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Old 02-16-2021, 08:51 PM   #1
montcalm
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Ultimate ADK BC ski?



Voile Objective BC.

I have no idea actually, I've yet to ski them in the Adirondacks but using them for a number of steeper areas in western NY I've found them pretty remarkable as a DH ski. They are super light, fairly narrow and plenty rockered.

They are a tad slow for touring, I'll say that. If you really don't have any kind of challenging descent they probably aren't worth it, but if you have a long or challenging descent, even on a trail, these suckers can pin turns even with modest boots and bindings. I'd guess they'd do real nice as a trail ski in the HPW. Or if you are breaking through deep snow - at that point they become fairly nice, but not as good as a more traditional ski design, even on a wider platform.

Pluses:
  • Super light for the width. 115/82/99, 5lbs per pair in 178cm.
  • Wide enough for great turns in most east coast pow. And other BC conditions.
  • Waxless base that climbs really well in almost all snow.
  • Reasonably stiff and stable, especially for the weight.
  • Ample tip rocker keeps the tips up in deep snow even skiing forward and aggressive on the skis.
  • Made in USA.

Negatives:
  • Only available in limited sizes. Longest size of 178cm is a quick turner but on the short side for tall/heavy skiers.
  • Really expensive.
  • Not recommended for Tele mount. I have mine mounted with a 4 hole plate and only ski them with light boots and in soft snow. With big boots and hard skiing people have pulled bindings out.
  • Poor glide. The combo of rocker, low camber and stiff, damped layup makes these feel really dead touring. Also the scales don't slide all that well. For climbing and descending, you don't notice it so much. Flatter sections are a drag though.
  • Wide, low tips don't break trail as well as traditional tips. Wide shovels and dh shape profile can make for an awkward stride.

I mainly use mine for climbing and descending doing laps. But I also found them so nimble on single track trails, especially descending and climbing, they may be better/more fun for some skiers on trails.
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