Rossignol Evo Glade AR
Price Paid: $190
I've rented these skis numerous times at cross-country centers and a ski buddy skis on these. Both of us like them. I think these are a good ski to start off with as they really assist you in learning the kick and glide. At the centers we usually go off the set tracks and bushwhack through powder of frozen ponds and higher elevations on the backside which does not have set tracks. They work beautifully.
My friend has followed me on my Alpina Trackers and has no problem in any of the terrain we go other than really icy spots. In some conditions she has an easier time than me. They have a plastic "edge" that works almost as well as a steel edge and the ski is very light weight. I used a pair in the Berkshires at Stump Sprouts and went into the national forest and these skis excelled. A good do-everything stick.
I also went off-site at a cross-country center and climbed some extremely steep power lines in deep powder and they were a fun ski, they floated well for their width and allowed me to explore.
You cannot go wrong with Evo Glades. I would however team them up with a good backcountry boot and binding,something the centers don't do. They usually team these up with a classical boot and lesser binding. With a true backcountry boot and binding these skis would have been even better for me and I'd have bought them.
Price Paid: $150
So far I love these skis. I rated a 4.5, due to limited usage, they may very well warrant a 5.
Due to them being waxless, I was skeptical at first-I am/was a life long waxer. I bought these skis a week ago, and have been on them 3 times-each under various snow and track conditions from cyrstal and no track to well riden packed. I have had no issues.
My wife - who swears by her waxables - invites me to break trail when we are out. Not an issue, these skis will break trail and track glide very well. They are shorter and wider than my old Rossis and are much more stable-which is great for a recreational skier.
They may be a tad bit slower-not by much-than my waxables, but not enough to warrant a complaint. Waxing & rewaxing was never a real burden-unless I was out or forgot my wax, scraper or cork-these skis eliminate those worries.
Great ski for the performance and price!