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Outerwear 2020

Outerwear 2020 Québécois cold or Coastal wet, what you wear on the outside is key to staying comfortable. For cold weather In the Alpha LIFALOFT Jacket and women’s Whitewall LIFALOFT Jacket Helly Hansen borrowed the breathable technology it developed for mid-layers and stuffed it into a resort-inspired shell. Thinner and lighter than synthetic insulation and … More »

Noteworthy 2020: Giro Polartech helmets

Giro Polartech helmets SWEAT-LESS LID     Giro is making its lids warmer and drier by building Polartec Power Grid fabric into its helmet liners. The textured fabric quickly absorbs moisture and diffuses it—like the squeegees used on tennis courts—for faster drying. Power Grid is also full of air spaces, which work as insulation when it’s … More »

Test 2020: Salomon S/Force Bold

Salomon S/Force Bold BEST FOR: Being bold, on-piste LENGTHS: 170,177,184 DIMENSIONS: 132/84/116 RADIUS: 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1199 OTHER MODELS: S/Force 11, S/Force 9, S/Force 7 Last year Salomon introduced the S/Max series as a small step down from its race family. This year it eases up just a little more in the S/Force, a group … More »

Boot Flex

Boot Flex How stiff a boot do you need? Boot manufacturers use a flexibility number to measure stiffness but there is still no industry standard for flex. In general the higher the number, the harder it is to bend your ankle joint inside the boot. A stiffer boot transfers more power to the ski. And … More »

Icelantic Riveter

Icelantic Riveter RIVETING FEMALE PERFORMANCE     The Pioneer was so well received as a quiver of one, Icelantic created a women’s equivalent, the Riveter. It has the same tapered shape, tip and tail rocker, and 7mm of camber underfoot. A poplar core adds plenty of pop without a ton of weight. The Riveter comes in … More »

Noteworthy 2020: Head Radar helmet

Head Radar helmet A BETTER COMBO     We like the idea of visor helmets. No forehead-skin gap means no more ice-cream headache. But at best they give you the look of a fighter pilot and at worst, a total dork. Head takes a different tack to the same integrated helmet and goggles solution with the … More »

Noteworthy 2020: DAHU Swiss Ski Boot

The comfortable ski boot saga continues They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Don’t tell the ski boot designers who keep trying to create a comfortable ski boot that also skis well. DAHU Swiss Ski Boot is the latest to attempt the seemingly impossible. … More »

Test 2020 – Volkl Deacon 84

BEST FOR: A high-end skier looking for a dedicated groomer ski. LENGTHS:              162, 167, 172, 177, 182 DIMENSIONS:         132/84/115 RADIUS:                 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1300 OTHER MODELS:    80, 79, 76, 75, 74  For this winter, Völkl expanded its Deacon series of on-piste rippers with several wider models. The 84 is the biggest of the clan, but … More »

How to Buy Ski Boots

When it comes to performance, boots matter more than any other piece of equipment. They are the steering wheel, gas pedal and brake, taking messages from your body movement and telling your skis what to do. The right pair will make you a better skier. The wrong pair will hurt, often literally. Here’s how you … More »

Test 2020: Dynastar Menace 98

BEST FOR: Intermediates and up who want to do it all. LENGTHS:              169, 175, 181, 187 DIMENSIONS:         132/98/120 RADIUS:                 23@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: from $400 OTHER MODELS:    90, 80  Athlete demands drive innovation. So while there are plenty of new skis with all kinds of new ideas, none are as modern as the Menace. It’s part … More »

Outerwear 2020

Outerwear 2020 Québécois cold or Coastal wet, what you wear on the outside is key to staying comfortable. For cold weather In the Alpha LIFALOFT Jacket and women’s Whitewall LIFALOFT Jacket Helly Hansen borrowed the breathable technology it developed for mid-layers and stuffed it into a resort-inspired shell. Thinner and lighter than synthetic insulation and … More »

Noteworthy 2020: Giro Polartech helmets

Giro Polartech helmets SWEAT-LESS LID     Giro is making its lids warmer and drier by building Polartec Power Grid fabric into its helmet liners. The textured fabric quickly absorbs moisture and diffuses it—like the squeegees used on tennis courts—for faster drying. Power Grid is also full of air spaces, which work as insulation when it’s … More »

Test 2020: Salomon S/Force Bold

Salomon S/Force Bold BEST FOR: Being bold, on-piste LENGTHS: 170,177,184 DIMENSIONS: 132/84/116 RADIUS: 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1199 OTHER MODELS: S/Force 11, S/Force 9, S/Force 7 Last year Salomon introduced the S/Max series as a small step down from its race family. This year it eases up just a little more in the S/Force, a group … More »

Boot Flex

Boot Flex How stiff a boot do you need? Boot manufacturers use a flexibility number to measure stiffness but there is still no industry standard for flex. In general the higher the number, the harder it is to bend your ankle joint inside the boot. A stiffer boot transfers more power to the ski. And … More »

Icelantic Riveter

Icelantic Riveter RIVETING FEMALE PERFORMANCE     The Pioneer was so well received as a quiver of one, Icelantic created a women’s equivalent, the Riveter. It has the same tapered shape, tip and tail rocker, and 7mm of camber underfoot. A poplar core adds plenty of pop without a ton of weight. The Riveter comes in … More »

Noteworthy 2020: Head Radar helmet

Head Radar helmet A BETTER COMBO     We like the idea of visor helmets. No forehead-skin gap means no more ice-cream headache. But at best they give you the look of a fighter pilot and at worst, a total dork. Head takes a different tack to the same integrated helmet and goggles solution with the … More »

Noteworthy 2020: DAHU Swiss Ski Boot

The comfortable ski boot saga continues They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Don’t tell the ski boot designers who keep trying to create a comfortable ski boot that also skis well. DAHU Swiss Ski Boot is the latest to attempt the seemingly impossible. … More »

Test 2020 – Volkl Deacon 84

BEST FOR: A high-end skier looking for a dedicated groomer ski. LENGTHS:              162, 167, 172, 177, 182 DIMENSIONS:         132/84/115 RADIUS:                 16@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $1300 OTHER MODELS:    80, 79, 76, 75, 74  For this winter, Völkl expanded its Deacon series of on-piste rippers with several wider models. The 84 is the biggest of the clan, but … More »

How to Buy Ski Boots

When it comes to performance, boots matter more than any other piece of equipment. They are the steering wheel, gas pedal and brake, taking messages from your body movement and telling your skis what to do. The right pair will make you a better skier. The wrong pair will hurt, often literally. Here’s how you … More »

Test 2020: Dynastar Menace 98

BEST FOR: Intermediates and up who want to do it all. LENGTHS:              169, 175, 181, 187 DIMENSIONS:         132/98/120 RADIUS:                 23@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: from $400 OTHER MODELS:    90, 80  Athlete demands drive innovation. So while there are plenty of new skis with all kinds of new ideas, none are as modern as the Menace. It’s part … More »

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