When it comes to the finer things in life, we coarse Americans must look to Italy for subtlety and refinement. When it comes to skis, we look to the Trabucchi family, who have been building skis in Bormio, Italy, at the entrance to the famed Stelvio National Park, since 1946. The Trabucchis don't have to go far to test and play with their creations -- or to find names for their many products. Years of testing and tweaking came to fruition last year with the release of the Maestro.2 and Magico.2, which updated Ski Trab's classic-mountaineering and classic-touring platforms to float better in powder and turn with ease in all snow conditions. Now the .2 tech that had us hooting and hollering from October shark-dodging to April sun-crust trickles down to the Stelvio 85, the Trabucchis' entry into the competitive category of one-ski-to-rule-them-all. We can thank Trab's Liwood Air core for the lower price point and damp feel; the mating of the wood core with a glass/basalt cap will bring years and years of durability. The construction just gets more impressive from there, with fourteen layers of material including the all-important L. Fraxinus ash wood for predictable damping, and hand-laid carbon fiber for energy and directional stiffness, not to mention the nicest bases and edges in the industry. If you've rollicked down a couloir with Ski Trab's magical skis on your feet, you know that the best just got better. If you haven't...well, now's your time to try.
- HiBox carbon/glass sock wrapped core adds torsional stiffness.
- Updated sidecut, increased rocker, and impressive float make this ski extremely versatile.
- Updated tip and tail shape create better steering.
- Ski Trab's Flex 70 increases support in the rear of the ski, ideal for larger or more aggressive skiers.
- HRC 52 steel edges bite blue ice, and high-density sintered bases glide in all conditions.
- Comes with an unheard-of 3-year warranty.
|150, 157, 164, 171, 178
|Attivo.2 tip notch and tail slot
|Subtle rocker in the tip with medium camber underfoot, flattish tail
|Longer tip with sidecut pushed forward, 3 sidecut radii underfoot, tail with more taper
|14-layer Liwood with carbon stiffening, 70 Flex
|Poplar and ash with air channels
|Skimo Co Says
|Classic ski touring
|Mount point has been moved forward to harmonize with tip and tail contact points
|Magician's apprentice to the Magico.2
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis
Questions & Reviews
The first couple of days I skied the Stelvio’s was in 10 inches of fresh. I was pleasantly surprised how well these skied in deeper snow. Perhaps on extra deep days I’ll pull out something a little fatter, but 80% of pow days these will do the job.
They also are stable, confident, and damp enough for variable conditions. I feel confident on steep, hard snow and know the long effective edge will stay engaged as long as I need it.
I have noticed that I have to stay on my game with these skis—if I lose form or get sloppy, they’ll take control. I’d say these are best suited for aggressive skiers.
The proprietary Ski Trab skin system with the swallowtail tail clip is awesome—quick to rip and secure skins all day long.
I’m 6’1” and skiing the 178’s. Light, fast, performant. Pick up a pair for yourself!
Eastern US skier; however, I usually do one hut-to-hut trip in Europe each winter. Also, I have an old pair of Dynafit Grand Tetons that I used for a trip to Japan, so I don't need a 'floater' for powder. Instead, I need something that is light, easy to kick turn, and holds well on ice. I would also like something that is fun to ski ... I had a pair of 178 Zero G 95's at one time, but I sold them as I felt them long and kind of uninspiring on the downhill, although they had great edge hold.
My first pair of AT skis were a pair of Trab FreeRano's with the 'Duo-Tip.' Way past there prime (I ski the East after all), I can't bear to can them, as they have some of that Trab magic.
Thoughts on my dilemma?
I am 68, 5' 9," and weigh about 210 lbs.
The Blizzard Zero G 85 is a great ski for spring or someone that is looking to shave some grams! It is quite stiff, and will have no issues holding an edge on those firm east coast days. However, it will surprise you with how well it floats in softer and fluffier conditions. That being said, it is a less forgiving ski.
In contrast, the Stelvio 85 has a softer tip, and is relatively forgiving. It will not hold an edge quite as well in the firm, but it will be damper in more variable conditions.
If you have any further questions or would like to chat about some other ski options, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Ski Trab Stelio is an awesome ski! It has a long turn radius, and very long effective edge. It will definitely have some stability at speed, and will hold an edge well when you find yourself in an icy couloir. Based on your dimensions, you could go either way in length.
The 178cm length will provide more float and stability at speed. If you are someone that enjoys a fast ski with a long turn radius, then this is the length for you!
If you would like something with more maneuverability at a lighter weight, I would lean towards the 171cm length. If you would like to chat in more detail, reach out to us at email@example.com!
The Stelvio would be a great option! It is a bit damper then it's full carbon siblings in the Ski Trab lineup, giving it a nice rounded feel and making it very adaptable. Other ski to check out, that may also be along the same line, is the Atomic Backland UL 85.
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