Rollerskis – 2017 Gear Guide

If you cross country ski race it’s a solid bet that you train for skiing—or at least think about it—year round. And there’s no better way to train for skiing in the summer than by rollerskiing. So, 80-degree days in early July 2016 saw us testing the latest rollerskis on the gentle climbs of Nebraska Valley Road in Stowe, Vt. Our crew tried classic and skate, metal and composite, fast and slow, all to give you our honest opinion.

—The Editors

Pursuit Fork Flex Rollerskis

“Flex isn’t something I think of with rollerskis with metal shafts, but these sure provided it.”

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Marwe Skate 620XC Rollerskis

“The gliding experience felt similar to snow and the stability allowed a really natural balance for skating, like being on snow.”

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Fischer RCS Carbonlite Skate Rollerskis

“The carbon-fiber look and flex made the skis look sleek and feel fast. I wonder how the ski would hold up to a couple of crashes, rocks or dives in the ditch.”

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ONE WAY Skate 10 Rollerskis

“These were incredibly stable skis and they swung just like the real thing,”

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V2 Aero 150 Rollerskis

“The V2 Aero 150s, with their pneumatic wheels, are a fantastic option for skiing smooth, hardpacked, dirt roads.”

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Swix Classic Roadline C2 Rollerskis

“Utilizing the rear ratchet these skis kicked a bit differently—in a good way. They were incredibly smooth and tracked well.”

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Marwe Classic 700XC Rollerskis

“These skis were as close to skiing on snow as I’ve found in rollerskis.”

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Fischer RCS Carbonlite Classic Rollerskis

“The skis dealt with cracks in the pavement very well and I liked the balance and stability.”

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V2 XLQ920 Rollerskis

“You can make [the skis] slip if you start kicking like wax never slips. This is super important for folks focusing on technique as it’s really easy to start the on-snow season with ‘roller ski’ kick, which can lead to technique issues for months.”

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