Rustler 11

Powder - - SKIS - —Matt Hansen

$840 D: 139-112-129mm R: 19m

The Rustler 11 re­peats as one of the best skis of the year be­cause of a truly re­mark­able com­bi­na­tion: It’s a big ski that stands up to the most ag­gres­sive ski­ing you can muster, but it won’t de­stroy you for be­ing lazy or less than su­per hu­man. As such, it gar­ners af­fec­tion from many dif­fer­ent kinds of skiers, though most agree that it belongs out West where there is room to roam. A multi-wood core of paulow­nia, balsa, poplar, and beech sits be­tween two lay­ers of car­bon and fiber­glass, topped by a sheet of Ti­tanal strate­gi­cally shaped to of­fer stiff­ness un­der­foot while keep­ing the tip and tail rel­a­tively for­giv­ing. It’s some­what slug­gish in trees, but out in the open it sim­ply crushes.

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