We spent the past several days at the SIA Snow Show—the biggest snowsports tradeshow on Earth—browsing 292,310 square feet of next year’s very best ski gear. Our team was blown away across the board by what we saw; from the skis to the boots to the outerwear to the helmets to the goggles and everything else, we are totally psyched about the products coming out for the 2017-18 season.
It’d be a shame to drool over all this stuff on our own, so we’ve rounded up over 100 of our favorite products for you to browse through. And, stay tuned, because tomorrow we’ll be releasing the small selection of products that won “Best of Show” honors.
A glimpse of the SIA Snow Show’s gigantic offerings.
One of the many new stylish neckwarmers from Vermont-based Skida, as shown by the brand’s owner Corrine Prevot.
Rocky Mountain Underground’s new Core Pack, equipped with a ton of useful features, including a ski-carry system, helmet sling and stays made of unused ski core materials.
Hestra’s new backcountry-specific glove, the Ergo Grip Incline, is built to handle all out-of-bounds pursuits, from the access gates to the skin track to the boot pack. Midweight insulation is enough to keep hands warm when it’s shiver-worthy outside, but not too much to overheat during spring missions. It’s Ergo Grip design—pre-curved fingers sewn to the glove—improves dexterity and an impregnated cowhide backs ups the toughness factor.
Shred’s flagship helmet, the Bumper Ultimate, is back for another season of protecting folks all over the world. New to the product is a nanotechnology-based impact liner dubbed Casidion, which is thinner and lighter than liners from previous years while still delivering superior safety. It also features Shred’s Infinite Rotational Energy System™, which adapts to hard blows from all directions, opposed to ones that are just linear. Top it off with a tough yet flexible outer shell, amazing vents, dial fit system, merino soft touch liner that’s removable and audio integration capabilities, and you’ve got one seriously impressive brain bucket.
A look inside of the aforementioned Bumper Ultimate helmet.
The Merino 250 Sport Pattern Hoody is brand-spankin’ new from Smartwool for ’17-18. The hood, shoulder and pockets are made of 56-percent merino wool and 44-percent DWR-treated polyester to achieve warmth, waterproofing and breathability. The inner layer is comprised of 100-percent merino wool for warmth, thermo-regulation and odor-resistance with a protective polyester overlay. Finally, perhaps best of all: it weights in at just under a pound, meaning it’s a great product for backcountry skiers or, simply those that don’t want to drag a ton of weight around.
Building on the success of the Line Miner—a new goggle from Oakley for the 2016-17 season—is the Fall Line. Introduced for ’17-18, this model rocks a similar style to the Line Miner, but boasts a larger field of view, much thanks to a rimless design and a big cylindrical lens. It utilizes Oakley’s highly-acclaimed Prizm lens, which increases color and contrast incredibly well, resulting in a more enjoyable skiing experience, no matter what the conditions are like. It’s sure to be a hit among consumers this fall.
Oakley unveiled its line of helmets last season and will build on the momentum they’ve gained over the past year, bringing back the Mod 5 as its premium offering. The Mod 5 comes in both a smaller and large brim option, allowing users to find the optimal fit with their particular goggle. The Mod 5 utilizes a hybrid construction that combines in-mold and ABS hard shell construction for a top-notch fusion of protection and weight savings, and it’s available with MIPS to further combat rotational blows. Those who are loyalists of the iconic Oakley brand and in the market for a premium helmet will chomp at the bit for the Mod 5.
A FREESKIER Editors’ Pick in 2016-17, the Dragon NFX2 has returned better than ever. This particular style—Chris Benchetler’s pro model—sports an epic design on its strap, created by the California-based pro skier himself; it’s sure to resonate with skiers far and wide who appreciate Benchetler’s smooth sking style and artistic sensibilities. Beyond the look, Dragon’s LUMALENS ensures optimal visual clarity through increased color and contrast, as well as reduced eye fatigue. Dragon’s anti-fog coating is also a whopping 200-percent stronger year-over-year, taking this already award-winning goggle to a whole ‘nother level.
