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Movement Race Pro 85


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On the surface, the Movement Race Pro 85 is simply a ski that took the lightweight construction of their podium-topping Race Pro skis and applied those methods to a wider and more friendly touring shape of the Alp Tracks 85. Take a deeper look, though -- Movement poured every bit of mastery they could muster into this ski, tweaking every detail they could possibly think of to provide you, the skier, every advantage on both the up and the down. Built for the skimo racer who wants to take their fitness to committing lines in the big mountains, the Movement Race Pro 85 leads the class in its weight-to-width ratio thanks to its race-inspired core, while keeping the fun-meter topped off thanks to a sophisticated blend of rocker, camber and sidecut in the ski's profile.

Sometimes, the tumultuous and overbearing world we live in can make it hard to appreciate the understated beauty drawn from the finer things in life, like the soft pastels of a summer sunset, a billion sparkling crystals stretching out across an untracked snowfield, or the feel of a well-used leather glove in your hand. With the Movement Race Pro 85, one of the finest things in your life will be staring at you every time you walk through the garage-- begging you to get out there and get skiing.

  • Packing the pleasure of a heavier ski into an incredibly lightweight touring and mountaineering ski, Movement found the holy grail of ski design.
  • A lightweight sidewall underfoot is embedded deep into the core, providing edge stability while stabilizing the entire ski against vibrations.
  • Labeled as Top Secret, the unique Movement Full Carbon Technology layers directional carbon to give the ski a reliable, even flex.
  • A Karuba Woodcore provides the ultralight construction and poppiness that makes the ski just plain fun.
Lengths (cm) 154, 161, 169, 177
convert to ounces
780g [154]
850g [161]
890g [169]
930g [177]
Weight (pair) 1560g [154]
1700g [161]
1780g [169]
1860g [177]
Dimensions 115-85-99 [153]
116-85-100 [161]
116-85-100 [169]
116-85-100 [177]
Turn Radius 17.0m [153]
17.5m [161]
18.0m [169]
18.5m [177]
Skin Fix Tip notch
Specs Verified Yes
Profile Cambered ski with slight tip and tail rocker
Shape Round shovel, tapered tail
Construction Movement Top Secret full Carbon technology
Core Ultralight Karuba
Skimo Co Says
Usage Speed touring, Mountaineering
Notes Essentially the Alp Tracks 85 with the Race construction
Bottom Line Race-ski weight in a touring package.
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Question from Bordo
Hi, I`m 6ft/183cm and 172lbs. Skiing various snow conditions wanting a light setup for long horizontal approaches. Would the 177cm be to long for quick turns in tight trails/trees or would you recommend going down to the 169cm? Seems the short radius compared to the race pro 77 would make it better for quick turns even in longer lengths of the ski. Any recomendations for 2 skin setup to have one for steep climbing and one for horisontal backcountry skiing. Can a one width full lengt 85mm skin do the job, or do I need a ski cut width for the climb version. Could I go for a narrower 65/77mm and 2/3lenght skin for the horizontal skiing?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your questions, Bordo. If you are after a ski that is easier to turn in tighter situations (couloirs, etc...) I would size down. If you want to go "meadow skipping," the 177's would be a great choice and offer more stability at speed, but would be a bit harder to turn. The Ski Trab Mohair skins are fantastic at climbing while remaining light and packable. If you want a skin built with the utmost of glide in mind the pre-cut race skins are a popular choice. You can use a skin that is less than the waste width of your ski for flat approaches, just keep in mind side hilling would get very interesting! Please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call if you have any other questions!
Answer from Bordo L
