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Black Diamond Helio 88 Ski Black Diamond Helio 88 Ski
Speed-focused backcountry travelers revel in the light is right mantra, but exactly how light is right' The Black Diamond Helio 88 Carbon Ski proudly proclaims that 5lb per pair is about right. And yes, you read that right--per pair. Built with a pre-preg carbon fiber layup and an ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core, the Helio 88 is the skinniest of BD's featherweight Helio line. and it's ravenous for long approaches, technically demanding ascents, and fast climbing. For ski-mountaineering racers, high-altitude die-hards, and dawn-to-dusk expeditioners searching for a bit of levity, these skis are an instant game-changer.Though the Helio 88 feels like two buoyant balloons attached to your rando boots, you won't feel like they're floating away from you when you lock your heels in for the descent. 5mm beveled ABS sidewalls and the durable, chatter-gobbling sandwich construction provides burly torsional rigidity and a smooth, stiff flex for aggressive, formidable performance on hard snow. An early rise tip and ABS tail protector with integrated skin clip lend a touch of float and reduce effort while breaking trail--after all, with the Helio's weight savings, you're sure to be at the front of the pack time after time.
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Black Diamond Route 105 Ski Black Diamond Route 105 Ski
Speed is key when you're knocking out dawn patrols before work--the faster you get up, the more turns you can get in before you make it to your desk. The widest ski in Black Diamond's new Route series, the Route 105 strikes an all-time balance of uphill performance and downhill shreddage. The 105mm waist and rockered profile crush Rocky Mountain pow, and camber underfoot lets you blast through cruddy Northwest sludge no problem. Black Diamond constructed its Route series with a poplar wood core, shedding weight without sacrificing durability while providing springy, playful pop. The pre-preg fiberglass layup adds torsional stiffness to keep the ski steady at high speeds and cuts chatter for a smooth ride down. The sandwich construction increases power and stability on the downhill, so you won't get tossed around if you end up bombing lift-accessed runs when avy conditions spike.
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Black Diamond Route 88 Ski Black Diamond Route 88 Ski
For speedy ascents, big traverses, and multi-day trips, Black Diamond created the Route 88 Ski. BD's new Route series is a more versatile, damper, and stiffer version of their well-known Helio series--not to mention at a much lower price-point. The Route 88 is the thinnest and lightest member of the fleet, enabling you to move through the alpine quickly and efficiently. When designing a lightweight touring ski, Black Diamond made sure they didn't sacrifice downhill performance. Constructed with a poplar wood core and a pre-preg fiberglass layup, the Route 88 is springy and playful, while maintaining torsional rigidity and stiffness, ensuring a smooth descent in all kinds of conditions. The early rise tip keeps you afloat in fresh snow, and camber underfoot keeps you stable and controlled while you're ripping turns down a chute. Plus, you'll be stoked about the short, snappy turn radius when it's time to put your jump turns to the test at the top of a gnarly entrance.
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Blizzard Zero G 108 Ski Blizzard Zero G 108 Ski
The Blizzard Zero G 108 Ski gets you to the top of your line with fresh legs, so you actually have some juice left for the descent. One of the lightest skis in its class, the Zero G utilizes a carbon frame that saves weight and ensures a predictable flex and torsional rigidity throughout the ski. The lightweight paulownia wood core also keeps weight down while maintaining a solid, yet playful feel for the descent, so you don't get that noodley feel that's all too common among lightweight touring skis. With a versatile 108mm waist, this ski is the largest in Blizzard's Zero G line, making these skis your go-to boards on backcountry powder days, but that's not to say they won't handle chalky chutes, melt-freeze crusts, or whatever fun surface conditions the backcountry can throw at you throughout the season. A rockered tip and tail keep them afloat when you're making pow laps on really deep days, and a sandwich construction with compound sidewalls make for a stable feel when you're arcing big turns down open faces, aprons, or groomers in the resort. Flipcore technology matches the internal components of the ski to the ski's mold shape, providing a more natural flex, better float, and increased skiability.
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Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski
The Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski comes at a weight that might make you think they're a bit, well, noodley, but with full sidewalls, tip-to-tail metal edges, and a wood core, the Zero G is as shreddy as a bowl of frosty cereal. Thanks to Blizzard's Carbon Drive Technology, these skis are able to maintain all the key ingredients of a solid pair of planks, without weighing you down on the skintrack. A 3D unidirectional carbon fiber frame guarantees consistent flex and torsional rigidity, and it works in conjunction with the lightweight paulownia wood core to keep the overall weight of the ski down.With a 85mm waist, these Zero G is the most nimble option in Blizzard's line of lightweight touring skis. When you do come across a bit of powder, the rockered tip and tail will help keep these planks afloat and will ease turn initiation when you're laying down turns on big lines this spring. The compound sidewalls enhance the overall durability of the ski while giving them a stable feel when arcing high-speed GS turns in the backcountry.
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Blizzard Zero G 95 Ski Blizzard Zero G 95 Ski
If you thought a lightweight touring ski that's actually inspiring on the descent was beyond your grasp--think again. The Blizzard Zero G 95 Ski comes at a weight that will leave your legs feeling fresh at the top of the skintrack, but will still charge like a proper pair of Blizzards. With what Blizzard is calling Carbon Drive Technology, the Zero G uses both a 3D unidirectional carbon fiber frame and lightweight paulownia wood core to save on weight, and to guarantee fluid flex and torsional rigidity when you lay them on edge.The versatile, midfat 95mm waist will carve down corn, hold an edge on bulletproof ice, and still float when there's some freshies to be had. Rocker in the tip and tail help with float, while a generous dose of camber underfoot inspires confidence in variable conditions. Like all Blizzard skis, the Zero G's maintain a durable and stable sandwich sidewall construction, which boasts some of the best binding retention ratings in the industry.
