One Ski Quivers

The All-Mountain Ski Head-to-Head

The world of the all-mountain ski is an increasingly crowded marketplace. More skis than ever are claiming to occupy that go-anywhere space and while the range of what counts as ?all-mountain? seems to grow, there’s also a heck of a lot of cross-over from brand to brand and ski to ski.

To help you make sense of what can be a confusing landscape, we’ve put together a handy head-to-head that puts some of the top performers and popular choices against each other. We’ll look at the waist widths, profiles, sidecuts and construction techniques at play in some of our favourite all-mountain chargers. By highlighting the similarities and differences, we’ll guide you through the realms of the One Ski Quiver to find the option that’s right for you.

We’ll look at each ski in turn, before lining them all up next to each other in a handy at-a-glance table at the end. Okay, let’s jump in?

Rossi Soul 7HD

Rossignol Soul 7

The Soul 7 has been a huge seller for us in recent seasons, loved by many for its burly powder performance that’s kept super lively and manoeuvrable thanks to Rossignol’s clever honeycomb Air Tips and their significantly reduced swing weight. It’s a chunky ski for the class, plenty wide enough to deliver bags of stability and float in powder, but that underfoot camber keeps things grippy on piste and hardpack.

How do they compare to the rest?

Amongst this group, the Soul 7 is notable in being the most directional, and also the fattest in the tip, at 136mm. With a healthy 25% of the ski’s length in rocker up front, that generous tip width and a chunky 106 waist, it’s going to prove to be one of the floatiest skis in the lineup ? but with a comparatively tight sidecut radius, it remains agile. That short tail rocker means that, despite the length of the nose rocker, you still have a pretty long effective edge ? and with a camber height that’s only matched by the Line Blend, you’ll have plenty of grip on hard snow.

Buy them if…

The Soul 7 HD is a real pow performer that’s certainly not afraid of the piste. If you’re forward-focused, and not too concerned about the lack of tail rocker, then the Rossi Soul 7 could be the one for you.

Shop the Soul 7 HD now or the Soul 7 HD Women’s version

Armada ARV 106

Armada ARV 106

With the legendary JJ joining the ranks of the ARV range this season, you might forget about the extremely able 106. But where the JJ leans a little too far towards the pow for this head-to-head, the 106 is firmly in amongst the pack and worth some serious consideration in this field. 

A true all-rounder, the 106 is very much at home on the piste and in the park, slaying side hits and more. It’s a little stiffer than mid-flex, with plenty of pop thanks to that mixed-wood Pop-Lite core. Spin Tips are there to keep the swing weight down, and they combine with those chunky 1.7mm heat-treated edges to boost the ski’s park credentials.

How do they compare to the rest?

The ARV 106 has the shortest tip rocker and second shortest tail rocker (as a proportion of the ski’s length) of all the skis in our head-to-head. While the camber is long, it’s comparatively low at just 2mm ? this means you get a nice blend of power transfer into the edge when you need it, and an easy forgiving ride when you don?t.

With a 20.5m turning radius that’s equal-longest in the head-to-head, this is a ski that’s built to charge. And with those 133-106-123 vital statistics you get plenty of stability and float in powder. All-in-all, that’s going to add to the ARV’s confidence-inspiring and versatile ride. 

Buy them if…

The ARV 106 is the sort of ski that’s built to be your daily run-around ? super confident, compliant and easy going around the groomers and in the park, but with plenty of surface area under the feet for those off-piste excursions. If you?re more of a piste-and-park-first kinda guy, then the ARV 106 could be for you.

Shop the ARV 106 now

Faction CT2.0

Candide CT 2.0

The Candide series is a bit of a blessing and a curse for Faction. Such is the man’s reputation and the quality of his signature range, that it’s become a bit of an all-encompassing beast. I almost feel a bit bad mentioning it here because people tend to overlook the rest of Faction’s offerings ? which are great! But? that said, the Candide series is popular for good reason, and the 2.0 is probably the best all-mountain option for mere mortals. Candide’s probably more likely to ride the 3.0 or the 4.0, but then again, Candide does things that you and I could never imagine doing in a lifetime of side-hits, so for us, the 2.0 is just the ticket.

Carbon-reinforced underfoot for stiffness, with significant rocker in the tip and tail, and a fully symmetrical sidecut, the CT 2.0 is made for the big man’s brand of powerful all-mountain freestyle. The poplar and beech core is snappy and light, giving good grip, but there’s enough flex in the nose and tail to help you spread those butters.

How do they compare to the rest?

The CT 2.0 is one of the narrowest at the waist yet one of the fattest in the tips and tails. That’s a recipe for a tight sidecut, and the 16m turning radius (shortest of the group) confirms that. As you?d expect then, you?re going to get a ski that’s very pivoty and manoeuvrable, great in trees and tight spots, without losing too much stability at speed.

