Best Uphill Skis
Wayback 80

In the backcountry you spend far more time going uphill on your skis than you do going down. The Wayback 80 is in an uncommon weight class that favors vertical gains and holds up reasonably well on the downhill, despite the trappings of its style.

In terms of uphill performance and stacking up vert, few skis can keep up with the Wayback 80.

With an ultralight balsa wood touring core, reinforced with titanal this feather-weight ski walks the line between efficient climbing and fun skiing.

Wayback skis also feature a hydrophobic topsheet to prevent ice buildup. They perform as expected on hard surfaces and perform reasonably well in powder. You have to look out for the kind of snow that you wouldn’t want to ski anyway.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

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    Unmatched uphill performance
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    Performs reasonably well given its weight on the descent

Things we don't like:

  • check-markDownhill performance is limited by its weight; very much rides like a skimo model

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Wayback 80

Specs & Features

  • Balsa Wood Core
  • "TI Spyne" for edge to edge stability
  • Carbon fiber construction to keep the ski super light
  • Hydrophobic Topsheet
  • Sizes range from 163-177cm
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Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Unmatched uphill performance
  • check-mark
    Performs reasonably well given its weight on the descent

Things we don't like:

  • check-markDownhill performance is limited by its weight; very much rides like a skimo model

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