A Vertical skimo race is very simple: first one to the top wins. No transitions, no skiing. This is a racing classification designed to figure out who is the fittest alpine athlete that knows how to skin uphill. Although not many of such races are held stateside, it’s commonly featured for one day at World Cup events in Europe. The Verticalp ski is designed to win such races. As..
For veteran manufacturers like Fischer, it’s becoming pretty easy to build a race ski that’s below the minimum weight allowed by the ISMF. Since weights cannot get any lower, durability and downhill performance are the focus now. The AlpAttack Carbon is an exciting new race ski from the Austrians. At first glance it looks a lot like the previous AlpAttack, but rest assured it’s not..
Not all skimo races are sub-2-hour, anaerobic affairs. Some are more like all-day slogs that, for all but the top randonneurs, resemble long high-elevation tours more than anything. The Trofeo Mezzalama is the last of the three Grand Course races, following four days in France for the Pierra Menta and a very long night-and-then-day in Switzerland for the Patrouille des Glacier, and..
Imagine if you applied the solid lightweight construction and easy skiing rockered tips of Voile skis to an ultralight size geared for skimo racing and speed touring. Well Voile did just that when they started the Wasatch Speed Project. The resulting ski by the same name is as unique as the namesake mountains that rise above Salt Lake City, Utah, where the skis are made. A lot o..
Only Merelli could one-up Merelli. The MLimited ski is built with the same platform as the MZero, only this time with the highest quality carbon fiber available. The lighter weight fiber allowed Merelli to achieve the same strength with less weight and a softer flex. Note we said softer, not soft, as this ski is designed to hold an edge in the nastiest of conditions. The high modul..
Naming note: according to Atomic’s ski-naming department, this ski is still the Backland UL 65. As far as the ski and its performance characteristics are concerned, however, this is a very different ski than the original in all the best ways. In order to minimize and/or increase confusion, we are calling this 2018/19 edition the 2.0. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to ..
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A common nugget of life-wisdom is that the journey is truly the reward. If you enjoy the levelling-up aspect of skimo racing, then the Ski Trab Powercup is just what you need. Light, sturdy, and not terribly painful on the wallet, the Powercup features a LiWood core as opposed to the Aramid honeycomb core found on the top end Gara Aero. The LiWood core is a light wood and ash wood ..
Race skis are getting a lot more of the R&D spotlight lately. This is making for an exciting progression in downhill performance in the ski-category that historically has been the least likely to put a smile on your face. The Dynafit DNA (we are dubbing it the 3.0 as it’s the third iteration of the high-performance podium-topper with the same name) has been revamped entirely fr..
Hagan has been working diligently for years on shaving weight off of its race ski. Having reached practical limits, they’re now focused on making it slay the toughest of conditions. The updated version of the X-Race ski features ABS sidewalls for improved strength, edge hold, and rock resistance. They’ve tweaked the shape, profile, and length to maximize power transmission and cont..
The mountain which these skis are named after, Le Roc D'Enfer, is a steep and committing peak in the French Alps. Many of the lines off of her summit contain just the conditions that this ski is built for. With a 68.5mm waist that many skimo racers would consider a powder ski, the Roc is a strange hybrid of race ski technology and mountaineering performance. The Le Roc D'Enfer ski ..
The Race Pro is Movement’s podium contender that combines the race-pedigree of the former Rise-X Pro ski with the performance and handling capabilities of the trusted Fish-X series. Using the patented North TPT wrapping process, the Swiss engineers introduced a carbon fiber weave around the core to improve power transfer and edging on icy skin tracks. The mounting template has been..
The new Gold Fish, aka perfect weapon. Known for producing some of the highest-performing skis atop the surface-area-to-weight charts, Movement has endeared themselves to skiers who demand premium gear. As the name would suggest, the Race Pro 71 is 71mm wide underfoot and represents the middlest ski within Movement’s Race Pro lineup, right between the 66 and 77. Wider than most rac..
Stealth describes both this race ski and the way that Aski snuck up on the skimo world. Seemingly out of nowhere, the Italian company is cranking out a full line of amazing skis using an innovative construction process. After years of research and development, the CarbonShell racing ski has arrived. The Stealth features the unique flex-pattern and performance of the Aski platform t..
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The arms race in the race category is heating up, and once again Fischer has found a way to solidify their position as a top contender with the new Transalp RC Carbon ski. Still sporting a selectively milled paulownia wood core, Fischer was able to reduce the core weight over previous race models and was even nice enough to throw in a Titanal plate in the mounting area for extra du..
Strong athletes from around the globe are flocking to skimo racing as a winter pursuit, which means that the specialized gear can become even more specialized. Higher levels of competition necessitate higher levels of performance. The Gara Aero Sprint ski is designed for the increasingly popular and increasingly competitive sprint and vertical racing formats. Ski Trab left no detai..
Ski Trab has introduced a women’s version of the Gara Aero World Cup. It’s possible that while experimenting with various new flexes for the men’s version, they stumbled upon the perfect flex for female racers. But more likely, Trab knew what they were doing when designing this ski with Lady Flex 60. That’s because they’ve been making race skis since skimo racing was barely a thing..
The Gara Aero World Cup race ski is the pinnacle of Ski Trab research and development. Using the new Attivo production process, the Gara (Italian for Race) Aero WC consists of 14 layers of lightweight technology. A Hibox 3k carbon fiber filament encases several layers of secret sauce wrapped around an Aramid honeycomb core. If you haven't heard of Aramid, you haven't worked in the ..