The Ski Trab Ortles 90 ski is for the skier who expects one ski to handle any terrain in any condition, all without sacrificing uphill performance, and keeps you motivated to go back lap after lap. The Ortles 90 uses a Liwood air core in conjunction with their acclaimed 14-layer construction for a smoother ride down with a minimal weight cost. Hibox torsion control aids torsional stiffness without compromising the longitudinal flex of the ski, allowing it to perform exceptionally in steep terrain without giving up any soft snow performance. A 14-layer construction plus Hiconnect edge connection lends the ski remarkable longevity. Hiconnect joins the two edges internally in a specific manner, ensuring that even after multiple impacts the base and edges will stay where they should be. Emotion and Control are the values Ski Trab set to embody and you will be sure to feel both with the Ortles 90 ski.
- Attivo shock absorber eats up vibrations which enhances stability.
- Duotail keeps rigidity when the ski is flat while improving performance when the ski is on edge.
- Hibox micro mesh carbon cage wraps around the core providing high torsional stiffness without sacrificing the flex pattern.
- Hiconnect connects the edges internally which gives the ski exceptional longevity even after multiple impacts.
- Noshock is an elastomer band position on the edges that make the skis more stable and with less chatter.
- Control flex combines the radius of the side cut with the flex of the ski which makes transitions between turns effortless.
- Radius control will help the ski drive the skier into the turns.
|Lengths (cm)||157, 164, 171, 178|
|Weight (pair)||2180g 
||122-90-109 [All sizes]|
||Attivo 2 Tip and Tail|
||Control Progressive Flex; contact points moved out for longer tip/tail|
||Control radius technology; moved widest point of tip forward, Duotail|
||14-layer Attivo process w/ HiBox carbon cage and HiConnect bridge|
||Li-wood core, carbon HM, carbon-basalt reinforcement|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Fast and light ski touring|
|Notes||New geometry for better control and float|
|Bottom Line||Do everything ski for the expert skier|
|Compare to other Mid-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I am 6', 166lbs, usually carried a 15-30lb pack. I bought this ski in 171cm length, directly from SkiTrab, with a discount.
This ski tracks well in variable snow and hard, rough refrozen snow. The relatively soft tip helps the ski to float well in powder, with a depth limit of about 35-40cm of powder. The stiff tail provides reassurance on hard snow, and plenty of response for the aggressive skier. I haven't been able to find a speed limit yet in a ski resort. My partner has this ski and concurs with my assessment of its performance.
The durability has been great. The topsheet is tough. The edges are holding up. I did get a pull-tension crack in one edge after 1500 or so miles. That was probably due to bottoming out with my SkiTrab race bindings where I only have 4mm of travel, and less when walking flat. I ski downhill in the unofficial flat walk mode often while walking ridges. It probably happened then.
I like the tip and tail clip design. The miniature swallow tail helps the ski turn with a shorter radius, and holds the tail end of the skin very securely. The tip holds the skin's tip well, keeps the skin hook out of the way so it doesn't get knocked off while wallowing in deep powder, all while allowing an effective tip rip.
This is a great all-round ski.
The 164 will be easier to jump turn and kick turn and more maneuverable in trees and steeps. The 171 will be a bit more stable at speed, and float better in soft snow. I think I would err towards the 171 for you. Unless you're looking for a dedicated steep ski, the 171 will be much more capable, and still isn't long enough to be much of a hassle kick/jump turning.
At 130lbs, you would probably do well in the Bernina.
Skimo doesn't carry it, and is not sold in the US.
Personally, I weigh only 150lbs and ski the stiffest, the Magico.2. So the Ortles would still be a good choice for you. The Ortles would be better on firm snow then the Bernina.
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