It's not often you find a ski that both dampens vibration and offers incredible pop so that it reacts quickly to your movements. The Theory pulls off this duality by using strips of carbon that run the entire length of the ski. In crud and through bumps, it offers a stable ride without chatter. And on groomers and in trees, the value-priced Theory is light and lively, like a much smaller ski. [$550; atomic.com]
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