Ski Trab Magico Review 2

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Spring (or rather, summer) skiing is here! That means two things, corn snow and long days.

Corn competes with pow as my favorite ski surface. It has some distinct advantages that may even pull it ahead. Not only is it supremely rippable with nonexistent avy danger, but lugging big pow skis to the top isn’t necessary to have a good time. On a lovely ripe corn slope almost any skier, with any kind of skis, can have great time.

Skiing afternoon glop on the Roman Wall, Mt. Baker.

The lighter weight and consistent edge-hold of skinnier skis is perfect for corn season. I remember eight or so years ago, I got my first pair of 88 underfoot skis. I thought “Boy, these will be great pow skis.” Recently I’ve been using 88 wide ski as my main corn touring ski. How times have changed!

However, for many summer ski days even 88 millimeters is unnecessary. It’s nice to have a pair of skis that are even skinnier, both for superior edge hold and weight savings. Of course wider skis work just fine, but after a few long days last year and with regretfully icy descents, I decided I needed to find slightly skinnier planks.

Ski Trab is well known for their lightweight, skinny skis designed to move like an Italian sports car. (at least on the uphill). The company’s skis are primarily targeted for rando racing, sacrificing some downhill performance for svelte weight. The 82 underfoot ski weighs in at 1,000 grams, per Ski Trab’s reputation. Checking out the Magico at this year’s OR show with steep summer descents in mind, I was also impressed by the how stable the ski looked. The Magicos incorporate a variety of technologies to lower weight and maintain stability. Incorporating carbon fiber and Aramid, it’s obvious they put work and expense into making these skis perform. Also, in contrast to every other ski in my quiver, the Magicos have a completely traditional camber profile.

Italian boots, Italian skis. They like their bright colors.

I’ve been out on a few trips recently with the 171 cm Magicos. I haven’t encountered much steep hard snow, but on everything I’ve skied, the Trabs have performed beautifully. I’ve been finding a lot of slush lately, and even in that they perform well, not getting hung up and turning easily. On corn and other hard snow they carve like a champ.

Of course the uphill is where the Magicos are truly magic. They are the lightest skis I’ve ever been on, and I can tell. Both on the pack and on the feet, the lightweight is a distinct advantage. The skinny waist also helps hold an edge while skinning on early morning corn. Skinning on frozen corn has got to be one of the more efficient modes of human transportation. Being able to keep the skis on, as opposed to booting, always makes the approach go faster.

I haven’t found much to dislike about the skis. Of course certain lycra-clad skiers may beg to differ, but they definitely have their place. I doubt they would be much fun on a ski area, or a deep pow day. Also, as with any lightweight ski, it remains to be seen how durable they are. I was sure to mount the bindings with plenty of epoxy, and of course without stripping any screws. The paint scheme and plethora of names is excessive, but such is the norm for many euro skis. At least they match my boots.

Although I’m feeling the pull of warm summer rock, I’ll surely get out on a few more ski trips and test the Magicos in a greater variety to conditions. It’s truly a blessing to have the phenomenal summer skiing we do in this corner of the country. A skinnier lighter ski is a the tool to enjoy it.

(Our 171 cm Magicos 115/81/103 weigh 1,000 grams each; they’re the lightest ski per unit length in this years test group. See our weight charts.

Also check out guest blogger Scott Nelson’s Magico review

Available fall of 2013.


12 Responses to “Ski Trab Magico Review 2”

  1. Patrick Fink July 5th, 2013 11:44 am

    I’m seeing half the photos on your website as (×531.jpg) as of a week or two ago.

  2. Patrick Fink July 5th, 2013 11:45 am

    By which I mean the “copyrighted image link see” banner.

  3. andyc July 5th, 2013 12:18 pm

    Nice report, Louie. I also love narrower skis (and in most cases these have more sidecut than wide skis) for spring-summer corn & hard snows; my Snowwolfs aren’t much different in lateral dimensions than the Magicos (and my 7-summits are even closer) but neither are nearly as light, even tho they are light compared to my 100+ mm waist skis. These narrower skis are so easy to ski, they turn with the thought, and I’ve even found them more pleasant than wider, longer skis in deep, hard sun cups just because their swing weight is so low.

  4. Lou Dawson July 5th, 2013 12:24 pm

    Patrick, are you running the site as some sort of embed on another site, or in a frame, or possibly being inadvertently lured into browsing a scraper site? What browser and service provider are you on, in what geographical location?

    First step with this is if you are seeing the copyright notice, refresh your browser cache. What’s most common is someone tried to hotlink one of my images in, for example, a forum post. If you were browsing there first, then switched over to, the browser cache may still use the same image that was being hotlinked.

    Please let me know if you still have the problem after refreshing cache a couple times.

    If the problem persists, I’d appreciate working on it with you over email.

    Thanks, Lou

  5. Bill July 5th, 2013 12:51 pm

    Thanks Louie for the great blog.

    To My knowlege Trabs durability record is exsceptional.
    I have never broken one or heard of anybody else breaking one.
    Have mounted quite a number of them and never had an issue with
    a pull out. Love how they roll into a turn with subtle input. Definitly a finesse skiers ski. I am just trying to figure out how to talk my wife into letting be on these. “Honey, it is safer for me to ski these”.

  6. Bar Barrique July 5th, 2013 9:19 pm

    “Corn competes with pow”; maybe for some folks, but truthfully corn is great when you don’t have the “pow” option.
    Last weekend, I was skiing ice ridged sun cups, and, I had a great time.

  7. Pablo July 8th, 2013 2:44 am

    Summer corn snow is sooo delicious!
    As Bar stated, when you don’t have the pow option as is usual in Spain….you’ve got to love corn!! XD

    Last weekend I ended the ski season here in Spain. This season was historic in terms of snowfall and duration.
    We usually ski until May in the Pyrenees range but this year we have skied until July!!!

    For this spring/summer skiing I use a Movement Random X-Series, very light and carbon reinforced skinny ski. Little skinnier than the Magico (76mm), but also a great tool for corn conditions.

  8. Phil Miller July 8th, 2013 5:24 pm

    ” when you don’t have the pow option as is usual in Spain….you’ve got to love corn!! ”

    Ah, polenta!

  9. Eric Steig July 8th, 2013 5:40 pm

    I thought the Magicos were supposed to have a bit of tip rocker. No?

  10. Lou Dawson July 8th, 2013 6:27 pm

    Eric, I don’t recall any rocker. Best without or with minimal so they can be skied short. Louie?

  11. Scott Nelson July 10th, 2013 7:28 am

    When I skied them, it seemed like they had a minimal amount of tip rocker, and they looked to have that, at least compared to the Ripido, which is traditional camber.

  12. Louie July 10th, 2013 3:32 pm

    They don’t have any tip rocker. At least from what I can tell. the tip might be slightly slow-rise, compared to some skis, but it’s very minimal.

    I was able to get some more steep ski testing in on Rainer this weekend. The skis were awesome. Light weight skis make me appear fitter than I actually am, always a plus.

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