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Blizzard Zero G Race Ski Blizzard Zero G Race Ski
The Zero G Race Ski is Blizzard's first attempt at designing a plank specifically for randonnee racers, and we'll be a monkey's uncle--or maybe a slow backcountry skier would be a better metaphor in this instance--if we didn't think Blizzard absolutely nailed it. It boasts a staggering weight of one single pound; yep, you read that right: one pound (and eight ounces if you want to be picky about it). If you aren't salivating yet, then you must not care about grams. Blizzard built the Zero G Race out of a full, poppy, poplar wood and ultralight isocore foam for an optimal uphill performance. As for the downhill, Blizzard integrated its brand-new, top-of-the-line Carbon Drive stringers to allow an unprecedented downhill performance. That doesn't mean you'll float down deep powder or cruise couloirs with ease--due to its skinny 65mm waist--but you will get that pesky downhill part out of the way so you can get another lap in before all those slow backcountry skiers get a chance to summit your skintrack.
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DPS Skis Cassiar 95 Tour1 Ski DPS Skis Cassiar 95 Tour1 Ski
In ski construction, "light" has traditionally been a synonym for "cheap," "entry-level," or "backcountry," but DPS never saw it that way. From the beginning, the company focused on making its skis light, not as an end unto itself but because cutting weight meant increasing quickness, boosting playfulness, and taking agility to the next level, no matter where or how you ski. The focus on weight was never meant to be construed as a focus on touring, but plenty of folks took it that way, even though classics like the Wailer, Lotus, and Cassiar were designed to be ridden in-bounds as much as out. While all those skis can totally hold their own in the backcountry, DPS is switching things up a bit with its new Tour1 construction, which is focused on cutting weight specifically to increase touring performance, not just to make better all-around skis. The Cassiar 95 Tour1 Ski is the smallest new model in the family, with a 95mm width perfect for long tours or springtime conditions and a new layup and core that keeps things ridiculously light without sacrificing downhill awesomeness. Tour1 construction layers a high-tech prepreg carbon-fiber and laminate onto an ultralight balsa wood core to maintain a damp, aggressive feel and powerful edging while shaving ounces from DPS' classic Pure3 construction. DPS makes its frontside skis with sidewall construction, which provides good torsional stiffness but adds weight, but built the Cassiar Tour1 with a full cap to keep things lighter. Made of textured polyamide, the cap is designed to shed snow, too, so you don't end up hauling five extra pounds of pow up with you. Plenty of traditional camber underfoot keeps you solid at speed and able to plow through variable snow, while an early-rise tip smooths out bumpy spots and helps you float through some boot-top pow. The backcountry can be boney, too, so DPS finished the Cassiar with fast and tough World Cup bases and steel edges hardened to 48 Rockwell, so rocks won't spell d...
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DPS Skis Lotus 124 Tour 1 Ski DPS Skis Lotus 124 Tour 1 Ski
Combining DPS's classic Lotus shape with its lightweight Tour 1 construction, the powder-hungry Lotus 124 Tour 1 Ski boasts a wide waist and respectable weight to help keep your legs fresh on those big-vert powder days. A fat 124mm waist and massive 149mm shovel make the Lotus one of DPS's better skis for floating down the deeps, and the early rise tip assists with setting the skintrack in waist-high snow. Despite being a fatty, this Lotus maintains a slim weight of just over three pounds per ski thanks to its lightweight Tour 1 cap construction. The Tour 1 construction consists of a nimble balsa wood core and carbon prepeg laminates to maintain the torsional rigidity and dampness you'd expect from a DPS ski. DPS also added narrow steel edges for durability, and the World Cup race base is one of the fastest and hardest in the business.
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DPS Skis Powderworks Lotus 124 Tour1 Ski DPS Skis Powderworks Lotus 124 Tour1 Ski
Expanding its line of lightweight touring-specific skis, DPS is now offering its Powderworks Lotus 124 Ski with its ridiculously light Tour1 construction. Shaving an additional 30 percent from the already lightweight Tour3 Pure Carbon construction, this cap constructed ski is light on the skintrack, but doesn't sacrifice dimensions or shape to save weight, leaving the ski's aggressive, powder-ripping capabilities unscathed.Sitting at 124mm underfoot and featuring DPS' Powderworks shape, the Lotus is a dedicated powder ski ideal for mountains where powder is plentiful. The Tour1 layup consists of a lightweight balsa core surrounded by layers of prepreg carbon, glass Tour1 laminates, and narrow Rockwell edges to reduce weight, but maintain the torsional stiffness necessary to retain a fun and responsive feel on the descent. This construction is geared towards the dedicated backcountry skier with its full cap construction, but it does not have the same convex spooned base as the standard Lotus 124.
