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World Cup performance with an easy feel.
If you're not a world-class skier, but still want something that will take your skiing to the next level then the Delta Course Skate Ski from Rossignol might just tickle your sweet spot. It packs plenty of lightweight race performance, thanks to a Light Honeycomb core that's exceptionally strong in compression, allowing the ski to rebound quickly and drive forward without losing power. Uniquely among Rossignol's skate skis, the Delta Course sports a one-layer carbon fiber sheet that's laminated onto the honeycomb core, providing extra power and stiffness without jacking up weight unnecessarily. The Course weighs in at only 20g heavier than its World Cup big brother, a difference that even the princess who slept on a pea wouldn't notice.
The performance isn't all hidden away on the inside. RossiCap technology keeps the tip and tail somewhat flexible, allowing it to glide over soft or uneven snow in a vaguely slithery movement that Rossignol calls "snake effect." Sticking with the viperous theme, the Racing Cobra sidecut is slightly wider in the tip, allowing for more fluid skating and an easier ski return by preventing the tip from wandering too far when it's on edge. When the ski is riding flat, double groove guides keep it tracking in a straight line, and a K7000 base has a super-fast World Cup finish that will help you leave your competitors in the dust. The Course comes mounted with an NIS plate, allowing for easy drill- and screw-free binding mountain and adjustment of NNN bindings.
- Active Cap construction
- Honeycomb core
- K7000 base tuning
- Racing Cobra sidecut
- Extended Edge edges
- NIS-7 mounting plate (black)
- NNN binding compatible
- Item #ROS003L
- Q & A
Better skis than skier!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used to nordic ski - a really long time ago, back before Bill Koch made skate skiing the thing to do! I've been an alpine skier in the interim, but now living so close to great skiing, and with good friends in the area who nordic ski a lot I thought I'd take it up this year - plus it'd be a great way to build some fitness for alpine skiing.
I wanted a set up that would be high enough performing that if I decide to do some racing with my friends I would be on a set that's high enough performing that they won't be my excuse for poor performance (I have a whole other list just for that!) but didn't want to break the bank on a top end racing ski for my first season out there. These seemed like a great option.
As a bigger athlete (6'4", 215lb) who needs the longest size they make I was advised to also make sure I got a pretty stiff ski, and this model with a layer of carbon seemed to fit that bill.
So far I love them. They're light, stiff, responsive and just plain ski great. Plus the NIS binding plate and matching bindings are great. Much more user friendly than having to drill out the ski to mount bindings!
For sure they're a better ski than I fully utilize at this point (that's readily apparent watching how much faster my friends are!), but it's nice to have a ski I won't outgrow anytime soon.