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from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s  2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes … More »

All-Mountain Skis

 by Marty McLennan, tech editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue photo: HENRY GEORGI  All-mountain ladies Fischer’s KOA 80 (122/80/110) is a strong all-round tool for powder and piste ladies. All-mountain rocker combines with sandwich sidewalls, proprietary Air Carbon technology and a 100 per cent wood core for a lively ski that’s both stable and easy … More »

Boots 2014

Upward mobility is the name of this season’s game. by Marty McLennan, Tech Editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue   All-mountain booty We may have been playing on K2 toys for 50 years, but 2014 marks a huge step forward for the ubiquitous company with its launch into bootmaking. E3 (Energy Efficiency Engineering) is at … More »

Big Mountain/Freeski

Buyer’s Guide 2014 Intro Be the boss Nordica’s El Capo (137/107/125) is a solid, no-foolin’-around, vertically sidewalled twin for big-mountain freeriders. High Rise profile upfront, camber underfoot and a touch of rockered love behind combine with a double dose of over-the-edge Titanal, resulting in a stable, power-transmitting ski. Leaving no detail unchecked, the shop lightened … More »

High Performance 2014

More Code Völkl expands its frontside-ripping Code series with the dynamic CODE U.V.O. (122/76/104mm). The ski starts with the lineup’s characteristic tip-and-tail rocker, adds a lightened xMotion binding and showcases the new Ultimate Vibration Object (U.V.O.), a 360-degree damper near the ski tip for no-compromise vibration reduction. Optimized for light weight, the ski features a … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2014 – Gear For The Gods

  By Marty McLennan, Technical Editor The Citius, Altius, Fortius motto associated with this winter’s party in Sochi has little to do with early Olympians. The original team was led by power-hoarding Zeus. As far as he was concerned, mankind was dirt (clay, to be exact). The real hero of the story was Prometheus, who … More »

Park & Beyond 2013

Park & Beyond

Abuse is the name of the park-and-pipe game. And these skis take it in spades. This season we’ll see lightened tips and tails for improved swing weight, resistant sidewalls and innovative strategies like Elan’s Triple Base Technology (see below) for catch-free landings. With increased junior traffic in the field—they still have the knees—both Head and Rossignol offer tweener … More »

We’ve come a long way, baby

The farewell run of World Cup downhill legend Didier Cuche in Schladming, Austria, last season showed us that skiing has indeed become easier. Lots. When the record-winning, five-time Kitzbühel champ barely makes it down a racecourse—he was skiing with wonky wooden boards, beartrap bindings and period clothing (if you haven’t seen it, watch the super-slow-mo on YouTube and be wowed)— it proves the obvious: today’s … More »

Bindings 2013

This year’s bindings make it most apparent that the ski world is breaking boundaries. Virtually all the R&D for this segment has gone into multi-tasking solutions for skiers heading beyond the ropes with bindings that walk. In many ways what’s old is new again: skiing’s beginnings were precisely backcountry in nature—as far as Ski Canada can decipher there were no groomed … More »

Boots 2013

The continued allure of the sidecountry and the growth of skiing variants have driven engineers back to their drawing boards. As can be expected, keywords include performance, comfort, feel, ease of entrance, weight (low, of course) and flex. Custom technologies like thermoforming have come into their own, no doubt in higher-end liners, but also in shells—with Fischer’s Vacuum system pioneering … More »

What’s Trending

from Buyer’s Guide 2015 He said, she said Overheard at Denver’s  2014 SIA trade show: “If that were a bicycle, it would be a $10,000 frame.” Michael Kay talking about Völkl’s BMT chassis. “Duuuuude. It’s legal now. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Next year they’ll be selling it at Walmart.” Some random guy with beady eyes … More »

All-Mountain Skis

 by Marty McLennan, tech editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue photo: HENRY GEORGI  All-mountain ladies Fischer’s KOA 80 (122/80/110) is a strong all-round tool for powder and piste ladies. All-mountain rocker combines with sandwich sidewalls, proprietary Air Carbon technology and a 100 per cent wood core for a lively ski that’s both stable and easy … More »

Boots 2014

Upward mobility is the name of this season’s game. by Marty McLennan, Tech Editor, in Buyer’s Guide 2014 issue   All-mountain booty We may have been playing on K2 toys for 50 years, but 2014 marks a huge step forward for the ubiquitous company with its launch into bootmaking. E3 (Energy Efficiency Engineering) is at … More »

Big Mountain/Freeski

Buyer’s Guide 2014 Intro Be the boss Nordica’s El Capo (137/107/125) is a solid, no-foolin’-around, vertically sidewalled twin for big-mountain freeriders. High Rise profile upfront, camber underfoot and a touch of rockered love behind combine with a double dose of over-the-edge Titanal, resulting in a stable, power-transmitting ski. Leaving no detail unchecked, the shop lightened … More »

High Performance 2014

More Code Völkl expands its frontside-ripping Code series with the dynamic CODE U.V.O. (122/76/104mm). The ski starts with the lineup’s characteristic tip-and-tail rocker, adds a lightened xMotion binding and showcases the new Ultimate Vibration Object (U.V.O.), a 360-degree damper near the ski tip for no-compromise vibration reduction. Optimized for light weight, the ski features a … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2014 – Gear For The Gods

  By Marty McLennan, Technical Editor The Citius, Altius, Fortius motto associated with this winter’s party in Sochi has little to do with early Olympians. The original team was led by power-hoarding Zeus. As far as he was concerned, mankind was dirt (clay, to be exact). The real hero of the story was Prometheus, who … More »

Park & Beyond 2013

Park & Beyond

Abuse is the name of the park-and-pipe game. And these skis take it in spades. This season we’ll see lightened tips and tails for improved swing weight, resistant sidewalls and innovative strategies like Elan’s Triple Base Technology (see below) for catch-free landings. With increased junior traffic in the field—they still have the knees—both Head and Rossignol offer tweener … More »

We’ve come a long way, baby

The farewell run of World Cup downhill legend Didier Cuche in Schladming, Austria, last season showed us that skiing has indeed become easier. Lots. When the record-winning, five-time Kitzbühel champ barely makes it down a racecourse—he was skiing with wonky wooden boards, beartrap bindings and period clothing (if you haven’t seen it, watch the super-slow-mo on YouTube and be wowed)— it proves the obvious: today’s … More »

Bindings 2013

This year’s bindings make it most apparent that the ski world is breaking boundaries. Virtually all the R&D for this segment has gone into multi-tasking solutions for skiers heading beyond the ropes with bindings that walk. In many ways what’s old is new again: skiing’s beginnings were precisely backcountry in nature—as far as Ski Canada can decipher there were no groomed … More »

Boots 2013

The continued allure of the sidecountry and the growth of skiing variants have driven engineers back to their drawing boards. As can be expected, keywords include performance, comfort, feel, ease of entrance, weight (low, of course) and flex. Custom technologies like thermoforming have come into their own, no doubt in higher-end liners, but also in shells—with Fischer’s Vacuum system pioneering … More »

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