SIA 2014 kicks off from Denver, CO; see 43 photos of next year’s coolest gear

January 30th, 2014 by

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Day one of the 2014 SIA Snow Show (Snowsports Industries of America) is a wrap. Today, the entire ski industry converged upon the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, Colorado to take a look at the newest products for 2014/15. Among the many highlights was the unveiling of the first annual FREESKIER Trend Book, copies of which appeared in many “booths” throughout the showroom floor, and were also carted around by the lovely Freeskier girls, Lauren and Madison.

In addition, there was a smorgasbord of new ideas, technologies, and products from companies both new and old on display. Smith Optics is going back to its roots with the release of its Archive Collection, sunglasses replicated from Smith’s shades of the 80s and 90s, that also include the old, original logo work; Scott is introducing its Riot Plus pole, which includes a girthy 22 mm diameter, and a button that can extend the shaft out for an extra boost on those pesky cat tracks; Slytech, in an ongoing attempt to increase safety within the freeskiing scene, is offering its Ballaclava XT Pro, which features Slytech’s proprietary foam material around the head that can easily be covered up with a beanie, to protect those who refuse to wear helmets; Canadian outerwear company Eira has introduced its first women’s line, which takes a cue from the stylings of popular women’s accessories and incorporates them into highly technical jackets. While those are just a small sample of the great things we caught on day 1, check out our gallery for all of the newest gear set to hit the shelves this coming fall.

Be sure to click on the information icon (lowercase i) in the gallery to view more beta about the products. Continue to follow freeskier.com for more coverage from SIA.

Related: Watch scenes from the floor of #SIA14

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Donny O'Neill hails from the mystical, faraway land of New Hartford, CT. When he's not in the mountains searching for Big Foot, he's the Associate Editor here at Freeskier.