Weight / pair: 2550 grams. (200 grams lighter than the previous carbon shaft skis.)
Wheel Dimensions: 98mm X 48mm wide.
Wheel Hub: The custom hub is made of aluminum and is designed by Jenex.
Rubber composition: Highly abrasion resistant rubber with a durometer of 72 shore A.
Wheel Forks are designed so that tracking can easily be adjusted.
Bolts: Forged 6X1X55mm in 7075T6 aluminum and grade 12-9 steel bolts.
Optional Speed Reducer: ATR9848
Optional Brake: B150XL
Replacement Wheels: W9848C ratchet wheel for the front and W9848 free wheel for the rear.
I have used the 9848 several times now, and they may not be the lightest skis, but they are incredible. They are stable. They roll over things that cause falls on other skis. The shaft dampens road vibration so well that it feels like a smooth ride, even on dirt and gravel surfaces. I can start and finish roller skiing from my house, where it is up hill in both directions, on dirt road, and I can do so without walking or driving to the pavement that is half a mile away.
Today I skied at 6 pm. It was sunny and the temperature was around 30F (-1C) degrees. We have had muddy roads, and there is still up to 2 feet of snow in our yard, with good-sized snow banks along the road and drive. That means some firm areas of dirt, and some soupy and sandy areas as well. You need to go through these areas when exercising, as getting around the surface variations is impossible. We had 4 inches of fresh snow Tuesday night, and by the time I got out to ski it had melted down to patches on the road and in the sunny areas.
So I roller skied on dirt, snow, ice, gravel, some really bad and some decent pavement, as well as pavement with sand and rocks on top. I actually think I like these skis more on the dirt and gravel then on paved roads. The speed and the resistance feels perfect for me on hard packed dirt. The speed reducers are a must with our steep hills. With them I never need to walk down hills. These may be the greatest roller skis that I have ever been on. What that means to me is that they fit what I want, and what I do these days perfectly. They are more touring ski than race ski, and they make it so hassle free to ski that they are a perfect fit for my life with work, family, and other time constraints. They deal with the vagaries of our weather, and the diversity of our road surfaces. I get to roller ski with no hassles, and it is fun and safe. All I am looking for is to get exercise, and since I love to ski; this is the perfect way for me to stay healthy.
The roller ski ferrules with the shock absorbers seem to work well too. I have tried a lot of those over the years too; Kangaroo poles, moon shock absorbers, shock grips, pogo grips. They all had their good and bad aspects. Some were simple, some complex. Some were heavy, and some were light. Some worked, and some didn’t. This is a reasonable way to dampen the initial shock of the pole plant, and it is light and simple. After a week I like them. Last week I skied 210 kilometers on snow and I felt great. That was it for snow skiing for the year, but I’m tempted to go to Bear Notch before the week is up to just ski one last time. Fortunately for me I enjoy roller skiing almost as much as snow skiing.
This is what coach Jim Galanes wrote on Facebook. Jim is a three time Olympian and won ten National XC titles.
Galanes Sports Systems has been testing the new V2 XLQ9848 Roller Ski from Jenex. These skis replace the old Terra ski that I had tested many years ago. My interest in these skis stemmed from my experience with the old Terra ski. Being back in Vermont and an abundance of dirt roads I thought they would be fun to try. I will try to get some video soon. But what I can say is that these skis rolled well over virtually everything on the dirt road I skied on which in places was not very smooth. Just have to be careful when there is rather large loose gravel present. These skis performed great and I can say skiing on dirt requires good body position and effective timing to ski well. To me they are more like skiing than other training options. I skied 12.6 miles with about 1000 feet of vertical climb, in 1:18. Got a bit carried away with technique and finding a good rhythm and the intensity of the workout got away from me. EPOC was 212 ml/kg/min and the Training Effect was 4.9.