Thx for a great answer. Would you mind giving your thoughts on some comparison skies for my new setup. The Race Pro 85 must be one of the lightest 80-85mm waist skies at 890g in 169cm. Other alternatives are the Skitrab Magico at 1055g in 171cm or other skitrab?, or a bit cheaper models like the Atomic Backland UL 85(1035g) in 172 that is promising, or the K2 Wayback 80 at 1000g in 170cm. My objective is to have a versatile light ski for vertical exercise, backcountry skiing, and the most possible exciting skipping ride down and back to civilization those soft days and safe back on the rest of the days. I have considered the 70-75mm waist lightweight skies to not meet this versatile spec in moderate terrain? I have the Atomic Backland Ultimate boot (842g in 28) that I hope can do the job with the ski. Currently using the old/heavy Dynafit Stoke 173/TLT vertical/TLT 5 setup so very excited to go lighter and faster to reach further in and up the mountains.
Answer from Bordo L
I see the comparison of the RP85 and the Magico is well answered below, and that push me to the RP85 over the Magico by boot match and the quick manuverability. But I would love some thoughts on the RP85 vs the Backland UL85.
Answer from Brett S
I think you are on the right track keeping >80 underfoot for a versatile performer that will still allow for big vertical days. The Backland Ultimate is a great boot and in softer snow you will probably be fine, however, in more variable conditions you may find the boot will feel a bit overpowered. Typically, "race boot plus" or "touring boot" categories pairs well with mid-fat skis. Both the Race Pro 85 and Backland UL 85's are fantastic options and will accomplish your goal, albeit with some minor differences. The Race Pro 85 has a longer radius and will be more stable on smooth runs (such as groomers, corn fields, etc...) whereas the Backland UL 85 would provide a bit more stability and less deflection due to it's slightly larger weight. The Backland UL 85 would also have a slightly more "surfy" feel due to the Horizon Tech tip Atomic has implemented from the Bentchetler series. In either case, both are fantastic skis and you will be happy either way.
Answer from TSB
Hey Bordo, I wanted to throw in my two cents to add to what Jedi-master Brett said above. Having skied all 3 options you mention, I would say that if you are stoked on the Backland Ultimate boot or another race boot, I would definitely go with the Race Pro 85 over the Magico.2 or the Backland UL 85. The Race Pro 85 is very snappy, doesn't need a lot of input to turn, and can be skied in the backseat -- all of which are positive attributes for ripping around with very light boots with no progressive flex. I have been skiing the Race Pro 85s with a pair of Scarpa Alien 1.1s all spring and have found that the combo is really impressive in everything from knee-deep Wasatch powder to knee-twisting mashed potato snow. The other ski I'd throw in the mix -- if you like the idea of the Backland 85 with added damping and HRZN Tech tip design -- is the Atomic Backland 78, which would be closer to a true race ski and has the best hard-snow edge hold of any of the skis discussed. Cheers!
Answer from Bordo L
Thanks Brett and TSB!, I have actually returned the backland ultimate shoe after some light testing and this great inputs. The shooe required me to strap it too tight i order to keep to heel down in walk mode. I`ll go for the RP85. Now I need to find a more comfortable, wider and better boot for the downs than the ultimate. I would like the boot to be a race boot plus in order to be able to pair it as well with lets say a Skitrab powercup 171cm in the future. The La Sportiva Racetron seems like a good choice. The Alien RS may be to heavy? And I`m impressed that the Alien 1.1 works with the RP85, but its not cheap.... What length do you have in the RP 85 compared to your size TSB?
Answer from TSB
Hey Bordo, sorry the Backland Ultimates aren't quite working out for you! They are definitely more of a "total race" option (to borrow a phrase from the bike world) than the "race plus" category that we see surging these days. Did you have a good fit across the last for skiing input, but just not enough of a heel pocket for skinning? Or was there a bigger fit issue? Either way, feel free to fill out our Boot Fitter and we can get some additional info on the case.

A ski like the Gara Power Cup or the Race Pro 85 can definitely be paired with the Alien RS or a Backland Carbon without feeling wildly overmatched, but you're definitely adding more grams to the setup than is 100% necessary. Both skis turn well from an upright stance and feel confident paired with the Alien 1.1 (which is definitely not cheap but it's a heckin' bargain for a carbon-cuff boot that skis so well -- the old version was $1800!) or another stiff-ish race boot.

