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Lightest SKIS for ski mountaineering and rando racing – comparison:

This page compares:

  • 23 lightest skis that are suitable for skimo and rando racing, and are currently on the market, heaviest being 830g per ski
  • technical specs (weight, side-cut…) are from manufacturers’ websites  and other official or confirmed sources
  • weight for each ski (not a pair) is based on the shortest available length in that model that complies with the shortest length allowed for men under the 2014/15 sporting rules governed by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation which is currently at 160 cm, and 150 cm for women (PDF of full 2014/15 rules)
  • under the ISMF 2014/15 rules lowest legal weight for a ski + binding (half pair)  is 750g for men and 700g for women
  • price shows a range in US Dollars in which you are most likely to find that product priced within

» Last update on September 16, 2014.
[Complete annual update.]

This page will be updated as new models are released or whenever you suggest a ski in comments below or via email (please include a link).

Also, should you find any mistakes please report them - comments below or via email (include your source’s link).

* The page is administered by Stano Faban and Jonathan Shefftz.

  Atomic Ultimate 65 skimo skis Blizzard Attack skis Dynafit DYNA skimo racing skis Dynafit PDG skimo race skis Dynastar Pierra Menta Race Carbon skis Dynastar Pierra Menta Rocker Carbon skis
Brand Atomic Blizzard Dynafit Dynafit Dynastar Dynastar
Model Ultimate 65 Attack DY.N.A. PDG Pierra Menta
Race Carbon
Pierra Menta
Rocker Carbon
Weight / Length 700g / 163cm 790g / 161cm 720g / 161cm 800g / 161cm 685g / 160cm 715g / 160cm
Side-cut (mm) 97-65-80 98-65-78 99-65-80 99-65-80 96-65-79 96-65-79
Radius (m) 23.1 24 26-20 26-20 23 23
Lenghts (cm) 163 161 161 161 160 150, 160
Price $600-800 $550-650 $950-1050 $650-750 --- $950-1100
             
Buy at Skimo.co   Skimo.co CrippleCreekBC.com    
  CrippleCreekBC.com   BoulderNordicSport.com Skimo.co    
  BoulderNordicSport.com     BoulderNordicSport.com    

 

  Elan Triglav skimo race skis Fischer Alp Attack racing skis Hagan X Race skimo 2014 skis Hagan X Ascent skis La Sportiva RSR rando racing skis La Sportiva Syborg skimo race skis
Brand Elan Fischer Hagan Hagan La Sportiva La Sportiva
Model Triglav AlpAttack X-Race Ascent RSR
 
Syborg
 
Weight / Length 730g / 161cm 650g / 161cm 730g / 163cm 830g / 163cm 680g / 160cm 800g / 160cm
Side-cut (mm) 89-66-80 99-65-81 97-65-80 97-65-80 97-65-77 97-65-77
Radius (m) 27.6 20.8 26 26 24 24
Lenghts (cm) 161 151, 161 152, 163 152, 163 160 153, 160
Price $750-850 $650-750 $800-900 $650-750 $900-1200 $650-800
             
Buy at   Skimo.co Skimo.co   CrippleCreekBC.com CrippleCreekBC.com
      CrippleCreekBC.com   Skimo.co Skimo.co
      BoulderNordicSport.com      

 

  Merelli M Zero skis Merelli MGT skimo skis Merelli VRT racing skis Movement Rise Pro X skimo race skis Movement Fish Pro X 2014 skimo racing skis Movement Gold Fish X skis
Brand Merelli Merelli Merelli Movement Movement Movement
Model M Zero MGT VRT Rise Pro X Fish Pro X
2013/14
Gold Fish X
Weight / Length 630g / 160cm 680g / 166cm 590g / 160cm 670g / 160cm 630g / 160cm 770g / 160cm
Side-cut (mm) 99-65-79 99-65-79 83-63-73 96/93-66-80 98-65-79 109-71-90
Radius (m) --- --- --- 23 24 18
Lenghts (cm) 160 166 160 160 150, 160 160, 168
Price --- --- --- $800-1000 --- $750-900
       
Buy at Skimo.co   Skimo.com

 

