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Touring Ski Reviews - SkiRando

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Team Weasel, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. Team Weasel

    Team Weasel One of Us

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    So I stumbled upon this French ski mag that did some testing and paid a few bucks for their yearly review. Below is a list of the skis they liked in various width categories. They scored them on four metrics - performance, ease of use, versatility and climbing performance (weight).

    Thought it might come in handy as there's a focus on relevant waist-widths for Australian conditions.

    75mm-84mm
    Kastle TX77
    Dynafit Speed 76
    Dynastar Vertical Pro 82

    85mm-90mm
    Rossignol Blackops Alpineer
    Wedze MT85
    Black Crows Ova Freebird
    Dynastar M-Tour 87 CA
    Kastle TX87
    Volkl Rise Above 88
    Scott Superguide 88
    Volkl Rise High 88
    Black Diamond Helio 88

    91mm-100mm
    Majesty Superwolf Carbon
    Hagan Boost 94
    G3 Findr 94
    Moonlight Carbon 95 Race
    Movement Alp Tracks 95
    Salomon Mtn Explore 95
    Black Crows Camox Freebird
    Volkl Rise Beyond 98
    Dynastar M-Tour 99

    100mm+
    Zag Ubac 102
    Black Diamond Helio 104
    Blizzard Zero G 105
    Scott Superguide Freetour
    Majesty Supernova Carbon
    K2 Wayback 106

    They also slagged off a few skis, including:

    - ZG85 and ZG95 got mediocre reviews
    - Faction Prime and Agent skis universally suck (every width)
    - Black Crows Corvus FB got a bad review for being too heavy, whilst the Ferox was middle of the road performance with poor versatility
     
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  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    No love for Voile or DPS?
     
  3. SFD

    SFD First Runs

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    Couldn't live without my DPS!
     
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    snowgum A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ved noticed that too FB. Neglected in many reviews including Blister.

    Perhaps it’s the grip pattern? but they make non patterns too.
     
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    They do indeed make many skis with and without pattern bases.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some times it about who provides skis for review.
     
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  8. Team Weasel

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    I guess that's the euro-centric focus. Same same for US publications never reviewing ZAG skis for example.

    I'd like to ski some Voile stuff. Just wish they'd change their ski names more...too many hypers and supers and chargers. Just make a new name ffs.

    As for DPS, their skis are hit and miss over there. I've seen highly critical reviews of things like Wailer 112s, whilst other skis like the recent blue 106 Wailer got better treatment. I think they are building more versatile skis now, but why would you pay a lot more for a ski that hasn't been used by anyone who has won anything (eg. FWT)? Durability maybe? So you get an average performance ski that lasts you longer?