SPIN is the big story from POC this coming season. Twelve silicone-injected pads inside the helmet protect against rotational impacts by shearing, or sliding, with the head during an impact situation. The Auric Backcountry SPIN, specifically (shown here), features an ABS shell, fortified by a multi-impact-resistant, expanded polypropylene liner as well as adjustable ventilation.
The Elsman jacket from Dakine boasts a tailored, long fit; 10K/5K waterproofing and breathability; 40g PrimaLoft BLACK ECO (crafted of 60 percent recycled post consumer polyester insulation) in the body and sleeves, and so much more. That’s a lot of bang for your buck when the MSRP is listed at just $200. Additional features include a Tafetta lining; two-way front zipper; media compatible chest pocket; mesh-lined pit zips; powder skirt; critically taped seams; stretch-mesh goggle pocket; inner storage pocket with headphone port, etc. For those who spend the majority of their days ripping around the frontside, the Elsman gets a Heisman.
Seirus’ Heat Touch Hellfire Glove and Mitt are like products from the future. Via rechargeable batteries, they heat up with the press of a button, and can stay powered on for up to 12 hours at a time. Think ovens for your hands.
Consumers are always looking for more environmentally friendly products, and Phunkshun’s Aviator piece—the brand’s very first baselayer—goes above and beyond in that category. Touting REPREVE fabric made of recycled water bottles and handmade in Denver, this product (available for men and women) is also moisture-wicking, sports UPF 50-plus protection and odor control tech. It’s built to handle serious exertion but also keep you warm. It’s quite stylish, too, easy to sport off-hill without hesitation.
Shred teamed up with Connora Technologies, The CAPiTa Mothership and Protect Our Winters to create this total beauty: the Simplify Natural goggle. Aimed at performance and sustainability all at once, the goggle is made of recycled ski and snowboard materials and has a wide variety of impressive features. Of them all, the ShredWide™ lens is super notable—enabling supreme peripheral vision and visual clarity. The super-soft face foam on this puppy is to die for, as well. Environmentally-friendly skiers will surely flock to shops for this model come fall 2017.
To the delight of hard-charging women everywhere, Armada’s Victa series hit shelves in 2016-17. For year two, Armada adds a new, much sought-after waist width to the collection. The Victa 97 Ti—the fattest of the 83, 87 Ti and 93 family—answers the demand for a high-performance ski that gets the job done across the entire mountain, no matter the conditions. Carbon Kevlar struts keep the package lively while a Titanal plate provides dampness for even the most aggressive crud-busting, powder slaying and groomer-destroying needs.
More from Armada: the new Tracer collection, comprised of four new freeride models that are sure to please the most avid of skiers.
We were thoroughly impressed with the new line from Corbeaux. And of the many notable products, the Ajax Henley really stood out. Made in America, this layer features an awesome blend of functionality and style. An 84-percent recycled polyester and 16-percent spandex combination is durable, warm and moisture-wicking, while the pattern and buttons up top make it street-friendly. This brand is going places, people.
Pictured left: Smartwool’s women’s Wenona sock. Pictured right: the Larimer hat. Both are made of top-notch wool and are certified kickass.
A couple models from DPS’ new Alchemist line. Each feature vibration-tuned aerospace grade carbon construction, melded with absolutely the best in supporting materials.
POC Layer is an innovative approach to protecting skiers and snowboarders from cuts and abrasions. It combines Dyneema fabric with a technical baselayer to form a protective barrier to injury from sharp edges.
Marcus Caston strikes a pose behind Blizzard’s impressive new Cochise.
Combining the style and comfort of a traditional sweater with modern baselayer technology, the Dakine Women’s Callahan Fleece is all about versatility. On the outside, it’s a ski-friendly, street-conscious product, decked out with a hood, thumb loops and split hem. But, the beauty is in the details: body temperature-regulating poly yarns that provide warmth and comfort, plus Polygiene permanent odor control technology to keep everything fresh from first chair to last call at the bar.
