The Best Skate Skis
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Skate skiing was developed in the 1970s by Finnish cross-country racer Pauli Siitonen as a way to make up time after losing his grip wax during races. When Americans Bill Koch and Doug Peterson realized they couldn't catch Siitonen in a practice race prior to the Swedish World Cup in 1980, they adapted his "marathon" style into the modern sport of skate skiing. Thanks to these pioneers, recreational skiers can now skate ski like the pros.
Madshus Redline Carbon Skate Plus Ski
The Norwegians have a long history of cross-country skiing, so it comes as no surprise that a Norwegian ski-maker makes some of the best skate skis around. The Madshus Redline Carbon Skate Plus Ski is a versatile, durable and dirt resistant ski. The lightweight Madshus Redline Carbon Skate Plus Ski features new P200 Nano trasparent base material that repels dirt. Madshus Redline Carbon Skate Plus Ski had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $699.99 in mid 2015.
Rossignol X-ium Skating WCS S2
The Rossignol X-ium Skating WCS S2 is a high competitive skate ski. It features control edge ABS sidewalls, a World Cup base-grind structure and a lower, shorter carbon tip for lighter swing weight. The ideal camber height works in all snow conditions. The Rossignol X-ium Skating WCS 2 NIS had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $690 in mid 2015.
Fischer Carbonlite Skate H-Plus Ski
Weighing less than 500 g per ski, the Fischer Carbonlite Skate H-Plus Ski is an extra light skate ski. Special camber and snow contact points increases stability. The infrared preparation with fluoride-content hot wax protects against dirt and oxidation, as well as providing great glide. The Fischer Carbonlite Skate H-Plus Ski had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $625 in mid 2015.
Atomic Vasa Race Skate Skis
Skate skiers looking for a lightweight ski at a bargain price should try the Atomic Vasa Race Skate Skis. The Vasa Race features a 44-42-43.5 race sidecut for precise edging and a Mexcell Powercell and Ultra-High Densolite foam core for lots of snap. For stability, power and tracking, the Atomic Vasa Race Skate Ski has wood sidewalls. The Atomic Vasa Race Skate Skis had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $349 in mid 2015.
Michael Kerr is an award-winning freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. He writes about business, health and travel for a number of publications including Portland Business Journal, Healthline Networks and USAToday, among others.