  SkiTrab Gara Aero World Cup race skis SkiTrab Gara Aero Flex70 skis SkiTrab Gara Aero World Cup race skis Voile WSP rando race skis Voile WSG skimo skis  
Brand SkiTrab SkiTrab SkiTrab Voile Voile  
Model Gara Aero
World Cup
Gara Aero
World Cup Flex70
Gara LiRace Wasatch Speed
Project (WSP)
Wasatch Speed
Girl (WSG)
 
Weight / Length 705g / 164cm 715g / 164cm 760g / 164cm 800g / 160cm 750g / 150cm  
Side-cut (mm) 91-64-80 91-64-80 96/92-64-78 84-63-72 84-63-72  
Radius (m) 21.5 21.5 23.5 25 25  
Lenghts (cm) 157, 164, 171 164 157, 164, 171 160 150  
Price $1200-1400 --- $850-950 $600-700 $600-700  
             
Buy at Skimo.co   CrippleCreekBC.com Skimo.co Skimo.co  
  CrippleCreekBC.com     CrippleCreekBC.com CrippleCreekBC.com  
  BoulderNordicSport.com          
             

 

Comments

  1. Hi Jake! Yes, some of these are made longer. My personal opinion/experience is that longer will ski better overall (160 vs 170 or so). So I think you would benefit with slightly longer unless you are very short (say under 170cm). Once your skills advance you can consider a shorter ski for racing and still use the longer one for training and touring. But there is also nothing wrong by just “dealing with it” if you plan on spending lots of time in the race track ;) Hope this helps.

  2. Jake Douglas says:

    I notice that some of these race skis are also made in a longer length, around 170cm. Is it typical for heavier racers to choose a longer one? I am…let’s just say…much heavier than a typical racer and also a new skier (2nd season). Do you think I would benefit from a 170cm race ski for more stability on the downhill, or should I just get a 160cm and learn to deal with it?

    Cheers

  3. Thanks Steve! I updated the weight. Have to stop by there with my scale too :)

  4. Hi Stano (thanks for the stickers, they’re cool). ‘ was in MEC the other day and weighed the Voile WSP race ski. It came in at 800g (claimed wt. 730g).

  5. Thanks Jason, I will update the weights.

  6. Hey Stano, I can confirm the Fischer RCX is overweight at 715g, feels nice and stiff though. Triglavs right on at 730g, much softer. Latest batch of X-Races are slightly under 700 with an in-between flex.

  7. Jeff, by the way, my new Hagan X-race skis weigh in at 720g for 163 instead of manufacturer listed 730g. That’s an acceptable deviation but 40g seem too much for your Fishers, especially since going up.

  8. Jeff, thanks for the note. I believe you that yours 160 weigh in at 720g but Fisher has in their catalogue 680g for 160. On their website it is not clear but in the catalogue they have weight for each ski and only one length. Anyone else that can confirm the weight of their Fisher RCX skis?

  9. The Fischer RCX is 720g in a 160. Maybe the 150 is 680g? Just got them and put them on a scale.

  10. Andrew Nichols says:

    Hey Matt,

    There were a few pairs of Atomics at snowinn.com last spring but they are gone now. Now that it is November, I am about to pull the trigger on either the Triglavs, Voile’s new ski, or (if can afford them) the PDGs. Those seem to be the lowest price points I can find after lots (too much) of research. :)

    Jonathan, we had such a ball in your race series the past couple of years, just wanted to say thank you again! We are back in Park City now, so if you ever need a place to crash, we have plenty of room!

    Happy winter everyone, Andrew

  11. Hi Matt, thanks for the kudos ;)

    I just sold a pair of Ultimates I had but email me through the contact page and I might be able to help you out if you are really interested.

  12. Stano, this is an awesome resource, thanks for your work.

    I live in Kelowna, and am trying to find a pair of Atomic Ultimates…anywhere, really. I have had no luck at all. Any suggestions for where to find these skis in Canada? (Andrew, you said you had found them for $450?)

    Thanks in advance.

  13. on the quiver killers, Andrew, I have them on my training Trabs (w/ a Dynafit binding plate to deal with different boot sole lengths-what a pain). The inserts are supposed to be more solid than a trad mount & I believe it. Another issue, interesting Stano about your comments regarding rocker and uphill skinning performance. I`ve been thinking that the rocker concept might be a good one, but then again if it reduces the surface area contacting the snow it could make climbing more difficult. So why then do they put any camber (traditional) into skis? You’d think a flat, stiff ski would be the way to go.

