Update: This post was written before skin skis became available. Skin skis are a good, all-around waxless ski which work well in all conditions but are still slower than a waxable ski.
Feedback on gear
I received an email tonight from a skier who is going out to buy some new gear. My understanding is that he is going to be skiing on groomed trails. Among his concerns were: should he get skis with metal edges, how wide, and he expressed a preference for waxless skis. I think these are good topics to address at this time of year, just before the season begins.
For the track skiing which we do around here, I don’t feel metal edges are required. I wouldn’t mind getting some suggestions from readers on what type of skiing requires metal edges.
Waxless skis will be slower, which means you’ll work harder to go the same speed as a waxable ski. On the other hand, a waxless ski will work better in moist snow conditions, which we don’t experience much of in this area. My first pair of skis were waxable and I remember how frustrating it was learning all the intricacies of the grip waxing procedure. Still, my personal preference would be waxable skis. Can you think of any pros and cons that I’ve missed?