Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Roller Ski Options

Roller skiing is some of the most ski-specific dryland training, but to get the most for your time invested and training effort, it’s important to find the right roller skis. Here’s what to look for when buying some of the most important dryland training equipment.

Just as with regular skis, its important to define how and where you plan to use your roller skis. What kind of surface and terrain will you roller ski on? Smooth velvety asphalt, concrete, chip seal or even gravel? Skate or classic?

Swenor Fiberglass
For those who are relatively new to roller skiing, it’s extra important to get skis that are stable and easy to maneuver.

Buy roller skis from solid brands that have been around a while such as Swenor and V2. New brands often have a few bugs to work out, and roller skiing is not where you want to find a defect and it’s easy to find replacement parts and service on established brands.

The different brands and models offer different technologies in the construction. But most roller skis fit into one of two main categories: aluminum shaft construction and fiberglass/wood core construction. Aluminum shafts are light, sturdy and stiff. Fiberglass/wood core roller skis generally absorb more of the road vibration and are a good choice for uneven/rough surfaces.

The Swenor Fibreglass has a wood core/fiberglass laminate shaft and provides exceptional vibration control. This model has long been a favorite with elite skiers and the Norwegian and Swedish national teams. 

The Swenor Allutech is an aluminum shaft ski that is easy to ski, and is a good choice for skiers who are new to roller skiing. That said, this is also the top pick for some of the elite skiers.

Always wear a helmet, glasses, gloves and bright, reflective clothing. A helmet goes without saying, glasses keep dust and bugs out of your eyes as well as the glare and gloves will save your hands when and if you spill. Reflective clothing is crucial even on bright sunny days as the glare from the sun makes it hard for drivers to see roller skiers on the shoulder. If you have the option, use a roller ski specific arena where cars are banned and the turns are perfectly designed to keep you on the course and out of the ditch, or bike paths when possible. Also, firm dirt roads are a great low-traffic alternative and also opens up a lot more terrain.