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04-24-2012, 02:06 PM #26
I though I heard they were going to do the Charger (110mm) in waxless?
04-24-2012, 03:59 PM #27
I do not know what shortcomings the Vector may have. I do know my friend Phil is crushing it on his. Long approaches 5 mile range to huge lines 6000' vert on big mountains. Ski till it's too steep than throw on the verts.off your knees Louie
04-24-2012, 06:39 PM #28
DPS needs to make their Wailer 99 with a fish scale waxless base. That would be an amazing ski.
I looked at the Vector BC. Unfortunately, it's pretty much universally sold out in the 180cm length.
04-25-2012, 04:50 AM #29
Yeah, I was disappointed to say the least when I saw Voile pattern ski only out to 180cm. I think one of the Hagan skis would make a kick ass pattern ski.
BTW I saw Big S mention cutting down the pattern, I have done this in the past with a Karhu Catamount ski. Every time I would tune it I would make a pass with my base plainer till I got it to where I wanted it. The other method is to back fill the scales with wax which eventually wears out but does no damage to the grip and in theory keeping any resale value intact.
A DPS ski could be made into a pocket pattern ski with a dremel.You are the mission Bob.
04-25-2012, 12:11 PM #30Registered User
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Ive got a pair of 180 Vector BC's and have about a dozen days on them skiing a variety of conditions and steeps up to maybe 35. I weight around 195 and have free pivot tele bindings on them and use either CXP or Scarpa T1's. I have always had a fishscale ski in my quiver and generally don't use them much except early season or just low angle tours. I think the Vector BC is really a game changer in this catagory of skiing as it outclimbs any fishscale or waxed ski out there, slogs along as good as the bigger old school fishcaled skis and decends with similar power and control as a regular tele ski in the same size. WTBS, the skis ski a little short as they are rockered but have adequate floatation to carry me as compare to maybe a longer fishscale like a Fischer Boundless or Karhu Guide that are 70-80 wide. I would most certainly not cut the pattern down as the skis ski well enough on the decend and slogging to lose climbing ability. Anyway, any ski with scales is a compromise and these are very rangy and fun to ski. But you still need skins to climb anything strong and they would be slow if you want to resort ski on them but for tours with long approaches and runouts as well as rolling terrain to acess steeps or long car shuttles, these skis are the ticket. I did hear that Voile is going to put scales on the Charger which is a ski with a good reputation and 112 in the waist. For me I am happy with the ones I got and if I need a bigger ski I have the rest of my quiver to put out there.
04-25-2012, 04:45 PM #31
Thanks for the real world report, Quad. Sounds like a super fun ski. My concern with the length of the pattern manifests my Nordic background. I have hundreds of miles on waxless skis, and know from experience that soft-cambered waxless skis (e.g., Karhu Guide aka Madshus Annum) can be real dogs on low angle glides, thus my question whether a shorter pattern might be the better play. I'd use skins on anything stepper than low angle, so my interest in a waxless pattern is confined to flats, rolling (Nordic) terrain, meadows and logging road access. I'm eager to try the waxless 190 Charger. Bring it on, Voile!
04-26-2012, 07:48 AM #32
Normally, I am quite happy to live with the compromise of "slow" waxless skis, but the Vector BC is definitely the "slowest" waxless skis I've ever used. It's also by far and away the best climbing. Hot waxing the scales seems to make a huge difference, but I've had one day to verify that ( I used the iron and paper towel method. After waxing I used a brass brush to remove as much as I could. )
Other than that I completely love these skis, I'm skiing my telemark with T2 Eco's and either 7tms or Voile Switchbacks. ( I like releaseable at resorts, lighter voile for BC ). To get them to carve well on harder snow requires some adjustment in technique, pushing the tips gets you no where. But if you settle back and carve from the back foot they are quite fun.
What really impressed me is how well they do in heavy difficult snow for such a light ski. If you just point them and have trust in the rocker, they almost always work.
If they made a 190cm version I would definitely buy it.
At first I did question the length of the waxless base, but after a season ( a pretty short crappy season ), I think Voile made the right choice.
04-26-2012, 09:19 AM #33
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04-26-2012, 10:10 AM #35
^ ^ ^ That looks very similar -- hell, pretty much identical -- to a DIY base I tried 6 years ago. I used an end mill. Didn't climb great and it hooked up a bit downhill on some conditions. I'm interested to hear from someone who has used these.
Last edited by Big Steve; 04-27-2012 at 08:42 AM.
04-27-2012, 06:43 AM #36
Yeah, that looks like a pocket pattern. Less grip than scales but still works. Easily retro'd into most any ski base with a dremel or similar tool.
They are having a pre-sale which makes the ski $550, $150 off regular bank. Still a hundy more than Voiles but only a tad longer at 184CM.
http://www.voile-usa.com/Merchant2/m...ode=Voile_SkisYou are the mission Bob.
04-27-2012, 12:15 PM #37
I've done entire tours w/o using the skins when the snow conditions are right and even when they aren't right ( dry light deep snow ) you can get up slopes steep enough to have fun skiing down if you set a moderate skin track. For me that's a win. I want to hunt out those last little cold dry powder stashes hiding in the woods from the Sierra sun.
The whole point of these skis is to have fun skiing up, down and around. If you're spending miles on moderate downslopes where the drag comes into play or you're following a straight up skin track on a 30 degree slope to ski right back down again, there are better skis. And for slackcountry, these skis open up a whole new set of possibilities.
For instance, you could easily make the Traverse from Alpine to Squaw and back w/o needing skins on these skis.
04-27-2012, 12:27 PM #38
Pretty much what I figured from a soft alpine cambered long pattern waxless ski. I've done thousands of miles on 20+ different waxless skis, so I've got a bit of background on this subject. The Vector BC sounds great for some tours, but I think a touring ski with a shorter waxless pattern and/or more underfoot camber would work better for most of my tours.
I'm planning to try a DIY milled waxless base project this weekend. Will advise.
Last edited by Big Steve; 04-27-2012 at 12:49 PM.
04-28-2012, 09:20 AM #39
As far as skis go, what would be cool is if you could specify the waxless pattern length when buying the ski. Personally I think most BC skis could benefit from a relatively short waxless section. Maybe only a foot and half or so. Not enough to get you up anything, but enough to get around on the flats. It would be relatively simple for most custom ski companies to offer the cut version of waxless base as an option. They don't climb very well, but they do work for covering flat ground.