PRODUCT REVIEW - V2 Aero Rollerskis
By Rob Walsh
This article is intended to provide information to readers who are trying to decide what equipment is right for them. Unlike some of the larger magazine product reviews, I did not go out and try every make and model for the new season. Instead, I took the opportunities that were provided me and have written my report. I welcome additional input on these or other products.
This year I have tried out two new models of rollerskis: the V2 Aero combi ski, and the Eagle Sport rollerskis. This review covers the V2 Aero skis.
V2 AERO - the model of V2 Aero that I am currently using is the combi ski. This ski has a medium length shaft (comparable to that of a V2 920 or Pro-ski C3) and a "clutch" (unidirectional) front wheel. V2 also creates a skating Aero with a shorter shaft and no clutch, and a longer-shafted Classic model.
When you see the Aero, you immediately notice a difference. The pneumatic (inflatable) tires are narrower than you typically see on a rollerski, and have a larger diameter wheel. This gives the ski more clearance and a much smoother (and quieter) ride than traditional skis. The revolutionary design makes the skis suitable, and increasingly famous, for use on hard-packed dirt roads. Depending on where you live, this could make a huge difference in your training routine. The ability to cross both pavement and dirt in the same workout opens up many new routes in the Upper Valley, and gets you away from some of the more heavily trafficked areas.
Dual-surface functionality is a great feature of all the Aero skis, but the feature that struck me the most about the Aero combi ski is that it is truly dual-technique. While it may not be the best model for either technique individually, if you need a pair of skis for both classic and skating this is the one. Unlike traditional skis, the wheels don't cone when you skate on them, so when you classic on them they are the same each time.
Things to note: