Praxis is about to start production on a pretty cool looking ski. Literally created by "popular demand". It is a skinnier - by 15mm - version of the ProTest. I'm pretty stoked about it. It looks like it'll fill a unique niche for skinning. A number of folks are thinking it could be a hit for soft & mixed inbounds days as well. It looks to be both light and durable (check out reviews on the Praxis BC for perspective on that).
As both a Praxis fan and fat rockered reverse-camber-ish ski fan, I tend to like skis of the ProTest or Powder Board genre for really good days. But for schlepping skis uphill on your feet, weight matters. The cantilevering effect of really fat boards while side-hilling under less than ideal conditions is hard to deny. And width can be an issue on more mixed days. Knocking 15mm off the width of the ProTest looks like it should result in a really, really nice ski. And take the weight into a comfortable skinning range.
Since it is not part of the standard lineup, Praxis is taking orders for the next little bit & will then be building them later this month.
Praxis' info on the ski, and ordering info is here: http://www.praxisskis.com/shop/buy-skis.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=21&category_id=3
The detailed spec PDF is here: http://www.praxisskis.com/shop/images/PDF/wootest_product_data.pdf
Lots of interesting info and history are here:
There's a reason this is here rather than the BC forum. Namely because it looks like it may well be a pretty cool inbounds soft snow ski too. And the whole story is a generally interesting gear discussion...
Clearly there is energy around this at TGR. What do folks here think?
(Pay close attention to the discount code in the Blister Gear article. Although I think the code EPIC still works for 10% off too)
Edited by spindrift - 1/9/12 at 12:46pm