Rossignol’s Liz Stephen – Tiumphant U.S. Nationals 20 K Victory

FasterSkierJanuary 8, 2011

Rossignol Nordic team member and U.S. Ski Team athlete Liz Stephen dominated the competition during the women’s 20K skate race at U.S. Nationals in Rumford, ME. Just 24 hours after a disappointing finish in the classic race, Liz was back to her usual strong form, leading the race early on.

Rossignol's Liz Stephen Wins U.S. Nationals 20K Skate. Photo:

Liz races on the Rossignol X-ium Skate package. The X-ium Skate package includes the X-ium NIS Skating WCS Ski, XCelerator Skate NIS Binding, X-ium WC Skate Boot, and Oneway’s DS 10 pole and is now the lightest weight race package Rossignol has ever offered.

The X-ium WC Skating NIS is lightweight due to the Nomex Honeycomb core, which is full of air and has a specific design to resist to pressure and keep the original shape of the ski.  Some of the topsheet material was removed from the tip offering a much better swing weight. The wider tip (44-43-43mm), called cobra sidecut, gives the ski more stability during push off. The ski has a 3D full carbon laminate which provides more torsional rigidity, allowing the skier to maintain power during push off.

The X-ium WC Skate boot comes in both regular and low volume fit providing an easy, great fit for all foot shapes and sizes. Because of the Cockpit Control Concept, PU internal reinforcement and asymmetrical under the arch of the foot, the boot transfers energy efficiently, making the skier faster and more precise. The Thermo Fit liner (EVA) allows the liner to be molded for a great fit.

Rossignol’s Nordic Integrated System and the R4 Skate NIS binding is a perfect coupling of ski with binding plate. The wide platform offers more contact between the outsole and the bindings, which means better control and stability. The double guiding groove is a perfect couple with the boot sole creating more contact during the skating phase or during the classic kick. The axis is set 10 mm back for better energy transfer.

Oneway’s DS 10 Titanium pole is 100% Carbon reinforced with titanium making the pole stiff and ultra light weight. The rabbit strap allows for twice the adjustment of a regular strap and the cork grip provides warmth, comfort and anti-slip grip.

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