lilcliffy wrote:CR- did you get the 210s?
Although they are relatively stiff for a Nordic ski with that profile- I don't find I have any problems compressing the camber to engage the wax pocket.
And although they are stiffly cambered, I find them reasonable to control on the downhill- but certainly not as easy to turn as a modern XCD/Tele ski.
yep, I got the 210s. I like these skis but on hard base with a little fluff on top, these skis require attention for both K+G as well as turns, at least for me. Compressing the wax pocket is fine as long as I pay attention to ski placement. I ski off-trail (bushwacking) most of the time, so undulations in the snow surface require... planning...Vector BCs make me lazy and complacent in that context I suspect.
I think that my Combats are different from others only in that my "sidewall" is the same plastic material as the topsheets: no sign of wood-grain at all. These skis are getting chewed up pretty good, but I still don't see any wood peeking out from under the plastic...yet...