jooleyen wrote:Did you get a chance to weigh them and what length for a 155lbs guy? and how do they compare to glittertinds?
Sorry man, did not get a chance to weigh them…after skiing on them for 10 days or so now- they feel surprisingly light and snappy to me…the smooth even, snappy flex contributes to this…the NNN-BC binding does as well.
Although these are double-cambered skis, they have a smooth, full-length, even flex. I weigh 185lbs- I certainly wouldn’t want them any shorter than 210cm for XC-focused skiing. At 210cm they have an effective wax pocket- but I can still reasonably control the camber in downhill turns (at least on moderate terrain).
For XC-focused BC skiing- I think you could easily get away with a 210cm, even at a skier weight of 155lbs (I would buy them even longer if I could get em!). But at 155lbs, a 210cm should give quite a wild ride downhill!!
Compared to the Glittertind? My friend bought a pair of 210cm waxable Glitts last season- I have tested them a few times.
These skis are significantly wider than the Glitt- especially underfoot (67 vs. 55mm). These skis offer much greater flotation than the Glitt. The Glitt will be faster on dense snow- the Asnes will be faster on soft snow, due to the better flotation.
The Glitt and this ski have a completely different flex pattern.
The Asnes has an even, full-length, moderately stiff flex- with a shallow, but effective wax pocket. The smooth, even flex still allows decent climbing performance and reasonable (but certainly not high-performance) downhill performance (they are certainly not “easy-turnin”). I find these skis have very smooth, balanced K&G performance on fresh soft snow. They are very easy to ski on- you do not need a precise kick to engage the wax pocket (a big advantage on variable terrain).
(Interesting to note that Steve Barnett’s description of the Glittertind flex pattern in his classic “Cross Country-Downhill” is much more like the Asnes ,than it is the current generation Glitt)
The current Glitt has a very pronounced double-camber underfoot, with a significant wax pocket. However, the tips/tails on the Glitt are significantly softer than the Asnes. The camber and flex pattern of the current Glitt is clearly designed to maximize xcountry K&G performance.
I find the camber and flex of the current Glitt (in a trad XC length) frustratingly difficult to control in a downhill turn- that camber also makes them very difficult to climb any significant slope.
I personally think the flex pattern of the Asnes is more versatile- especially if you XC ski on variable terrain. It is also a better choice on relatively deep, fresh snow (not that they are a powder XC ski, by any means).
However, if I was XC-BC skiing on gentle terrain, on a dense base- the Glitt would be a better ski.