At the ISPO Munich trade show last month Norwegian Company: Madshus, unveiled a new version of their middle of the product line classic ski, the Terrasonic. This new iteration comes in the form of the Madshus Terrasonic IntelliGrip. This new ski takes their existing Terrasonic ski and combines it with their IntelliGrip Mohair and Nylon ski tape formula. This ski is similar to the Atomic Skintech in many ways but it does offer something a little different. Their kick wax replacement is actually glued to the ski which offers significant weight advantages to the system used by Atomic.
And of course with this ski coming from Madshus it comes mounted with a NIS plate which allows for kick pocket adjustments by moving the binding itself and modifying the skis compression profile. Here is what Madshus has to say on the ski:
For winter 2015/16, Madshus extends their IntelliGrip System with a climbing skin integrated into the base of the ski. The first model with IntelliGrip Base is the Terrasonic IntelliGrip Classic, a ski made for ambitious cross-country skiers eager to take advantage of a high-performance waxing ski, while avoiding the disadvantages of a conventional NoWax-ski. The progressive IntelliGrip skin profile – the skin is somewhat elevated in the very center – delivers great grip and glide in almost all conditions, while the mix of Mohair (65 %) and Nylon (35 %) ensures excellent durability.
Five years ago Madshus introduced the IntelliGrip Skin, a special climbing skin for XC skis. Unlike the full-length skins for alpine touring skis, IntelliGrip has the climbing skin only in the grip zone of the ski – just like wax or klister. The entire front part is made from polyethylene, the same material as the base itself. Since it worked so well, Madshus now integrates IntelliGrip into the base.
The first model with this technology is the Terrasonic Intelligrip Classic. It never requires the application of grip wax, but it avoids the typical disadvantages of NoWax-skis: the glide is much better than on any kind of fish-scale patterns and there is no rattling noise in an icy track.
Madshus’ IntelliGrip Base weighs less than similar systems because it is glued into the base. Thanks to its lower profile, it allows a larger diameter torsion-box around the core, which results in a higher stiffness of the entire ski. In addition, the progressive skin profile – the skin is somewhat elevated in the very center (just like ordinary wax or klister) – the IntelliGrip base delivers a better grip. The skin itself is a mix of Mohair (65 %) and Nylon (35 %), as this represents the best compromise on great glide and high durability. In case the skin wears out, it can be replaced, as it is glued in with standard hot glue.
This concept makes the Terrasonic Intelligrip Classic a great choice for two typical use cases:
The Terrasonic Intelligrip Classic is a fantastic one ski for all snow and weather conditions. Instead of spending time in the waxing room, you simply ski longer. For experienced Nordic skiers, the Terrasonic Intelligrip Classic is a great option for delicate waxing conditions, around freezing point, or when the weather changes while out on the track.
The Madshus Terrasonic Intelligrip Classic ski weighs in at 1100 g (190 cm). It features a lightweight Polycell core, a fast sintered P190 Nano base and the NIS 7 binding system. It will be available from 180 to 210 cm from autumn 2015.
Progressive camber profile:
– Raised skin profile in the “wax pocket”
– The progressive skin profile ensures optimal grip and glide in a wide variety of conditions.
Unique mix of Polyethylene and Mohair:
– It ensures long lasting grip and glide while it avoids icing
– No preparations needed. Very aggressive in the kick direction – smooth in the glide direction
– Maintain camber profile Maintain ski stiffness.
The NIS movable binding system gives the opportunity to optimize the camber and stiffness of the ski.
Are you interested in this new low maintenance classic ski? Do wax-less mohair skis have a place in race fleets? Let me know what you think in the comments down below!