Scott markets this beautiful piece to women who spend their days logging “long ascents and deep descents.” Indeed, the Explorair 3L delivers ruggedness, exceptional performance and comfort to those who rely on their outerwear to power them through hearty days in the backcountry, or full-throttle inbounds adventures. Dermizax (20K/10K) fabric provides rockin’ protection from scrapes and cuts, wind and water while remaining plenty breathable, comfortable, lightweight and soft to the touch. And we’re talking noticeably soft, here, making this offering a tough one to turn away from. Furthermore, the list of construction features seems to stretch for miles: Fully taped seams, powder skirt, pack-friendly seamless shoulders, push-button adjustable hem and hood… It just gets better.
The Lab Coat has been a fan-favorite and a staple of Flylow’s line-up since 2008, and it returns for the fall of ’17 with a noteworthy update: This piece now utilizes eVent DVexpedition membrane that has a 30K/30K waterproof and breathability rating while also offering a boost in durability. Flylow touts the Lab Coat as being “meticulously designed for climbing and skiing mountains in harsh and variable conditions and temperatures.” A slew of features—articulated shoulders and sleeves, fully seam taped, DWR—ensure this piece holds up from the farthest reaches of the backcountry to the heaviest days on-resort. More to love: The Lab Coat weighs in at just 602 grams and is highly packable for storage on the fly.
DMOS Collective’s new line of shovels is looking mighty fine, much thanks to this model.
GoPro’s new line is also looking darn impressive… Those black cams, though.
Versatility is the name of the Powdershot’s game; Outdoor Research (OR) touts the garment as “jack-of-all-trades ski apparel,” complete with “the look, feel and breathability of a softshell, combined with the weather protection of a hard shell.” The Powdershot employs OR’s proprietary AscentShell technology (an electrospun process involving charged polymers affixing to a grounded surface and gathering intro a membrane with unique waterproofing and breathable qualities) for insane breathability in a fully waterproof, ultra-stretchy package. On the inside, a light polyester fleece backer keeps warmth from sneaking out and provides a snug, cozy feel. Among its many additional features, chest-to-hip CrossFlo zippered vents provide even more breathability for when the going gets tough. High-exertion athletes, look no further for complete protection from Ma’ Nature’s most brutal assaults.
An awesome addition to the Outdoor Research line for ’17-18 is the Ascendant Hoody, sporting Alpha Direct insulation—Polartec’s latest creation that’s durable, warm and breathable all at once. On the outside is a Pertex outer shell built to fight off tough weather and keep your body protected. Supreme compressibility, men’s and women’s options and interior glide panels (which prevent layers from bunching up on each other) round it out as a real beaut’. This thing will fly off the shelves due to its versatility and attention to detail.
The Porcupine Hooded Pullover from Big Agnes, making its grand debut, is built to battle winter’s harshest days, just like its quilled namesake. Warmth is achieved via PrimaLoft Gold Active insulation, while a durable, rip-stop nylon shell is 100-percent water- and wind-resistant. And despite the burliness of this garment, it’s still very lightweight—ideal for stowing in the bag when weather is tough to predict. Folks spending long days out in the mountains will flock to the shops for this top-notch offering.
Ortovox’s Ortler Jacket is a minimalist backcountry garment that stands up to the unpredictable elements of the high alpine. It boasts a 20K waterproof rating and DWR finish to battle moisture, is 100-percent windproof to shield users from big gusts and has an astonishing 32K breathability rating for the long, energy exhaustive approaches. Merino mesh inserts in the chin provide a bit of warmth and comfort for the face, and one large breast pocket makes room for skins or other items.
Ortovox redesigned its shovels for 2017-18 with the goal of saving space in one’s backcountry pack while still increasing functionality. The Kodiak shovel’s D-shaped grip has been made more compact for better packability. Additionally, the blade’s reverse side is flat, which makes snow pit construction a breeze. As with previous Kodiak models, there is a hoe-mode for efficient snow removal and a rubber grip to prevent slipping.
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 brand picked up big-mountain ripper Parker White this season, and he’s already sporting the product like a champ.
