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Comments about Salomon Equipe G2 Micro Cross-Country Skis:
First, despite the description on the REI website about G4 base holding wax, these skis should never be waxed--the ski uses an epoxy base with microfibers embedded (per the REI associate) and is covered tip to tail. There is a model that has this just in the kick zone (do not know the model number).
An interesting concept, and I was anxious to try it out. I am 6'2" 220lbs, and using the 206 lenght with a NNN pilot bindings and Salomon escape 7 boots. My first time out with this ski was on a well groomed 2 foot base course, 28 degree weather. Course was 5K, consisting of 2.25K uphill (500ft gain), 0.5K level, and 2.5K steady constant downhill.
I was in track for the climb up, and the Hill climbing abilities of this ski were excellent. Good reproducable kick. I never experience the ski sliding back. The glide uphill felt a little less than my other waxless ski (salomon XADV59 Grip), but I felt overall efficiency was better due to the consistent kick.
The downhill section was out of track, and while well groomed, there was still lots of "edges" from skate skiers, dogs, and people falling. The ski tracked well, and seemed uneffected by the defects in terrain. I found it easy to turn and stop. Kicking my heals out and edging the skis to slow my decent was smooth and fluid--I was very pleased.
Glide seemed reduced a bit over other skis I have used, but looking at my garmin data afterwards suggests this was more mental than real. I beleive this was due to the difference in "feedback" from the base--there was a feel of skiing on fine sandpaper, but the speed data from the garmin says just as fast as my other skis.
Time will tell if the base on the ski continues to perform consitantly.
Trail tested on--Hatcher Pass, Alaska
* Intermediate markdowns may have been taken.
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