Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski

Go way out.

When your pursuit of untracked lines takes you to mountains far removed from chairlifts and condos, make sure you have the Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski on your feet. This versatile backcountry tool features Icelantic's reliable Tri-Axe fiberglass sandwich construction, complete with a durable carbonium topsheet, and a playful Ochroma wood core to keep the ski manageable on the skintrack and nimble on the descent. An early rise tip allows the ski to get up and over variable snow and powder, while camber underfoot and a powerful flat tail offers a secure and stable feel when you're skiing in no-fall zones or making hop turns down steep chutes. The versatile 107 mm waist will float all but the deepest powder, and it remains manageable when conditions turn variable. Like all Icelantic skis, the Vanguard is handmade in Colorado and features original artwork by Icelantic founder, Travis Parr.

  • Versatile touring ski enjoys both the hike and descent
  • 107mm waist floats most pow and maneuvers chop
  • Rockered tip eases turn initiation and provides float
  • Camber underfoot adds stability and grips hardpack
  • Playful Ochroma wood core keeps the ski light and nimble
  • Icelantic skis are handmade in Colorado and feature original artwork by the company's founder
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Lightweight, But Not for Chargers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to agree with the previous review, definitely not the best powder ski. I've found they do not have a ton of energy going into turns. They also are subpar in icy conditions. However, I have absolutely loved them for uphill skiing. With Dynafit bindings, my set-up is featherlight, which is great for uphill sessions at the resort before work.

Very Average

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

188 Length
Dynafit Rad2 FT
Maestrale RS
6' 205#s

This is a great one ski quiver for touring for most people. I cannot get over how soft the tips are, however. At slower speeds in the BC, or any speed at the resort, this ski performs as it should. Light weight for the up hill, just enough width to be versatile in many snow conditions. But I cannot get past how the tips fold right up in soft snow at higher speeds. It really takes the fun out of skiing pow as I'm always trying to avoid going over the bars in the middle of a turn. Maybe for a lighter or less aggressive skier this could be a perfect touring tool, but not for me.