Also from 686 is its 686 x PBR collab jacket that can hold at least 11 beers. Now that’s impressive.
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.
K2’s innovations have always been driven by big-name, fan-favorite athletes—from Olympic racers like Spider Sabich and Phil and Steve Mahre to big-mountain pioneers like Shane McConkey, Doug Coombs and Seth Morrison. The technology and thinking behind the all-new Catamaran ski is no different. Living legends Pep Fujas and Sean Pettit worked hand-in-hand with K2’s engineers to produce this asymmetrical, 120-mm-waisted powder-snow-crushing machine. A longer effective inside edge yields increased stability and optimal float while a shorter effective edge on the outside aids in the maneuverability department. A double barrel fir-aspen core with a carbon braid keeps ‘em light yet strong and torsionally rigid, with plenty of pop and energy to boot. With wild minds like those of Fujas’ and Pettit’s behind the Catamaran, skiers will be sailing to high heaven once they click in, no doubt.
Even more skis from one of our favorite brands, K2.
A few of BUFF’s new lifestyle/ski-friendly pieces.
Picture Organic Clothing, made of recycled materials.
Some of Salomon’s new boots for 2017-18.
This new touring boot from Salomon is ridiculously cool.
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.
Faction’s new Candide line is looking seriously good.
Pret is introducing a sister helmet to the celebrated Cirque X, released last season, with the women’s-specific Corona X. The helmet is built with Pret’s VTT4 venting system, which utilizes six vents up top, four in the front and back and a switch that opens them or completely closes them, depending on conditions. The helmet features MIPS and is also built with polycarbonate sheets of differing sizes, placed in strategic locations, for incredible protection.
Ortovox’s new Ascent 30 Avabag is wildly impressive. You can test it out at home, opposed to other airbags that have a one-time pull setup, and it utilizes less than half of the parts as its older version. This means it weighs less, you can know it inside and out before an accident happens, and you’ll be as safe as possible in the backcountry.
Brand new for 2017-18 is the Ella goggle, a women’s-specific offering from Giro. The Ella is sleek and frameless. Its cylindrical ZEISS lens utilizes Vivid technology—Giro’s tech solution for providing enhanced contrast and definition. Premium venting at the top of the goggle further boosts the goal of clear vision, and an easy-to-use, magnetic quick-change lens system comes in handy when it’s time to swap lenses. Not to be overlooked, the style and feel of this product is super attractive and sure to please.
Scott has poured eight years worth of energy into its Punisher line and all of that experience in the field—along with feedback from retailers and consumers—has led to a brand new, insanely versatile offering in the line-up: Join us in welcoming the SCOTT Punisher 105. With a slimmed down waist (compared to the 110-mm-waisted iteration of years past) this ski is highly adept all across the frontside, through the crud and in the backcountry, too. Its full-length Elliptic wood core, unidirectional and triaxial carbon stringers and SCOTT’s 3Dimension sidecut combine for an ultra-stable, easy-to-turn ski sans bulk. In the words of Scott athlete and big-mountain aficionado Dane Tudor, it’s “the quiver killer.”
Scott is breaking the mold with its new touring boot line, featuring a hike mode mechanism on the front of the boot rather than the rear. S1 Carbon, pictured here, features a Power Bridge Tongue has a hook mechanism that releases it and offers a 60-degree range-of-motion when touring. Additionally, its carbon structure makes it lightweight yet stiffer for the downhill, and the minimalist three-buckle design also helps to trim excess fat. Tech inserts and interchangeable soles add to this touring boot’s versatility, too. It’ll certainly appeal to backcountry and hike-to enthusiasts that like to think outside of the box in regards to their gear.
Back by popular demand, the Alpha Mid Jacket midlayer from Aspen-based Strafe has become a favorite among backcountry rippers and resort skiers alike. Eighty grams of Polartec Alpha insulation stands up to the coldest of days, supplemented by a tough, nylon micro rip-stop face fabric. Big pockets, a fleece-lined chin guard and a hem drawcord adjustment act as nice-to-have bonuses—attracting consumers who seek high-quality products to bring into the mountains.
