Otto per Crister-Asnes-Guy:
So I take this to mean that a 200cm Otto would perform probably about the same as the 205 Ingstad. The 195cm Ingstad is too short for me for any meaningful XC performance, but it turns well, while the 205cm Ingstad is much better at XC performance but starts to get a bit long if I want to turn it on a regular basis. Of course, I never approach these skis with turning in mind, but sometimes it's nice to have the attribute. I'm guessing I can get the same XC performance out of the Otto at 200cm as a 205 Ingstad and be able to whip them around a little easier as well. This is an intriguing ski, I wouldn't press into service in NH as I am mostly on forest roads and my Gammes (I WISH this came in a 205!!! I dislike the 10cm jumps in this ski) and my Nansens really have that dialed and I don't turn much. But if I was doing more mountainous XC skiing in the Alps and Jura, then this could be a nice 1-ski-to-have.Åsnes1922 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:40 am
It's basically a redesigned Nansen/Cecilie, with a better wax pocket, more stiffness underfoot, and a camber more like the Børge Ousland BC and Gamme 54 BC skis. On the other hand, we wanted it to be as playful (or even more) as the Nansen/Cecilie skis, so we added more sidecut, a generous Nordic Rocker (similar as in Børge and Ingstad), as well as Taper.
The Sverdrup with even more playful than the Nansen/Cecilie, turns easier and has way better XC-performance. You may call it a downscaled Ingstad/Falketind with more camber and flex if you like. Or at least, something along those lines.
These are probably good changes for the FT62. The video says it gets a "double camber and moderate wax pocket" which seem counterintuitive to each other, maybe "moderate wax pocket" is in terms of length of the pocket, and is it REALLY a double camber? and what happened to that rocker? still there? I think maybe the video is pushing things a little more than they are in reality as far as the camber is concerned, I am not expecting Amundsen style camber on the FT. All in all, I think this ski could be even better than it is now and that makes me interested in another pair. The added stiffness will help it from folding up as easily as it does now, and the increased camber will make the XC skiing a bit more tolerable. I'm happy with these improvements.Åsnes1922 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:40 amThe new Falketind 62 will get a few small updates. It will be reinforced in the binding zone, a bit stiffer underfoot, and tuned to perform even better than before. It has been the No.1 ski we have tested the Xplore concept on, so we have tuned it to perform even better downhill. And, we added a bit more flex and a higher camber/wax pocket for better kick and glide. Other than that, there are no "major" changes.
We have done the same with the Rabb 68 and added a directional groove in the sole on the Rabb 68 too. Meaning, you'll get more touring capacity in that model as well. But, we also "beefed" it up a bit, so that it skis even better on edge and charges better. I have skied it quite a lot with a light AT-setup lately, and I actually skied some downhill and gates with it. It performs really well, even at higher speeds! Super lightweight, but skis like a carving ski and handles powder really well.
Rabb wise, beefing it up is a good idea. My 180cm Rabb is notoriously chatter-happy on firm steep slopes. The tail grabs and the chatter is so bad I have to lay over and stop skiing, it becomes impossible. The ski is much fun on moderate slopes or in softer snow but anything firm and steep where I have to load it up and lean into the ski and it's game over. It's so bad. I ski these with 75mm Alaskas. I do not get this on the S-Bound 98. I wonder if it's how the tail dimension flares rapidly near the end that causes it, or the extremely light weight. Again, great in softer snow I really like it then, but bad on firm snow.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Rabb actually be a little heavier! than they are now to improve firm snow downhill skiing. Every ad has skiers in fluffy nice snow, but this is not the reality for most people most of the time, especially in the age of global warming and weirdo snowpacks. The future will be owned by those ski companies that make skis designed for crust, hardpack, slush, and pow, probably in the order. Not sexy, I know, just the reality.
I'm reposting this video because I mentioned it above, it's really great, and deserves more views.