Re: Asnes Nansen Review
MikeK wrote:Oh - I didn't mean to insinuate that you are beginner, but just that I like the way he outlines basic/intermediate/advanced.
Advanced is where most people have to work a bit harder with XCD.
Oh no problem - I shouldn't have taken it that way. I'll probably wait to work on that stuff until the next decent powder day at the local ski hill.
lilcliffy wrote:Thanks for the excellent video regarding the Nordic rocker on the Nansen- Asnes needs to promote that!
I was also wondering what the Nansen feels like- and looks like- when you attempt to reverse-flex the entire length of a single ski.
UTE's flex test describes the Nansen- or at least the model they tested- having a full-length, round reverse-flex. For comparison, they describe the Ingstad as having a more pronounced wax pocket underfoot- I can personally testify to that.
The reason I ask is that I tend to be suspicious of narrow XCD skis with this much sidecut. If one weighs anything- I weigh 185lbs without a pack (I cannot believe how many featherweight skiers there are out there)- a ski like the Nansen needs a lot of integrated flex and resistance in order to support that narrow waist. A soft, round flex on a narrow ski might be fine in a downhill turn- but it really sucks in a XC context if one is too heavy...
I am greatly interested in the Nansen as a xcD ski- but, only if it is strong enough for that skinny waist to support my weight and a powerful kick...
I can try and shoot a video with the help of the lady friend sometime reverse flexing the ski but could you describe the procedure? The other night I was holding the tail still with my foot, ski vertical, one hand on the tip and the other hand pulling the binding toward me with the snow side facing away from me. Is that right?
FWIW I weigh about 170-180 and carry a 10-15 lb pack for day ski trips and it has been plenty strong for me. Like I said earlier, excellent kick, glide and grip. I do find that in softer snow when I kick I end up compressing the track more than the lighter skiers on skinnier tip width skis ahead of me.