And now for something completely different… OK, a little bit different, like what your cousin did to you at the family reunion. OK, stop sharing.
These skis have scales. Yes, scales, like waxless cross-country skis. The upside is you don’t need to skin up for moderate inclines. The downside is they don’t perform like slicks on the downhill portion of the event.
Bottom line: they’re a great approach ski for glacier travel and that sort of thing. If you’re a hard-core backcountry skier you’ll want a dedicated AT ski, but if your goal is to get to the vertical stuff, grab these boards.