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DPS Skis Wailer 106 Tour1 Ski DPS Skis Wailer 106 Tour1 Ski
The Wailer 106 Tour1 Ski is DPS' answer to the resounding question of experience-focused backcountry skiers: "What's the point in grinding through long tours if you have to spend the descent feeling gripped on floppy touring skis'" Choosing a lightweight touring ski often means compromising performance, stiffness, and downhill fun in order to stay skin-track friendly, but the DPS Tour1 construction gives an effective middle finger to that compromise with the use of a poppy, stiff balsa wood core sandwiched by aerospace carbon laminates and a full cap textured polyamide top. The end result is a ski that's comparable in weight to the lightest on the market, but blows the competition away in terms of torsional rigidity, edge control, and dampening.Just because snow conditions don't pan out powdery all the time doesn't mean you'll skip a dawn patrol, but it's nice to have a little float when there's fresh stuff. Whipped up with a versatile 106mm waist, and the Wailer is ready to devour powder, crud, ice, hardpack, and all the fast pre-dawn ascents you can throw at it. A rockered tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot and a chassis-driven sidecut bring the best of both worlds for laying the ski on edge and blasting through crud or pow. Enjoy precision, power, and levity in every type of snow condition, every damn time.
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DPS Skis Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Ski DPS Skis Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Ski
DPS' M. O. is to pick a killer shape and camber profile, then build several skis with different cores and laminates so you can choose the one with the characteristics that best suit you. The Wailer 112 RP2 Tour1 Aki, for example, is a quiver-of-one pow ski with a solid amount of tip rocker, moderate underfoot camber, and a generously raised tail, finished off with a manageable sidecut that lets you move from variable to soft snow and alter your turn shapes without skipping a beat. Of course, this isn't just any 112RP2, it's the 112RP2 Tour1. Huh' Essentially, it sports all the above characteristics, but it's built with DPS' Tour1 construction, which is designed specifically for lightweight backcountry-oriented skis. DPS has a reputation for lightness across the board, but its legendary Pure3 construction was always designed to be skied inbounds, while Tour1 is explicitly meant for those who primarily earn their own turns. Accordingly, the 112 RP2 Tour1 is built on a superlight balsa wood core sandwiched between pre-preg carbon fiber and fiberglass laminates and topped off with a lightweight cap, which gives the ski a category-crushing combination of weight savings and torsional stiffness and avoids the squirrely, skittish feeling of many other lightweight touring boards. DPS has monkeyed with the shape of 112RP2, too, giving it a larger sweet spot that serves up a stable feel whether you're riding cautiously or hitting near-irresponsible speeds. Its Paddle Tech sidecut tapers at the rocker contact points for smooth, hook-free turns, and the rockered tip and tail make sure the ski's killer soft-snow performance is unchanged. There's also enough camber underfoot to cut through hardpack, chunder, and wind-hammered snow like it's no big deal. DPS finished the 112RP2 Tour1 off with its standard tough and lightning-fast World Cup bases and narrow-gauge Rockwell 48 steel edges for extra weight savings, and capped the whole package with snow-shedding textured topsheets s...
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DPS Skis Wailer 99 Tour1 Ski DPS Skis Wailer 99 Tour1 Ski
DPS has the reputation of being a backcountry-first company, but that's not entirely accurate. It's always valued lightness, but that's been taken to mean, "touring performance," which wasn't really DPS' intention. Lightweight skis, the company will tell you, are just as useful in bounds as out, so trimming the fat is as much a matter of increasing downhill performance as helping you crush the skinner. What you just read, though, doesn't really apply to the Wailer 99 Tour1 Ski. This year, DPS is introducing Tour1 construction, a superlight alternative to the classic Pure3 layup, and one that's explicitly meant to keep the ounces down for improved backcountry performance. DPS has swapped the aspen core out for balsa wood, traded UHMW sidewalls for a lightweight cap, and changed the laminate slightly, all of which means the Tour1 version of the Wailer 99 is . 75lb lighter than Pure3 while being nearly as stiff, so you can fly on the way up and charge on the way down without pooping your pants because of floppy-ski fear. Balsa's ridiculously lightweight, as you remember from your glider-building days, but returns plenty of energy for a lively, fun feel. DPS' special laminate blend of prepreg carbon fiber and fiberglass keeps the Wailer stiffer and more powerful than other touring skis with comparable weights, and even the cap construction is designed to resist twisting, so you can rail powerful turns through chop, chunder, and all sorts of unexpected alpine mank. The profile of the Wailer is pretty traditional by current standards, with moderate tip and tail rocker and plenty of camber underfoot to provide an all-season combo of hard-snow grip and soft-snow float. DPS also designed it with its trademark Paddle Tech sidecut profile, which blends the sidecut to almost nothing at the rocker contact points for smooth turn initiation and a predictably hook-free feel. Narrow-gauge Rockwell 48 steel edges provide loads of bite with a low weight penalty, and the World...
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Dynafit Baltoro Ski Dynafit Baltoro Ski
Versatility's the name of your game, so you and the Dynafit Baltoro Ski are a perfect one-two punch. Sitting squarely in the middle of Dynafit's freeride-to-ski-running spectrum, lighter than the Manaslu but burlier than the Nanga Parbat, the Baltoro is a pure-bred tourer, solid enough to handle your local backcountry lines and light enough to take on fast-and-light expeditions. To meet the needs of hardcore mountaineers, Dynafit constructed the Baltoro with a poplar and ash Ride Core for easy skinning and smooth skiing, but reinforced it with fiberglass to give it enough backbone to handle serious descents in tough terrain where falling would be a seriously bad idea. It's been firmed up further with a full-length sidewall construction, which resists torsion and stands up to rocks, ice, and the general beating that skis can take on long expeditions. Snow conditions tend to be a crapshoot when you're heading into serious alpine environments, but the Baltoro features an early-rise tip that's designed to glide over uneven snow but retain nearly full-length contact when laid on its side, so you don't have to sacrifice edge hold to have a versatile ski for serious ice, corn, and surprise fluff stashes. It's also got a dual-radius sidecut, which makes it easy to adjust your turn shapes, and a sintered graphite base that holds wax and stays fast, so you can cut loose when you're home free and enjoying some big, sweeping turns. There are Dynafit-skin-compatible Speedskin attachments at the tip and tail, too, saving you hassle when you're gearing up in the morning.
