The latest and greatest at the Salomon booth was the new big mountain charger – The ‘El Dictator’ 194cm. The Dictator is 114mm underfoot and features mellow tip rocker and camber through the tail. Sounded like this was Cody Townsend’s new favorite shred sticks…
Lib Tech hyped me up on the Recurve POW NAS and the Recurve Freeride NAS. For 10/11 the POW has a reshaped shovel for less hooking and is available in two sizes – 181 and 191. The Freeride NAS returns a tad lighter and also in two sizes – 178 and 188.
Didn’t get a chance to talk to the Full Tilt rep but these looked dope so there ya go.
No doubt this is new – Moment Outerwear! For 10/11 Moment is offering three coats and two pants in a couple different colorways. The kits are designed by Ethan Martin of Aeryx fame and feature ‘Riri’ watertight zippers, magnetic pocket closures, and a jacket pant interface. In other news from Moment, the Reno collective introduced a new directional charger ski – The Belafonte. Expect a similar ski to last year’s Garbones (early rise tip, camber under foot) but stiiffer and with more side cut. The Belafonte will be available in 174, 182, and 192.
Utah’s Surface skis looked pretty hot. The latest is the ‘New Life’ which is a BC Freestyle/Big Mtn ski featuring 3 stage rocker and a true twin shape. The ‘New Life’ is 122mm underfoot and available in 174, 184, and 194.
Have you heard of DPS skis? Haven’t tried them myself but the full carbon wrap construction they use sounded pretty rad. The woodcore is fully wrapped in carbon making them the only sandwich construction full-carbon skis on the planet. The Wailer RP (Resort Pow) looked like a cool Squaw ski (Yellow skis) coming in at 112 underfoot and featuring early rise tips, camber underfoot, and slight tail rocker. The Wailer comes in a 168, 178, and 190.
Line came packing heat including the new ‘Step Up’ ski. The ‘Step Up’ fills in for last year’s ‘Chronic’ and is a park ski for powerful jumpers and pipe skiers. The ‘Step Up’ will be available in a 166, 174, and 184. Also note the new ‘Afterbang Shorty’ on the far right of the pic. Oh yes little groms, Line now makes an Afterbang for you too.
Bonus pic from Line – new Eric Pollard pro models including the EP Shorty. Get it kids!
Atomic debuted the new ‘Tracker’ boot – a four buckle beast with a “ridge walking” sole and improved ski/walk mode. Sounded like these were Rahlves new slippers…
Liberty had the best looking poles I saw – bamboo wrapped carbon fiber beauties.
Moving on to the backcountry touring world, Marker debuted two new AT bindings – The ‘Tour 10’ and ‘Tour 12’. The ‘Tour’ series comes in substantially lighter than the Baron and Duke and are capable of the DIN settings corresponding with their names.
Black Diamond introduced a whole new ski line – The Efficient series. Aimed at the tour/tele crowd, the six models in the Efficient series are lighter than anything in BD’s Power series. The ‘Drift’ is the charger of the line (purple) coming in at 100mm underfoot and featuring slight early rise tip and camber through the tails.
To compliment the ski line, BD also debuted the ‘Efficient’ AT boot line. Three unisex and one women’s model make up the line and all but one of the boots feature BOA tightening – a first for the ski world. The other big deal with these boots is that they have more degrees of movement in walk mode than anything else out there.
One more touring product…the Fritchi Freeride Pro. The Pro replaces the old Freeride and features a redesigned front toe piece and a stiffer, wider chassis. The Pro is also DIN certified (12 max) for both Alpine and AT boots.
Stay tuned for an update from the snowboard world coming soon!!!