G3 might have sold its soul to the devil to make the Synapse Carbon 109 Ski as light, stiff, and versatile as it is, but ski it once and you'll think it was probably a pretty good deal for G3. The biggest, burliest ski in the Synapse family, the 109 is designed to crush powder, big lines, and steep descents, but it can handle hardpack and crud like a champion, which is just the way G3 wanted it; you'll be up, down, and heading up again by the time other schmoes are leaving the parking lot. At just over three pounds, it makes short work of skin tracks, bootpacks, and long approaches, but does so without compromising even a smidgen of performance on the descent. It has a light, energetic poplar and paulownia wood core that's laid up with two sheets of carbon fiber to keep it stiff enough to handle rough snow, with ABS and TPU sidewalls to direct plenty of power to the burly steel edges when things get a little dicey. In addition to the carbon fiber, the Synapse keeps weight down via its Stealth Razor edge profile, which keeps the core thinner near the edges, reducing weight where possible without sacrificing durability and stiffness. The shape of the Synapse is also worthdiscussing, as it features a highly rockered tip, minimally rockered section underfoot, and early rise tail that provide a supreme combination of float in the deep and edge grip on firm snow, with equal measures of surfiness and directional feel so you can get playful or point the Synapse and charge. The base is made of tough P-Tex 2000 to handle the occasional ding, and there's even a Titanal plate under the binding zone to ensure rugged mounts and serious binding retention. If there's a harder-charging, lighter ski out there, well, we haven't found it yet.