Strong athletes from around the globe are flocking to skimo racing as a winter pursuit, which means that the specialized gear can become even more specialized. Higher levels of competition necessitate higher levels of performance. The Gara Aero Sprint ski is designed for the increasingly popular and increasingly competitive sprint and vertical racing formats. Ski Trab left no detai..
Ski Trab has introduced a women’s version of the Gara Aero World Cup. It’s possible that while experimenting with various new flexes for the men’s version, they stumbled upon the perfect flex for female racers. But more likely, Trab knew what they were doing when designing this ski with Lady Flex 60. That’s because they’ve been making race skis since skimo racing was barely a thing..
The Gara Aero World Cup race ski is the pinnacle of Ski Trab research and development. Using the new 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 ..
Voile believes in equal opportunity skiing. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a female-specific version of the Wasatch Speed Project has come to fruition. Although the prototypes were pink, we applaud the decision to make the production WSG green. Either way, female racers no longer have to drag an extra 10cm of ski up the hill, but still can enjoy the Vector-style rockered profile ..
Imagine if you applied the solid lightweight construction and easy skiing rockered tips of Voile skis to an ultralight size geared for skimo racing and speed touring. Well that’s just what Voile did when they started the Wasatch Speed Project. The resulting ski by the same name is as unique as the namesake mountains that rise above Salt Lake City, Utah, where the skis are made.
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A Vertical skimo race is very simple: first one to the top wins. No transitions, no skiing. This is a racing classification designed to figure out who is the fittest alpine athlete that knows how to skin uphill. Although not many such races are held stateside, it’s commonly featured for one day at World Cup events in Europe. The Verticalp ski is designed to win such races.
Stealth describes both this race ski and the way that Aski snuck up on the skimo world. Seemingly out of nowhere, the Italian company is cranking out a full line of amazing skis using an innovative construction process. After years of research and development, the CarbonShell racing ski has arrived. The Stealth features the unique flex-pattern and performance of the Aski platform t..
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Naming note: according to Atomic’s ski-naming department, this ski is still the Backland UL 65. As far as the ski and its performance characteristics are concerned, however, this is a very different ski than the original in all the best ways. In order to minimize and/or increase confusion, we are calling this 2018/19 edition the 2.0. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to ..
As the successor to the acclaimed Ultimate 65, the Backland UL has some big shoes to fill. That’s big in the sense of reputation, not size. These are skimo racing skis, after all. The new UltraLight, or UL, series features a redesigned tip, with a slimmer crown to slice through powder and crud. Atomic also added a new Fiber Grid layer which enhances durability even further (the Ult..
As a reformulated version of the Attack, the Zero G Race ski has a great legacy. It remains a stiff racing plank with a traditional profile and superior edge hold. That’s surprising because Blizzard managed to shave about 100 grams off the weight, making it a superior uphill ski as well. Built with the same Carbon Drive construction found in the larger Zero G skis, the Race version..
Race skis are getting a lot more of the R&D spotlight lately. This is making for an exciting progression in downhill performance in the ski-category that historically has been the least likely to put a smile on your face. The Dynafit DNA (we are dubbing it the 3.0 as it’s the third iteration of the high-performance podium-topper with the same name) has been revamped entirely fr..
The PDG 3.0 is a classic example of “trickle-down randonomics,” a newly coined phrase that means the proven tech of an expensive ski can now be found in an affordable one. Using construction techniques from the DNA and Carbonio skis, Dynafit was able to make the perfect training and mission ski. Accurate proportions, an incredibly lightweight core, and a durable construction make t..
The Pierra Menta race is the Tour de France of skimo. The Dynastar Pierra Menta is one of the most decorated skis at the namesake race. A combination of lightness and impressive skiing often rocketed it to the top of the mountain and podium.
The P.M. race ski is unusual in that is has a full sidewall. That means edge hold and durability are top-notch. An ultralight wood core wra..