Elan has been handcrafting skis in the Alps for over 70 years. Its dedication to innovation and top-notch ski construction is reflected by a handful of exciting new ski models for 2017-18, one of which is the women’s Ripstick 102. Utilizing Elan’s TNT technology—a combination of a TubeLite wood core, featuring tip-to-tail carbon tubes, Vapor Tip inserts and advanced composites in the tips—this ski not only boasts a crazy-light character but also incredible chatter-reduction qualities. For the hard-charging women out there, the Ripstick 102 provides smooth, stable handling even during aggressive limit-pushing situations. The ski is inspired by the W Studio—Elan’s squadron of skiing-obsessed ambassadors, from World Cup racers to ski bums alike.
Nordica touts its Enforcer line as “smooth, powerful and playful,” and our ski testing has confirmed that this is not just a fair assessment, but a humble understatement. Powder, crud, steeps, corduroy… there’s nothing that the Enforcer skis can’t handle, especially now that the line is boasting some noteworthy upgrades. New this year, the 93 mm and 100 mm offerings boast Energy 2 Titanium, a World Cup-grade, full wood core with two sheets of metal over the edges. The cores of the 110 and the 115 are based on this same construction, but modified to include a super-lightweight balsa wood core. Nordica calls it Energy 2 TI Balsa—it’s the performance of metal with the crazy playful, light feel of balsa all in one. The 110 actually boasts the same weight as the previous glass construction of the Nordica’s Patron, but with two sheets of metal. We didn’t think these skis could get any better, but, we quite simply thought wrong.
Answering the consumers’ demand for ski boots with walk mode mechanisms, Nordica introduces its new Strider line of boots for fall ‘17. Nordica built the hike mechanism to allow for more support structurally, thus increasing power transmission when it’s time to rail turns on the descent. Dynafit inserts make the boots compatible with tech bindings and a Grilamid construction ensures these babies are lightweight yet incredibly rigid for the best of both worlds. The loyal Nordica boot-wearers who covet the stiff, powerful downhill performance of the brand’s previous models will go crazy for this new hike mode.
The new Track series from Rossignol caters those with… well, big feet. The last has a wider forefoot, toe box and ankle area, resulting in a width of 104 mm. As in past models, Rossignol still utilizes a strong heel pocket to ensure support and comfort. The Track 130, in addition to holding strong in the face of the burliest descents, has a hike mode mechanism (with attached pull-tab for easy access), a soft plastic insert that’s molded over the instep (allowing for easy on and off) and a fully customizable liner built with WinTherm active insulation. This boot will fly off the shelves and onto the “well-endowed” feet of the ski world.
Rossignol’s acclaimed 7 Series has been completely redesigned for 2017-18. Upgrades include Air Tip 2.0—a new, reinforced 3D structure with a fully-integrated construction that’s lighter and stronger for enhanced float and reduced swing weight; a unique carbon alloy weave for a boost in energy, shock absorption, stability and edge grip; a lightweight wood core for a stellar strength-to-weight ratio; and Powder Turn Rocker—50 percent low camber and 50 percent tip and tail rocker for exceptional float in the deep stuff and impressive handling on firmer snow. A rounder, wider tip shape across the line-up makes for effortless float while a thinner, reinforced profile enhances maneuverability. Rossignol states appropriately, “the best gets better.”
Fischer’s all-new Vacuum customizable fitting process is implemented into the new RC4 The Curve 130. The system uses a 360-degree, three-dimensional mapping technique to form the liner and shell perfectly to the user’s foot. This easy-to-use technology yields outstanding comfort and remarkable fit and will have folks drooling, no doubt. Additionally, Fischer utilizes a layer of Aramid—which has a high strength-to-weight ratio and keeps its integrity regardless of temperature—in the lower shell to keep a consistent flex, no matter if it’s bitter cold or sweltering on the hill. The 97 mm last also has a contoured shape that improves fit even further.
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.
The sleek and technical Half Zip Light 200 Gm 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 G3’s 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.
