"An extremely forgiving ski," said Bremner of the KOA 78. "It's the kind that wants to please." A 78 mm waist, an easy flex and tip rocker suits Frontside skiing with occasional forays into soft snow. Sandwich sidewall construction, a poplar wood core and a layer of lightweight, yet strong carbon fiber from the aerospace industry helps keep weight down without loosing liveliness. "This is a soft ski, ideal for intermediates who keep a moderate pace," said Alder.