We received prototypes of Voile's new Vector BC a couple of weeks after we reviewed the innovative crop of wide, waxless skis available last year. The Vector is a game changer, and it quickly became apparent in testing that splay—fully-rockered tips—carried the day.
Metal-edge waxless touring skis are making a resurgence. Following the success of the Karhu Guide, companies like Madshus, Rossignol, Fischer and Marquette are jumping full on into the light-touring scene. This January, we put the latest gear to the test, and here are the results.
With the ski test, it’s the same crisis each year: how to make it better, more inclusive, more answerable to all the variables of snow and terrain that comprise the backcountry. That and get every damn new and second-year ski in every size. And get them mounted on time, with proper adjustments for twin-tips and fatties.
"Enter the next generation of shorter, wider skis...enter the new breed of skis that cruise through off-piste snow with the ride of a Cadillac yet change direction with the alacrity of a Ferrari." Nearly a decade ago when this ran in Backcountry's premier issue, we were talking cutting-edge wide bodies, sporting 70mm waists and new cap technology.