The selection of men's skis is vast, and the same is true of each different category of ski. The type of skis you choose will depend on a number of factors, from your experience level to the type of skiing you plan to do. There are skis available that come with or without bindings, those made specifically for powder, and so on. Prior to buying a pair of skis, you should research them as much as possible and determine which type is best for you. If possible, go with a pair of skis which is new, as these will have all of the latest technology. A pair of 2011 skis will be suitable regardless of the brand you buy. Nonetheless, some are obviously superior to others. Read below for some of the best men's skis of 2011, all of which are of the downhill variety.
Salomon X-Wing 4 2011 Skis
Retailing for $280, the Salomon X-Wing 4 2011 Skis are a great deal on a pair of very high quality skis. Perfect for beginner skiers, the skis are very easy to maneuver. The skis are some of the lightest available, making turns very easy. Turning is made even simpler with unique Monocoque Construction that provides incredible edge grip. When first learning to ski, the ability to properly control the skis is pivotal.
The skis feature Salomon's innovative 3D Stealth Tip which lowers the ski to accommodate any skiing terrain. This allows for a very smooth ride, making it easier for beginners to learn. Pulse pad technology and layers of shock absorption help protect your joints as you ride. The Salomon X-Wing 4 2011 Skis are truly the epitome of a great pair of beginner skis.
K2 A.M.P. Photon 2011 Skis
For unmatched control, look no farther than the K2 A.M.P. Photon 2011 Skis. With brand new All-Terrain Rocker technology, the skis provide the smoothest ride possible, yet still give users ultimate maneuverability. The skis are perfect for intermediate skiers because they blend a forgiving design with one that allows for advanced moves. The skis' wood core has a triaxial braiding which gives the skis just enough rigidity to make complex turns. With a flared tip that flexes to match your terrain and bindings included, the K2 A.M.P. Photon 2011 Skis are a steal at $400.
While the previous two sets of skis are for beginner and intermediate skiers, respectively, the Rossignol Experience 88 2011 Skis are designed for advanced riders. The skis were chosen by an independent team of testers as the best advanced skis on the market, and for good reason. The skis' rocker technology helps them easily ski plane on top of powder, which is the dream of any advanced skier. This allows for an incredibly smooth, fast and efficient ride. It also eliminates bumps that can throw off skiers who are moving at high velocities, allowing them to turn in the blink of an eye.
The Rossignol Experience 88 2011 Skis are incredibly nimble due to a lightweight tip that allows for a lower swing weight. They also allow for optimal power and precision due to a wide mounting platform. The skis are worth the sticker price of $800.