Ski Review 2019/2020: Men's Touring Skis 1 - 80 to 89 mm

Time to get off the piste and explore the countryside! As ski mountaineering is getting more and more popular, it's important to know exactly what kind of ski to use. With their light weight, the models in the Touring Ski 1 category guarantee an easy climb while maintaining a great performance during descents. They are perfect for ski mountaineers who enjoy long tours with large differences in altitude and rewarding themselves by gliding down the slope.

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Touring skis for all conditions

Snow-covered slopes in untouched nature and the infinite freedom of the mountains are what makes ski mountaineering so irresistible. As tough and demanding as the ascent might be, the downhill run through fresh powder snow will more than make up for it.

In category 1 of the Men's touring ski, you'll find ideal skis for all kinds of terrain. Those planning a relaxed tour and recreational skiers looking to explore their limits will both find pleasure in these models. The skis with widths ranging from 80 to 89 millimeters were tested in Innerkrems, a village in the Austrian state of Carinthia (Kärnten). Innerkrems is the starting point of the Nockeberge trail.

The skis' rather narrow width paired with their extremely low weight make ascents delightfully effortless. Even traverses and the most challenging tracks should be no problem for the models we tested. Despite their light-weight construction, they convinced us with their ride characteristics as well.

Target group: Ski mountaineers who set value on an easy ascent.

Test winner: Hagan core 89

Hagan Core 89
Hagan Core 89

A newcomer tops this season's ranking: Hagan wins first place in the Ladies' and Men's test alike. The Hagan Core 89 model excels in all categories and reaches the grade "very good" with a score of 48.3 points. 

Handling, skins8,9 / 10
Long turn8,6 / 10
Short turn8,1 / 10
Stability at speed8,0 / 10
Physical effort6,4 / 10
Overall impression8,3 / 10
Total48,3 / 60

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Second place: Atomic Backland 85 UL

Atomic Backland 85 UL
Atomic Backland 85 UL

The Atomic Backland 85 UL is our runner-up with a great score of 46.7 points. Especially the application and removal of the Atomic Prefit skins is one of the model's strengths. The Backland 85 UL is a good choice for high mountain tours and will bring joy to everyone looking for fast ascents but don't want to miss out on a fun ride back down the hill. Its cool design also earns it a bronze medal in SnowStyle. 

Handling, skins9,1 / 10
Long turn7,6 / 10
Short turn7,4 / 10
Stability at speed7,1 / 10
Physical effort7,9 / 10
Overall impression7,6 / 10
Total46,7 / 60

>> Get more information on the Atomic Backland 85 UL here!

Third Place: Völkl VTA 80

Völkl VTA 80
Völkl VTA 80

The third and final place in our top three is another "very good" model. The Völkl VTA 80 makes a great overall impression and is the lightest among all tested models, weighing only 1,050 grams.

Handling, skins7,3 / 10
Long turn8,0 / 10
Short turn7,6 / 10
Stability at speed7,1 / 10
Physical effort7,6 / 10
Overall impression8,2 / 10
Total46,1 / 60

>> Find out more about the Völkl VTA 80 here!

All test results for the Men's Touring models

RankModelRatingPrice (RRP)
1Hagan Core 8948,3599,99 €
2Atomic Backland 85 UL46,7749,95 €
3Völkl VTA 8046,1400,00 €
4Elan Ibex 84 Carbon45,7599,95 €
5Blizzard Zero G 8545,0600,00 €
6Fischer Transalp 82 Carbon44,4549,95 €
6Salomon MTN Explore 8844,4559,00 €
8Rossignol Seek 7 Tour43,6499,99 €
9Dynastar Vertical F-Team43,1769,99 €

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