As for length, I sized down to the 169cm Race Pro 85 (I'm 6'3", 185lbs) specifically to use it with my Aliens. In terms of quiver usage I think of it as somewhere between a race/objective ski like the Gara Power Cup and a full-bore all-rounder. With the Alien RS, I'll ski the 177cm lengths of Movement's Alp Tracks 85, which is a smidge more damp and rewards frontseat skiing.

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Question from Jonathan Burns
Hi. How do the Movement Race Pro 85 compare to the SkiTrab Magico.2, especially in steep terrain and tight trees with variable snow conditions? I see the Movement is over 300grams lighter (pair) than SkiTrab, is there any durability difference between them? Thank you
Answer from jbo
Hi Jonathan, I have both so thought I'd answer! The RP85 is crazy light and occasionally can feel like a race ski in bad conditions. Long distance powder is amazing with it and it's super quick in the trees, steeps are no problem in most conditions. Best paired with a race boot imo, the Alien 1.1 is perfect. The Magico.2 is noticeably more powerful, and really comes alive with a beefier boot ("race plus" is the sweet spot, but it can hang with a beef boot without blinking). Not quite as quick but ultra reliable on edge and a touch more float. It also has the durability advantage, which is not to say that the RP is particularly breaky, but that Trabs are well, Trabs...breaking them won't cross your mind.
Answer from TSB
Hey Jonathan, wow, great question! You must be an East Coaster or something with conditions like that -- the snow is always consistent and the trees always well-spaced here in the Wasatch! :-) Both of the skis you mention are phenomenal options, but for very different reasons. The Race Pro 85 is really designed to maximize the design possibilities of a lightweight, race-ski core coupled with the profile and shaping of a touring ski, so it kind of belongs to the idiosyncratic "speed-touring" category. After all, it's lighter than many of the race skis that were winning World Cups just 7 or 8 years ago :-) Meanwhile, the Magico.2 is an impressively damp, stable ride with a predictable feel that can plow through crud or sing sweetly in powder. I would definitely give the Magico.2 an edge for variable snow, especially when paired with a heavier boot (as JBo mentions above).
Answer from Jonathan B
Thank you for the input jbo and TSB. Could you describe the profile of the Magico.2 (I can't find it online)? I'm looking for mountaineering ski (spring, summer, fall). On the ascents, it will live 30% of the time strapped to my back, so I want a shorter ski (~170cm long, I'm 179cm). On the descent, I rarely will find powder, most of the time it will be crust, ice or corn. From your descriptions, it seems that the RP85 would be a better ski for quick turns and steep skiing as long as speed is kept in check. Also, I see the RP86 has a slight rocker in the tail to help release the turn, and in my experience, it helps a bit in breakable crust as the tail catches less. And yes, I will be using light boots, currently, I have the 2017 Aliens.
Answer from Jonathan B
*by profile above, I mean the camber/rocker profile of the Magic.2. Thanks
Answer from jbo
Hi Jonathan, the deuce has a gently rockered tip with camber underfoot. Fairly flat tail, though Trab uses a swallow tail design to make hooking not a thing.
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Glen Otis (used product regularly)
I've owned / skied lots of Movements , the Race Pro 71 , 77 , and the Alp Tracks / Vertex 84 , Logic X ,and these are my favorite so far . I'm 5 ' 7 " , 130 lbs , skiing the 161 cm , with the Alien RS boot , they work well together.
After 17 days , in a variety of conditions , from icy to deep powder , they're my quiver of one . Quick turning and nimble , great for tree skiing , the extra tip rocker really helps , so does the very low weight . Surprisingly , they ski nearly as well as the Sportiva Vapor Nano in soft snow .
While they get knocked around in the crud , being so light , they will carve through through it . An exciting , fun ski , perfect for the backcountry.
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Question from Trevor Jones
What are the differences between this model and the Movement 85 Alp Tracks?
Answer from jbo
Hi Trevor, the difference is in the construction. As you've probably noticed, the shape and profile are the same. This version uses the Race construction and is thus amazingly light while also having a race-style tip notch. The Alp Tracks is a bit stiffer, more durable, and more powerful.
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