Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Ingstad BC

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lilcliffy

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Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada
Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring
Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad BC; Asnes Gamme 54 BC; Asnes Storetind Carbon
Favorite boots: Alpina Alaska; Scarpa T4
Occupation: Forestry Professional
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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Ingstad BC

Postby lilcliffy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:07 am

Confirmed:
The Ingstad BC is at least the equal of the Combat Nato when it comes to XC skiing in very deep snow. If anything, the Ingstad is even more stable than the Combat.
The Ingstad BC I have been striding, climbing, charging, and turning on deep cold snow for weeks now. I have never experienced its equal.
It has made all of my mid-width, soft-flexing XCD skis obsolete (e.g. Eon, E109, Epoch, Annum, Combat Nato)- on deep soft snow.
Though it is not as capable a downhill ski as my Storetind Carbon- it is a much better XC ski and therefore is a better balanced xcd ski than the Storetind.
The Ingstad is not as good a XC ski on difficult snow (e.g. breakable crust; dense consolidated; icy-refrozen, etc.) as the Combat Nato.
BUT- the Gamme 54 BC is a better XC ski on difficult snow (i.e. not deep and soft) than the Combat Nato.

I am afraid that owning both an Ingstad BC and a Gamme 54 BC has made my Combat Nato obsolete!

If I had to have just one BC-XCD ski it would be the Ingstad BC.
This is due to my local abundance of cold fresh snow.

If my typical snow was not fresh and cold- the Gamme 54 BC would be my #1 BC-XCD pick.
Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.

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lilcliffy

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Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada
Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring
Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad BC; Asnes Gamme 54 BC; Asnes Storetind Carbon
Favorite boots: Alpina Alaska; Scarpa T4
Occupation: Forestry Professional
Instructor at Maritime College of Forest Technology
Husband, father, farmer and logger

Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Ingstad BC

Postby lilcliffy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:30 pm

Meant to say this in my last post-

This ski is a masterpiece.

It is not high-performing in all contexts- no high-performance ski is.

I know that I suggested earlier that perhaps this ski should have less sidecut (i.e. more width UF) and perhaps less tip rocker.

I take this back.

This ski has such a stable flex that it is completely stable in deep soft snow- despite the degree of sidecut and tip rocker.

I trust the judgement of Asnes.
Well done.
Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.

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bgregoire

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Favorite Skis: Fisher E99, Åsnes Ingstad & Cecilie, K2 Wayback 88
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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Ingstad BC

Postby bgregoire » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:15 pm

LC, are you comparing the Combat Nato and Ingstad BC in the same lengths? What are those lengths again, 210 and 205cm respectfully?

IMO, if there is even as little as a 5cm difference between the two, I'll bet some decent amount of the experienced difference is due to that. Not to say the two versions and identical, oh no. But I have felt important differences between the Fisher E99 in 195 and 200, and the Fischer Country in 200 and 205. For the E99s, the shorter skis are just so much easier to turn (even comparing the older E99 195cm to the longer E99 Xtralite 200cm), and the camber flattens out much easier for me in the BC...they really feel like two different skis.

Best wishes, Ben
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lilcliffy

Rank: XCD KNIGHT
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Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:20 pm
Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada
Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring
Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad BC; Asnes Gamme 54 BC; Asnes Storetind Carbon
Favorite boots: Alpina Alaska; Scarpa T4
Occupation: Forestry Professional
Instructor at Maritime College of Forest Technology
Husband, father, farmer and logger

Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Ingstad BC

Postby lilcliffy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:50 pm

Excellent points and thoughts Ben.
I am skiing on:
- 210cm Combat Nato
- 205cm Ingstad BC
- 205cm E-109 Xtralite
- 205cm Eon
- 210cm Gamme 54 BC
- 210cm E99 Xtralite

Shorter lengths do make these skis feel completely different in a downhill context.

The stiff, supportive rockered tip of the Ingstad BC is a game changer though. The full-length support of 205cm, combined with the tip rocker offering a shorter effective edge (with its resultant turn initiation), and early tip rise.
That tip rocker does sacrifice XC performance on snow that is not deep and soft though...
Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.


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