Any good combi ski?

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Any good combi ski?

Postby JeffOYB » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:10 am

Does a good combi ski exist or has such a thing ever existed?

Combi these days seems to be the Pursuit which uses same boots but diff skis and poles.

What about a true combi? Where you can skate some then also have kickwax on the skis and stride some. Or does the needed flex and the friction of the kickwax just wreck everything.

Any way to blend the needed flex profiles in a single ski?

I recall reading that even now a classic ski should be tested in soft snow skating conditions -- a longer ski with, I'm guessing, a soft tip might be fast for skating. Now add a bit of kickwax -- can we now stride w/o ruining the skate-glide?

I've had classic skis that were actually waxed nicely so they kicked great yet glided in tracks as if they had no kickwax. But I suppose if I tried to skate off of them the kickwax would engage...

I suppose one might want adjusting poles. Those wouldn't be so tough to make. (I just saw a pair of Leki's for sale.) But if poles did NOT adjust which way would you want to go for poles? Are short classic poles more tolerable for skating than long poles are tolerable for classic?
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Re: Any good combi ski?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:32 am

JeffOYB wrote:Does a good combi ski exist or has such a thing ever existed?

I suspect the answer is no in both cases.

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Re: Any good combi ski?

Postby zzzz » Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:43 pm

Tim Kelley suggests Fischer RCR Vasa Classics/SCS Classics or equivalent from other brands, 5 cm shorter than normal classics and ski poles between skate and classic length. It's not what he'd use racing short races on groomed track, but plenty good enough for fun on his long (often 30-60 mile) day trips. I'm sure he's still faster than you and me on them.

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