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The new Go Strong from freeski company Movement is aimed at expert freeride skiers who want a light, playful and fun ski to make serious turns on - can our test team handle that heady mix?
Level
Expert
Terrain
Big Mountain
Best for
Expert skiers exploring backcountry terrain on a powder day
Price
£499
Season
2016/17
lengths
177,185
Bindings?
No
Smoothness
8
Versatility
7
Energy
9
Value
9
Performance
9
Overall Score
9

Movement skis seem to have that Marmite effect - you either like them or struggle with them. But we think the new Go Strong is different, because if you're a keen freeride skier hitting lines in a variety of snow conditions, from powder to crust, we simply can't see why they won't be more like chocolate - and let's face it, who doesn't like chocolate?

They feel super light and responsive, especially in deep snow, allowing the rider to really play around with the line, building confidence with every turn. The name implies this ski is made for charging - and it can certainly stand the heat when you point and shoot in a downwards direction; but we think they would suit a lighter weight skier that's strong technically, as well as a more physically powerful one.

Back on groomed conditions, they feel like a typical Movement ski, slightly understeering and not particularly happy to be away from their natural habitat. There are better freeride options if you really want to spend significant time on piste.

The Poplar wood core with dynamic triaxial fibres helps to ensure a strong torsional flex whilst retaining a lightweight structure - a combination which is often attempted but not always achieved. The rockered tip is there but doesn't feel overdone, helping to initiate the turn but not compromising its powerful journey from start to finish.

It's all in the name, and as it implies, you'll get the most out of them if that's what you're thinking when you make that first turn of the day - Go Strong or go home.