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Ski Review: Curv GT / S/Force Bold / Hero Plus Ti

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After the fascination with soft all-terrain soft wagons in the format of narrower freeride skis, the ski world switched to a new passion - wide carves or, as they like to call them, groomers. The theoretical idea of ​​this category is not to lose in effectiveness on all conditions of the track from morning velveteen to evening cereal. In theory. In practice, everyone is looking for something different in them, but today we want to compare three bright representatives of this category and find out how they differ from each other.

In the framework of this comparison, we will not talk about each ski in detail, because such a detailed story is already in the section with test results, here we will only point out the differences between these models.

Fundamentally, any real expert who knows skiing not in forums and conversations, but who really tried different skis in different skiing conditions, will always say that there are no problems on normal carv skiing, either on a hard or on a broken track: if you know how to ski, you will ride perfectly, if you don’t know how to ride, you won’t go skiing anyway. All problems of carv skiing on a soft and broken track lie either in the field of insufficient skating technique or in the area of ​​extreme failure to choose a model. But there are not so many experts in the percentage of the total number of skiers, and everyone wants to ride and feel confident on the track, and there is nothing wrong and bad, and the producers, in response to the desire of the skiers not training the technique to be super-skiers, constantly working on skis that ride themselves on a broken, hard, steep, any other problematic and difficult. And so this category of skis appeared - wide carves with 80 hoists.

At their waist, do not confuse them with the classic familiar soft station wagons such as Salomon XDR80 or Fisher ProMT 80Ti. Classic wagons are soft skis in which versatility is manifested not only in cross-country ability on a soft track, but also in the style of skiing, in the rhythm of skiing, in the aggressiveness of skiing - these are, to a greater extent, skiing for vacationers who want to ride a pair of skis for life 1-2 weeks a year with pleasure and without tension. This category of wide carves for those who are looking for a carving drive, power and dynamics, shaving tenacity of edges and for whom it’s not difficult and scary ice, but a challenge for whom the black track is not “endure”, but the idea of ​​the day, but, in at the same time, there are some difficulties with cross in soft snow ... Therefore, in such skis, grip, power, dynamics and accuracy of the arc like in sports skis are important and a bit more cross. Let us compare our three instances precisely from this point of view of understanding skiing and skiing.

Morning corduroy.
Naturally, for expert level carv skiing, regardless of whether they have a classic waist width or increased, the main indicator of their effectiveness is how they work on a hard, level track with velveteen. No matter how you twist, it is morning corduroy that is a paradise for any carver, it is fans of expert skiing that hunt for it, it is they who dream of in their innermost fantasies. Yes, in fact, not everyone falls into it for various reasons, but getting into one thing and dreaming is quite another. But one way or another, it’s precisely for such skating that expert karves are bought and, therefore, they must be compared precisely by the way they work in such skating.

On a velveteen, all three skis are definitely not lost and work out as they should. The main differences between them are in the rhythm and versatility of the riding rhythm. Fisher and Salomon are very good at fast arc. Salomons are a little faster, Fisher is a little calmer, but both are very fast. They’re so fast that it’s impossible for experts not to cope with the speed of the cut arc that is embedded in them and in skating it will have to either be turned over earlier without completing the arc by cutting off the tops of the arcs, or go into full or partial side slippage, or, at all, fall into the classics to control the speed. They do not have a medium and short cut arc. Rossiki is much softer and more polished and, as a result, more interesting precisely in the variety of skating. They are not as rail as Fischer and Salomon, not as tenacious and accurate, but they allow you to play the rhythm of skating combining medium and even short arcs without losing cutting. It’s difficult to say which ones are better because Fischer and Salomon are better at stability in speed skating and those who are interested in speed and only they will be more interesting, Rossi is better at variability, variety of skiing, ease of control and loyalty in terms of skiing and they will be more interesting to those who in skating, diversity and versatility are important when driving and carving are possible.

In a rolling bend on a tight track, Fischer and Salomon knock at their feet with all their rigidity and grip and don’t really work out anything and you should definitely not expect comfortable riding in this format. Rossiki is not essential, but more interesting. In classic skating, Rossiki also feels more powerful and livelier. Fisher and Salomon, on the other hand, seem heavy and slow, and the dynamics of their hard heels have to be squeezed with effort.

Afternoon porridge
Definitely, none of the three skis gives any special advantage on broken soft porridge. All three models must be accelerated so that they do not get stuck in soft snow, and all three work well in porridge only on longitudinal sliding. Without speed, everyone gets stuck equally. But, due to greater variability and loyalty along the turning radius, Rossiki have some advantage and in this version of skiing they look more interesting because they do not force them to accelerate beyond the limits and in narrow or busy places it is easier to cope with terrain and traffic.

Universal skating
Definitely, this is skiing only for cross-country skiing, only for mountain resorts where there are open spaces and certainly not for skiing and not for long skiing. Despite the width of the waist and the promised cross-country ability, these are skis for morning skiing for a couple of hours on a velveteen, while there is still the opportunity to drive along even hard and not yet loaded tracks. There is not much universality in them in all three. Of course, in the framework of the wide and long free morning trails of mountain resorts, you can get a buzz in them by chasing a series of long arcs with very long arches and vice versa, and from high-speed skiing, go to faster, but only in the format of fast expert skiing.

All three skis are good if you understand what to do with them and how to ride them and are ready to ride in the mode that they are ready to give. A bad start occurs when people are not fully aware of their rhythm and style of riding and buy for progress and development, or simply because the Internet has a lot of positive feedback from experts or pro-riders and struggles with them half their lives without learning anything from them. Of the three compared, roughly, we can summarize as follows: Salomon is very fast, Fisher is just fast, Rossiki average speed. Otherwise, everything is about equally good and you can say for sure that these are three leaders in this category and if you are an expert who loves speed on the morning track, then all three of you can please in skiing.