Hart Wizard (2013)

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Rating: 3.54 / 5
Price: $
Year: 2013
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 115
Tip/Tail/Waist: 145-115-130
Lengths: 175, 182, 189, 196

Stability at speed: 3.68 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.84 / 5
Crud performance: 3.43 / 5
Flotation: 3.55 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.24 / 5
Overall: 3.54 / 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 Wizard is, at 115mm in the waist, the mid-width ski of HartÕs three-ski big-mountain series. It has a rockered tip and, judging by its waist width, is clearly designed as a powder ski, but one thing our testers remember is its tenacious edge grip. On a day with 6 inches of dry powder over a bedrock-solid baseÑit seemed to brush the powder aside and remain unflappably attached to the firm snow.