Joining the ranks of the all-mountain-slaying Confession, Mantra and Kendo is the all-new Kanjo. At 84 mm underfoot, this ski is destined to be a hit among aggressive frontside skiers with a penchant for carving trenches as deep as the Mariana. The Kanjo comes packed with Titanal to complement its multi-layer wood core and full vertical sidewall construction, ensuring stability at high speeds and stellar edge grip. Furthermore, it boasts tip and tail rocker with camber underfoot, allowing for maneuverability and float when the time calls. The best part: You get all that in a lightweight package—the Kanjo weighs in at just 1,570 g/ski @175. Völkl’s passion for engineering delivers in a big way, once again.
Marker further develops its Sole ID story for 2017-18, integrating the technology into its Squire binding. The Squire 11 ID is compatible with ISO 5355 alpine and ISO 9523 alpine touring soles, allowing those who are lighter weight or prefer a lower DIN range to have the same versatility as with Marker’s other binding offerings. At 1,540 grams in weight, it’s also much lighter than, say, the Griffon or Jester bindings, but still has the same top-notch downhill performance qualities.
Salomon enters the pin-tech binding world in 2017-18 with the MTN binding. It’s lightweight—780 grams per pair with brakes, 595 grams per pair without brakes—and has climbing aids of two, seven and 13 degrees for efficient uphill travel. A wide screw orientation helps to promote power transmission when it’s time to transition and rip back down the mountain, a response to those that will try and point out the perceived downhill inadequacies of tech bindings.
Airhole’s new Necktube, decked out with a 10K waterproof rating and duck down.
A few of Arcade Belts’ new products, equipped with some stylin’ patches.
Just a taste of Stance’s new winter sports sock line.
Look at all these dreamy undies from SAXX… Dubbed The Vibe, they feature viscose material that keeps you cool, calm and relaxed whether you’re out on the the mountain or hittin’ the town. Additional features include a soft pouch for your private parts, smooth seams and a moisture-wicking waistband.
Line’s celebrated and award-winning Sick Day series gets a full-on makeover for 2017-18, with new lengths, dimensions and ingredients. The 88, 94, 104 and 114-mm-waisted skis boast a blend of lightweight wood in their cores (2,118 g/ski @ 180 cm), yielding a remarkable strength to weight ratio. “Mag- ic Finger Carbon Filaments” also add power and torsional rigidity to the overall package without sacrificing weight. The new Sick Day skis are happily situated between rigid and medium on the flex scale; they boast cap con- struction up top for light, playful performance and sidewall over the edge for added preci- sion; and they feature a five-point sidecut for maneuverability and “unlimited” turnshape. The Sick Day 114, in particular, stands out as one that can handle everything from the backcountry, to the slackcountry, to the hard pack. Have a customer seeking a surfy, play- ful feel and ease of use while planing through deep snow? You can pretty much guarantee ‘em sick days thanks to this offering from Line
Mark our words; the all-new Prime series is going to create a big splash among the industry waves in the fall of ’17. The exhaustive efforts of Faction’s designers, with help from Freeride World Tour athlete and UIAGM guide, Sam Anthamatten, have resulted in high-performance, lightweight, “tourable” big-mountain skis that stand up to powder, chunder, icy conditions and everything in between. The decidedly premium line of freeride skis boasts four waist widths—90, 98, 108 and 118mm. The 3.0 is lightweight on the ascent and crazy-stable and nimble on the ride down thanks to construction features including sandwich sidewall construction; a hybrid balsa/flax core; TexTreme’s proprietary carbon weave across the length of the ski that’s thinner and stronger than regular carbon for superb torsional rigidity; a multi-dimension sidecut and rockered tip and tail.
Vuarnet is making a serious comeback in the U.S. right now, much thanks to this wide variety of insanely-cool products.
Zeal’s new Portal goggle has one of the most impressive lens-swap systems we’ve ever seen, as well as an Automatic+ lens that’s both photochromic and polarized.
Bonus: Dogs of the SIA show floor 🙂