Cross-Country Skiing Essentials

Nov 16, 2011
Outside Magazine
Atomic Vasa Skintec

Atomic Vasa Skintec    Photo: Courtesy Atomic

"The first high-performance no-wax technology." That's the claim with this mohair-equipped classic ski, which trades the hassle of kick wax on the base for inserted strips of synthetic fibers to grip the snow. A Teflon-like coating prevents the mohair from icing up. The ski's unique camber is made to engage the mohair when kicking, while also providing a fast glide. Atomic says that it began testing the Skintec technology at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Almost a decade later, they are ready for the mainstream skier looking to kick, glide, and literally throw their wax box full of nasty sticky stuff away forever.

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