The Vist SL Race model is the successor of the old Vist Super Front Tre. It is basically the same ski but with a facelift. However, this could still be the best Slalom ski available in the market today. I’ve been skiing for more than a decade and a half, and I have done it on many, many SL skis. None, absolutely none, of those are as good as the Vist SL Race.
The Vist SL Race is a lively ski that makes any skier feel alive. It feels light, although its weight is around the 7.5kg at 165cm length. It is amazingly easy to move along from side to side. Unbelievable. It is a precision tool. Not only transmits everything happening on the snow but also obeys diligently. The edge shifting can be accomplished in the blink of an eye. Any good skier will be capable of linking turns at a diabolic pace without even thinking about it. Believe it or not, the Vist SL Race is a bit forgiving. However, don´t be fooled. This is an SL beast, be aware of that.
It has also a wonderful tail that doesn’t feel heavy nor feels like a catapult either. When skied precisely and on the edge it has the right rebound, just the necessary to release us inside the next turn effortlessly. At the same time, you will be able to perform some tail slides without worries nor praying for them to happen. Have you ever felt this maneuverability from a pair of pure SL Race skis?
The shovel comes obedient into all turns, but contrary to others, it allows certain sliding degree at will. And this is not a very common behavior in today’s SL general public targeted skis. There are several reasons behind this. The excellent weight balance, the well studied sidecut profile and of course the magnificent and greatly designed Vist system plates are the main ones.
As it can be read in the general article about the Vist Race range, they also build a fantastic series of plates and binding systems. One of the main characteristics is that once the boot is inserted into the binding, its sole remains flat in respect to the ski´s sole. The immediate effect of this is a more neutral behaviour and an improved maneuverability. Other brands choose designs that incorporate a small forward ramp, such as Atomic.
Despite being one of the best, if not the best SL ski in the market, the Vist SL Race also shows good manners in the medium radius turns. It is spectacular. Any skier willing to live a unique experience and particularly those who are in love with the short turns, have in the Vist SL Race, one of the best options.
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