Race skis are all roughly the same size, on account of the minimum dimensions mandated by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation. Some folks want the lightest while others look for an edge on the down. All have tip notches for attaching skins. Higher-priced skis tend to have more advanced constructions.
Attention, ski evolutionists: while the eye-popping colorway and customary packed snow performance of the DNA 3.0 has been passed onto the DNA Pro, a new subspecies has emerged that we have dubbed the DNA 4.0. Although “playful,” “fun,” and “dynamic” are not descriptions commonly applied to race skis, Dynafit's DNA 4.0 is here to set the record straight. It does this by incorporati..
If you ever find yourself excited by the aerobic possibilities of skate skiing, stair climbing, or treadmill running, you might be a good candidate for a vertical skimo race. If you also find your ordinary skimo skis to be simply too generalized, take your uphill performance to the next level with the Atomic Backland UL 62 Vert ski. Sharing the same ultralight woodcore and carbon f..
The one race ski to rule them all! Eagerly awaited by top racers, the Gara World Cup is the culmination of years of design, testing, and tweaking with Ski Trab’s world class athletes. Combining ideas from the podium dominating Gara Aero, the more specialized Sprint ski, and even the amazing Maestro.2, Trab’s designers have created the ultimate race ski. After years in development (..
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 the 2018/19+ edition the 2.0. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to ..
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..
The Pierra Menta race is the Tour de France of skimo. The Dynastar Pierra Menta is one of the most decorated skis at the namesake race. A combination of lightness and impressive skiing often rocketed it to the top of the mountain and podium. The P.M. race ski is unusual in that has a full sidewall. That means edge hold and durability are top-notch. An ultralight wood core wrapped i..
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..
Hagan has been working diligently for years to shave weight off its race ski. Having reached practical limits, they’re now focused on making it slay the toughest 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 control. The..
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.
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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..
The Fischer Transalp RC is a high-performance race ski, proudly positioned as Fischer's flagship skimo competition ski. With its world cup pedigree, the Transalp RC has a long turn radius, which is conducive for “tucking it” down the slope when trying to get ahead. The long effective edge and Sandwich Sidewall Construction yield reliable edge hold on hardpack, while a limited tip r..
Like the SR Blackbird, the SR skis from Voile are long-range tools, designed to help you tackle the biggest objectives. While not a ski for the dedicated racer, the SR series aims to provide race ski dimensions with a construction that excels everywhere. With more tip rocker than is found on typical race skis, the SR remains composed in soft snow, and when testing the skis in trick..
When most people think of Switzerland, they think about the Alps, chocolate, and cheese. But here at Skimo, we think about Movement, and all the pleasant memories we’ve made thanks to the incredibly light and high-performing skis they’ve produced, such as the Fast 71. Keeping the familiar sidecut of the Race Pro 71, the Fast 71 has an updated construction that features Movements CO..
Skiing's heritage as a practical mode of winter transport now lives on in Grand Course races. These are European multi-stage affairs in which racers traverse valleys, glaciers, and other serious mountain terrain. If you are lucky enough to find yourself on one of these alpine escapades, you’ll be happy to have the Dynafit Mezzalama 2.0 strapped to your feet. This ski amplifies the ..
Not for the faint of heart, the DNA Pro is Dynafit’s premier race ski, designed to help professional athletes with their journey to stand atop the podium. Starting with the Carbon-Isocore-Paulownia-Ultralight construction, Dynafit was able to keep the DNA Pro to an almost featherlike weight, meaning you won’t be weighed down during those painful anaerobic pushes. Compared to the DN..
Why mess with a good thing? Well, Ski Trab has a good answer and it's called the Gara World Cup - Womens. They gave their acclaimed Gara Aero race ski what we're calling the Maestro.2+Sprint treatment. By redesigning the shape and profile - including more rocker upfront, longer tip and tail, and a raised camber - this race ski improves its performance on both the up and the down. I..
The Movement Race Pro 66 is a top-of-the-line race pedigree ski; if it were a show dog the Westminster would be a lock. Not just another pretty face though, the Race Pro 66 boasts a stable rocker profile and a square tip shape for better float and performance when charging through snow. With a focus on fast the P-Tex 5000 base is durable and holds on to race day wax like a toddler ..
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 for which this ski is built. 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..