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 will maximize your uphill skiing potential.
- 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.
|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
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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