Posted on February 28 2014
Skimo racing and skimo race gear is certainly exploding in this country. Every race is not only getting bigger, but as I look across the starting line everyones race gear is becoming more legit too. There a lot of race skis out their and they are all really light.
This year we carried 5 race and I was lucky enough to ski them all extensively. I also put all of them on the scale to confirm the manufactures weights. The La Sportiva RSR, the Hagan X-Race and the Ski Trab Gara are our 3 top end race skis, while the Dynafit PDG and the Voile WSP were our two price point skis that still work great for racers of every level.
La Sportiva RSR This race ski is light, down around 725 grams and cost $1000. It skis stiff, so it will be great at high speeds, but can be a little wild in the bumps, so make sure you get out to practice on it.
Ski Trab Gara World Cup: If you doubt the difference between a handmade and factory made ski just try the Gara. A 12 layer process leads to perhaps the lightest, most durable and best skiing skimo ski on the market. Retailing at $1199 it is worth every penny for a racer that values true performance.
Hagan X-Race- At an incredible 680 grams for the $850 price tag, the Hagan is a world cup level ski at an incredible price. If you are looking to get into the sport and not never need to upgrade this ski is a great choice. It skis well and floats up the skin track.
Voile Wasatch Speed Project (WSP)- Squeaking in under 800 grams this ski is the first North American made race ski. Not only is it affordable, but because you are getting more wood than air it makes the WSP way more forgiving to ski.
Dynafit PDG- Dynafit did their homework and produced a ski that is affordable without increasing the weight. At an official 805 grams this ski is competitive and at only $699 it doesnt break the bank. A great training ski or intro race ski.