The idea behind Roofbox Reviews, our in-depth review program, is to make sure our readers have access to the most honest and comprehensive reviews we can produce. They are open to all brands, big or small, whether they work with Newschoolers or otherwise. Our editors' picks are exactly the same. The NS gear reviewers get together, and between us figure out which skis we want to put our names behind. We are fortunate to be some of the most 'sponsored' skiers on the planet, in that few people have more amazing skis turn up on their doorsteps than we do. For me, personally, the all-mountain category is where I spend most of my time, and there are so many great skis in this space that it's hard to pick favorites.
All-mountain skis are those that you can throw on your feet no matter what kind of day it is and still have fun. For us, that means they're going to need to handle park days but also be decently stable when skiing the rest of the hill as well. There's a fine line between park and all-mountain skis for hitting that brief. The K2 Reckoner 102, one of our park picks, is a pretty capable all-mountain option (see our park ski editors' picks here) and there are at least two skis here that you could comfortably use as wide park ski options.
We've tested a lot of skis and narrowed it down to four (+a little brother). These are our favorite all-mountain skis for the '20-21 season.
The Revolt 104 is a true little brother to the '121' which released with serious fanfare last year. It has the same near full rocker with a smidge of camber underfoot. The splay is minimal but the rocker reaches close to the bindings, making these pivoting machines. They're pretty damp too and hold a nice edge in most conditions thanks to the mellow splay. The shape is quite directional, despite the forward mounting point. I didn't like these as much as other mid-fats in the park, so I'd look at the other choices in this list if that's a priority, but for everything else, I was super impressed. Peter, @Kretzschmar and myself all found these among our favorites at the OR gear test. Since then we've had some bad luck with these skis, including me blowing my knee on them, so we don't have a Roofbox Review at this point. But despite the negative association, I still picked them for this list, so you know they must be damn good, right?
An ideal ski for: Those who like a damp ski and lots of rocker length. Light enough for touring too.
Lib Tech crushed it with the whole UFO collection. The 115 is one of our powder ski picks and the 105 knocked a perennial favorite, the ON3P Jeffrey (Kartel) 108, off our picks list last year. The Jeffrey remains a fantastic ski but these new Lib's won Matt over with their ease of use and their solid performance in a greater variety of terrain, particularly the superior performance on harder snow. And for me, the best all-mountain ski under 100mm is the UFO 95. It outclasses the competition both on groomers and on deep days. The flex pattern is my favorite of the lot too, with a buttery nose and more stable tail working a treat on both jumps and for hitting gaps all over the mountain.
For my full, in-depth Lib Tech UFO 95 review: Click Here
"Once I got used to these, they became perhaps my favorite ski of the year as an all-round performer. They wouldn’t be my first choice for a pure park ski, but I was willing to tolerate that and use them daily for much of the season because I liked them so much as a skinny all-mountain jibber. Perhaps most importantly for me, I’d say the UFOs had character, they had aspects that made them remarkable where so many skis these days feel much of a muchness." - Twig
An ideal ski for: Those who ski somewhere it doesn't snow that much but still want to ski it all.
For Matt's full, in-depth Lib Tech UFO 105 review: Click Here
These are a true all-mountain option, being a little more directional than the others here. They carve well, they float and they are fun for jibbing. So the UFO is situated in a really good spot for those who like to get a lap or two in the park every so often but spend 90% of their time elsewhere, still skiing playfully but predominantly forwards. - Kretzschmar
An ideal ski for: Those who want a more directional ski that is still playful and still has a proper twin tip.
For years now, I've been picking the ARV 106 for my fatter all-mountain pick. But while the new version is very very good in powder, it's now so solid that to me it has lost the element of fun that I look for in a ski above all else. Enter the new Prodigy 3.0. It's gone in the opposite direction, softer and more poppy than its predecessor, it's got that park ski but fatter feel I love. It's got wider edges for better durability. For some insane reason, it has a mounting point way back around -8cm which you should totally ignore. Go for -1.5 to -2.5cm and thank me later. That aside they are the perfect wide jib ski, balancing float, playfulness, and hardpack performance close to perfectly.
For our full, in-depth Prodigy 3.0 Review: Click Here
My favorite test for an all-mountain ski is: would I feel good taking it as the only ski to go on a trip on which I don’t know what I’ll be faced with? It’s a resounding yes for that. In fact, the Prodigy 3.0 would be my first choice in that situation. In its new iteration, it’s a real jack of all trades and even a master of some.- Twig
An ideal ski for: Someone who wants a playful one ski quiver. Great in the park and fun out of it. Not a proper charger but you can take it anywhere.
The Vision 108 is stupidly light for a ski that does everything as well as it does. It butters, plays, surfs, pivots, and even charges surprisingly comfortably. There's no such thing as a free lunch, so there is a durability tradeoff when it comes to impacts (i.e. these are not a rail ski), but if you can avoid smashing them into stuff, you get an incredible ski at an unbelievable weight. They truly are a touring weight ski you can ski every day.
For our full, in-depth Vision 108 Review: Click Here
The Vision is an incredibly versatile ski. For me personally, this ski made for the best touring ski I have had the pleasure of using and will be serving that purpose for me for the foreseeable future. The Vision represents the freeride touring ski, it blends a close to perfect balance of low weight for the uphills and maneuverability as well as an almost unheard of dampness for a ski this light. For someone who doesn’t care about skiing as fast as possible inbounds, this could make a great one ski quiver combined with a burlier touring binding. - @TheWeaz
An ideal ski for: The weight weenie who still has some fun left in those cranky old bones. And just about anyone else who wants a fun, very lightweight all-mountain ski.