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Gallery: A sneak-peek at ski gear from the future
It’s day 3 here in Denver, Colorado at the SIA Snow Show—the biggest snowsports tradeshow on Earth—and we’re bringing you yet another round of next year’s best gear. Scroll below to see even more kickass ski gear from some of our favorite brands, and check out our day 1 and day 2 recaps when you’re done.
686 is breaking into the ski scene right now, and this GLCR Gore Tex Smarty 3-in-1 jacket is going to stun consumers in the fall of 2017.
The redesigned Gea will have backcountry skiers drooling this fall. The Grilamid construction maintains a light weight but ensures ample stiffness (100 flex) for descents. Scarpa’s Axial Alpine Evo tongue construction combines ease of entry with an overlap build that keeps power transmission at a premium. The patent pending Wave Closure System utilizes a cable that links to a single buckle for fit adjustment; this feature also lightens the load considerably. For the cherry on top, the Gea’s frictionless hike mode offers a 60-degree range-of-motion.
G3s popular FINDr line earned its fair share of awards and accolades in 2016-17. That was fitting: For more than two decades, G3 has encouraged its users to “Find ‘er,” as pertaining to dream off-piste lines, and that ski certainly enabled such discoveries. And now, in 2017-18, when users do find the goods, they can absolutely SENDr. That’s right, the all-new G3 SENDr is here to fulfill the needs of big-mountain, backcountry rippers who demand a lightweight ski for long, uphill slogs that’ll also hold its own on the burliest of descents. At 112 mm underfoot—for skis of 174, 181, 188 and 195 in length—this ski packs plenty of punch for powder days. Poplar and paulownia wood in the core provide a balance of power and weight savings (3 lbs 12 oz @ 181). Meanwhile, four layers of carbon fiber woven in different orientations with two layers of Titanal ensure optimal torsional rigidity. Polyurethane sidewalls also translate to rock-solid durability.
Tyrolia’s AAAttack series has flown off the shelves for years, and the brand has made updates to the award-winning bindings for 2017-18. The new AAAttack² 14 AT has a toe piece with an adjustable AFD that accommodates alpine (ISO 5355) and touring (ISO 9523)—which includes GripWalk, walk to ride and A/T boot soles—for an incredibly versatile binding offering. On top of that, the AAAttack² 14 AT utilizes Tyrolia’s NX FR heelpiece, which is a bit lighter than the heels of higher DIN models in the AAAttack franchise. The low weight and versatility are sure to be selling points next fall.
Sweet Protection’s new line of helmets is looking money.
As is K2’s new array of products.
A few of BUFF’s new lifestyle/ski-friendly pieces.
Picture Organic Clothing, made of recycled materials.
This 686 x PBR collab jacket can hold at least 11 beers. Now that’s impressive.
Some of Salomon’s new boots for 2017-18.
Icelantic’s best-selling Nomad 105 has a new sibling in the line-up for 2017-18 and it’s sure to turn heads: The Nomad 105 Lite features all of the characteristics of the Nomad 105 at a fraction of the weight, making it an ideal offering for folks who are keen to crush the uphill as much as they are the down. The 105 Lite (161, 171, 181, 191 cm) is billed as a “free-tour” ski—a tool for folks looking to surf, pop and play their way around the backcountry. Icelantic’s utilization of its Ochroma core blend (balsa/flax) yields a 3,538 g package (@ 181) that stands strong on the downhill. So strong, that the ski is backed by Icelantic’s comprehensive three-year warranty.
Leki’s new backcountry-focused line of poles.
Dalbello altered the last-width from 98 to 100 mm in the new Ax collection (three boots), part of the Lupo series. The skiers who have struggled to find a boot that’ll fit their Sasquatch feet will bow down to this line. Besides accommodating those with girthy foot sizes, the Lupo Ax 120 boasts a 120-flex rating, tech inserts, a new hike mode mechanism that allows for a 67-degree range of motion and a fully customizable liner. The Lupo Ax 120 also comes complete with Dalbello’s own GripWalk rockered soles.
It’s hard to imagine the combination of light weight and insane downhill prowess that make up the Ranger 115 XTI until you’ve actually clicked into this beaut’ at the top of a mountain and pointed ‘em downhill. This all-new waist width for the award-winning Ranger Series (down from 122 mm in 2016) stands out as an appealing offering for folks who spend the majority of their days ripping big-mountain terrain but need something that can handle firmer frontside conditions, as well. All that while keeping the legs fresh, thanks to its featherweight qualities. Fischer’s Air Tec Ti wood core brings about a ski that weighs just 2,250 g/ski at 188 cm. Aeroshape construction, ample tip and tail rocker and a slim-shovel carbon fiber tip yield buoyant, nimble characteristics, aiding with maneuverability and float in day-to-day riding. Metal running from edge to edge underfoot, traditional camber and sandwich sidewall construction highlight features that ensure primo stability and edge hold.
Salomon’s new QST line.
Building upon the success of its lightweight alpine boot, the Hawx Ultra, Atomic made a few key tweaks to the equation that have made the Ultra XTD 130 a must-have for skiers this fall. For optimal power transmission, it’s reinforced with stiffer PU plastic in key zones like the backbone, heel and the inner and outer arch. The boot wall is built thin to reduce weight, which, coupled with a walk mode mechanism (54 degrees of movement), tech insert and rockered soles, makes the Ultra XTD 130 a stiff, mighty dependable backcountry boot.
The Syrround is built for warmth, first and foremost. To start, Spyder’s new Syrround Down—rated at 700-fill—utilizes baffles that are woven together for a strong connection that will prevent heat and feather loss. Building on that, the polyester face fabric is DWR-coated to fight off incoming moisture and other harsh weather. Last but not least covered zippers further this garment’s protection levels, while elasticized cuffs, an adjustable hem and an athletic fit allows for optimal comfort. In sum, it’s a practical product that gets the job done well for any consumer.
Le Bent’s Le Definitive Light sock.
This sleek and technical baselayer from Le Bent utilizes two main materials: rayon, a byproduct of bamboo, and merino wool. Together these provide warmth, breathability and anti-odor properties, and the garment’s soft, close-to-skin fit ensures the materials can do their jobs as efficiently as possible. Further additions include flat lock seams, offset shoulder panels and a scoop bottom that will please gear junkies and weekend warriors alike.
A few of Völkl’s new men’s skis.
And for the ladies…
Building upon the success of the SCALA, the LT version is geared towards those coveting speed and weight savings. The skin still utilizes thermoplastic polyurethane scales in the tip for increased glide and deep snow trail-breaking abilities, but in a skinnier build. The thinner tip may expose the base of the ski, but still prevents snow from seeping in and ruining the glue. The skin also wraps around its tip for top-notch pack-ability.
Yet again, there were a whole bunch of dogs in attendance and we weren’t complainin’.
Pictured here: a lovely pup sporting new gear from WOLFGANG USA.
Another four-legged friend decked out with WOLFGANG USA products.