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Rossignol Escaper 97 Nano

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When you don't know what the day will bring, you'd best bring along the Escaper 97 from Rossignol. With its composition of light materials, the Escaper 97 is anything but laborious when ascending, allowing you to move efficiently and quickly in the mountains. When paired with the precut skins, the notched tip enables quick transitions at the top, allowing you to soak in the view while waiting for your partner to finish. By combining Basalt, Titanal, and paulownia, the Escaper 97 is extremely damp for its weight, allowing it to handle variable snow conditions with ease. The full sidewall provides edge bite in harder snow while the healthy rocker profile keeps your tips up in powder, allowing you to enjoy the untracked snow that you worked so hard to find. With the Escaper 97, Rossignol has created a versatile ski that can handle whatever the day throws your way.

  • All Trail Sidecut provides versatility across a wide array of snow conditions.
  • Paulownia Wood Core finds a compelling blend of weight and durability.
  • Rectangular sidewall combines a horizontal layer of core material on top of the sidewall, providing edge grip, balance, precision, and power.
  • Free Rocker technology allows the Escaper 97 to perform exceptionally well in deep snow.
  • Nano titanium reinforcements place a Titanal sheet underfoot for increased binding retention and durability.
  • Nano basalt fibers provide shock absorption and elasticity, resulting in a smooth and fun ride.
  • V-skin anchor allows you to rip the precut skin from the tip, saving you time and effort while transitioning.
Lengths (cm) 161, 169, 177, 185
convert to ounces
1175g [161]
1245g [169]
1325g [177]
1410g [185]
Weight (pair) 2350g [161]
2490g [169]
2650g [177]
2820g [185]
Dimensions   126-97-116
Turn Radius   15m [161]
17m [169]
19m [177]
21m [185]
Skin Fix   Tip notch, flat notched tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Healthy rocker in the tip and tail, camber underfoot
Shape   Round tip, medium radius, tapered tail
Construction   Rectangular full sidewall, NANO BASALT, NANO TITANAL underfoot
Core   Paulownia
Skimo Co Says
Usage Powder, crud, or anything in between
Notes Notched tip works well with race style skins
Bottom Line Maneuverable and fun in any condition
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Quintus
what is the mount point of these skis in the 185 length?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Quintus,

I just measured it at -12mm from true center for the 185 length. It is a relatively rearward mount point.
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Question from Thomas
How would you compare this ski to the zero g 95 or k2 wayback 98? I’m looking for a lightweight touring ski that is stiff enough to handle hard snow and can hold an edge in a tight couloir. Thanks.
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Thomas,

Any of the above skis could work for your needs. They are all relatively stiff skis with underfoot camber and a good edge. The Escaper has the most rockered shovel of the bunch and gains some floatation/versatility for soft snow due to that feature while still being competent on hardpack. I would also say the Escaper skis a bit damper than the Zero G 95. The K2 comes closer. The Zero G is noticably lighter than the other two - still a very capable ski, but the Escaper and the Wayback will feel slightly more substantial in rougher conditions.

The Wayback has some tail rocker as well as a low tip rocker, so it will be a little bit easier to break free/slide around in variable snow. The Escaper and Zero G will hold onto turns a little bit more.
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Question from Steve
How would you say this ski stacks up against the Fischer Transalp 98?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Steve,

Good comparison! The most pronounced difference is the tip splay/rocker, which is significantly higher on the Escaper 97 Nano. I would expect the Rossignol to float better in powder and to have a more tip-up attitude. Also, easier to initiate turns, especially in deeper or variable snow. The Transalp will feel more traditional. Both skis have camber underfoot, are fairly comparable weight-wise, and are pretty damp. I would recommend the Rossignol to someone who likes the energy of a cambered ski, but wants a bunch of tip rocker for soft snow performance. I would steer a more traditional skier, who likes to drive their shovels and likes a stiffer ski, towards the Fischer.
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Question from Matt B
How different is this ski from the M-Tour 99?
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Matt, they are very similar skis in terms of weight, shape, and construction. Perhaps the most notable differences are the color and the tip notch on the Escaper 97's if tip rips are your thing.
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Question from Matt L
Is this a renamed version of the Black Ops Alpineer 96? The specs seem pretty similar what I can tell
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Matt, this is not just a renamed ski, though the dimensions / weight / turn radius are indeed quite similar. We don't have hands on experience with the Alpineer 96, but the Escaper Nano has a different construction with a full Paulownia core compared to the Paulownia / Foam core of the Alpineer, and also has a full sidewall compared to the half cap construction of the Alpineer. It looks like a generally burlier ski for the same weight.
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