Woodserson wrote:Another question...
Right now I am skiing the Ingstad in a 195cm exclusively as a downhill ski at the local hill in frozen granular conditions. So far, so good. I would not go any longer for turns at my dimensions (6'2", 160lbs).
This is very cool man! With your Alaskas?!
However, they seem short for a distance oriented ski, and I think I would like the 205cm for this.
All of that tip rocker does make them ski very short on a consolidated/compacted surface.
The stiff completely supportive flex makes them ski long, when XC skiing on soft snow.
However, if I'm looking for a long distance ski in loose snow, unconsolidated snow, maybe I should be looking at the Combat NATO instead?
Had my 205cm Ingstad on a long (~12km-of XC skiing and LOADS of vertical) several-hour tour in very hilly/steep terrain on New Year's Day. We had about 25-30cm of beautiful fresh snow to ski on- over a very dense frozen base. (I had my Combat Nato on our on my woodlot first thing in the morning- did about 5km of trail-breaking in the same snow- but gentler terrain).
The Ingstad BC broke trail quite well, felt completely stable, climbed VERY well, and was a dream downhill- amazing actually.
BUT- the Combat Nato remains a better XC ski overall. It breaks trail more effectively, has a longer glide/running surface on consolidated snow/track, and destroys windswept consolidated and death crust.
I have had the Combat Nato out on the same steep terrain that I mentioned above- many times.
There is no question that the Ingstad outperforms the Combat Nato skiing tight lines through very steep open forest. I am able to make fully linked turns with the Ingstad that would require me to make step/jump turns with the Combat Nato. This frequently ends with us skiing down a watercourse to the Nashwaak River (some 3-5kms on a frozen brook/river)- which then requires a long XC climb and then XC ski out (some 5+kms- depending on which ridge/ravine we finish in). The advantages of the Combat Nato are clear at the end of this tour!
(As an aside, this long XC ski down to the River and then out is what would keep me from taking my Storetind...The snow was actually deep enough to use the Storetind on the flats- but, I would have been COMPLETELY incompatible with my ski partners- both downhill and XC skiing...)
As an aside- I had two ski partners with me- one on his 195cm Ingstad BC- the other on my 205cm E109 Xtralite.
I really should have traded a few times to compare the 195cm vs 205cm...Didn't think of it- I was so thrilled with the 205cm I guess!!!
The Combat Nato remains a better XC ski.
I have not had the Ingstad BC in VERY deep soft snow yet- I am concerned that all of that tip rocker may become a liability XC-skiing in very deep soft snow...
BUT- that snow I describe- about a foot of soft stuff over a dense frozen base is really the norm here. Our snow most typically becomes consolidated and frozen in between big dumps.