Just got it. Summer is officially over and the skiing pre-season has begun.
Seems to be a bit more diversity in brands that are represented this year. Wonder how Ogasaka made the list? Notice that there are no Volants on the list.
After not being listed in last years Ski/Skiing Mag review, but being Peter K's ski of the year (http://realskiers.com/), the Head Monster i.M 75 Chip made the grade in the Freeride Category this year. Not sure in what length the ski was tested, but if it was 177+, they nailed the review. Realskiers demoed the 170, and the ski is much more versatile in 170 than at 177 - I found out the hard way.
I know there is always a lot of controversy over the labeling of ski categories and placing of skis in those categories. The current Ski Mag Freeride category encompasses skis with waist widths of 70mm to 98mm. Way too broad a category.
Let the gear envy and debating begin ...