Ski Review: 2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

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lilcliffy
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Ski Review: 2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by lilcliffy » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:36 pm

Ski Review: 2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC
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I am going to be comparing the new updated Gamme 54 BC to the previous model. I have both the new updated Gamme 54 BC and the previous model- both are 210cm. Please read my review thread of the previous model. The balance, geometry and camber-rocker profile is identical between the two skis- the performance is very similar and I may be forgetting something in my review of the current model!
http://www.telemarktalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2305
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The updated Gamme 54 BC ski is dreamy. How do you take a magnificently designed ski and make it better?
Lighter? Yes.
More responsive flex? Yes.

Somehow the updated Gamme 54 BC is noticeably lighter, and feels more snappy and responsive- yet retains the rock-solid stability of the previous model.
The new model feels every bit as stiff and responsive underfoot as the old model.
The new model is just as stable in deep snow.
The new model has more “feel”- it has a more responsive flex- this is particularly noticeable in deep snow and when turning.

Like the previous model- the new updated Gamme 54 BC is a highly versatile distance-oriented backcountry touring/expedition Nordic ski- intended for variable snow and terrain. It has a low-profile, but stiff and resistant double-camber underfoot- designed to offer true kick and glide performance in a wide range of snow conditions. It has enough camber and stiffness to offer decent kick and glide on consolidated snow- yet this ski still performs beautifully in deep soft snow and hilly terrain.

Technically, the Gamme 54 BC is narrow enough to fit in a groomed Classic track- but its stiff 68mm tip- fully-wrapped in steel- is too wide and stiff to efficiently bend around turns in a groomed track. As a comparison- the current E-99 Xtralite- with its slightly narrower and softer tip performs better in a groomed Classic track than the Gamme 54 BC. But- the Gamme 54’s stiffer tip is more stable and supportive in deep snow than the E-99 Xtralite.

The updated Gamme 54’s more responsive flex makes them easier to turn than the previous model. The new model has the exact same geometry as the outgoing model- same sidecut; same slightly rockered and stiff, stable tip; same camber and stiffness underfoot; even the balance point is identical. That being said- when I pressure the new ski into a turn it flexes more and “responds” more…I guess that means it is softer than the outgoing model? I guess it must be- but it sure doesn’t feel softer when I flex this ski by hand!

The new Gamme is noticeably lighter on my feet than the outgoing model- making them even more maneuverable and incredibly easy to pick up and direct in step/jump turns.

This ski is a work of art. Åsnes has truly improved this ski without losing any of the fabulous traits of the previous model. Well done.

I have already racked up an incredible number of kilometres in the hills on this ski this winter. It is my most versatile and most efficient BC-XC ski.

The Specs
• Sidecut profile: 68-54-61mm
• Length: to 210cm
• Weight: 1010g per ski (200cm)
• Tip shape: traditional, broad, raised Nordic touring tip
• Tip profile: Nordic-rockered tip (much less than the Ingstad BC)
• Tip flex: stiff, stable tip
• Camber: low-profile, resistant double-camber underfoot (stiffer underfoot than the Ingstad BC)
• Tail profile and flex: flat, stiff and stable tail
• Overall flex pattern: full-length stiff and stable- yet responsive
• Edges: full-wrap steel edges
• Base: High-quality sintered base
• Kicker skin insert: Skin-Lock/X-Skin

Please note:
Åsnes sent me this new model Gamme 54 BC to test (I bought the previous model). I am not officially sponsored by Åsnes and am under no formal obligation/contract to promote their products in any way.

January, 2020
Gareth Davies
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Stanley, NB
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Re: Ski Review: 2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by lilcliffy » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:48 pm

We got buried today in 40cm of beautiful cold dry snow- this on top of the solid metre base of hero snow we already had.
..........
I skied my ass off this weekend.
Went on a full-day tour yesterday (before we got today's dumping) in the Upper Nashwaak hills with my Ingstad BC.
Went out several times today in knee-deep powder with a number of different setups:
- Åsnes Storetind + Crispi Lofoten boot (first serious test of the Lofoten boot- loved it with the Storetind!)
- Åsnes Combat Nato + Alfa Guard boot- deep snow XC machine!
- Åsnes Ingstad BC + Alfa Guard boot- wonderous.
- Madshus Annum + Alfa Guard boot- grip-waxed base- best they have ever been in deep, soft cold snow!
- Åsnes Gamme 54 BC (new model)- WOW was I impressed with this ski in deep powder snow. I think that it was as good a XC ski as the Combat Nato(!?!) and it was surprisingly fun to ride open turns in that deep snow!

I am EXTREMELY impressed with this ski and I am afraid it has made a number of my skis obsolete...
And- it is keeping my Ingstad BC in the shed unless I want to crush miles in deep snow and steep terrain.
Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.

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Re: Ski Review: 2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by Cannatonic » Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:28 pm

Congrats on getting the skis - it's well-deserved, these reviews are very informative and helpful. I would say you are somewhat sponsored now, I'd be proud of it! :lol: sponsored athlete and journalist. Your reviews are always objective and seem spot-on for the skis I've used.

Some of the insights you get from reading your reviews or LJ or others make a big difference when buying skis, most of us don't have the ability to test all the different ones against each other. knowing which length to buy - I wasn't brave enough to order 210cm NATO's but after reading your comments I definitely want to try them now. It's great for people to hear how these work when trying something new.
"All wisdom is to be gained through suffering"
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