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Dynafit Beast 108 Ski Dynafit Beast 108 Ski
Keeping the Dynafit Beast 108 Ski on groomers in the resort would be like keeping a majestic polar bear in a zoo. With a full rocker profile and backcountry-focused dimensions, the Beast 108 belongs where the snow is deep and the terrain is limitless. Now, if you're thinking a Dynafit ski with freeride dimensions and a full rocker profile sounds familiar, then you've probably heard of the Chugach and Hokkaido skis. Built on the same platform as these skis, the Beast 108 employs the Double Elipse Rocker profile that matches the sidecut and rocker profile to allow the effective edge to either shorten or lengthen as you roll the skis on edge. This gives the ski a predictable, hook-free feel whether you're edging down variable conditions in the alpine or arcing wide-open turns down a big apron. Where the Beast really differentiates itself from its predecessors, though, is with a lighter construction that trims just under nine ounces from the original Chugach.
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Dynafit Carbonio 88 Ski Dynafit Carbonio 88 Ski
When efficiency is of the essence, look no further than the Dynafit Carbonio 88 Ski to provide unprecedented performance on the ascent and descent alike thanks to its unique (albeit slightly unusual) construction and innovative material. Starting with its 88mm width waist, the Carbonio is designed for fast-and-light ski mountaineers who are looking to optimize on energy output. And to further advocate for its own featherlight-cause, the Carbonio weighs in at just over for four pounds a pair, which makes it ideal for those who are looking to save weight--without skimping on downhill performance. More specifically, the Carbonio features what Dynafit calls a full carbon construction, which provides a torsionally stiff feel and decreases vibration, in turn enhancing your ski handling experience. The micro sidewall runs the full length of the ski and offers an efficient transmission of power to the edges, while the Dual Radius Construction (which consists of a large front radius and small rear radius) is ensures a neutral turn initiation and exit, which saves on energy when making generously-sized sweeping turns. The scoop-inspired tips, combined with the slight camber underfoot and mostly flat tail are designed to carve relatively effortlessly when navigating steep terrain. Not to mention, the Paulownia wood core provides an energetic, poppy, and lightweight feel that's equal parts fun and dependable.
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Dynafit Denali Ski Dynafit Denali Ski
The Dynafit Denali Ski was designed for big days in big terrain. With both scoop rocker and tail rocker, as well as a waist width of right about 100mm, depending on size, the Denali floats effortlessly so you can make big turns look good. The paulownia core with carbon fiber stringers keeps the ski ultra-stiff without turning it into a boat anchor on the skin trip up, and titanal plates at the binding interface area add multi-season durability.
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Dynafit DNA Ski Dynafit DNA Ski
Serious randonnee racers know how tough it is to strike the perfect balance between light and powerful--imagine trying to make a delicious fat-free cheeseburger or a chocolate cake with no sugar. Dynafit's master chefs have cooked up a winner in the DNA Ski, though. Each ski weighs just about 1. 5lb per ski (690g) thanks to an innovative carbon-fiber construction and Carbon Flex Tip design. But that doesn't mean the DNA is too light to ski, because carbon speed stringers give it the stability and torsional rigidity of a much heavier board. The whole package is built on a paulownia wood core, which is light and flexible, and it has a pintail design to trim even more weight from the equation. The DNA certainly isn't a traditional looking ski, but, "traditional," has never really been Dynafit's style. It does have tried-and-true traditional camber, but the tip is significantly wider than the tail, with a carbon inlay placed within the tip that's designed to make for a smoother feel when skiing the variable conditions you'll encounter in the alpine. The dual sidecut radius makes it easier to vary your turn shape and works with the tip and tail shapes to help you make silky-smooth descents and move quickly from turn to turn.
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Dynafit Hokkaido Ski Dynafit Hokkaido Ski
Being the more powder-oriented offering in Dynafit's free touring line, the Hokkaido Ski comes at a width of 118mm underfoot, making it a veritable slayer of deep snow. Designed with input from Dynafit's North American team, the Hokkaido was built both to get up and down big lines with speed. With a weight hovering around 9lb in all lengths, the Hokkaido is by no means an ultralight ski, but as all big mountain skiers know, extra weight is an absolute necessity when slicing through variable snow conditions.The Hokkaido is a departure from typical Dynafit designs on almost all fronts. The full ABS sidewall construction favors strength over weight, but delivers durability when the skis inevitably make contact with rock and ice. The profile abandons traditional camber underfoot in favor of Dynafit's all-new Double Ellipse rocker profile. The profile is fully rockered in the tip and tail and is flat underfoot, allowing for more effective edge to engage as the ski rolls over--this means that the Hokkaido will not only hold an edge in steep and icy terrain, but it allows the Hokkaido to carve like a race ski once you're ready to loosen your turns up down open faces and slarve turns in deep pow when conditions turn prime. Carbon fiber stringers and fiberglass work to increase torsional rigidity, while the full carbon shovel saves weight while acting like a suspension fork to eliminate tip chatter for a confidence-inspiring feel you won't find on any other touring-specific ski.
