Åsnes Nansen Waxless

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Roelant
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Location: Trondheim, Norway
Ski style: Backcountry in the wild, cross country on trails
Favorite Skis: BC: Åsnes Nansen Waxless; Groomed trails: Atomic Redster C7 Skintec, Madshus Terrasonic Wax
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Re: Åsnes Nansen Waxless

Post by Roelant » Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:38 am

Transplantskier wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:32 am
Large outdoor adventures without a car have proven far more feasible in Norway than they ever would have been when I lived in Wyoming or New Hampshire. Between my feet, skis, bike, and the train I manage to get around Norway pretty darn well.
I think that where you chose to live makes it much easier as well for daily trips. I spent 2 years on the east side of town (Lade) and although it was definitely sunnier, it was a definitely less easy to quickly cross the road and enter the forest to go skiing / hiking / trail running or whatever we like to do in our free time.

It is reassuring to me at this stage that you get along well with the Waxless pattern. My recent skiing has been a bit more vertical than my usual BC trips, and that may be why my initial impressions regarding grip are a bit nuanced, compared with the overall excellent impression that I have from these skis!
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Re: Åsnes Nansen Waxless

Post by Cannatonic » Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:30 pm

Thanks for the pictures guys, Trondheim looks beautiful, what a great place to live, congrats.

It did occur to me that if I'd followed the Asnes weight recommendations for length the waxless pattern might work better! that would put me at 195cm instead of the 205 MT51's. You're going to love these skis btw, great companion to Nansen, covers almost everything. These skis are so much lighter than what were using just 10-15 years ago.
"All wisdom is to be gained through suffering"
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Roelant
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Joined: Wed May 15, 2019 6:33 am
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Ski style: Backcountry in the wild, cross country on trails
Favorite Skis: BC: Åsnes Nansen Waxless; Groomed trails: Atomic Redster C7 Skintec, Madshus Terrasonic Wax
Favorite boots: Crispi Bre
Occupation: Geologist

Re: Åsnes Nansen Waxless

Post by Roelant » Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:02 am

Cannatonic wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:30 pm
Thanks for the pictures guys, Trondheim looks beautiful, what a great place to live, congrats.
I love it here, but I think that parts of the US and Canada are probably even much more impressive, wilderness wise.

Here is a little update on my impressions regarding the Åsnes waxless pattern for XC (not D):

I took my waxless Nansens to a mountain cabin this weekend, the trip was XC over 10 km each way, of which about 7 were along prepared tracks. The snow was powdery on Saturday and heavy and wet on Sunday. I went with a friend who was using waxless Rossignol touring XC skis (not BC).

Grip and glide wise, both on prepared XC tracks and in deep snow, the waxless pattern performed comparably to my friend's waxless xc skis. Meaning, good enough to get grip in not too steep sections, and also similar glide. The Nansens did float better on deep snow obviously, but required a bit more effort to keep going straight on the XC prepared tracks.

At times on Saturday I was thinking that I may have been better off with waxable skis (on that particular day). On Sunday this thought evaporated as the air temperature was around 5-7 centigrade and windy, with wet snow; conditions for which I never have been able to wax effectively. The first part of the return on Sunday involved a few km climb in slightly crusty, wet snow for which I mounted the 30mm mohair X-skins. The grip was much better than waxless and my friend had to fishbone up the steeper sections. When we reached the XC track again, I left the mohair skins on a bit to test their performance on these. Glide was OK, not terrible, but I felt it was more difficult to keep the ski going straight, and I preferred the waxless base.

Summary of my impressions of the Åsnes waxable pattern:

Grip is clearly better than double cambered, pure XC track skis with integrated skins,
Grip is comparable to some fishscale pattern XC skis, maybe also to Madshus Glittertind MGV+.
Grip is clearly less, than the Fischer Offtrack Crown pattern on the E99/E109/Traverse 78.
Grip is clearly less than well waxed, waxable skis in cold powder conditions.

Glide wise, I'd say better than Fischer Offtrack Crown and Madshus MGV+, and comparable to XC track fishscale skis, although the sidecut makes it more of an effort to go straight on compacted snow.

So, my impression is still, that whereas the Fischer Offtrack Crown pattern could be used without worrying about skins in most (but not all) terrain, the Åsnes Waxless pattern appears to be designed for more efficient use in less steep terrain, whereas short skins are desireable when it gets steeper over long sections.

It is a world of compromises regarding XC performance. This one is acceptable to me.

On a different note, the matte plastic finish on the Åsnes Nansen is superb, and is much more tolerant to scratches. This cannot be said of the dark shiny finish of the Fischers on which every scratch is visible. Also, the steel edges seem much burlier and wider.

I will be doing some xcD / norpine skiing later this week at a local ski resort, and I will update my impressions on the downhill performance subsequently.

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