Skimo set these up for me with Hagan Core bindings and Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glide skins. I was looking for a ski as much of a crusher as my 177 Movement Shift (137-98-125; 3,642 g/pair with Plum Guides w/o brakes) but lighter, these are 177 cm, 132-100-120, and 3,170 g/pair with the Core bindings (w brakes). The Shifts (very similar to the newer Control) are great skis for heavier muscular guys and require strong input, I've enjoyed them greatly. But they tend to hook in trap crust (styrofoam like crust the skis cuts a channel into) and require some pretty strong input in wet junky snow. The Alp Tracks 100 LT are a significantly more pliable ski w/o being a bit wimpy. I got them Wednesday, did a hot deep clean wax followed by scraping, steel, copper, nylon, and horsehair brushing and applying hydrocarbon universal wax that I let see for 23 hours then did the copper, nylon, and horsehair routine followed by two buffings LOL and waite till the clouds lifted off my backyard (Paradise, Mt. Rainier). So I got to ski today, early morning: ice and breakable crust on the climb up to an E-facing slope, sun-warmed with soft, water saturated surface snow--my 1st turns on this ski down a 25-15 degree slope were easy and smooth; the embossed pattern in the bases breaking up the suction. Across another icy flat to 25-30 degree S-facing slope, somewhat sunwarmed with crust here and there, and fast medium-radius turns down; perfect, up and icy/crusty W-facing slope to a E-facing ridge with very soft snow, and then down a 35+ degree slope with a consistenty breakable water-ice crust from rain on snow. Aftrer a very steep soft entry it was shattered crust pieces and and death cookies flying! Using a moderate input the skis carved the crust for over 500 vertical feet w/o a problem. This could be a 1-ski quiver for me because I know it will do fine in poweder and corn and it weighs the same as my Cho Oyus with Superlite 2.0s. But I am sure I will be turning to my Movement Vertex-X for long spring/summer tours to ski the glaciers soon. So light with Superlite 2.0s, and so much fun, I won't be retiring those. Time will tell about the Cho Oyus and, especially the Shifts--the Shifts are crude-eating monsters and I'll have to see how the Alp Tracks hold up. :-) Old men and there skis, LOL>
Update: Delayed bc activity due to Mt. Rainier NP shutdown & resulting snow overload removal. But in the last 2 weeks I skied the deepest driest powder I have ever skied (16 inches fell in the mid teens) and the most sun & wind affected powder this season (20 inches subjected to cloud moderated solar radiation yesterday (500 w/m2) and strong sunshine (800 w/m2) today. Skied both conditions far better than ever befoe despite relatively few days this year. This ski is awesome. Lift me out the dry powder and easily powering thru the upper 3 inches of sintering snow topped by a zip crust overlaying the bottom foot and a half of dry powder. Awesome ski.
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