For the Shift, Movement set out to create a wide free-touring ski that gave a new dimension to the sector by keeping it ultralight. They seem to have accomplished their goal by using North Thin Ply Technology (TPT), which is a special method of spinning multidirectional carbon fibers around a ski core. And by using a light Karuba wood core mixed with a composite material, they managed to make the ski rigid yet lively. Movement made the tail of the Shift stiffer than the tip, which adds stability on the edge in challenging terrain. But with 98mm of ski underfoot and a light rocker tip, the ski can certainly hold its own in soft snow. Enjoy.
- Light Karuba wood core is reinforced with composite material to give strength at low weight.
- Tri-axial carbon fiber is woven around the core using TPT technology to add lightweight rigidity.
- 1.3mm of P-Tex 5000 is added to the bases to give a strong, smooth finish.
Update 2015/16: The Shift got a graphics update and are weighing in around 75-100g lighter than list.
|Lengths (cm)||169, 177, 185|
|Weight (pair)||2860g 
|Turn Radius||17.5m 
|Skin Fix||Round tip, flat notched tail|
|Profile||Rocker tip, camber underfoot|
|Shape||Short to medium radius|
|Construction||Cap with TPT|
|Core||Karuba wood + composite|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skiing big lines under human power|
|Notes||High surface-to-weight ratio|
|Bottom Line||New standard in free-touring|
Questions & Reviews
Clearly Movement have done a great job making even lighter skis, and that makes me wonder if they couldn't take another 100-150g out of each ski and keep the same performance (my guess is yes, but they would cost more), but at 1450g for the 177 (SkiMo.co lists 1525), you don't have a lot of room to complain.
At the end of a long day, these are the kind of skis that you look at with a glint in your eye because they are just a lot of fun. They make you thing about heading back out tomorrow before you even get your boots off.
My one complaint is that I'd prefer a lighter top sheet on the front of the skis as the charcoal color seems to be a magnet for snow build-up.
FYI: I'm 6'1", 170lbs, and am skiing the 185 cm, mounted with Speed Radicals, using La Sportive Spectre boots. Far from ultralight, but very respectable for a deep snow oriented setup.
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