$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.