Best Men’s Freeride Ski 2024/25

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Category: Best Men’s Freeride Ski 2024/25 (Video Review)

Location: La Clusaz, France

Testers: Elsa Powell-Dooley | Kev Harris | Sam Temple | Lloyd Wallace | Rob Stewart | Betony Garner | David Robertson

Clothing Partner: Helly Hansen

Overall Winners

 

Faction Dancer 3

Fischer Ranger 96

Scott Sea 108

Dynastar Mpro 100

The InTheSnow ski test team (Bio’s below) met at the SIGB Ski Test in La Clusaz in January 2024, armed not just with their passion for powder but also with a mission: to find out what the Best Men’s Freeride Ski for the 2024-25 season actually is.

Our testers were kitted out in Helly Hansen gear, wearing the Elevation Pro Shell jacket and Bib pants, experiencing their award winning jacket (and pants) firsthand. The combination of Helly Hansen’s cutting-edge technology and sleek design kept the testers warm all day but also gave them maximum mobility.

With 7 testers, each possessing a wealth of skiing experience, the stage was set for 5 days of testing skis from over 20 manufactures. There were so many exceptional Freeride skis to test, but our testers managed to pick four skis which stood out for their performance, innovation, and sustainability features. Below are our top choices:

We unveil our three favourite ‘top pick’ freeride skis, selected to cater to different skill levels and preferences. Read on as we uncover the best performing skis to make our list of ‘Best Men’s Freeride Skis 2024/25’.

The Best Men’s Freeride Ski Top Picks

Faction Dancer 3

Best Men's Freeride Ski

The Faction Dancer 3 impressed us with its robust construction featuring Titanal, an isotropic metal perfect for freeride skis. This material ensures strength in all directions, enhancing edge performance, bump absorption, and stability in varied snow conditions. The ski boasts sustainable features such as recycled and locally sourced materials, sustainable wood cores, and full-strength sidewalls. The Mustache Flex and High Resistance Topsheet add to its durability and agility, making it an ideal choice for freeride enthusiasts.

Scott Sea 108

Best Men's Freeride Ski

The Scott Sea 108 stood out with its innovative 3D double rocker design, allowing for easy pivoting, smooth edge-to-edge transitions, and a feeling of freedom on the slopes. The ski’s poplar wood core provides rigidity and responsiveness, while Air Tec technology reduces weight without compromising performance. Titanal reinforcements ensure stability for both on and off-piste adventures, while unique sea creature graphics add a playful touch to its design. Overall, the SEA 108 offers a blend of powder performance and playful freeride experience.

Fischer Ranger 96

Best Men's Freeride Ski

The Fischer Ranger 96 impressed all our testers as a true all-around talent, offering maximum versatility for all-mountain adventures. Whether on piste or in powder, in good or bad weather, this ski excelled in every terrain and condition. Its balanced construction, featuring Flex Cut and Shaped Ti reinforcement, provided impressive edge grip, control, and ride quality. Designed through extensive collaboration and crafted with attention to environmental impact, the Ranger 96 delivers exceptional performance while minimizing its carbon footprint.

Dynastar Mpro 100

Best Men's Freeride Ski

The Dynastar Mpro 100 stood out to us with its blend of power, precision, and manoeuvrability. Designed for wide-open spaces and adventurous skiers, this ski offers impeccable edge grip and responsiveness in all conditions. The hybrid core technology combines the performance of wood with the lightness of PU, providing a unique on-snow feel and enhancing overall performance. With features like Adaptativ Sidecut and Ti Rocket Frame, the Mpro 100 delivers high-level freeride performance, making it a top contender for skiers seeking versatility and performance on and off-piste.

InTheSnow Ski Testers

Elsa Powell-Dooley

Elsa is a rising star in British alpine ski racing. With a career spanning three seasons, she has already made her mark with an impressive four U21 podium finishes at the English Skiing Championships. Elsa’s passion for skiing extends beyond the slopes, as evidenced by her engaging content on her  YouTube channel and Instagram profile. Follow her journey and be inspired by her dedication to the sport.

Kev Harris

Kev, brings a wealth of experience to the ski testing team as an accomplished TV presenter and seasoned alpine ski coach. With a diverse background in skiing, motorsport, and travel, Kev’s expertise adds depth to the testing process. Having spent over a decade coaching in the Alps, Kev’s keen eye for detail and passion for the sport ensures thorough and insightful evaluations of the skis under review.

Sam Temple

British Freestyle skier Sam Temple is no stranger to the world stage, having represented Team GB at the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998 and the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. Before his international career, Sam honed his skills as a ski instructor for five years, gaining invaluable experience on the slopes. With his extensive background in freestyle skiing and coaching, Sam brings a unique perspective to the ski testing team.

Lloyd Wallace

Lloyd is a seasoned British freestyle skier who has proudly represented his country at both the 2018 and 2022 Winter Olympics. With his impressive track record on the international stage. His firsthand knowledge of high-level competition and technical proficiency ensures thorough and accurate assessments of the skis under scrutiny.

Rob Stewart

Rob, presenter of The White Out podcast and a qualified BASI Level 4 Alpine Ski Instructor, rounds out the ski testing team with his extensive knowledge and passion for the sport. With a deep understanding of skiing technique and equipment, Rob’s insights provide invaluable context to the ski reviews.

Betony Garner

With over 13 years of experience in sports PR, Betony began at the Ski Club of Great Britain before contributing to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Transitioning to freelance consultancy in 2013, she has since worked with clients like British Ski and Snowboard, Sochi 2014, and Orica GreenEDGE professional cycling team. Based in Chamonix and London.

David Robertson

David is the CEO and co-founder of Action Outdoors. His passion for outdoor pursuits is reflected in his qualifications as an International Mountain Leader (IML), Yachtmaster Ocean, and Dive Master. David’s dedication to adventure and sport sees him regularly practicing a diverse range of activities. In winter, he indulges in skiing, ski-mountaineering, and kite skiing.

We regularly review the latest gear on our youtube channel see our 2024 Gear Playlist Here,  Check out our regular podcast here Apple | Spotify | Podcasts or search The White Out on your chosen podcast directory.

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