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Explore untracked terrain or go to your local Nordic center with the stable Salomon XADV 59 Grip cross-country skis. Their partial metal edges and high-performance waxless patterns offer good control.
The Salomon X-Adventure 59 Grip nordic touring ski offers a clever solution to an old problem. Metal edges or no metal edges, that is the question. Metal edges can provide better control, but the extra stiffness compromises grip and glide. Salomon's solution? Place the metal edges only on the tip and tail, not in the wax pocket area. The 59 Grip ski remains limber in the midsection, so that grip is not degraded. And since a nordic flexed ski, aka, "double camber", doesn't really flex into a turn through the ski's midsection, why put a metal edge there? Put the edge on the tip and tail, where contact with the snow will add to downhill control. The other unique aspect to the X-Adventure 59 Grip is a nod to the past. Resisting the trend to mid length skis, the 59 Grip is a trad length ski. Maximum versatility is the result. Narrow enough to fit into a machine groomed track, yet the traditional length provides surface area for busting trail in new snow. One ski for mondo fun anywhere you go that there is snow. Salomon X-ADV 59 Grip features: G2 base: "Grip and Glide" pattern with sharp grip edges and improved glide zone maximizes performance. Heel/toe camber: Ultra efficient classic camber provides easy kick when pressing with the forefoot. Lift up the grip zone while pressing with full body weight in the mid/rear part of foot for fast glide. Sidecut: 59/50/55mm 1-0-1 Steel edges: Steel edges only in the tip/tail contact zones, not in the double camber area. Sizing: 184cm/ 88-133lb, 191cm/ 121-154lb, 198cm/ 133-165lb, 205cm/ 154-187lb