Do-it-alls generally do it all poorly. But the M5 is a noteworthy exception. This ski tears the mountain to bits regardless of conditions or terrain. Like the other 5-point designs in the Fat-ypus arsenal, the M5 combines the playfulness of a short turn radius and effective edge with the flotation and stability of a much bigger and more adventurous ski. The sidecut ends much closer to the skier’s boot than on a traditional ski, but the effect is similar to gripping a pen closer to its tip: expect a dramatic increase in your sense of control over the ski. Jab that contact point into the mountain like a weapon to dig precise, 90-degree trenches, or just gently tip it over at speed to carve smooth, long-radius arcs. This ski does it all, and at all speeds. And don’t be intimidated by the length. Riders of the 188cm version report the ability to whip these around more easily than traditional skis at 180cm or even less. Bottom line: the M5 delivers almost impossible versatility to earn an unrestrained NeverGroomed seal of approval.
(Insider tip: The M5 is the exact same skis as the L5, but with a different graphic for different tastes...)