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Ski Review 2019/2020: Freeride models under 100 mm

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last update on Nov 19, 2019

While they're not quite Big Mountain skis, the freeride models under 100 mm do provide the necessary boost on soft powder, which makes them perfect for back-country skiing while still performing well on the slope.

Allround models for different terrains

Powder fans know all too well that perfect powder slopes are very rare. This makes it important to have skis that get the best out of all conditions, which is where the freeride models under 100 mm come in very handy.

With a waist width of 90 to 100 mm, they are wide enough to boost the skiers in the deep snow while at the same time providing them with the agility needed to ski down groomed slopes. They are the right choice for all skiers who love back-country skiing but don't want to miss out on the joy of groomed slopes either.

In order to examine the entire range of the models, the freeride skis were tested under perfect conditions in the East Tyrol resort of Kals, both on- and off-piste. Therefore, the total results are composed of the medium score of piste and back-country test.

Target group: Fans of on- and off-piste skiing.

Test winner: Blizzard Bonafide

Blizzard Bonafide
Blizzard Bonafide

The only model to reach "excellent" both in the back-country and on the slope is the Blizzard Bonafide and is therefore our deserved champion. With a total score of 83.9 points, the model excels in all categories and is the perfect companion both on and off the slope. 

Long turn8.78.5
Short turn8.28.6
Edge hold (slope)8.5-
Maneuverability (back-country)-8.7
Stability at speed8.08.5
Physical effort7.88.4
Final score41.242.7

>> Final grade: "excellent" (83.9)

>> Find out more about the Blizzard Bonafide here!

Second Place: Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

Fischer Ranger 99 Ti
Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

With a total rating of 79.5, the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti model only just missed out on an "excellent" score. The skis show their strong suits especially in back-country skiing and during long turns.

Long turn8.38.4
Short turn7.87.9
Edge hold (slope)8.5-
Maneuverability (back-country)-8.0
Stability at speed7.48.3
Physical effort7.67.6
Final score39.340.2

>> Final grade: "very good" (79.5)

>> Find out more about the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti here!

Third Place: Nordica Enforcer 100

Nordica Enforcer 100
Nordica Enforcer 100

The Nordica Enforcer 100 completes our top three, excelling in the maneuverability and physical effort categories. Also claiming a silver medal in the SnowStyle ranking, the model is a sight both on and off the piste. 

Long turn7.78.1
Short turn7.98.3
Edge hold (slope)7.7-
Maneuverability (back-country)-8.4
Stability at speed7.87.7
Physical effort8.17.6
Final score39.240.1

>> Final grade: "very good" (79.3)

>> Find out more about the Nordica Enforcer 100 here!

All test results for the freeride models under 100 mm

RankSkiSlopeBack-countryTotalPrice (RRP)
1Blizzard Bonafide41.242.783.9

600,00 €

2Fischer Ranger 99 Ti39.340.279.5

599.95 €


Nordica Enforcer 100

599.95 €


Völkl Mantra M5


750,00 €


K2 Mindbender 99 Ti


649,95 €


Elan Ripstick 96


649,95 €


Salomon QST 99


539,99 €


Atomic Bent Chetler 100


499,99 €


Rossignol Experience 94 Ti


599.99 €


Line Sick Day 94


499,95 €

>> Follow the link of each model for detailed test results

>> Check out the 2018/2019 season's test results here.

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