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OUR TAKE The SEEKr is built for hop-turn­ing on steeps, float­ing through pow­der, and weav­ing be­tween tight trees. You can’t arc Mach-speed turns with them, but you won’t want to: “I’ve never milked a low-an­gle glade more than with th­ese skis,” one ed­i­tor says. “They’re so re­spon­sive and poppy that I was turn­ing like an ’80s show-off.” The SEEKrs ben­e­fit from a light­weight car­bon-and-wood con­struc­tion and a unique shape: With just 2mm of cam­ber un­der­foot and gen­er­ous early rise in the tip, they’re easy to ini­ti­ate and pivot on—the most re­spon­sive skis in our test.

THE DE­TAILS Skis this play­ful tend to sac­ri­fice sta­bil­ity, but that’s not quite the case with this one. G3 uses the same polyurethane side­walls that earned the SEEKr’s cousin—the ROAMr—an Ed­i­tors’ Choice Award last year. The PU damp­ens the ride enough for most ter­rain, but be­cause of the mea­ger cam­ber pro­file, only strong skiers felt con­fi­dent on choppy snow.

TRAIL CRED “Th­ese ride way shorter than their length sug­gests,” said one tester af­ter tak­ing the SEEKr Elle for a spin in Crested Butte, Col­orado. “They de­scend like fun—but more sta­ble (and way less dorky)—snow blades.” $799; 6 lbs. 4 oz. (178); SEEKr 100: 162, 170, 178 (132-100-120), 186; SEEKr 100 Elle: 154, 162, 170; gen­uineguidegear.com

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