VIST’S skis: design and performance

VIST’s first line of skis was created in 2004 to test its own products and give the end customer an exclusive total look that matched the apparel and gear. In just a few years, these VIST skis moved into the top market segment and achieved excellent results in the most important tests worldwide.

The highest functionality for any performance level blends into one with a unique design. Thanks to the many variants and different set-ups, each skier can find the most suitable skis for his/her needs, based on the different styles and ability levels. The skis are supplied complete with a VIST system.

Design

Skis with an extraordinary and sophisticated design are the result of a mix of typically Italian stylishness and elegance, enhanced by materials and graphic designs that each year match the patterns and colors of the apparel collections.

Collections

Maximum flexibility and versatility also for the 2016/17 ski collection: four models in carbon and Titanal, the on-going SL Race 155/165, the traditional Italia model and other eight new models. In the end, absolutely unique for performance, the Revolution model, a mix between slalom and carving skis with a very wide and flat tip, designed by Vist for the more aggressive athletes who love sharp and rapid turns.

Materials

A wooden core in three accurately selected essences, the sintered base for a perfect fluidity and maximum resistance to abrasion, ultra-light metals for an optimal adherence to the ground and control in change of directions. An extraordinary combination of materials which guarantees incredible skiing performance for any ability level.

Assembly

The materials are accurately assembled by hand in the traditional manner of the sandwich system or semicap, a layer at the time. Approximately 400 manual movements for 6 hours are necessary to manufacture a VIST ski, the result of intense and constant research even in fields not related to the world of skis such as the field of aviation and cars, to guarantee skiers an absolutely excellent technical and aesthetical experience.

Materials

  • Wood

    The core of every ski is made up of different types of wood, and each one has different features. The wood is the major component that determines the characteristics of the skis: their bending curvature, resistance to bending, and elastic reaction, which, in turn, determines the type of skiing they are suitable for – from easy to challenging. That is why wood combinations vary.

  • Composite/artificial materials

    Such as polyamide are used for the surfaces (resistant to scratches and highly transparent to protect the graphic designs.)

  • Fibreglass laminates

    Such as polyamide are used for the surfaces (resistant to scratches and highly transparent to protect the graphic designs.)

  • Titanal

    A light metal alloy in which aluminium is the main material. It is highly ductile, malleable and flexible – features that make the skis highly adaptable to the ground.

  • Sintered base

    Top models have bases made of ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene mixed with graphite dust, for excellent skiing performance.

  • Steel sheets

    For optimum preparation and resistance.

Technology

  • Pyramid sidewalls

    The pyramid sidewalls of ski affect the easy turn initiation, as well as stable ride on and off the track. A long sidecut radius makes the ski extremely reliable at high speed and ride ahead. Thanks to Trapezium Shape, a ski’s “snaking” – known from carving skis, as well as vibrations on the shovels and tails have been totally eliminated.

  • Snowbreaker trip

    The new geometrical shape of the Snowbreaker tip enables the skier to control the ski’s behaviour according to his or her own needs. Its squared shape and progressive convergence angle make it possible, in fact, to considerably improve – with an increasing edge-grip of the ski – precision upon entering a turn, also thanks to the advanced position of the boots angle. The more aggressive the skiing, the more aggressive the ski becomes.

  • APS Core technology (Added Pre Stress)

    During the process of forming ski inside the press, an innovative technology of initial stress is implemented. During this process page fibres are permanently stretched into wavy form, thus storing the energy in ski’s core. In the end we achieve the effect of comfortable yet dynamic ski with optimally fitted stiffness, which is nice to ride and grips on the edge perfectly, due to longitudinal twisting. This technology enables to use less materials, thanks to which the ski is lighter than standard structures.

  • Dynamic radius

    The “dynamic radius” concept indicates the ski’s capability of closing a turn through the movements of the skier and was conceived to overcome the low reliability of the turn radius usually indicated. The turn radius is a geometrical measurement given by the width of the tip, centre and tail that provides a specific result based on their distance. This trigonometric calculation does not keep into consideration other ski characteristics, like flexibility, as described in the DIN ISO 5902 standard.
    Taking into account ski deflection and typical parameters of the turn radius, it is possible to obtain the data related to the closing of the ski as it is pressed onto the snow, with values which are much closer to the real ones. Vist indicates the “dynamic radius” on its skis to facilitate the skier in selecting the most suitable product for his or her own needs.

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