Model: Vision 108
Our take “Freeride” tends to be synonymous with “resort” in the ski world, but the freeride-oriented Vision 108 also performs well in the backcountry. Made with a unique laminate of aramid (a reinforced plastic), fiberglass, and carbon, the Vision slashes weight without sacrificing playfulness. The Vision 108s are roughly 7 pounds a pair—surprisingly light given how fun they are on the downhill: “I loved messing around on these and hitting natural kickers,” one tester says. “They’re easy to maneuver.”
The details The Vision still uses a wood core (maple and paulownia) and a traditional shape, so it glides predictably. It’s a little too soft for straightlining in anything but powder (we got bucked a bit in afternoon slop), but the 108-millimeter-underfoot width gives it impressive float.
Trail cred “The Vision hits the sweet spot between low weight and skiability,” one tester says. “For in-control, lower-speed skiing you do in the backcountry, you won’t find anything easier to master.”
7 lbs. 1 oz. (183); three lengths