Faction Prodigy 2.0
Best For: All-mountain playfulness
Sidecut (mm): 127 / 98 / 119 (183 cm)
Radius: 20m (183 cm)
Faction’s Prodigy 2.0 brings the park performance of the 1.0 with a good sprinkling more versatility thanks to its all-mountain friendly width. The 2.0’s 98mm waist is more than enough to keep you afloat during heavy powder days, yet not so much that it becomes a nuisance when you’re putting these skis on edge, or stomping spins in the park.
Gracing this shaping is some pretty standard rocker built into both the tips and tails, with 3 mm of camber underfoot, which’ll help you bite into those piste carves or booter takeoffs. Those who like their skis with a stout flex will enjoy the feedback generated by the 2.0’s responsive but light weight poplar core. In short, the Prodigy 2.0 can handle first lift powder frenzy just as smoothly as it handles cruising through the park.
Selected for the 20/21 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Faction Prodigy 2.0 review here.
Atomic Bent Chetler 100
Best For: Playfulness across the entire mountain
Sidecut (mm): 129.5 / 100 / 120 (180cm)
Radius: 19.5m (180cm)
We can’t get enough of the Bent Chetler 100. Featured in our Best All-Mountain Skis of 2021, we are now claiming it as one of the best park skis out there. Sure, at 100 mm underfoot the BC 100 is a good deal wider than your traditional park ski, but since it performs just as well, the added width only makes the BC 100 that much more versatile and more stylish.
Since the BC 100 features a directional rocker, sidecut, and recommended mounting point, we were surprised by just how smoothly these skis ride switch. Need convincing that this ski excels in the park like it does everywhere else? Just watch Annika Rava and Lukas Mullauer cruise through the park on their BC 100s. As we’ve said thrice before, if you’re an advanced skier looking to combine freestyle and freeride, the BC 100 is pretty damn close to a perfect one ski quiver.
Selected for the 20/21 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Atomic Bent Chetler 100 review here
ON3P Jeffrey 96
Best For: Handbuilt performance
Sidecut: 125 / 96 / 119 (176cm)
Radius: 18.5m (176cm)
Originating out of founder Scott Andrus’ garage and now based out of Portland, Oregon, ON3P continue to shake things up in the world of freeskiing by entirely handbuilding every single one of their skis. The narrowest ski in their best-selling Jeffrey line, the Jeffrey 96, is a high performing park ski, which handles everything else on the mountain thanks to its 96mm waist.
ON3P’s trademark bamboo core, UHMW sidewalls, double thickness base, and 2.5mm steel edges make the Jeffrey 96 incredibly strong and resilient. This durable construction and unique build has earned ON3P favour with the most creative and stylish skiers in the game, in particular when it comes to rails and jibs. We’re stoked that ON3P’s equivalent women’s model, the Jessie, is returning to production in 2021/22. Watch Giorgia Bertoncini’s SuperUnkown edit to see what these skis are capable of.
Check out the ON3P Skis here:
Volkl revolt 87
Best For: Fiercely technical
Sidecut: 129.5-100-120 (180cm)
Radius: 19.5m (180cm)
For freestylers looking for maximum stability and stiffness, look no further than Volkl’s Revolt 87. Built to conquer competition podiums, the Revolt 87 is a fiercely technical freestyle ski. Uniquely for a freestyle ski, the Revolt 87 features 100% camber (no rocker in sight.) The result is a ski that delivers ultimate edge control and, thanks to the inclusion of Volkl’s highest level race base, performance at speed.
The Revolt 87’s fully symmetrical sidecut means you can expect equally high performance riding switch. While the Revolt 87 is on the heaver side of freestyle skis at 2kg per ski (at 185cm), you get heaps of support underfoot in return. Its not only the Revolt 87’s explosivity that’s turning heads. The entire Revolt series is kitted out in Ben Brough’s eye-catching spirit animal inspired artwork.
Check out the Revolt 87 here: