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No brand divides opinion like Movement, so what would our testers make of the Session 89 ski touring model? We hit the Galtur skin track to find out
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Touring
Best for
Freeride-leaning tourers
Price
£579
Season
2018/19
lengths
161, 169, 177, 185
Bindings?
No
Float
9
Versatility
9
Up-hill
8
Energy
9
Value
7
Stability
10
Overall Score
9
+
Much lighter than it should be, and great on the downhill
A little pricey

Ski touring and freeride are arguably Movement's strongest areas, and least likely to illicit a Marmite, love-it-or-hate-it effect. And that proved, largely, to be the case among our testers riding the Session 89.

The Session 89 sits firmly in the ski touring category, but is one of the more freeride leaning models therein, with a more exaggerated sidecut than some (126-89-114) and a noticeable rocker on the nose.

Considering the kind of beefy looking appearance, the Session 89 is much lighter than it should be at 1300 grams, and this is its greatest strength. Unfortunately the rockered nose doesn't seem to aid float it soft snow to any great degree, but on the other hand the dimensions provide just enough float to keep you on top of powder.

Despite this, and the lack of weight, these are solid powerful skis that can rip through crud and can provide a surprisingly fun amount of bounce in softer stuff. Impressive characteristics in a ski so light.

The rocker does seem to help on hardpack, where it can hold an edge with great stability, although this wasn't universally agreed. One of our testers found it lacking in grip on anything vaguely icy.

All in all, solid skis that are capable of plenty beyond the skin track.