Hart Only One (2013)

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Rating: 3.11 / 5
Price: $
Year: 2013
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 96
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-96-122
Lengths: 166, 176, 182

Stability at speed: 3.29 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.87 / 5
Crud performance: 2.53 / 5
Flotation: 2.63 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.19 / 5
Overall: 3.11 / 5

Fifty-six year-old brand Hart, despite having been out of production for a while and having gotten off to a sputtering restart, seems now to be rolling smoothly into the future. The big-mountain models we tested (Outback, Griffin, and Wizard) all impressed testers with their edge grip, flotation and handling abilities. The Hart Only One is designed, according to Hart, to be Òas close to a one-ski quiver as you will find!Ó Please note that the exclamation point is HartÕs, not ours. ItÕs the women's version of the One, which is a competition freeride ski used by Hart athlete Emiko Torito to place second at the 2011 Freesking World Championships in Crested Butte. Inside, it consists of a poplar core wrapped in triaxially braided fiberglass. It also features rubber inserts to help damp vibrations.