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For veteran manufacturers like Fischer, it’s becoming pretty easy to build a race ski that’s below the minimum weight allowed by the ISMF. Since weights cannot get any lower, durability and downhill performance are in focus. The AlpAttack Carbon is an exciting new race ski from the Austrians. At first glance it looks a lot like the previous AlpAttack, but rest assured it’s not the ..
Long have other brands made skimo race skis in their factory. Long have they dabbled with their own models in Europe. Short is the time Fischer predicts it will take to dominate North American podiums. With a weight-to-price ratio that is hard to beat, it certainly won’t take much time to test the prediction.
Handicappers are quick to point out the Alpattack’s Aeroshape technolo..
Hagan has been working diligently for years on shaving weight off its race ski. Having reached practical limits, they’re now focused on making it slay the toughest of conditions. The updated version of the X-Race ski features ABS sidewalls for improved strength, edge hold, and rock resistance. They’ve tweaked the shape, profile, and length to maximize power transmission and control..
Only Merelli could one-up Merelli. The MLimited ski is built with the same platform as the MZero, only this time with the highest quality carbon fiber available. The lighter weight fiber allowed Merelli to use achieve the same strength with less weight and a softer flex. Note we said softer, not soft, as this ski is designed to hold an edge in the nastiest of conditions. The high m..
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Possibly the stiffest race ski in the world, the MZero uses a monocoque structure to get its strength from a carbon fiber frame. The ski is built by Merelli, renowned leaders in carbon technology. The company has high-pressure autoclaves on site to impregnate carbon fiber with resin and build a very unique race ski. The MZero is superlight and has recorded victories in the Pierra M..
The Race Pro is Movement’s podium contender that combines the race-pedigree of the former Rise-X Pro ski with the performance and handling capabilities of the trusted Fish-X series. Using the patented North TPT wrapping process, the Swiss engineers introduced a carbon fiber weave around the core to improve power transfer and edging on icy skin tracks. The mounting template has been..
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Kilian’s race ski: light, stiff, and designed to hold an edge in 60° couloirs. The Salomon Minim is a ski with an adventure mountaineering day job and hobby of world-class racing. Slightly wider than a typical race ski, at 68.5mm underfoot, the Minim is designed to be your best friend while accessing faraway stashes of powder, skiing steeps when everybody else has started riding bi..
The new Gold Fish, aka perfect weapon. Known for producing some of the highest-performing skis atop the surface-area-to-weight charts, Movement has endeared themselves to skiers who demand premium gear. As the name would suggest, the Race Pro 71 is 71mm wide underfoot and represents the middlest ski within Movement’s Race Pro lineup, right between the 66 and 77. Wider than most rac..
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The Maestro ski uses the same 14-layer construction sandwich found in Trab’s Gara Aero race skis, but in a wider alpinist platform. Ski Trab calls the construction the most technologically advanced on the market, and they back it up with a 3-year warranty. While being silly light, the Maestro skis well with an Aramid honeycomb core wrapped in quadriaxial carbon fiber and other stif..
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Black Diamond’s roots in alpinism have finally made it to their ski line, and the Helio 76 is a winner. The designers set out to make a mountaineering ski that made no compromises on the descent. Utilizing the same DNA found in the rest of the Helio series skis (prepreg carbon layup, ultralight balsa flax wood core, sidewall construction, mellow but noticeable tip and tail rocker),..
“The Ultra is ultra awesome”, says Hagan. Since it’s an improved version of the awesome Cirrus, we’d have to agree. Hagan added mini ABS sidewalls to the Ultra for improved edge hold and durability. They also tweaked the shape to increase the effect edge length and directional stability. The ski maintains its prior charms with a low weight, generous rocker, and impressive carving a..
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The Sintesi is lightweight mountaineering ski with a long-ish radius that has great handling on steep ice. It also handles the variable conditions your throw at it due to the Attivo progressive shape and flex. The Sintesi is offered with a couple stiffness ratings, with the "70" being more appropriate for bigger skiers or for carrying a heavy pack. The extra stiffness versus the "6..
