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.
How much does the flex matter with this ski? I see that the 164 60 flex is sold out now. I would use it for racing and I'm not a big person by any means. I'm 5' 9" 160 and I'm not a crusher on the downhill but I'm pretty good on most terrain. Is there a noticeable difference and is it worth waiting until the 60 flex is back in stock?
Hey Andrew, I think you're right in the middle and could probably go either way. The difference is noticeable between flexes so if you prefer a softer ski then the 60 Flex would be perfect, but the 70 will be more of a stiff race ski feel.
Hey Anthony, I'd say it depends on the usage. If this will be exclusively a race ski then the 164 would make the most sense just because it's lighter and easier to maneuver. However, if this will be a lightweight mountaineering ski/adventure ski or you plan on using it outside of a race environment and still occasionally pull double duty as a race ski, then the 171 makes sense. Most of our shop staff is around your height and weight and we all use the shortest, lightest skis possible for pure racing but prefer a slightly longer or slightly wider ski for any fast skiing outside of a race environment.
Hi Anthony, for skiing certainly the 171. However most folks will use the shortest length possible for racing, which gets to be more of a skiing handicap the bigger you get. You're not to the size where the 164 would be a crippling handicap on the down, so you could get away with that length.
Hi, I'm not interested in racing, but I'm wondering about these skis in terms of long approaches in the back country mostly on snowmobile trails to get to mountains I can climb then descend skiing? Given my long access (7-10 miles gradual uphill), I probably will only ever make 1 run then take my long descent out. Is there any camber in these skis, or at least do they have more flex than a traditional alpine board? I'm really wondering if i can 'skate' these on packed snow mobile trails for faster travel? I currently use a pretty light classic nordic ski (Fischer Superlight) set-up for touring the same snow mobile trails and given terrain/conditions, I either stride or skate them, but I can't take them up or down anything too steep or off piste without risking injury and broken equipment. So if I could travel nearly as quickly as I can with my Superlight Nordic skis, it will open up tons of options for me. In short, I was wondering if this ski would give me the ability to skate or marathon skate using an appropriate lightweight boot? Thank you.
Hey Shawn. I haven't tried any "backcountry" classic skis so I can't attest to their prowess on chopped up snowmobile roads but these will certainly be able to handle a whole lot more when the grade increases, both climbing and descending. Nordic gear will probably be able to cover more flat terrain in a shorter period of time than skimo gear, but as soon as anything gets steep skimo gear is traditionally the fastest mode of human transportation. I had the same idea (skating on a pair of race skis) for flat approaches but I have yet to find a real advantage or use for it. Camber is definitely present in this ski but you likely wouldn't gain any speed by using the camber for propulsion. You may be able to use the stiffer camber in the Merelli ski for propulsion and support throughout a stride. Realistically, your best bet is using a waxed partial coverage race skin for optimal glide. You can always take two pairs of skins with you, a fast minimalist skin for approaches and a grippier skin for steep climbing. Email me at email@example.com if you have any other questions or feel free to call. -Trace
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.
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.
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!
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.