Editor Matt Harvey’s Wishlist

November 6th, 2010 by


I spend most of my winter on the road. A phone call about a new dump on the other side of the country could mean leaving a rail trip and hopping on a backcountry trip with no time to change my gear. Plus, with airline baggage fees breaching unreasonable levels, efficient packing is key. Here is the gear that I have chosen for this coming season. Hopefully the snow is as good as the gear I’m using to battle it.” —Matt Harvey

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Skis


Product: Salomon Suspect
Price: $560
Description: “The Suspect is my park ski of choice. It tracks on groomers perfectly, is stiff and has a ton of energy. I’ve been a fan of the Suspect for years and don’t see that changing any time soon. Perfect park ski.”

Skis


Product: Armada JJ
Price: $830
Description: “The JJ is an all-mountain crusher. Unless I’m skiing in the park, this is my go-to. The early rise in the tip allows it to fly through powder and crud, while the traditional sidecut and camber underfoot allow me to carve sweet GS turns everywhere else.”

Boots


Product: Salomon SPK Pro
Price: $685
Description: “I have gone through many different boots in the past three years, but have recently settled back on the Salomon SPK. They’re so comfortable, my feet are always happy when I’ve got them on. Happy feet, happy skiing.”

Jacket


Product: Oakley Primed Jacket
Price: $500
Description: “The Primed series is Oakley’s most tech outerwear. Unlike most tech outerwear, it’s got as much flare as Seth: subtle lines but loud colors. And at 30,000 mm waterproofi ng, absolutely nothing is getting to your base layers. Classic Oakley styling with an uber tech touch make this setup a no brainer, so long as you can afford it.”

Pants


Product: Oakley Primed Bibs
Price: $450
Description: “The Primed series is Oakley’s most tech outerwear. Unlike most tech outerwear, it’s got as much flare as Seth: subtle lines but loud colors. And at 30,000 mm waterproofi ng, absolutely nothing is getting to your base layers. Classic Oakley styling with an uber tech touch make this setup a no brainer, so long as you can afford it.”

Goggles


Product: Electric EG2
Price: $130
Description: “I value my peripheral vision, and the larger-than-normal EG2 provides about as much as a goggle can. Add to that rad stylings and a plethora of lenses to choose from and it’s easily my favorite goggle.”

Sunglasses


Product: Oakley Jupiter
Price: $150
Description: “I wear the Jupiter because they look good. That’s pretty much it. Apparently they have super high quality optics and are run through more dangerous testing situations than your face should ever approach. But really, I just like how they look.”

Gloves


Product: Hestra Army Leather Wool
Price: $130
Description: “When I first tried on the Army Leather Wool glove, I wasn’t sold. In fact, I almost didn’t use them. Then one day I decided to give them a whirl and I’ve never looked back. The breathability of the removable wool liner keeps my hands dry when it’s hot, while the insulation of the impregnated goat leather keeps them warm when it’s cold. Add to that Hestra’s notable quality and they’re the perfect gloves for me.”

Backpack


Product: Dakine Sequence Photo
Price: $160
Description: “Dakine is my go to for anything that carries things: backpacks, photo packs and travel gear. The Mission pack has a big photo cube compartment to keep my gear in place and pockets and straps for backcountry gear. Plus it’s comfortable and well-built. Sold.”

Bindings


Product: Salomon STH 14
Price: $305
Description: “I’ve been using Salomon bindings since I was a kid. I trust them with my life (literally). The 14 is a good balance between the 12 and 16; it’s nice and light, but I can crank ‘em when I need to and the price is right.”

Pole


Product: Scott Dumont Pole
Price: $95
Description: “I like Scott poles. They’re light, don’t break, and look cool. So here they are.”

Accessory 1


Product: Tomahawk Hockey Jersey
Price: $150
Description: “This hockey jersey from newcomer Tomahawk serves no real technical purpose. But I like hockey and I like Tomahawk, so I wear it.”

Accessory 2


Product: Skullcandy RocNation Aviators
Price: $150
Description: “It’s no secret that Skullcandy headphones look rad. I’ve used them for years for everything except DJing because I was never down with their clarity at high decibel levels. The RocNation Aviators have changed all that. I now use Skullcandy headphones for everything.”


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About the author:
Shay Williams is the former Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He now works full-time with Monster Energy, and continues to contribute to freeskier.com.