A Vertical skimo race is very simple: first one to the top wins. No transitions, no skiing. This is a racing classification designed to figure out who is the fittest alpine athlete that knows how to skin uphill. Although not many of such races are held stateside, it’s commonly featured for one day at World Cup events in Europe. The Verticalp ski is designed to win such races.
As you can imagine, weight is an important factor in uphill-only races. As such, the Verticalp tips the scales at a scant 580 grams. But mass isn’t the only factor in getting up hill fast; kick turn efficiency becomes very important. As such, Fischer installed a tuning system that allows you to adjust the center of gravity by sliding a weight fore or aft along the ski. This means you can make the tails drop during your kick turns so you can just pivot instead of potentially flailing. In short, the Verticalp is an uphill thoroughbred, not designed for the way back down.
- Weight Tuning system lets you control the pivot-point balance.
- Air-Tec Ti construction is a scored core with titanium reinforcements.
- Aeroshape topsheet sheds snow which can add weight to your ski.
- Vertical skimo race design means this ski is not intended for downhill travel.