It’s got about the same length of camber as the Soul 7, so plenty of grip, but the rocker is more evenly split between the tips and tails, so backwards landings aren?t going to be an issue. 

Buy them if…

Not quite an out-and-out park ski, the CT 2.0’s symmetrical sidecut and long camber certainly make it very happy spinning and jibbing on hardpack. But it wouldn?t have Candide’s name on it if it wasn?t capable of smashing a bit of chop or buttering through pillow lines, and you get plenty of width in those tips and tails to see you through off piste.

So, if you’ve got delusions of Candide and you fall more on the park-side of the freestyle-freeride divide, then the CT 2.0 could well be your weapon of choice.

Shop the Candide CT 2.0 now

K2 Marksman

K2 Marksman

If you?re familiar with the antics of a certain Pep Fujas then you’ll have some insight into what the K2 Marksman is all about. It’s pow-friendly and uniquely designed with some very clever features that set it apart from the rest of the field.

With acres of floaty rocker front and back to compliment the wide, ample proportions, the Marksman is a dream to ride in the steep and deep, with a surfy characteristic that’s hard to beat. Lightweight aspen through the centre keeps weight down while dense fir on the edges and a triaxial carbon braid laminate ensure that you get plenty of edge control and torsional stiffness when you need it.

How do they compare to the rest?

The Marksman is rocking the most rocker of all the skis in this head-to-head, which goes to show just how much this ski leans towards the out-of-bounds. But that comparatively longer turning circle and 3mm of camber underfoot means that you shouldn?t go spinning off like a top any time you hit the hardpack.

The asymmetrical nature of the sidecut is the real stand-out factor though, helping to deliver that surfy feel and a longer effective inside edge for grip on your downhill ski. It’s really different, really interesting, and gets a lot of props in our book for standing out from the crowd.

Buy them if…

If you?re a more pow-focused lover of rockered designs, but don?t quite want to take the plunge and go for something like a Black Crows Daemon or a Volkl Mantra, then the Marksman is a superb ski that’s got a unique look and performance.

Shop the K2 Marksman now

Line Blend

Line Blend

Another of our more park-focused selections, Line’s Blend is a super popular ski for jib-lovers everywhere. Very balanced and playful, with a symmetrical flex pattern, it’s built to spin and slash through the park, while the Fatty base and edges are designed to keep it in play through season after season of rail and box batterings.

How do they compare to the rest?

The Blend doesn?t hide its freestyle roots ? it’s pretty much the most flexible of the skis in our head-to-head, and it also has the narrowest waist width ? but it’s almost as fat up front as the pow-forward Marksman and has the second biggest overall chunk of rocker too, so it’s not going to let you down if you want to head out back.

That buttery flex is just super fun and forgiving, and helps the Blend excel as a true jib weapon.

Buy them if…

If you?re firmly of the opinion that butter aint just for toast, and you need a ski that’s as happy heading backwards as it is forwards, but you don?t want to slim down to something park-specific, then the Blend is a great compromise ? giving you a little bit of everything and a whole lot of fun.

A virtue of all that flex and an abundance of forgiving rocker is that the Blend is also a pretty handy ski for learning and progressing your skills ? so if you think that the rest of the lineup looks a little daunting, maybe give the Blend a try.

Shop the Line Blend now

Our One Ski Quivers, at-a-glance

Now you’ve had the lowdown on each of our wannabe quiver-slayers, take a look at how they measure up against each other. But bear in mind that official rocker length stats are hard to come by, so we’ve had the tape measure out and tried to give our best estimate as to the proportion of the tip and tail that are rockered. Don?t be too surprised if you get them home and your tape measure tells you something a little different. Measuring skis is a bit of a dark art! 

So, without further ado?

Ski

Tip-Waist-Tail

Tip Rocker Length

Camber Height

Tail Rocker Length

Turn Radius

Core

Laminates

Highlights

Rossignol Soul 7 136-106-126 25% 4mm 12% 18m Paulownia Carbon/Basalt Alloy Matrix Air Tip technology
Armada ARV 106 133-106-123 16% 2mm 14% 20.5m Pop-Lite mixed wood Carbon Kevlar struts, tip and tail Spin Tips
Faction CT 2.0 135-102-135 19% 2mm 18% 16m Poplar/Beech Carbon reinforced underfoot Symmetrical sidecut
K2 Marksman 132-106-126 28% 3mm 25% 20m Aspen/Fir Carbon boost braid Asymmetrical design
Line Blend 132-100-122 23% 4mm 23% 20.5m Maple Macroblock None Thin Tips