The majority of our skis are equipped with ABS sections (a synthetic material with fiberglass particles), which act as shock-absorbers when skiing on hard snow or ice. The only skis that don’t have this reinforcement are the high-end touring skis (for the purpose of light cap weight. We developed a new 3D light cap ABS (CTS LIGHT) which permits still a lower weight but with an incredible resistance. We use this new technology for some skis in the free touring and freeride sector.
We use exclusively top quality sintered bases with high molecular density. We use 3 different P-Tex ( 2000 / 4000 / 5000 ) bases throughout the range which are carefully chosen to match the individual ski.
We reviewed the way we use our different edges throughout the entire range, with a focus on increasing durability of the skis that get the heaviest use. We’ve done this by varying the thickness of the edge along the length of the majority of the skis. The touring and free-touring ranges now benefit from a wider edge in places to help resist impacts associated with poor snow cover. The only skis with a completely straight and thinner edge profile are the competition touring range for weight-saving reasons. The edges are in 3 distinct widths; 1.8mm, 2.0mm & 2.4mm.
All of the vulnerable areas of the ski (edges, tip & tail) are reinforced with a rubber layer that protects from shocks and seals the ski. These layers also serve to absorb vibrations and stop the infiltration of water into the ski’s core, which can cause delimitation and eventually the destruction of the ski.
The Twin Rocker has an exaggerated length and height of rocker on both the tip and the tail which allows the ski to pivot easily and float effortlessly in powder. The ski still has a good contact zone in the center with plenty of edge to keep grip and maintain stability at speed.
The wood core of a ski is fundamentally important; not only does it give the ski its liveliness, it also pre-determines the ski’s durability and therefore differs hugely between the different ranges (piste-freeride-freestyle-touring). We continue to only use wood cores that are certified FCS and PEPS (www.fcs.org, www.pefc.org). We use the following woods in our manufacturing: Beech, Okume, Poplar, EPL poplar light, Light Karuba, Ultra light Karuba. Every core is designed to match the qualities of the relevant ski.
The FLY SWATTERis incredible. Whether you’re Kevin Guri throwing down the winning run at the Verbier Xtreme in 2013 or Roman Grosjean boosting huge kickers in the backcountry, the FLY SWATTER is the tool of choice! This one isn’t just for the pros though and puts you at ease from the moment you clip in for the first time. Many skiers have named this the most fun yet radical ski they’ve ever ridden. Equipped with huge Twin Rocker tips, the FLY SWATTER floats instantly and reacts instantly to rider input. Once in the air, this ski is perfectly balanced to allow huge rotations with perfect cushioned landings. The camber and flex pattern let the ski glide through any terrain with impunity whatever the snow type. It’s hard to think of a better choice of ski for those big days.