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Zag UBAC 95 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB

PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

The UBAC 95 from ZAG hasn't changed much compared with the model we reviewed last year.

It's a ski that’s light underfoot, simple to handle, with very easy turn initiation. It's relatively docile and enjoyable as long as you don't go too fast.

Off-trail, its behavior is good. Its float and rotation in the powder in particular won praise from the reviewers: "extremely enjoyable ski in powder."

On the other hand, once the rider steps up the pace, the ski begins to show its limitations. Its general softness and the large rocker at the front impair stability. The UBAC 95 finds it hard to lock into the turn and lacks directional stability so the tips sometimes come into contact. The lack of stiffness also penalizes grip and behavior in uneven snow and the crud.

The weight announced, 1,405 kg at 184 cm, is at the lower end of the spectrum in this review.

The UBAC 95 is a very good tool for ski touring or newbies to the powder. Experienced all-mountain riders will probably prefer skis designed more for performance.

Review: Pros

  • Very accessible
  • Enjoyable up to medium speeds
  • Light and easy to handle
  • Easy rotation

Review: Cons

  • A soft ski, especially at the front
  • Performance somewhat weak
  • Lacks stability
  • Not so happy in the crud

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
12.7
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
10.7
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
9.3
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
9.3
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
11.7
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.7
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
12.7
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
11.3
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
11.2
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
12.5
Freeride - Flotation quality
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Handling in powder
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8
Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
10.0
Freeride - Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
11.3
Any ground comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
11.3

Who's it for?

Intermediate → Very good

Manufacturer's remarks

Approved by the Chamonix guides, the Ubac 95 is a must for freeride touring!
Entirely reworked and the result of a long process in our ZAG Lab, the Ubac 95 has improved its basic qualities. Even more competent and stable in all snow conditions, its excellent 'skiability' hasn't changed thanks to its 5-point shape and short radius. Do we even need to mention its weight?

Features of the UBAC 95

Brand : Zag
Model : UBAC 95
Year : 2019
Family : Freeride touring
Size tested : 184 cm
Tip size : 130 mm
Waist size : 96 mm
Tail size : 117 mm

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