Rollerskis under examination
From SciFondo magazine MARZO 2001 N 146

  Versione Italiana
 
Text by Marco Selle
Photos by Carlo Brena

Training rollerskis: here’s at last the first complete test. We have tested for you a dozen of rollerskis distributed on Italian market.
 

From a SciFondo’s idea and following the example of what has been taking place for some years yet with cross-country skis, we have decided to do a test for rollerskis. It is the first attempt of this kind to be done in Italy, and certainly it has been a useful and interesting experience. We have examinated training rollerskis of both techniques, the very useful and unfailing tool in the cross-country skier’s preparation in summer and fall.
There were present the three Italian Companies who produce rollerskis (Ski Skett, Ski Way and Rolski); they participated with great interest to the initiative placing the material at our’s disposal. We have aslo tested Swenor (Norge rollerskis which are imported and distributed by Nones Sport) and a model by Marwe.
The testers’ team consisted of five elements: a girl, Magda Genuin (21, from Falcade, member of the National team for "Turin 2006") and three athletes: Faustino Bordiga (31, from Predazzo [Tn] protagonist of long-distance races for years), Gianantonio Zanetel (30, from Primierotto, winner of the latest Coppa Italia) and Marco Cattaneo (26, from Varese, great cross-country skier and exellent rollerskis). Finally, a specialist, the undersigned, Marco Sella, National Instructor, trainer and person in charge of "Fiamme Oro" team.

 
Log Book

It’s the tenth of August, we set off early in the morning, the work seems long and difficult; we have found a perfect place for the test along the main road which goes from Val di Fiemme to Val di Cembra. Everything is fine: sunshine, different kinds of asphalt and of slope, and, considering the period, no traffic. Under the alert and interested eye of the people in charge of the companies present there, we started the test.
The valutation considers the caracteristics, the conduct and the components of the tool, meanwhile it is not considered the prize, reliability and wear (which are difficult to be judge in a single test).
Rollerski of reference is the one ideal for training, or rather a tool with middle caracteristics of weight, velocity and stability, that bring it to be as similar as possible to cross-country ski.

 

Every tester did a run of about 1 km and a half, at the end of which he filled in a form which in details valued: weight, stability, velocity, grip, vibrations’ absorption, conduct on slope and on plain, conduct on rough asphalt and in curve, sensibility to the tyre’s blend, ratchet’s tightness, bar’s flexibility and similarity with cross-country ski.
At the end, above these, we have also expressed an overall valutation. What you have here is the score of the valutations expressd by the team of testers, exept for the best and the worst vote in each category.

 

CLASSIC

STYLE

Builder and model

Technical
characteristics

Like they function Components

Ski Way Easy It really remainds of skiing; light, fast and stable. It shows no evident problem. To be verified the blend on wet conditions. 7,1 7,7 7,1 7,1 7,5 7,6 7,5 7,0 7,0 8,1 6,4 7,3 7,3 7,3
Ski Way Twin Very amusing, easy and light. Excellent on any kind of asphalt; soft blend offers good grip on every condition. 6,9 6,3 7,8 7,4 8,0 7,3 7,9 7,6 7,0 7,3 6,6 7,1 7,3 7,3
Rolski TR CI & Sk It has all the caracteristics to be a good rollerski for training. Hard blend compromises a little stability, grip and conduct on rough asphalt. 7,2 7,0 6,2 6,2 6,0 6,7 6,3 5,8 6,8 7,2 5,8 7,0 7,2 6,6
Ski Skett Bull Strong and reliable. Stable and good vibrations’ absorbent. Maybe it’s too heavy and for this very reason it is raccomended to adult male athlete. Interesting the possibility of speed reducer' applitacion. 7,5 7,0 5,3 7,8 6,6 7,0 6,7 7,5 6,2 7,8 7,9 7,0 7,2 7,0
Ski Skett Nord CL Very light and perfect on rough asphalt. Difficult to be used, therefore adapt to expert skiers. 7,7 7,0 6,1 6,6 7,1 6,7 6,7 7,0 6,4 6,8 7,3 7,0 6,8 6,9
Ski Skett Nord SX It has the perfect caracterisitcs to be used by youngs and girls. Interesting blend iin polyurethane extra slow. 7,5 7,2 6,7 6,6 6,4 7,2 6,6 6,4 6,6 7,4 6,3 6,6 6,8 6,8
Ski Skett Nord TB A polyvalent tool. Good even for skating, but then of course it loses in stability and grip, if compared with rollerskis for classic technique. 7,8 7,0 6,0 6,4 6,4 6,5 6,5 6,0 6,3 6,4 6,5 6,3 6,8 6,5
Swenor Carbon fibre Fibre-bar and soft blend makes it useful in every condition. Reliable and easy to be used, it has wheels which permits no skating. 7,5 7,3 7,4 7,3 7,7 7,8 7,1 7,8 6,8 7,6 7,5 7,7 8,0 7,5

  

SKATING

STYLE

Builder and model

Technical
characteristics

Like they function Components

Rolski GP Quikline Very close to a racing rollerskis for weight and handling. Recommended for expert skiers and able to face high velocity. 7,6 7,2 7,2 6,8 6,7 7,2 7,2 6,6 6,9 7,4 6,3   6,8 7,0
Ski Skett Fire SX Exellent tool for a middle-expert skier. Very good grip and stability in every situation. Interesting blend in polyurethane extra slow. 7,3 6,5 7,5 7,8 8,0 7,2 7,4 7,7 7,1 7,0 7,0   7,0 7,3
Ski Skett Fire P It has the perfect caracteristics for training. High velocity, close to racing rollerskis, make it recommandable to expert skiers. To be verified tyres’ grip. 7,8 7,9 7,9 7,2 6,3 7,3 7,4 6,3 7,3 7,8 6,5   6,5 7,2
Ski Skett Nord Sf To skating beginners. For length, velocity and weight it is very similar to a rolleski for classic technique (it was born as a combi). 6,1 6,8 7,0 6,6 6,2 6,1 6,9 6,0 6,4 6,1 6,7   6,0 6,4
marwe-tl.jpg (9184 byte) Marwe T.L. Nordic rollerskis, and you can feel it!! Very particular and different from the other rollerskis we tested. Too slow to apreciate its qualities on rough asphalt. 6,5 5,8 6,2 6,2 7,5 6,1 6,1 7,3 6,2 5,8 7,2   7,5 6,5

 

Conclusions:

Without any doubt it’s been difficult to judge rollerskis which were often very different from one another for weight, velocity and tyres. Experience taught us that every test is perfectable, and, even in this case, we have established that if we could have tested the material for a longer period, it would have been better: in such way we could have judge also reliability and wear. But, as we said before, this has been our first experience, useful also for finding where to improve in next tests.

 

ROLLERSKIS MADE IN ITALY

Marchio Aziende URL E-Mail
Skiskett Crestani Sport www.skiskett.com info@skiskett.com
Rolski Monsero Sport Gears www.rolski.com info@rolski.com
Ski Way Togo www.togosrl.it info@togosrl.it
Swenor Nones Sport    

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