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.
Update 2021/22: Movement updated the topsheet, otherwise, the ski remains unchanged.
|Lengths (cm)||154, 161, 169, 177|
|Weight (pair)||1560g 
||Cambered ski with slight tip and tail rocker|
||Round shovel, tapered tail|
||Movement Top Secret full Carbon technology|
|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|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I just compared a 77 and an 85 in roughly the same length options (160 cm, and 161 cm) and without all the extra wrapping, fluff, and rubber bands. It looks like as a pair in these respective lengths, the 77's as a pair weigh 1675 g and the 85's weigh 1690 g! So the 77's are still lighter as a pair, and you've helped us find a discrepancy! I'll fix that right now!
As a note we list all of the verified weights based on an average of multiple skis. The manufacturing process can lead to variations in weight dependent on the amount of resin used during the layup process, slight weight differences in the core materials, etc. The posted weights are based on this algorithm so it is possible that as mentioned above the 77's came out a touch lighter based on the individual skis. Hope this makes sense!
I bought them again, because i ‘love’ them. So keep in mind not to forget it’s still a lightweight race ski!
It's worth discussing why you might WANT a ski that's even lighter than the already nearly-lightest-in-class Alp Tracks 85. Strangely, it's not just about putting up more meters during the average touring day, although reducing ski weight by 200g is not insignificant for that purpose. (Moving over to a race-style, pin-line mounting point also helps, especially if you're the kind of person who obsesses over the mechanics of kick-turns, which as we all know are the only turns that matter!) The RP 85 does go uphill at warp speed, but it's a surprisingly balanced, confident descender, even when driven by a skimo race boot with little progressive flex. Like many true "race" skis, such as the narrower offerings in the Race Pro line, the RP 85 will come alive just by nudging it side to side without a ton of forward input. I've tried to ski my race boots on my bigger, more powerful Alp Tracks skis for a hella light setup on big days, but that makes the Alp Tracks skis feel neutered in their turning abilities and not as nimble as they would with a "real" boot (if you can call a TLT7 "real"). The RP 85 retains its nimbleness and "fun factor" so you can rally the descents even with the lightest of boot choices.
If there's one quibble I have with the Race Pro 85, it's that Movement's superb rocker/camber/sidecut shaping begs you to open up the speed a bit, only to run into the limits imposed by the "race core" of a sub-900g ski. Despite how nimbly the ski comes around, it does prefer a more measured approach to going down the hill, especially when hitting variable late-season conditions or sketching down bulletproof snow. If you want to know no limits in this department, and have no aspirations to wear race boots on powder days, the damper and stronger construction on the Alp Tracks 85 will suit you nicely. But, if you take pleasure in a ski that makes an extra 1000m ascent at the end of a long touring day not just doable, but actually exciting, there is absolutely no competitor to the Race Pro 85.
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.
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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