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Fish grow bigger when they eat other fish. X-Fish grow bigger when Movement bows to the demands of addicted skiers who want even more. The “race plus” line of skis from Movement might someday have the biggest Fish in the sea. For now, we are psyched to have an even more versatile tool in our arsenal. Expanding the waist of the highly-acclaimed (and highly useful) Gold Fish, the Big..
As the successor to the Big Fish, The Race Pro 77 is the girthiest option in Movement’s Race Pro lineup, yet still has a head-scratching light weight. The Race Pro 77 is a full-blown mountaineering, corn-hunting, couloir-skiing tool that weighs less than some race skis. Movement uses a top-secret construction (using multi-axial carbon and Karuba) that allows them to achieve a surfa..
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Atomic changed the name, but not the singular purpose. The Backland UL 78 is a ski mountaineering weapon. The ski is capable of slicing and dicing on hard snow, while remaining playful in soft snow due to the lightly rockered tip. The double-carbon construction is reliable on the steeps and the ultra-light wood core helps you get it done. The Backland UL series features the same St..
Virtually guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the Aski Verglas is stable, precise, and confidence inspiring in variable conditions and steep terrain. A carving skiers dream, the Verglas probably could hold an edge on glass. The skis are built with a skeleton of thermoplastic infused with carbon to make a strong ski with a buttery feel. Tip and tail rocker keeps it above soft sn..
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Salomon’s X-Alp Series of gear represents sophisticated light and fast alpinism in all regards. Up until now, the revered line of gear has been missing a mountaineering ski capable of standing up to the reputation. The designers at Salomon’s S-Lab center (motto: Play and Progress), have changed that. At 950g per ski, the X-Alp is designed to be used as a light and capable tool anyw..
The days of mounting your old bindings on your kid’s old resort skis are a thing of the past. Maybe you convinced them to go touring with you on a setup that weighs 1/3 of their body weight, and maybe they even pretended to enjoy it. But now, thanks to the Dynafit SL 80, your kids have access to a proper backcountry ski that checks all the boxes: light, durable, fun, inexpensive, a..
Fischer has stepped it down a notch. Building on the success of the Transalp 88, the alpine ski company shrunk the molds and created a slimmer version. While its bigger brother hits the sweet spot for all-around backcountry use, the 80mm Transalp marks the sweet spot for mountaineering. The skinnier version is confidence inspiring on the steeps while shedding a good amount of weigh..
Black sheep are a disgrace to their families. Black apples are evidently the opposite. Movement is very proud of this 80mm mountaineering and touring ski, both for its versatility and performance. With a longer-than-average radius, the Black Apple excels at arcing long turns and hugging the walls of couloirs. It has an easy-rocker tip and a sufficient underbelly to keep you afloat ..
Let this be the first apple a backcountry-beginner tastes, that sure would spoil them. If we all had Movement skis right out of the gate, the world would be a happy place. The First Apple is a lightly rockered ski with a generous sidecut to make it easy to handle. The combination of a light wood core and multi-axial fiber makes for a lightweight ski with a smooth flex, just what yo..
The Sweet Apple could be the perfect ski for avid female ski tourers. With a light rocker tip and a healthy 80mm of width underfoot, the Movement ski easily stays above powder and crud. And the dynamic tri-axial carbon fiber wrapped around the light Karuba wood core gives it enough rigidity to grip well on hardpack. Best of all, the Sweet Apple weighs in at just over a kilo so you ..
The Tour Randos are fun and affordable backcountry skis. Because they are made by Ski Trab, they have arguably the most advanced construction in category. Not quite as many layers of technology as in Trab’s high end models, but there is still quite a sandwich of layers in the Tour Rando. A light wood core is surrounded by multi-directional fiberglass and rubber and then capped with..
