As the successor to the Big Fish, The Race Pro 77 is the girthiest option in Movement’s Race Pro lineup, yet still has a head-scratchingly light weight. The Race Pro 77 is a full-blown mountaineering, corn-hunting, couloir-skiing tool that weighs less than some race skis. Movement uses a top-secret construction (using multi-axial carbon and Karuba) that allows them to achieve a surface-area-to-weight ratio that leaves most skis dreaming. With a relatively tight side-cut, the Race Pro 77 is a confident technical skinner which, if you’re not careful, offers enough confidence to get you into some trouble. Thank goodness that it's stable and true on the descent, so even if you get carried away, it’ll help get you out. A top-of-the-line P-Tex 5000 base is just about as high on the durometer scale as they come and will join arms with the Race Edges to stand up to rocky early and late season conditions. A welcomed bit of rocker helps the ski float well above what its waist width would suggest in soft or choppy snow. A tip notch accepts race tips so you can have the fastest transitions in the range. A gram counter’s powder ski? A mountaineer’s mainstay? A layman’s spring ski? Absolutely. Like an overweight race ski that’s graduated to higher speeds and deeper snow, the Movement Race Pro 77 is ready for more.
Titanal reinforced binding mounting area for durability and longevity.
Ultralight Karuba wood core is the method behind the madness.
Race Edges are necessary for precise edging in steep terrain.
P-Tex 5000 bases are durable and fast.
Matching Skins: You can choose from standard precut skins with tip and tail clip, or go fast with Movement's race skins.
Update 2018/19: The tops of the skis will be looking a little different with a slightly updated graphic.
Update 2019/20: Movement got in touch with their artistic side and updated the topsheet graphic, otherwise these remain the same.
Thinking about getting these for longer days and some ski mountaineering objectives in Cascades and Alaska. Will they ski more like a race ski or bc ski on the downhill? Also how versatile are they in terms of using them in midwinter instead of spring?
Hey Sheel, excellent questions there. The Race Pro series in general (whether 71, 77 or 85) make for terrific mountaineering/speed touring/high-traversing skis all the way from the Dakobed to the Kichatnas, so you can't go too far wrong. It's just a matter of picking your width based on how much weight and skin friction you're trying to shave, how much unconsolidated snow you expect to encounter, and what you prefer in terms of technique. The Race Pro 71 and 77 definitely have more of a "race ski-like" feel on the down, asking the skier to be centered on her/his turns, but with a lot more stability in the tail and some added running length/camber for breaking trail. The Race Pro 85 takes Movement's proven AlpTracks 85 shape and adds a lightweight race core while retaining more of the feel of a "real" backcountry ski. I'd go for the 85 over the 77 as a midwinter ski since it has a more forgiving, semi-rockered tail that adds versatility in soft snow.
I bought these last spring thinking, due to their width, they could make a good light weight spring backcountry set up. I've been skiing 40-years and use to be a heli-ski guide. And, for the life of me they are just too stiff in the forefront of the ski to carve at all. Part of the problem could be I'm just 5'8" and weight 155, so can't pressure them enough to flex them. About all they ski well for me is corn or light powder with a solid base underneath i.e., early season turns on moderate ski area runs before the lifts open.
In the steeps, they're just too stiff for me to turn, so I have to hop turn them. I only use them now for Rando races. On the descent they only ski well if the groomer has softened up. Other wise they chatter and skitter all over the place.
I'm pretty much in love with these skis. Bought them last year and used them for everything but the deepest powder since. They get chattery and easy to catch an edge on hard groomers at high speeds (and what did I expect?), but otherwise they are awesome for all kinds of variable conditions in the PNW from December through June. Plus I'm no longer last on the way up given how light they are! Super happy with these.
If you're as much about the "earning" as you are the "turning," this ski should be your daily driver. I've used it in 2 feet of Cascade cement, refrozen crud, slush bumps, and plush corduroy. Every time, I feel like I made pretty good turns. For a ski that, in 174cm, only weighs 300g more than 160cm race skis, that's really impressive. Ascending 3000' an hour isn't hard on these skis. Basically, they add to your enjoyment on the way up, and barely detract from it on the way down. Might get you an extra lap, in which case they'd be adding to the enjoyment all the way around.
Would you recommend these for a light ski mountaineering setup for a small-statured skier? I'm 5'2 and 130lbs without gear. Transitioning from telemarks to AT and looking to save as much weight as possible to ski the PNW volcanoes in variable spring conditions. But if I can have fun with the same setup in the winter, that would be a plus! If not the right ski, what would you recommend?
Hi Paulina, these are definitely a great ski for what you're describing! How much you will have on them in the winter will depend on your snow conditions, and level of comfort with a sub-80mm ski. I can tell you that I ski my skis of this dimension quite a bit in the winter. I like using them for steep, chalky couloir skiing in the winter, and then I stay on them through the spring and summer.
What are the major changes (if any) from the Big Fish? Would one notice the difference? Looking for something a bit wider and longer and than my PDG's and more suitable for touring, rather than a straight up race machine. I want to save my PDG's for raceday and training at resort. Thanks!