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mipivor1946188 wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these this season after I had a bought a pair for my wife last season I kept using her skis instead of my own. They are light, but the full metal edge gives them good control . I use them on track and offtrack in low lying hills in the woods of NH . I ski 175 length which is shorter then recommended for my wt 175 punds, but they still glide great and climb well. The shorter length helps get around those trees and narrow trails. I have liked the alpina and rossignol wax positve base patterns in New England for grip with our frequent crusty conditions compared to fischer neg bases which I find has grip issues if not in powder or melting snow/slush. I mounted NNN bindings w combi skate/diagnol ski boots . I am using the fischer rc3 which is very similar to the alpina ssk sold at backcountry. See my review of the ssk combi boot. I do not skate ski , but these boots give great control for their light weight with these skis compared to nordic classic ski boots of the same weight . They give me as much control as my thick soul asolo snowfield leather boots which is 1 pound heavier per boot. This is true even with a rottefella supertelemark 3 pin bindings which is on my wife's skis . These do not have cable just the front pins . Between my combi boots and this light ski w NNN touring bindings , I feel I have feathers on my feet sking aroung the woods , but still have good control w turns . Sure is easier going uphill w lighter skis and boots. It is like waring light hiking boots. Of course w steeper hills, I bring out my plastics and wider skis, but so much heavier and feel like lead weights going uphill.

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mipivor1946188 wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

ordered these . wear size 101/2 - 44 too large. Suspect that 43 would have fit . Resulted in buying fisher rc3 combi boot, but support is about the same Fischer not sold by backcountry unfortunately . It is built more narrow and I have narrow foot. Combi boots work well with my alpina tracker a light full metal edge narrow ski 64/53 in woods and low lying hills . I do not skate ski, but heard about the combi boots working well for diagnol skiing . Gives me as much support and turning power as my asolo snowfield boots with thick souls and 3 pin rotafella , but weigh 1 lb less. The intro combi boots like the ssk and rc3 have good forward flex, but lateral soul flex is stiffer to help w turns. Also have ankle bracket which helps . These boots do not need any break in . I was told about using combi boots off track by skaters who use these boots off track. They also work great in track with nnn bindings - better then my heavier 3 pins. Of course for bigger hills needing telemark turns , I bring out the plastic and telemark bindings

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mipivor1946188 wrote a review of on April 2, 2012

5 5

Works great as a Telemark Resort Ski in East. Bought these this season with Hammerhead Bindings. I waited to review these until I have used them in different conditions over the last two months. I have used them in icy crust, slush, eastern powder, and a mix of all above. These just rip on the slopes. They grip on ice and at the same time plow through the junk. They do great in both short radius and longer radius turns. I also do alpine turns both carving and short radius. It performs well in all. I ski them with Scarpa T2X red boots. This ski brought me up another level. I am all over the mountain now. I was a timid intermediate skier before these skis. I was previously skiing on BD Kilowatts with O1 bindings.

I also lent them out to an advanced telemark skier who also is a PSIA level 2 telemark nordic instructor. He just fell in love with them. He is an aggressive expert skier. He had previously did a demo with these with Targa bindings. Not enough binding to make this ski perform. They really perform with the Hammerhead. I was looking at different all mountain skis for resort skiing. Great reviews by alpine ski reviewers. . I was also looking at the Volkl Kendo and decided on these due to they were rated by alpine ski reviewers as more forgiving of form. I am not an aggresive skier and do not ski bumps.In the telemark world, there are not many reviews for resort all mountain skis because of their weight makes them less practical to skin up for mountain touring. This probably will change with the The Experience 88 at 178 with the hammerheads weigh in at 12 lbs 5 ounces by my own measurement. I am 6 ft and 175 lbs. So this would need to be part of a quiver of two if you are going to earn your turns. I bought them from backcountry.com because of their no questions asked return policy. How can one go wrong. Great place to buy equipment

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mipivor1946188 wrote a review of on December 4, 2008

5 5

I love these skis. I live in NH. I have used the skis twice. They are great at turning and climbing. I bought 170 cm and mounted a voile three pin hardwire binding and use a Scarpa T2 boot. I am an intermediate telemark skiier who turns frequently and goes slow. My weight is 180 lbs. They turn great and my teles are sharp. They also glide well downhill and climb up an intermediate groomed ski slope very well. Most waxless skis cannot do this.
I first was introduced to the Cross Terain skis by a fellow telemark skiier who uses them for ski patrol at a downhill area and for Intermediate to Advanced tele downhill ski tours. He uses an older model with plastic T2 type boots and tele bindings It enabled him to be flexible on the mountain helping injured people.
This new model has a larger shovel. I plan to use them for intermediate tele ski tours off piste and on piste along with just climbing up local hills to practice my teles. I can climb easilly with the hardwire heel unclamped and just using the three pin
The positive waxless base and One and half camber is far superior to the fisher negative base skis for climbing here in the east probably due to there is much more granular snow than powder.

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