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.
The Light Rocker tip has a grading from 6 to 12 depending on the length of the tip, all of which give great absorption of uneven terrain and variable snow conditions. Entry in to the turn is super easy and progressive with these tips. The camber of the center section of the ski and the shape of the tail guarantee stability and edge grip.
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 top sheet of a ski has a pretty hard time; it needs to be resistant to repetitive shocks, impacts, huge temperature changes and UV rays. Our top sheets all confirm to the industry standard (ICP 8210) which guarantees the best quality out there. The upper layer of the top-sheet is a highly-resistant polyamide, which is made up of two thermally-bonded layers of the following thickness: 0.15mm / 0.25mm / 0.40mm and 0.50mm. The top sheets all then have an anti-UV treatment and anti-stick coating (to repel snow – particularly important in the touring range). The X-Series range will also benefit from a new technology with a dual-layer top sheet.
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 RESPONSE is part of the new generation of Free Touring skis with a new-school shape. The sidecut and the long Light Rocker 10 tip make this ski float effortlessly in the deep stuff and make it super-smooth in varied terrain. This mid-fat ski is made with a lightweight Karuba wood core and strong construction to keep it very stiff torsionally and keep the performance levels high. Despite its high-performance abilities, the RESPONSE remains an easy ski to handle, so it suits all levels of Free Touring fans, but particularly those who are sporty and looking for the next challenge.