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Dynafit Manaslu 2.0 Ski - Women's Dynafit Manaslu 2.0 Ski - Women's
Dynafit knows that the backcountry isn't full of lollipops and corduroy snow, and that's why it created the Women's Manaslu 2. 0 Ski to be a versatile backcountry board that's ready for a variety of terrain and variable conditions. Built to excel in challenging conditions, this touring ski strikes a healthy balance between weight and performance. Dyanfit's ski engineers gave the Manaslu a lightweight wood core, high-performance laminates, and air channels all of which are meant to cut down on heft while keeping the ski rock solid when gravity takes hold. Dynafit built the Manaslu knowing that weight reduction doesn't mean jack if your ski feels like you're riding a foam plank, so carbon speed stringers are there to increase torsional rigidity and dampen vibrations for increased stability at speed and in firm conditions. Micro sidewall construction uses multiple horizontal layers to create a strong, impact-resistant sidewall that uses less material and weight than a traditional sidewall. Its 3D carbon construction keeps things light. Scoop and tail rocker provide float and control in the deep stuff or over crud while a Pintail allows for an energy-saving body position and intuitive control as you make hop turns down a steep couloir and make wide, open turns once things open up along the apron.
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Dynafit Meteorite Ski Dynafit Meteorite Ski
The Dynafit Meteorite Ski was just too light and too fun, which is why it had to be banned by the International Coalition for Miserable Backcountry Travel--a little known governing body formed to ensure skis are either light or wicked awesome for the descent, but certainly not both. Thankfully, the ICMBT isn't sanctioned in the US, so you still have access to this ridiculously versatile and playful ski for long days touring and harvesting buttery turns on any type of snow.With a poppy and forgiving ash and poplar ride core, carbon speed stringer, and 97mm waist width, you'll be surfing, smearing, floating, and carving whether you encounter windbuff, cold smoke, suncups, or boilerplate. The full sidewall, rockered tip and tail, traditional camber underfoot, and zippy 18-meter turn radius provide excellent responsiveness and easy turn initiation. Any ski touring vet knows the down isn't so fun when you're demolishing your hip flexors by dragging heavy skis up the skintrack, so Dynafit kept the weight down to around four pounds a ski--that way, your legs won't be quivering from the ascent when you're sizing up your line, but perhaps they'll be quivering in anticipation of flexing right into the sweet spot of these versatile planks.
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Dynafit PDG Ski Dynafit PDG Ski
Racing up and down towering mountain peaks at top speeds attracts ultra-athletic, and maybe crazy, skiers, and it goes without saying that these gluttons for punishment demand a ski that can keep up. If you're a rando racer, ski runner, or even a mountaineer with long-distance objectives, the ultralight Dynafit PDG Ski provides the weight savings, durability, and downhill capability you need to get up, get down, and get faster. Named for the Patrouille des Glaciers, the world's most famous skimo race, the PDG is virtually the same as the category-leading DNA, but with a slightly less featherlight construction and a correspondingly mellower price tag, so you can afford to, you know, actually use it. Part of Dynafit's Ski Running collection, the PDG Ski doesn't make any bones about prioritizing the ascent. The paulownia wood core and carbon speed stringers keep things light and strong, while a 3D carbon Flex Tip reduces mass while smoothly absorbing impact and damping vibration for a smooth, predictable ride on icy courses and in choppy snow. There's also light alloy in the tip, which minimizes chatter further and makes sure the skin notch doesn't compromise the tip's stability. The PDG's dual-radius technology lets you bomb past squirrely descenders by combining the benefits of a long and stable front radius with short rear radius for nimble handling and precise control during short turns or on icy steeps. The PDG's pintail reduces flotation in the rear of the ski, allowing for more control in soft snow and a more energy-efficient body position over the ski, and the traditional camber provides plenty of bite when you're putting in first descents or pushing for the podium.
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Dynafit Sphinx Ski - Women's Dynafit Sphinx Ski - Women's
For ladies that blaze up the skintrack and charge down intimidating lines, the Dynafit Women's Sphinx Ski offers pure power and performance merged in a playful and versatile set up. The ash and poplar air flex core with carbon stringers offers optimal dampening, responsive rebound, and easy handling, while the 96mm waist width is ready to tackle any snow conditions you encounter. Whether you're on boilerplate ice or smooth windblown pow, the Sphinx will deliver buttery, chatter-free turns the whole way down.Full ABS sidewalls and traditional camber underfoot allow maximum force absorption and power transfer to the ski, while a rockered tip and tail keep you floating when you hit fluff. A nimble 17-meter turn radius helps you navigate through pinner couloirs and will still make smooth GS-style turns when it opens up into the apron. Even though these planks are fun on the downhill, they're pretty dang light at around 7 pounds per pair. The special tip and tail make getting skins on for the ascent a breeze--especially when you have the pre-cut Dynafit Meteorite/Sphinx Speedskins.
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Fischer Alpattack Ski Fischer Alpattack Ski
Even the strongest competitors aren't going to get to the podium racing with a pair of 2x4s on their feet, but that doesn't mean you need to spend every last cent in your piggy bank to remain competitive. Designed and tested on the hardcore Euro rando circuit, the Fischer Alpattack Ski uses a paulownia wood core with cut-out Air Tec channels and carbon-fiber stringers to reduce weight to a measly 1. 5lbs per ski without relinquishing the stiffness and control you need to make up time on the descent. Additionally, Fischer's Aeroshape design concentrates mass in the center of the ski, providing a stable platform without tacking on unnecessary and unwieldy ounces around the edges. Angled sidewalls further decrease weight over the edges while simultaneously preventing chipping and damage. The Alpattack also features Fischer's Tour Rocker profile, which combines an early-rise tip with a flat tail and traditional camber to provide a short turning radius, easy turn initiation, and enough float to ensure that you don't get caught up in chundery snow. There's a even a skin notch in the tip for easy, secure climbing and fast transitions, because every second counts when you're aiming for that number one spot.