  14. Hi Andrew, good questions.

    Durability could be questionable with lots of the race gear, however, Dynastar skis always hold up for me for 2-3 seasons, and I am definitely not only racing on them. The biggest problem I see with race skis is hitting a rock close to the edge, that’s where I find them very fragile.

    Another factors to consider is 1) how much you weigh and 2) how aggressive do you ski (and how much snow/rock you ski). The Atomic Ultimate skis feel quite soft out of the box but that is no problem if you are a 60kg rabbit. If you are over 75kg then most race skis will get softer under you than under most racers. They will still ski quite well, but maybe not crust ;)

    And I don’t think you should any problem mounting any bindings on race skis. Should be all good. I always use epoxy. Also, I used to have the Dynafit Classic on my race skis 6 years ago without any problem.

    Hope this helps.

  15. Andrew Nichols says:

    Hello All,

    If this is not the correct forum, please help to redirect?

    The challenge I am realizing (and I feel as though I am pretty internet research savvy) is finding any sort of realistic on-snow reviews for these skis. For instance, I can now find the Atomic Ultimates and Elan Triglavs at pretty good price points <$450. But for my quiver need –low-key rando races and long east/west coast tours/mountaineering — are they a good fit durability wise versus something more pricey? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Also, has anyone had any problem using quiver killers with these narrow waist skis? Particularly with different hole patterns (i.e. TLT Speed v. Speed Radical)?

    Thanks! ajn

  16. Stano – Yes, there is a variance in weight within each model. In most cases, I would think, following a fairly normal bell curve. In the case of the X-Race, 20 grams or about 3% seems to be the standard deviation.

    As far as stated weights, there is always the matter that some manufacturers will be conservative and others will be far more “aggressive.” Perhaps best to label it “claimed weight” – and add an independent “scale weight” when available.

  17. Michael, thanks for the info. I will update the Unknow for the length.

    With the weights it’s kind of tough – I don’t necessarily want to list a certain weight unless it’s the same on manufacturer’s website, it’s official info. The reason being that I want readers to find stats here of what manufacturer has officially claimed because each specific pair of the same skis can be different in weight. Correct?

  18. Stano – Great collection of stats on skis, bindings and boots. To fill in the “unknown” data on the Hagan X-Race, it is the 160cm length of the X-Race that weighs 700 grams. The 150cm version weighs 630 grams. As Jonathan noted, many of the X-Races are coming in under 700 grams. And similar to what Colin said, although the design goal for the X-Race was 700 grams, the catalog went to print in the pre-production phase so it was decided to be conservative and list the X-Race at 730 grams. Distribution of the X-Race is limited but they can be found at http://www.mtnoutfitters.com

  19. Thanks for the info Henrik, that is interesting!

    I think about 15-20g (2-3%) difference per ski is OK but if it’s heavier than 20g the company should pay back $5 for every extra gram :)

  20. Stano, Yes I’m sure. I also put the Movement fish on the scale and it ended up at 678grams. So It was better than expected. Got some pics on my blogg http://henkewestling.blogspot.se/2012/12/ratt-vikt.html :-)

  21. Measuring three pairs of 2012-13 Hagan X-Race skis, the average per ski is 685g, which is slightly *under* the 700g spec!

  22. Henrik, thanks for the info. I will ask my friend if he can weigh his for me. But are you sure that it’s the Rocker model? Because the Pierra Menta Carbon used to be around 760g. In my experience, my last two pairs of racing Dynastars were lighter than listed, before I didn’t check.

  23. It would be fun to se the actual weight on these skis, for example The Dynastar rocker carbon is 760g if you put in on the scale. It’s a big difference.

  24. Jonathan,
    The ski stiffness is quite noticeable when you skin on hard (to icy) snow over uneven terrain (moguls lets say). Stiff ski needs to be “heavily” weighed at all times for your skin to have good grip. If you transfer your weight to another foot just slightly the skis “bounces” back to traditional camber position and you slip. On softer ski such skinning is easier. However, the stiff ski will soften over time thus improves its uphill performance yet be still stiff enough for good skiing. So that’s what I personally experience going to Dynastar Carbon Pro Pierre Menta skis.

