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Help! question about Icelantic Sabres
So I was given a pair of new Icelantic Sabre 89's and was wondering if this would be too narrow of a ski for ski touring? From what I've heard they're super fun skis to ski on but I worried about their ability to hike up in. If any of you lot could provide to insight that would be greatly appreciated.
**This thread was edited on Nov 10th 2017 at 2:16:04pm
That depends a lot on where you ski and how you like to ski. That's a super traditional, frontside-oriented resort ski. It's not particularly light, and it certainly wouldn't be my first choice as a touring ski. I'd personally want something wider (I ski in CO for reference) and with way less camber, more tail rocker, and less sidecut to deal with variable conditions a bit better.
All that said, there's nothing preventing you from putting a touring binding on any ski. With skins and touring bindings, literally any ski will go uphill, it's just a matter of how much you care about weight on the up, and what kind of performance you're looking for on the way down. The only real situation where I think I'd like the Sabre 89 as a touring ski would be for spring couloirs where I'd probably like the camber and narrow footprint, but yeah, definitely not my first choice for an all-around touring ski. I'd put an alpine binding on it and use it for days at the resort when it hasn't snowed in a while.
I'd mount em up with some Dynafit Rad2's or G3 ions and ski them everywhere as an in out and everything ski in variable conditions.
I also ski in colorado, and my lightweight touring setup is a bd warrant with vipecs. that's 95mm wide. Not much different than the sabre 89, and a similar construction. They weigh less than my warrants (4.2kg for my pair. the 184 sabres weigh 3.7kg. thats pretty good, considering ive summitted many a peak with my warrants, including two 14'ers in the sierras)
.Sabres will ski better than say, Cassiar 87's or Kastle TX90s or Volkl VTA 88's or any of the touring skis in the similar waistwidth.. which is a good thing, especially in manky spring stuff.
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