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Fischer Stella Alpina 88 Ski - Women's Fischer Stella Alpina 88 Ski - Women's
Mama always said things earned were more satisfactory than things given, and in the spirit of Mama's advice, Fischer's offering up the Stella Alpina 88 Women's Ski. A touring ski made with ladies in mind, the Stella balances weight, stiffness, and stability, so you can zip up the skinner, mob down your line, pop back up, and do it again, in everything from boot-top powder, to windbuff, to perfect corn. The secret ingredient is the Paulownia wood core, which has been milled to a honeycomb shape via Fischer's Air Tec process to reduce weight without compromising Paulownia's snappy, lively characteristics. Complementing the core's natural liveliness is a series of carbon fiber stringers, which give the Stella a playful amount of pop, and a thin Titanal laminate that provides a moderate amount of added stiffness, so you can ski hard without feeling unstable. Mama also said that if some is good, more is better, so Fischer also constructed the Stella with its Aeroshape design, which thickens the ski in the middle and tapers it towards the edges, increasing torsional stiffness so you don't feel squirrely when you're driving the Stella through turns. Thick ABS sidewalls direct more power into the edges and take hits without blowing up, and the flat tail and underfoot camber let you finish strong turns without feeling like you're risking washing out. Freeride Rocker--a moderately raised tip--smooths out rough snow and gives you a good amount of float, too, so you can handle pockets of fresh without wishing you brought your bigger boards.
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Fischer Transalp 88 Ski Fischer Transalp 88 Ski
Just because you're a metal-head doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your hip flexors by heaving heavy metal freeride skis over mountains. In any event, give your muscles the sweet relief they deserve with a little help from the Fischer Transalp 88 Ski. Designed specifically for weight-conscious ski tourers and mountaineers alike, the Transalp weighs just over five pounds per pair so you can traverse ridges, hop canyons, and bag peaks all in a day's work. Additionally, the Transalp features a Tour Rocker, which combines an early rise in the tip with just-enough camber underfoot to help you stay super-stable on hardpack and variable terrain. A paulownia wood core is made even lighter by Fischer's Air Tec channel design, so you can say bye-bye to those pesky charlie horses mid ascent. The classic sandwich construction (combined ABS sidewalls) not only increases durability and shaves off ounces, but also ensures a responsive and balanced feel underfoot. Not to mention, the special Aeroshape design maintains the Transalp's torsional stability while keeping things from getting anywhere near heavy. How metal is that'
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Fischer Verticalp Ski Fischer Verticalp Ski
Try as you might, growing up is teensy bit overrated. And since you're still having a grand old time racing your pals and frenemies to the tops of hills and mountains alike, the folks over at Fischer decided to craft up the Verticalp Ski in order to cater to your ski mountaineering ambitions. This incredibly lightweight ski features a snow-shedding topsheet so you're not bogged down by excessive pounds of slushy wet stuff, while the traditional rocker (specifically the shovel nose and recessed tails) make sailing uphill feel easy as pie. The lightweight paulownia wood core, combined with the Aeroshape construction, delivers lightweight and efficient performance when you're cruising up and over snow-covered mountainsides, yet ensures ample edging when you need it the most. Perhaps most importantly, the Verticalp boasts a unique tuning technology that allows you to maximize your kick turn efficiency and power by simply adjusting your center of gravity, which ultimately allows for a more personalized and controlled experience, so you're the first one to the top and not the caboose.
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Folsom Skis Primary Tour Carbon Ski Folsom Skis Primary Tour Carbon Ski
Folsom's Primary Tour Carbon Ski is the type of stick you want on mornings after a lovely dump of fresh powder. It sports a versatile waist width that hovers over pow and still cuts through crud once you've stomped down the soft stuff. An early rise tip assists with powder navigation whether you're skinning the steeps or riding down said steeps, and the flatter tail accommodates climbing skin attachments.Folsom built the Primary Tour's core out of bamboo to assure a backcountry-friendly weight, and there's a bit of poppy poplar wood to give the ski a playful feel. Woven carbon fiber encases the core to give a lighter weight that retains a similar flex to the original Primary's fiberglass laminate. A cap construction keeps the Primary Tour light on your feet so you can tour the backcountry all day long.
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G3 ROAMr 100 Ski G3 ROAMr 100 Ski
G3's ROAMr 100 Ski slays the all-mountain game so you can hunt out those last remaining powder stashes and ski the sun cap back to the car, without feeling like you're doing make a mess in your pants. A 100mm waist width means this ski will handle the variable conditions you're guaranteed to encounter in the backcountry. Its Freeride Rocker combines an early rise tip with positive camber underfoot to carve crud and track through powder with ease. G3 built the Roamr with a Joyride construction that lives up to its name. Joyride starts off with a lightweight, flexible wood core made of poplar and paulownia, then wraps the core with two layers of Titanal aluminum to eliminate vibration when you're cranking speeds. Full alloy steel edges ensure control when you're really laying into a turn, and the ABS and TPU dual-density sidewalls enhance energy absorption and durability. The Stealth Razor Edge reduces overall mass and weight, while the P-Tex 2000 Electra base ensures a speedy feel.