  25. Colin, thanks for chiming in!
    Unfortunately though, Stano is too busy to test skis. Fortunately, his New England collaborator has plenty of time, so I’m ready when you are!
    Seriously though, these skis are so rare in North America, and the non-adjustable bindings doesn’t help swapping among races. This past season, three of us here all had the same boot size, plus I’ve owned two different pairs of race skis so far.
    The biggest difference I’ve noticed among models is in “deflection” in rough snow conditions. Otherwise, they all hold surprisingly well on firm snow, and they’re all very quick turners (even though the sidecuts tend to be relatively straight). Durability is another big variable, but unfortunately all I have on that is a limited sample out here (with pretty bad results…), plus all the Euro rumors and some Western disaster pictures.
    Interesting points on ski stiffness, especially with widely vary skier weights all on the same size ski. I’ve never noticed any difference in stiffness for the up, but that would be interesting to focus on. (For nordic though, matching the appropriate ski stiffness is way more important — I even bought a stiffer pair of xc skate skis for when I ski with our toddler daughter strapped to me, since I knew her 20+ pounds would render my own skate skis pretty much unusable.)

  26. It is normal for Nordic ski companies to produce different “flex” skis for different size skiers within their model line. Not really any reason skimo skis should be different (other than lack of demand).

  27. Hello Colin,
    Thank you very much for commenting, not many brands do that ;)

    I would be very interested how LaSportiva boots and skis perform up and down for sure. This page wasn’t intended as a review but rather to help people compare skis based on manufacturers’ info. Yes, many people would claim something like this a “review” but I am not. I am planning on writing individual reviews as I get a chance to actually test the gear or I know a trusted person who tested/owns it.

    ISMF weight rule:
    I agree that it is “discouraging” innovation. As long as any gear passes some reasonable safety regulations it should be allowed. They are perhaps using cycling as a template for the weight rule as it can get a bit “out of hand” – only the richest would be able to afford the lightest. But 750g for ski+binding is getting a bit old school nowadays ;)

    What skimo racers want in skis and boots?

    I will speak mostly for myself but with deeper thoughts and experience:
    I believe there is no perfect skimo ski or boot. I believe there are only perfect skis and boots. What does this mean?
    From experience I know a light skimo ski can be too soft or too stiff, too stiff even for the uphill!
    I believe person’s weight and ski style really determines what is best for him. BUT a ski can “age” to be more what you want or don’t want. Personally, I like Dynastar for light skis but their Carbon Pierra Menta model (not meaning their new Rocker) was too stiff for skinning up technical/icy terrain/skintracks. Same for the down. It took about 20 sessions to soften them a little, from there I liked them.
    I know (from people) that SkiTrabs were a bit too soft in the past, however, this depends how heavy you are. If you are a 50kg Spanish goat then it’s not a problem. But if you are over 70kg then a soft ski might become way too soft after couple of hard sessions. Now, SkiTrab appears to have dialed in the balance of soft enough for ups and stiff enough for down.
    Maybe, instead of having a sub-600g ski at 160cm make it 650g at 170cm – might ski better while still being the lightest.
    With boots, I don’t find the same pattern as they don’t soften up, but they could be way too stiff/soft depending on the individual. When I started to ski Pierre Gignoux I found them very stiff compared to my old F1s and my knees were hurting on hard snow. After couple of sessions it’s fine. I suspect this is the case with all boots having carbon bottoms.
    So to conclude – as a manufacturer, you either figure out skimo people’s weight range for the biggest market share and make a ski for them, or have two versions – for below 70kg (or less aggressive) and above 70kg (or more aggressive) to cover the whole spectrum without compromise.

  28. Great review Stano. Colin Lantz here from La Sportiva. How about doing a review on how they ski? Weight is only half the equation IMO. With the ISMF reg of 750 grams minimum weight for a ski+binding wondering what your take is on sub-600 gram skis? I don’t understand the need for this reg from the ISMF. I only see it hampering innovation from manufacturers. As it is, I’d hate to pay top dollar for a crazy lightweight ski only to have to put lead weights on it to bring the ski+binding package up to 750 grams. BTW – our ski the RSR actual weight of the production models is at 680 grams. We were able to shave weight after we went to print with the catalog. Guessing that this type of thing happens regularly to all brands. A review showing actual weights measured by the reviewing would be the most helpful. BTW2 – in your ski weight graph at the top of the page the text for our ski, “La Sportiva RSR” is not visible. Looks like it was omitted or got deleted. Final thought: I’d love to hear from you and your readers what they are looking for in the perfect skimo race ski. — Cheers.

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