A Vertical skimo race is very simple: first one to the top wins. No transitions, no skiing. This is a racing classification designed to figure out who is the fittest alpine athlete that knows how to skin uphill. Although not many of such races are held stateside, it’s commonly featured for one day at World Cup events in Europe. The Verticalp ski is designed to win such races.
As you can imagine, weight is an important factor in uphill-only races. As such, the Verticalp tips the scales at a scant 580 grams. But mass isn’t the only factor in getting up hill fast; kick turn efficiency becomes very important. As such, Fischer installed a tuning system that allows you to adjust the center of gravity by sliding a weight fore or aft along the ski. This means you can make the tails drop during your kick turns so you can just pivot instead of potentially flailing. In short, the Verticalp is an uphill thoroughbred, not designed for the way back down.
- Weight Tuning system lets you control the pivot-point balance.
- Air-Tec Ti construction is a scored core with titanium reinforcements.
- Aeroshape topsheet sheds snow which can add weight to your ski.
- Vertical skimo race design means this ski is not intended for downhill travel.
|Weight (pair)||1230g |
|Turn Radius||43m |
|Skin Fix||Tip notch|
|Shape||Aeroshape curved top, recessed tail|
|Construction||Cap w/ Air Tech channels|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Curved topsheet sheds snow|
|Bottom Line||Uphill MACHINE|
Questions & Reviews
That would certainly be a unique set up! In order to mount these skis like a traditional Nordic ski the toe piece pattern would overlap with the recessed area and the screws would most likely line up on the edge. Due to this, I would not recommend the pairing as I would worry that the screws might come apart from the ski, which would pose quite a danger! Hope this helps.
I'd like to see more camber in a newer version. A little more stride bounce, and less skin contact would be a good thing
And they do ski downhill carefully. I'm not advocating using these in individual races. But you can approach and descend from your vertical races just fine.
Super light. Easy to adjust the weight using their weight system. Actually, I was able to use an older, heavier binding that I normally wouldn't have used on a new race ski because I was able to just remove weights! That's definitely a plus. The tip notch is a bit deeper to make the skins stay on more securely. Mounting was no different than any other race ski but with more carbon.
I'd love to see an even straighter cut and more camber for better striding. White top-sheet to catch less snow would be ideal.
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