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G3 Synapse 109 Ski G3 Synapse 109 Ski
G3 might have sold its soul to make the Synapse 109 Ski as light, stiff, and versatile as it is, but ski it once and you'll think it was a pretty fair deal for G3. The biggest, burliest ski in the Synapse family, the 109 is designed to crush powder, big lines, and steep descents, but it can handle a little hardpack and crud like a champ, which is just the way G3 wanted it. You'll be up, down, and heading up again by the time the other schmoes are leaving the parking lot thanks to the Synapse's lightweight construction. At just over three pounds per ski, the Synapse makes short work of skintracks and long approaches, but does so without compromising even a smidgen of performance on the descent. It has a light, energetic poplar and paulownia wood core that's laid up with two sheets of carbon fiber to keep it stiff enough to handle rough snow, while its ABS and TPU sidewalls direct plenty of power to the burly steel edges when things get dicey.The shape of the Synapse features a highly rockered tip, minimally rockered section underfoot, and an early rise tail that provides a supreme combination of float in the deep and edge grip on firm snow, with equal measures of surfiness and directional feel so you can get playful or point the Synapse and charge. The easy to maneuver profile is also handy when you need to navigate through tight chokes in steep couloirs. The base is made of a tough P-Tex 2000 to handle the occasional ding, and there's even a Titanal plate under the binding zone to ensure rugged mounts and serious binding retention.
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G3 Synapse 92 Ski G3 Synapse 92 Ski
Not all skis can, or should, be powder-crushing monsters, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to handle their business on whatever snow and terrain the backcountry has to offer. G3's Synapse 92 Ski might be the smallest and lightest in the Synapse family, but it can handle hardpack, crud, ice, and powder--the grab bag of conditions that you'll find on any given day in the alpine--and that's just the way G3 wanted it. At well under six pounds per pair, the Synapse makes short work of skin tracks, bootpacks, and long alpine approaches, but does so without compromising performance on the descent. It has a light, energetic poplar and paulownia wood core that's laid up with two sheets of differently woven carbon fiber to keep it stiff enough to handle rough snow, with ABS and TPU sidewalls to direct plenty of power to the burly steel edges when things get a little dicey. In addition to the carbon fiber, the Synapse keeps weight down via its Stealth Rocker profile, which keeps the core thinner near the edges, reducing weight where possible without sacrificing durability and stiffness. The shape of the Synapse is also worth discussing, as it features a highly rockered tip, minimal camber underfoot, and an early rise tail that provides a supreme combination of float in the deep and edge grip on firm snow, with equal measures of surfiness and directional feel. The base is made of tough P-Tex 2000 Electra to handle the occasional ding, and there's even a Titanal plate under the binding zone to ensure rugged mounts and serious binding retention, because stepping out of a shoe in a no-fall zone is the last thing you want.
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Hagan Ski Mountaineering Tour Professional Ultra Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Tour Professional Ultra Ski
When it comes to high alpine skiing, you mean business. and the Hagan Ski Mountaineering Tour Professional Ultra Ski eagerly awaits your next venture. The successor to the popular Cirrus model, this astoundingly light ski features some beefed-up tech--ABS sidewalls provide focused power transfer and durability, while a newly optimized shape increases the effective edge length of the ski for a smooth ride and superior directional stability. Though the waist width is a nimble 76mm with a 16-18-19 multiple turn radius, the 112mm early-rise shovel lends a touch of float in soft or variable snow. A paulownia wood core nestled between two layers of carbon fiber won't slow you down while you're hustling for the summit and picking your way down technical lines.
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Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski
When your pursuit of untracked lines takes you to mountains far removed from chairlifts and condos, make sure you have the Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski on your feet. This versatile backcountry tool features Icelantic's reliable Tri-Axe fiberglass sandwich construction, complete with a durable carbonium topsheet, and a playful Ochroma wood core to keep the ski manageable on the skintrack and nimble on the descent. An early rise tip allows the ski to get up and over variable snow and powder, while camber underfoot and a powerful flat tail offers a secure and stable feel when you're skiing in no-fall zones or making hop turns down steep chutes. The versatile 107 mm waist will float all but the deepest powder, and it remains manageable when conditions turn variable. Like all Icelantic skis, the Vanguard is handmade in Colorado and features original artwork by Icelantic founder, Travis Parr.
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La Sportiva Gara Aero LS Alpine Touring Ski La Sportiva Gara Aero LS Alpine Touring Ski
The La Sportiva Gara Aero LS Alpine Touring Ski may not be a bird, plane, or superhero, but they still fly--up hills, that is. Born from a collaboration with Ski Trab, these ultralight, World Cup race skis feature a groundbreaking Attivo progressive shape and flex, which enables athletes to rapidly propel themselves uphill using less energy than traditionally shaped skis. As the Gara Aero LS is for the "core" crowd, the ski core construction is worth noting. Aramid (a synthetic fiber hitting spaceships, jets, and La Sportiva skis near you) woven into a honeycomb pattern provides an unearthly strength-to-weight ratio, and when snuggled up to Hibox 3k carbon fiber filament, the skis are all but indestructible--oh, and they weigh three pounds per pair. Yes, per pair. You read that right. Deliciously steerable on hardpack, buoyant enough to traipse through soft snow, and equipped with shock absorption technology, the Gara Aero LS isn't lacking in the downhill fun arena, but the ascent-oriented details make the ski shine. Applying and ripping off skins is lightning fast thanks to the Attivo skin fixing system. Add a Light Tech anti-scratch topsheet with water-repellent nanotechnology finish to keep the topsheets free of snow, and you might just break the sound barrier on these skis. Go ahead--we'll listen for the boom.
