Today, after waiting a month and half, and seeing a slightly ominous countdown timer and numerous spy shots, we got out first official look at the Salomon Carbon Skate Lab Ski. Just one day before the the start of ISPO Munich. The countdown page was replaced earlier today with a video and technical specifications regarding Salomon’s new ski. The first thing that jumps out at you is the weight, 980 g per pair and 490 g for a single ski. This is incredibly impressive when you compare this figure to the weight of Fischer’s lightest ski, the Carbonlite is the exact same weight. Now you may be saying, what’s the big deal then? Well the bid deal is that this is a ski which utilizes a full carbon construction which in theory should weigh signifigantly more than a ski constructed of fiberglass. It is the full carbon construction that seems to be Salomon’s main innovation with this ski. They are claiming huge improvements in torsional rigidity, power transmission, and stability. Over the past few years the alpine / backcountry industry has seen a revolution in carbon fiber ski construction. Maybe we are in for a similar trend in the nordic industry. Additionally the Carbon Skate Lab has won an ISPO Gold award for 2015. Below I have included all of the slides on Salomon’s webpage as well as their introductory video.
Are you excited for the Carbon Lab Skate ski? Will it live up too the hype and set the trend for modern ski construction? Let me know what you think down in the comments down below!