In other news, I had the first outing with the Rabbs yesterday.
The weather was about -1C and it was going to be warming near 0C, and I was eager to test the 58mm mohair X-skins as well, so I skipped the purple wax and just installed the skins. For the boots I chose my Scott Excursions, as I wanted to test the skis' downhill prowess.
Some things I learned yesterday:
-The grip of the 58mm mohair X-skin (stock length) is great in warm(ish) snow, I could climb steeper than I really wanted to
-The glide of said skins was not that good. Much much worse than kick wax, noticeably worse than 38mm wide Madshus Intelligrip skins, and about comparable to the integral skin on OAC Kar147. I could ski down steeper slopes with the skins on, but it was not that nice
-When I removed the skins for some downhills, the skis were almost scary fast!
-The skis turn quite nice and tight on all the surfaces I encountered yesterday: smooth hardpack, tracked and rutted snow, lighter powder (but only about 15cm deep), and heavier untracked snow. I struggled a bit on the heavier snow, but still it was much much easier than on my Madshus Eons on the same conditions, so I wouldn't blame the skis, rather than the skier
- The Rabbs track worse than the Eons, but better than the Kar147s on hardpack. I would say it's tolerable, but someone who is really sensitive might say otherwise
- I can't comment too much about the XC efficiency yet, because yesterday it was a bit of a slog because of the skins and the boots
- I hate removing and reinstalling the skins, too high tinkering to skiing ratio on our hills
- I hate climbing with the heel riser (at least the Rottefella Chili riser is too high, maybe lower riser would be nicer).
- Plastic boots are not that nice for XC skiing
Next time I'm probably going to use grip wax and leather boots, already looking forward to that!