For the 2014 edition of it’s annual gear guide, Skiing Magazine tested 264 snow skis. Of those, only 122 were deemed good enough to be reviewed, and thus receive an “Official Selection” designation, and a further 16 scored high enough to earn “Tester’s Choice” awards.
Those long odds are why GOODE Skis is immensely proud that two of its skis – the all-mountain Fire and free-skiing Sorcerer – were found by testers to be worthy of reviews, with the Fire being one of only 16 out of 264 skis designated as “Tester’s Choice.”
Here is what Skiing had to say about the Fire and Sorcerer:
If you know how to carve a turn, it’s hard to dislike the Fire, which is a total knife on groomers. Testers loved how it zipped from edge to edge. “Pure sweetness. This ski tears up the front side,” said one. Light, fearless at speed, and still plenty enjoyable in the bumps, trees, and crud, this Tester’s Choice is an all-mountain expert’s dream ride. See the full review here.
A confidence-inspiring ride for the more traditional skier, the Sorcerer ripped when we pressured our boot tongues. Though it uses a lightweight carbon-laminate construction, it felt incredibly stable at high speed and in chundery terrain. Plus, testers scored it highest for Hard-Snow Performance among skis of similar width. It’s a perfect one-ski-quiver or narrower powder ski that will still be sporty on groomer days. See the full review here.
Take a look at the additional skis in GOODE’s award-winning lineup here.
GOODE is getting some major magazine love as four of its snow skis have won awards from SKI and Skiing magazines.
“I’ve always thought that what our customers tell us about our skis is the most important kind of feedback we get,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis, “but having testers from SKI and Skiing magazines like our skis so much is pretty great too. It’s just more confirmation that all of the hard work we’ve put into designing, testing and building great skis is paying off.”
The Fire earned honors from both magazines, scoring a Gold Medal Gear designation from SKI and an Official Selection from Skiing. SKI’s reviewers liked the Fire’s lightweight finesse and pop, labeling the ski “sporty and snappy.” It took the top score in the Men’s mixed west classification in both the quickness and forgiveness categories, and tied for second in rebound. Skiing says the Fire “absolutely torches corduroy” and that its carbon construction allows skiers “to relax on this ski and still go effing fast.” Skiing wrapped up its review by saying that the Fire is “a great all-mountain tool with a traditional feel perfect for race-bred folks.” Reviews: SKI | Skiing
Citing its softer flexes that make it more manageable and its smooth ride in rough snow, Skiing awarded GOODE’s women’s freestyle ski, the Affinity, with an Official Selection honor. Testers gave the ski high marks in stability at speed, maneuverability, hard snow performance and forgiveness. Review: Skiing
The Impact earned a Gold Medal Gear award in SKI’s Men’s mixed snow east, a category of skis that require good edge grip on account of the East’s generally colder, icier conditions. Like the Fire, the Impact got rave reviews for its quickness and rebound, earning the category’s highest combined marks in these areas. SKI summed up the Impact by saying that it’s “light, lively and fun.” Review: SKI
In the powder ski category, the Rahu earned an Official Selection award from Skiing. Testers cited its “distinctly traditional feel” that “hooks firmly into turns and holds steady throughout.” They also loved how the Rahu offers “on-piste precision” and “off-piste agility.” Review: Skiing
To learn more about GOODE’s entire award winning 2012/2013 lineup, click here.