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The Apex from Movement is a lightweight touring ski with a freeride shape - we try them out both on and off-piste during our 2016 on snow test.
Level
Expert, Advanced
Best for
Lightweight ski touring off-piste in all conditions
Price
£449
Season
2016/17
lengths
169,177,183
Bindings?
No
Versatility
8
Up-hill
10
Value
7
Downhill
8
Performance
7
Overall Score
8

With its lightweight wood-core construction the Apex is easy enough to handle going uphill and solid enough to enjoy the journey back down.

Movement have designed the ski with a freeride element in mind, so this is really targeted at skiers looking to tackle short to medium size tours and get the most out of the ride down on steeper and more challenging terrain.

At 1500 grams (177 length) they are typically light for a Movement touring ski, but they still pack a punch in the powder and chopped up snow, blasting through it all with ease - they feel more like a heavyweight in that area.

Back on piste and especially on harder packed groomed slopes, they feel out of their comfort zone - to be expected, although there are smoother skis in this category when it comes to turning on corduroy. If it's icy, don't try to grip, just let them slide and you should be fine.

Tip and tail rocker help turn initiation and deeper snow floatation combined with a camber, providing the skis with just a little more response and life through the turns.

If you're looking for a touring ski to handle some big mountain terrain then the Apex would work well.