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Ski Trab Gara Aero World Cup

Brand: Ski Trab
Model: Gara Aero WC
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Price: $999.95
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The Gara Aero World Cup race ski is the pinnacle of Ski Trab research and development. Using the new Attivo production process, the Gara (Italian for Race) Aero WC consists of 14 layers of lightweight technology. A Hibox 3k carbon fiber filament encases several layers of secret sauce wrapped around an Aramid honeycomb core. If you haven't heard of Aramid, you haven't worked in the aerospace industry. It's a synthetic fiber with an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, and is woven ingeniously by Ski Trab into a honeycomb pattern to make a stable and durable ski core. Also included in the Attivo ultralight line are shock absorbers running lengthwise along the top of the ski that reduce vibration and add structural protection to the edges, reducing blowouts.

  • Unmatched 3 year warranty on a race ski.
  • Progressive Attivo shape with a side cut moved backwards to enhance steerability on the hard pack.
  • Progressive Attivo flex with a gradually softening tip that allows a smooth entry and perfect float on soft snow.
  • Active Attivo shock absorber system makes for a smooth ride and strengthens the sides of the ski.
  • New Attivo skin fixing system makes applying and ripping skins faster while accounting for the shape of the ski sides.
  • DuoTech tail technology allows maximum flexibility in turns while maintaining stability and direction when flat.
  • Micro-mesh carbon cage called Hibox wraps the ski, adding up to 46% more torsional rigidity.
  • Sintered base with careful finishing makes the glide buttery.
  • Light Tech anti-scratch polyamide topsheet with a water-repellent nanotechnology finish.

Update 2015/16: Trab has introduced a stiffer version of their iconic race ski. The Flex 70 has the same shape and profile but is slightly more rigid, especially in the tail. This is good for big or backseat skiers. The traditional ski with a buttery flex is now labelled Flex 60.

Lengths (cm) 157, 164, 171
-> ounces
685g [157]
695g [164]
745g [171]
Weight (pair) 1370g [157]
1390g [164]
1490g [171]
Dimensions 91-65-80 [157]
91-64-80 [164]
91-64-80 [171]
Turn Radius 20.6m [157]
21.5m [164]
23.7m [171]
Skin Fix Attivo clips
Specs Verified 164 only
Profile Full camber with early rise tip
Shape Attivo progressive shape, DuoTech swallow tail
Construction Cap with shock absorbtion, 14 total layers.
Core Aramid honeycomb
Skimo Co Says
Usage Rando racing, speed touring
Notes Attivo progressive flex & shape are designed to match all snow conditions.
Bottom Line Rando racing meets aerospace.
by Bernard Guest (used product a few times)
So I am an aggressive intermediate skier on the larger end of the spectrum (6'5"; 235 lbs) ...not a jump huckster or mogul skier but certainly capable of descending the blacks at speed. Took my new set of skimo skis (Trab world cup Gara Aeros; 171, 70 flex with Plum 150 bindings and Syborg boots) to Nakiska in Kananaskis country Alberta. Pretty typical resort skiing, fair bit of ice and very hard snow mixed with some decent sugar here and there. I was expecting to struggle on these ultra light sticks with the flexy skimo boots but was pleasantly surprised. After a slightly shaky start I was able to find my feet after two or three runs and pretty soon was charging as hard on these as I might on a "proper downhill ski". They do wobble about a bit and get kicked around by chunky irregular snow but once you get used to em and are able to ignore the jumpiness they do keep going in the right direction and are plenty stiff enough to hold their edges in ice and very hard snow. Also they skate extremely well (as you might expect). Overall I am very happy with these skis. They ski downhill on piste extremely well and handle awkward variable snow well enough for a relative noob like me.
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Question from Justin
What's the best skin for the Gara Aero World Cup (164 cm)?
Answer from jbo
Hey Justin, it's hard to go wrong with the trab race skins, which have a special tip clasp designed for the flat notch on the Gara Aero. But there is also a simple groove in the tip (not shown in the picture...late addition) that can accept standard bungee-style tips found on most other race skins.
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by CBSkiMoMafia-jb (downright abused product)
AWESOME update from TRAB - the GARA construction has resulted in a lighter stiffer ski that performs in a wide spectrum of conditions. I've been on the duo world cup for the last couple of years and this ski lives up to TRABs high standards. I was a little hesitant with the "proprietary" skin attachment at the tip but have been able to use the same skins I have been using for years. There is a small notch cut into the carbon at the tip that allows a bungy type of attachment (i don't even have a nylon washer - just a knot in the bungy).
Great ski!
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Question from luciano
im looking for size 171, do you have?
Answer from jbo
Hi Luciano, unfortunately we only stocked the 164 length this season. Our only longer race ski right now is the Movement Gold Fish-X. Sorry!
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Question from Aaron
Do these skis require the matching Trab tip attachment, or can one use a slot-style tip attachment for racing? Thanks!
Answer from CBSkiMoMafia-jb
Hey Aaron... I actually have been using this ski all season and have been able to use my old skins. The new tip has a unique skin attachment but there is also a small notch cut that will accept a "bungie" type of skin attachment. I prefer to use my old skin vs the new attachment due to the fact that if you knock the new tip off it is much more difficult to reattach it with out taking your ski off and stripping/reattaching the whole skin.
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