2016 Rossignol EVO OT 65 Nordic Skis: Grab and Go Versatility // Ski Reviews
The Rossignol EVO OT 65 Nordic Skis are perhaps the pinnacle of versatile XC skis. If you’re looking to pick up a pair of XC classic skis that are user friendly, easy-to-ski, and designed for use both in and out of groomed classic tracks, you should consider the EVO OT 65. Here at SkiEssentials.com we took a closer look at these Rossi skis, their construction, and the type of terrain and skiers we’d recommend them for.
Rossignol’s EVO series is obviously built with versatility and ease of use in mind, and the Rossignol EVO OT 65 is a perfect example of this. The skis are designed with a smooth flex and compact sizing to maximize control and maneuverability. Add in a partial metal edge and you’ve got a ski that also provides plenty of stability, inspiring confidence through variable terrain, conditions, and especially when encountering icy terrain. This construction paired with a 65mm shovel width (65-53-60mm full dimensions) results in a ski that will handle just about any conditions you’re ready to explore.
When touring in soft snow, the 65mm shovel comes in handy as it helps to keep your skis above the snow, thus requiring less effort from you, the skier, to cover distance off-piste. We all know, however, that the snow isn’t always soft and sometimes we have to deal with frozen conditions, refrozen chunder, and other less desirable snow conditions. This is where the partial metal edge really comes into play. Metal edges allow the ski to hold on firm conditions and provide a sure-footed feel. If you’ve ever been on non-metal edge XC skis on ungroomed, icy terrain, you probably know it makes you feel a little bit like Bambi. Having the partial metal edge helps keep you stable and secure through tricky firm conditions.
Because the metal edges are only partial length, it’s not adding an excessive amount of weight to the skis. This also allows the tips and tails of the ski to flex more freely than if the metal edges extended the entire length of the ski. The softer flexing tips and tails make navigating bumpy, variable conditions much more manageable. When you put all of these construction elements together you start to understand why the Rossignol EVO OT 65 is such a versatile XC ski. Metal edges will hold an edge on firm snow, while the more supple tips and tails flex and contour to bumps, giving you exceptional off-piste ability no matter the snow conditions. Only on the absolute iciest steep terrain does the EVO OT 65 slip a little bit, where one would be more comfortable on a full metal edge ski. If you’re a recreational XC skier, however, chances are you won’t point yourself towards the iciest, steepest slopes, so this shouldn’t be a concern for most skiers considering the EVO OT 65.
So, when you take the Rossignol EVO OT 65 off-piste it performs admirably. Now, what about those days when you don’t want to go touring through the woods and want to stick to groomed classic tracks at your local Nordic center? No worries! The skis are designed to be just narrow enough to work in a standard width classic track. Because Rossignol didn’t want to take away from the skis performance in soft, ungroomed snow, they essentially made the EVO OT 65 as wide as possible without having it interfere with a track. Rossignol also uses their Wood Air Core construction on these skis, providing strength and integrity without adding too much weight. The reduced weight from the construction and the partial metal edges are really noticeable when skiing groomed classic tracks. If you’ve spent a lot of time on a full metal edge classic ski chances are you’re familiar with how tiring it can be over lengthy trips. The EVO OT 65 comes in at a really nice weight. Not so heavy that it’s miserable on groomed tracks, but heavy enough that it feels solid and stable when you want it to.
So what’s our overall impression of the Rossignol EVO OT 65? After taking it out a few times in varying snow conditions our staff all agrees they’re the perfect “grab and go” XC skis for recreational skiers. Even high level Nordic racers would enjoy having an EVO OT 65 in their quiver for those days when you just want to go out and ski without hassling around with kick wax or worrying about hurting your fancier skis. Whether you’re skiing groomed classic tracks, cruising around the yard for a quick workout, or touring through the backcountry, grab a pair of Rossinol EVO OT 65 skis and you won’t be disappointed.