Ski Trab is the best ski manufacturer you have never heard of (unless you frequent Skimo.co). The Trabucchi family has been building only backcountry skis in Bormio, Italy, below Gavia pass, for 74 years. Simply put, they live, breathe, and ski the snow-covered Alps their whole lives so it is safe to say they are passionate about their work. In the spirit of that passion they have created the Gavia 85 with all the design features of last season's Magico.2 at a friendlier price. A softer flex of 60 is ideal for lighter weight, or less aggressive skiers. Of course, the Gavia still has Ski Trab's incredible 14 Layer Technology; under the Quadriaxial Cap made of carbon, basalt, and glass fibers they have started with a Liwood core. The Liwood core uses a mix of light wood and harder ash with air channels milled in to save weight, creating a damp, yet lively ski. Combined with the Liwood Air core the flex is softened just at the tip and tail, making for easier turning, but does not sacrifice edge hold when you need it. And to make sure things stay smooth, Trab uses a special elastomer above the edges to soak up vibrations. Put together, this makes a great all-around ski at a very light weight. If you are looking for a ski to last a long time, buy a Ski Trab ski. If you are wanting a ski for morning fitness laps at the local hill, fast touring, hut skiing, and even powder, get the Gavia 85.
- High Density sintered base and 52 HRC edges are incredibly durable.
- HighConnect, Trab's special 'bridge' connects and locks both edges into place.
- DuoTail split allows the tail to flex, making turning easier and more precise.
- Liwood Air core keeps the weight down without sacrificing torsional rigidity, or edge hold.
- Updated idecut, increased rocker, and updated flex pattern make this lightweight ski easier to turn.
- Ski Trab's high quality design and construction allow them to offer an unheard of 3-year warranty.
|Lengths (cm)||150, 157, 164, 171, 178|
|Weight (pair)||2050g 
||Subtle rocker in the tip with medium camber underfoot, flattish tail|
||Attivo.2 shape: longer rockered tip and tail with contact points moved forward, split tail|
||14-layer layup, Quadriaxial Cap, glass-basalt reinforcements, 60 Flex|
||Liwood Air core, hard wood sidewall|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Lightweight touring, speed touring|
|Notes||Updated shape and profile make for even easier steering|
|Bottom Line||Ski Trab quality in an affordable package|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
If you're at 160cm tall, I would recommend the 150cm for an all-purpose, variable terrain performance, with quicker, shorter turns, great for weaving between trees and edge handling on varying snow conditions. If you want to go for a more traditional alpine feel, and longer turns, the 157cm would be perfect.
The MTN Explore 88 is a solid all-around ski and skis variable conditions quite well. Ski Trab makes incredibly well-made and great skiing skis. This is the softer version of the Magico.2 above in related products ( I ski it). The straighter sidecut and great edge hold of these will be better on steep, firm exposed terrain. Yet the flex is quite soft and they will ski powder quite well too. Like Magic.
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