
Physical effort7,4 / 10
Final score38,4 / 50
very good

>> For more info on the Völkl Deacon 72, check out our ski database


All test results for Men High Performance

RankSkiPointsRatingPrice (RRP)
1Atomic Redster X9 S Revoshock41,7 / 50excellent
SnowStyle Gold
1.249,99 €
2Blizzard Firebird HRC38,6 / 50 very good1.100,00 €
3Völkl Deacon 7238,4 / 50very good1.000,00 €
4Stöckli Laser SX37,9 / 50very good1.499,00 €
5Dynastar Speed CRS Master GS R2237,5 / 50very good1.200,00 €
6Rossignol Hero Master LT37,3 / 50very good1.200,00 €
7Salomon S/Race GS Pro37,1 / 50very good1.150,00 €
8Elan ACE SCX36,8 / 50very good
SnowStyle Silver
1.199,00 €
9Fischer The Curv36,7 / 50very good
SnowStyle Bronze
1.300,00 €
10Nordica Dobermann Multigara DC FDT36,1 / 50very good1.199,99 €

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

>> Review: The results of the ski test 2022/2023

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