Nitram Tocrut wrote:
In a perfect world, I would like to have a ski that tracks straight during the kick and glide on hardpack. I would not even need a very snappy kick, as I am quite happy with the Eons on the hardpacked trails. It's just the wandering of the Rabbs that make them slightly annoying on
I suggest you try using the skins in those conditions. That is what I do with my Ingstad and i don’t even take them off to downhill as they slow me down a bit which is good for a beginner telemarker like me
I have had the skins for the last 2-3 weeks with our snow conditions varying from crust to “slushy snow” on a hard base. They do wonder for me as I just have to open the door, put the ski on and just go!
By the way, when people refer to corn snow, do they refer to a slushy type of snow?
Martin, thanks for the suggestion, but I have frequently used kicker skins in conditions where the kick wax is a pain in the ass. It doesn't really help with the skis wandering, as I am talking about them wandering sideways, not longitudally. It's not a grip problem, it is a problem of the skis wanting to turn, or rotate (= pivot) when I'd like them to remain dead straight. And sometimes they even slip sideways a bit when I'm doing a forceful kick.
But these problems only exist on a hardpack, not on soft snow.
AL, like you said, I have grown to tolerate these traits in exchange for a sweet downhill performance.
The Rabbs are skis that can go the distance, as long as there are some nice hills to be skied down.
For a distance-focused touring on flat terrain there are much better options, though.