THE PROBLEM WITH KICK-WAX
Anybody who’s been on cross-country skis knows: classic skiing is relatively easy to learn, but preparing a traditional classic ski isn’t. To get the kick-wax right is a science in itself and it’s time-consuming. It requires experience and detailed information about the snow and weather. Why bother if there’s alternatives?
“It's a myth that people who are serious about cross-country skiing use waxable skis only. Look at what athletes ski at Vasaloppet” says Emil Jonsson, father of two. “I don’t like fishscale skis, however. They’re noisy, and they feel “chattery”.
THE SOLUTION: SKINTEC SKIS
So that’s where skin-skis come into play. They were invented by Atomic a few years ago and more and more people are falling in love with them. Like Emil and Johann: “Skin skis are super easy to handle and always ready to use.” They are waxless classic skis with a mohair insert in the kick zone. The mohair has a nap, so it glides in one direction and provides grip in the other.
Skin skis work in a wide range of conditions. “My whole family has been skiing on Atomic Skintec skis for a whole season and they worked great in every snow and temperature. The grip is excellent, the glide is excellent, and they go fast. You still have to glide wax them periodically, but they are ideal “grab and go” classic skis and a pleasure to ski on” affirms Emil.