I haven’t heard of any research but IMO every gram counts. I may be wrong but from my experience the lower the weight is suspended – the greater the impact will be. My point is that 1kg in the backpack doesn’t make such difference as 1kg heavier skis.
I use training set which weighs 870g, when I stepped into my friend’s skis which weigh 750g it felt like previously I was dragging anchor. Difference was huge while my skis are only 120g heavier.
Energy Cost per weight in skimo
I’ll do my best to keep this brief. I am planning to do a long vertical gain test later this winter. 24 hours. My current lightest set up weighs approx. 4.5-5lbs per foot (dynafit superlite 2.0 binding, pdg boots, and voile WSP skis) This is about twice as heavy as the lightest set up on the market (dyanfit DNA boot, pin tech binding and dna ski).
My question is this: Has there been research, or even anecdotal evidence to suggest how much the cost is (on a per ounce or per gram, etc) when climbing at approx. 30% gradient? Basically, how much slower would the same person being climbing up XX feet in the heavier gear compared to the lighter gear. Essentially I am trying to decide how much energy to put into attempting to beg borrow or steal this super light stuff for this attempt I’ll be making.
To be clear, the downhill performance of the set up is not relevant. I’ll be on moderate grade groomed run for all the downs and am a good enough skier that even the worst downhill performance gear would not be an issue. it’s all about the ups.
Any insight is appreciated. I realize this is a very specific question to my circumstance, but I think the answer probably applies to the decision making for a lot of avid skimo people.
Thanks so much.
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