Replacing the venerable Response-X is no easy assignment. The Session-X is up to it, however. Improved with mini-ABS sidewalls that reduce shock, increase edge hold, and offer impact resistance, this ski becomes the default flagship of the Movement X-series. It keeps the same light rocker profile and medium radius shape that made the previous iteration so popular. Also added to the X-Session was a vibration reducing rubber + glass layer in the tip. That makes it even more of a dream-carver. Simply put, the Session is the best version yet of the ultralight, mid-fat, all-mountain ski from Movement.
- North TPT carbon fiber construction process makes for lightweight stability.
- VA-Tech vibration reducing layer in the tips reduce high-speed chatter.
- Double Plate Reinforcement in the binding area is a multi-layer strengthener.
- ABS Shock Absorber is a short sidewall underfoot that does what it’s named.
- Tour Edge has a varying width to balance strength and weight savings.
- Structured P-Tex 4000 bases are relatively hard and can take some abuse.
Update 2017/18: The Session-X has been discontinued in favor of the Alp Tracks 89.
|Lengths (cm)||161, 169, 177, 185|
|Weight (pair)||2060g 
||Curved tip, flat tail notch|
||Light rocker, camber underneath|
||Round tip, short-to-medium radius, flat tail|
||Cap w/ TPT technology|
||Karuba & Poplar wood|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Long tours with variable snow|
|Notes||ABS sidewall absorbs shock|
|Bottom Line||Ski it all, all day long|
|Compare to other Mid-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Used regularly with alien 1.0 and dynafit superlight bindings in 177cm.
This ski has delivered exactly what I asked the Skimo staff for: ability to go faster/be more stable than my old Cho's and hold up to more abuse. I have hit essentially the same old rocks and stumps I have before with essentially no damage. I find this difference truly amazing given the lack of weight penalty. This ski is a little more demanding than my prior set ups, but still seems very easy to handle in all but nightmare conditions (stout but breakable crust over 8" of soft coming back from to LCC from Days? South Superior with crust over a foot of mashed potatoes coming back from HOD?) and I'm not sure any ski would do much better without severe weight penalty.
That said, I would love to see a ski with nearly identical specs/construction as this one with a touch more rocker, maybe even a little skinnier. . . Is there such a thing?
From what I can tell, these boards are bombproof. I banged the heck out of them. Incredibly durable.
This is an ideal choice for ski mountaineering in the northern Rockies. 100% satisfied.
Fast forward two weeks and I've put 12 days, many miles of skinning and around 40k of vert on the Sessions. They are easily the most reliable superlight ski I've ever been on, and I sense I'll be reaching for it many more times over the course of the spring. They handle really well on steep windboard -- the camber and flattish tail that makes the AlpTracks so sendy definitely delivers on the Sessions -- but can definitely charge in softer snow as long as it's not so deep that I have to stay in the backseat. (That said, backseat skiing on Movements is absurdly easy because the tail flex is very responsive, maybe too responsive.) Normally I would think of 89mm underfoot as more ski than I need or want for long touring, but the extreme light weight coupled with a shorter length was just right. In fact, my "goldilocks" pair of Hagan Ultras never even made it out of the ski bag, since the Sessions really don't give much in weight, and the extra 13mm underfoot helps add stability in variable snow.
If you're uncertain of the midfat category and want a ski that can handle anything you throw at it, get this ski -- it rocks.
A second question to follow: what are the precut skins? They come with tip loops and tail clip, correct? Skin protectors? Mohair/nylon? TIA!
The precut skins are 100% mohair with standard tip loops and an adjustable tail clip, correct. They come with protective netting (cheat sheets) and a carry bag. The glue is among the most sticky in the business.
Blew a sidewall/edge on my Cho Oyus yesterday. That ski has been one of my all time favorites for general touring/skimo. Looking for a replacement and wonder if this fits the bill, or if I should stick with another Cho, or something altogether different. . . I'm using superlite/Alien 1.0 combo and ski moderate aggressive (unlike the megawatt/factor days, now a 5-10' drop requires some fortitude for me and I can't rip a slope in three turns on my set up)
They ski/tour very nicely. Entry time I pick them up I laugh manically, another day of feather weight touring. 90mm seems to be a reasonable compromise in size for skinning up icy slopes and float on the way down. For as light as they are they are very durable. This season has been marked by snow and melt and cover has been lacking, a few days the approach tail, prolly should have been walked but it was stubbornly ski'd. I hit some rocks pretty hard I was sure of a core shot or pulled out edge, but luckily all the ski needs is an edge tune but that will wait for the summer...
Ski Size 177 cm
Skier weight 160 lbs (no gear)
Skier height 6 ft
The Session X is a killer tool for what you are looking for, but you couldn't go wrong with the Trab either. I've skied the older version, the Response-X, as my daily driver for most of this season and in couloirs of sustained 40-45 degree pitches with a couple cruxes over 50 and it's held it's own every time. It was designed to be a versatile ski that would do well in most any conditions, but not be a specialist in any.
If it has a fault, it's that the tail can be a bit stiff in some situations which decreases the size of the ski's sweet spot. I don't want that to sound like a big deal though. Most of the time it's just right.
Not sure if we will be seeing any more in size 177 this season. If I had it to do over again, for a mountaineering tool, I probably would have gone with the 169 length. (I'm 5'8" and about 195lbs for what that's worth.)
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