Why choose the Ousland BC over the Gamme 54 BC?
Choose the Ousland BC if you are going to be in a groomed track?
I'll try to answer.
First of all, like with everything else, there will always be personal preferences in regards to choosing skis. Some may choose the Ousland over the Gamme and vice versa.
But to the specifics.
The obvious selling point for the Ousland BC is the weight. It will weigh in at around 825grams in 200cm. That is really, really lightweight for being a BC ski with a full steel edge.
The Ousland will also have a lot of the properties that the Amundsen Fram has, meaning it will be really directional and perfect for pulling a sled, expeditions or quick tours in groomed tracks. The Ousland will also have a more agressive rocker and early rise than the Gamme and Amundsen (which has none). This, together with a high and stiff camber profile, allows for great carrying capacity in deep snow. It also allows the ski to glide over and through ice, difficult snow and sastrugi with ease.
As you probably already have guessed, the Ousland is made to be a really versatile, lightweight and solid ski. It is narrow, which means it will glide well and be very directional. It is not a downhill ski, but it handles surprisingly well!
I suspect that the Ousland BC will be well represented on expeditions to the South Pole and Greenland in the years to come, and we already know that some will use it for the Åsnes Expedition Amundsen race next year.
Gamme, on the other hand, will still be among us, and for heavier skiers and those who love the versatility of that ski will probably still choose is over Ousland.