If the roads are still closed and the approach to your line has 4 miles of undulating, gently rolling terrain that will be a nightmare of skins on/skins off transitions, you need a ski that functions as much as an approach tool as it does a steep skiing scalpel. If this scenario sounds familiar, you need the Voile Objective BC.
All of the awesomeness of the Objective, but with s..
We love the name almost as much as the ski. Voile designed this mountaineering tool to help you succeed in those alpine missions with a specific goal, AKA an Objective. While it can’t guarantee success, you can rest assured it won’t cause a failure. The impressive weight will let you take it far, on your feet or on your back. The easy-skiing nature of the construction won’t give yo..
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A dedicated touring ski tuned for kids finding their stride in the backcountry. Cut from the same cloth as Hagan’s big-human skis, the Ride Jr sports a proper weight, shape, and tune specifically for small humans. A lightweight Poplar core keeps weight down while Hagan’s Diamond Edge Cap, found on the infamous Y-Series skis, seals the deal. The sidecut has been tuned specifically f..
Built with the same technologies as Ski Trab's Gara Aero WC race ski, the Magico is targetting those skiers who want to maximize their fun with big days. With the Attivo progressive shape, flex, and shock absorption on a wider board with a longer tip, you will find great performance and ease of handling in almost all conditions (if you can ski breakable crust well on any ski, let u..
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Dynafit markets the Speedfit 84 an uphill fitness tool, but what we see is a well-designed and versatile ski at a great price that’s super fun to cruise on consolidated or unconsolidated snow. Compared to other skis in the mid-80’s waist width category, the turn radius on the Speed 84 is long, which, combined with the tip and tail rocker, offers incredible versatility. While comfor..
The Elan Ibex 84 Carbon XLT is the antithesis of unforgiving or twitchy carbon skis. A buttery smooth flex-pattern contributes to a drastically fun, worry-free attitude with pleasant flotation in soft stuff. Modern torsional rigidity and dampening qualities make it a fine performer on firm snow and a ripper on corduroy. If you have been put off by the idea of skiing nervous lightwe..
The Women’s version of the Alp Tracks 84 uses a slightly different mix of carbon fibers to adapt the flex to female skiers. Not quite as stiff, the ski is still light, damp, and reliable. Movement’s most advanced construction process is labor intensive, involving special squeezing steps to get the skis so light and robust. This ski is made in a limited edition run that top female a..
The 84 is the mountaineering specialty ski of the Movement Alp Tracks line. Using the same advanced construction techniques found in the 94, 100, and 106, this steep skiing weapon is built to perform on the up and the down. Amazingly lightweight yet stable, the Alp Tracks 84 is a ski you can rely on to travel far and get back home. For edge hold on the steeps, Movement added an ABS..
The Vertex is built with the same versatile shape and profile as the Vertex-X, but with a beefier construction. If you’re big, strong, or plan on carrying a heavy load, the Vertex is a great companion for steep skiing. The ski has the ultimate mountaineering shape, easy to turn while reliable to edge and slide. When you’re skiing above exposure and don’t want to take any shortcuts,..
The Vista is a nimble and stable backcountry and mountaineering ski for women. It has a tapered tip and a tail to make it easy to initiate and release out of turns. The integrated light rocker tip and tail help with float and prevent unwanted hookiness in variable terrain. This a reliable shape for steep skiing and just plain fun for playing in powder. If you’re looking for a light..
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Still the widest platform in Atomic’s high-end backcountry lineup, the Backland UL 85 is the ticket for all-season usage. From deep powder in the winter to those spring corn harvests, the 85mm waist will perform. Atomic redesigned the tip from the Ultimate version to make it slice through soft and variable snow. Otherwise, the Backland UL remains the same reliable platform with a d..
Seemingly out of left field comes some impressive new lightweight skis. That is, if left field were defined as the Blizzard factory in Austria and you gloss over the fact that Blizzard manufactured many skis stamped with other, well-known, backcountry brand names. Now showing off their clandestine experience, Blizzard added a three-dimensional layer of carbon fiber across the enter..
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