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Best Touring Skis

Discover the best touring skis tested and approved by our testers!

Here is a selection of skis that have been personally tested on Italian Alps and approved by our testers. These skis fall into three different categories:

  • Light: lightweight skis designed for high elevation gain and technical touring. Usually less than 90 mm waist width.
  • Tour: skis designed for medium elevation gain skiing, offering more performance and downhill enjoyment. Between 90 and 100 mm waist width.
  • Free: skis structured and designed primarily for downhill and backcountry skiing, even on difficult snow. Over 100 mm waist width.

Of course, these are indicative categories and sometimes there are skis that are “halfway” between one type and the other.  Moreover, most of them can be considered all-mountain skis, capable of adapting to the very variable conditions found in the European Alps.

Happy skiing!

* Note: WEIGHT single ski measures 176-178 cm

BLACK CROWS CAMOX FREEBIRD

Tour

A ski that can forgive a lot and help even those who are not wizards at skiing. Versatile and suitable for almost all types of snow. A good compromise between stability on hard snow, buoyancy and portability on ascents. Apart from the slightly high weight, it is hard to find fault with.

Weight*: 1600 gr

Waist width: 96 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood, fibreglass and carbon layers, titanium reinforcement.

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BLACK CROWS NAVIS FREEBIRD

Free

A historic model recently renewed, it is a ski for experienced skiers who seek adventure on steep and even difficult snow. If you have leg and technique it can give great satisfaction and does well everywhere.

Weight*: 1750 gr

Waist width: 102 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood, fiberglass and carbon layers, titanium reinforcement.

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BLACK CROWS ORB FREEBIRD

Tour

Among the most versatile skis for touring ski touring, capable of adapting to various snow conditions while conveying a sense of confidence and mastery like few others. Versatile in all conditions, it amazes with its behavior in powder where lift seems to be more than 90 underfoot.

Weight*: 1350 gr

Waist width: 90 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood, fiberglass and carbon layers, titanium reinforcement.

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BLACK CROWS OVA FREEBIRD

Light

Light, easy and predictable: the right ski for beginners or for those not looking for extreme skiing but “plaisir” skiing. Thanks to its low weight, it can handle even high altitude gains well, as long as you don’t ask it to perform on steep or icy snow.

Weight*: 1200 gr

Waist width: 85 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood with carbon fiber laminates.

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BLIZZARD ZERO G 95

Tour

One of the best skis in weight-to-structure ratio. The light weight allows for fast ascents while the stiffness, which is slightly relaxed from the previous model, allows safe skiing almost anywhere and makes it fun. Thanks to the width in the middle it can be the one ski to use all season long.

Weight*: 1260 gr

Waist width: 95 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood with carbon fiber laminates.

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K2 MINDBENDER 96C

Free

A ski with a freeride soul that can also be used for uphills as long as you accept a surplus of effort. The effort, however, always pays off on all types of snow, including crust. For those with good uphill leg and looking for a stable, fast ski.

Weight*: 1840 gr

Waist width: 96 mm

Materials: Aspen wood with carbon reinforcement and flax fiber.

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K2 WAYBACK 98

Tour

An easy and playful ski, responsive without much effort and extremely versatile. With its 98 mm underfoot it is very pleasant in powder but, thanks to its low weight, it is also suitable for spring skiing and with great vertical gain. An all-around ski.

Weight*: 1390 gr

Waist width: 98 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood with Titanal reinforcement and bio resin.

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LINE VISION 98

Tour

Ski designed for fun with freeride DNA. The double-tip construction, but with traditional camber, makes this ski a deep ski and powder machine, effective even in the crust, but without making the ascent too difficult. A niche ski with mainstream performance.

Weight*: 1515 gr

Waist width: 98 mm

Materials: Paulownia and maple wood, carbon, aramid, fiberglass.

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SCOTT SUPERGUIDE 88

Tour

Ski with a small waist but important structure, very good and maneuverable on hard snow and steep terrain. It is designed for experienced skiers as it requires perfect center positioning. It does not shine in terms of buoyancy on powdery snow.

Weight*: 1500 gr

Waist width: 88 mm

Materials: Paulownia wood with beech reinforcement and carbon fiber/aramid.

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