The Gara Aero World Cup race ski is the pinnacle of Ski Trab research and development. Using the 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 aerospace industry. It's a synthetic fiber with an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, and is woven ingeniously by Ski Trab into a honeycomb pattern to make a stable and durable ski core. Also included in the Attivo ultralight line are shock absorbers running lengthwise along the top of the ski that reduce vibration and add structural protection to the edges, reducing blowouts.
- Unmatched 3 year warranty on a race ski.
- Progressive Attivo shape with a side cut moved backwards to enhance steerability on the hard pack.
- Progressive Attivo flex with a gradually softening tip that allows a smooth entry and perfect float on soft snow.
- Active Attivo shock absorber system makes for a smooth ride and strengthens the sides of the ski.
- Attivo skin fixing system makes applying and ripping skins faster while accounting for the shape of the ski sides.
- DuoTech tail technology allows maximum flexibility in turns while maintaining stability and direction when flat.
- Micro-mesh carbon cage called Hibox wraps the ski, adding up to 46% more torsional rigidity.
- Sintered base with careful finishing makes the glide buttery.
- Light Tech anti-scratch polyamide topsheet with a water-repellent nanotechnology finish.
Update 2015/16: Trab has introduced a stiffer version of their iconic race ski. The Flex 70 has the same shape and profile but is slightly more rigid, especially in the tail. This is good for big or backseat skiers. The traditional ski with a buttery flex is now labelled Flex 60.
Update 2021/22: The acclaimed Gara Aero has been superseded by the Gara World Cup.
|157, 164, 171
|Full camber with early rise tip
|Attivo progressive shape, DuoTech swallow tail
|Cap with shock absorbtion, 14 total layers
|Skimo Co Says
|Rando racing, speed touring
|Attivo progressive flex & shape are designed to match all snow conditions
|Rando racing meets aerospace
|Compare to other Race Skis
Questions & Reviews
I’ve had these out on about half a dozen tours, skiing some longer traverses of relatively mellow terrain and also steep, icy, sometimes rocky mountaineering lines. After a relatively short transition period, they have been easy enough to ski and a reliable partner. Durability seems to be good so far. The almost full length edges are a nice touch. I did get a core shot on my last tour but not sure another ski would’ve had a different outcome.
I bought them used and had to remount the heel to fit my boot size. It was a little nerve wracking as it was my first time doing a mount and the honeycomb nature of the ski makes you question how the screws will hold your binding to the ski. But so far, so good.
I’m using with ATK Trofeo bindings and older PDG boots, and am 5’ 11” and 170lbs, and am on the 170cm, 70 flex model. I will update if I have any durability issues. The three year warranty (which doesn’t cover me since I bought used) is a nice selling point though since of the few people I know who have race skis, at least two of them have broken skis from other brands.
These ski noticeably, but not overwhelmingly better than others I've raced on: merelli, fischer, dynastar, etc. Unlike the picture the tip attachments work with all, bot just the proprietary trab tips. Pomoca, PDG, contour, etc.
Comes at ~45 gram penalty in comparison to other high-end race skis. You're not going to hit the 750g ski+binding+screw spec. But world cup winners are often on these, maybe...and it hurts me to say this...45 grams doesn't make much difference.
1) which one is the correct position
2) shouldn´t the toe pieces be mounted at the same position (BSL is just a few mm different)
3) should/would i notice this marginal difference
4) if so, which difference in ski handling I should notice
Thanks a lot in advance,
There I am mostly on black diamond, double black diamond (both groomed and ungroomed), and sometimes the backside of the mountain.
What's your goal with this ski though? Are these destined for skiing in the resort? Send firstname.lastname@example.org an email if you have any further questions, I'm interested to hear what your plans are with this ski.
Just to be clear, these aren't for lift served resort skiing, correct? They're for human powered skiing within resort boundaries?
2) Which length and flex is ideal for a 5’11 and 130 pounds man?
I am not an aggressive skier and because of my 130 lbs weight, the low release value is desired.
I am looking for the lightweight bindings that come with the similar release values as 5 to SKI TRAB TR 2 (6 or 7 to that is acceptable).
Will be the 60 more easy to break on a fall or downhill or will be same resistance
Its the 60 more "polivalent" for a non profesional because im looking for a good ski for endurance mountainering +some races with different kind of snows
One way or another, these are without a doubt my personal favorite race ski. So smooth, so fast, so capable. It almost makes skiing bigger skis not even worth it because they ski so well.
I doubt between atomoc Ul 65, the aero worlcup or the powercap (that i dont know whats the key difference in the performance with the Worldcup)
Can you give me any feedback? Im really comfortable in the flex, grip in icy, and good flotation of my UL 78, so will like to have something similar but lighter and faster skining.
Thanks a lot
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