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La Sportiva Gara Aero LS Ski - Women's La Sportiva Gara Aero LS Ski - Women's
La Sportiva teamed up with Ski Trab to produce its newest ultralight offering: the Women's Gara Aero LS Ski. Built to the specifications of gram-counting randonee racers, the Gara Aero sports an ascent-devouring weight that will fly up the mountain and progressive shape that will inspire confidence once you rips skins and point 'em down the mountain.Ski Trab built this ski in Italy with its ultralight 14-layer technology. The technology utilizes 14 different layers, including carbon, fiberglass, wood, and aramid, that wrap around the ultralight honeycomb core to reduce vibration and increase rigidity while tipping the scales at feathery 3lb 2oz (1430 grams) per pair in 164cm length. In the end, all these materials simply mean the Gara Aero will remain nimble on the ascent and stable on the descent. The progressive shape consists of an early rise tip to ease turn initiation in difficult conditions and plenty of camber underfoot to give the ski the ability to carve smooth turns when the terrain and conditions allow for it.
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La Sportiva Maestro LS Ski La Sportiva Maestro LS Ski
If the randonee ski mountaineer is akin to a conductor in an orchestra, then consider La Sportiva's Maestro LS Ski the best baton for fast tempos. As La Sportiva's masterpiece, the Maestro represents a harmonious performance on the downhill as well as the uphill. Its honeycomb core keeps each ski as light as two pounds so you can skin with the frenetic exigency of Schubert's Der Erlkonig with ease. To make sure you ski well on the downhill, La Sportiva equipped the Maestro with stiff quadriaxial woven carbon and fiberglass laminates so your turns are more in tune with a balanced legato, rather than an off-rhythm staccato that messes up everyone else's turns. The Maestro also boasts an Attivo shock absorber that dampens impacts, keeping things pianissimo when you're cruising at top speeds. La Sportiva shaped this ski with a skinny waist and traditional camber that work well in firmer, near-icy conditions.
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La Sportiva Maximo LS Ski - Men's La Sportiva Maximo LS Ski - Men's
The La Sportiva Men's Maximo LS Ski strikes a healthy balance between ultralight uphill capabilities and downhill performance. The Maximo maintains a slim weight of three pounds per ski to keep you light on your feet for those days you're logging thousands of feet of vert. La Sportiva was able to keep the Maximo light with its brand-new Low Profile Omega technology, which is a wood core with air canals to retain good durability while lowering the ski's overall weight. La Sportiva shaped the Maximo with a skinny 88mm waist and traditional camber for optimal performance over firmer snow, but since it's La Sportiva's widest ski for randonnee racing, it's the rando racer's best choice for softer, more variable, conditions. Also unique to the Maximo LS Ski is the Cap Piuma Quadriaxial construction, which weaves carbon and fiberglass stringers around the thin wood core to assure the stiffness needed for downhill skiing. La Sportiva capped the Maximo's construction for lightness, added a scratch-proof topsheet for durability, and installed a fiber plate for better binding retention.
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La Sportiva Vapor Float Ski La Sportiva Vapor Float Ski
La Sportiva's Vapor Float Ski is an ultralight fatty perfected for backcountry skiing during those heavenly powder days. Carbon Nanotube Technology ensures a phenomenal performance-to-weight ratio that rides like a heavy freeride ski and only weighs three pounds per ski. La Sportiva ditched the standard wood core and made the Vapor Float's center out of KEVLAR to continue weight reduction without interfering with how the ski performs. Add carbon-fiber reinforcements and La Sportiva's Carbon Torsion Box, and the Vapor Float will ski downhill as well as it skins uphill.As far as the Vapor Float's profile is concerned, La Sportiva shaped it with an extremely high rockered tip. This tip navigates the deepest snow you're bound to come across this season; it also assists with setting the skintrack when it's your turn to take the lead on a pow day. The Vapor Float's shape also has subtle camber underfoot and more subtle rocker in the tail to help you ride successfully when you come across variable sections. It should go without saying that the Vapor Float's 117mm waist is the widest selection in La Sportiva's collection of high-performing mountaineering monsters.
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La Sportiva Vapor Nano Ski La Sportiva Vapor Nano Ski
The Vapor Nano Ski from La Sportiva is the newest incarnation of skis that are blurring the lines between uphill and downhill. With tip rocker, tail rocker, and traditional camber underfoot, these lightweight skis can ski anything from deep powder to mank with ease. Where they really shine, however, is on the uphill. Carbon nano-tubes make up the laminate layers that are placed over a Kevlar weave composite, and reinforced with carbon fiber plates for added torsional rigidity. These days, just because a ski is light, it doesn't mean that it can't ski hard on the downhill, and these are a perfect example of that new standard. To make touring easy, La Sportiva added tip and tail skin attachment holes that are compatible with La Sportiva's proprietary, pre-cut skins.
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Liberty Variant 97 Ski Liberty Variant 97 Ski
When your day consists of everything from laying trenches down corduroy to venturing through back bowl crud, you'll want the Liberty Variant 97 Ski on your side. Built to carve in all snow conditions, this ski has an easy-going personality that inspires trust at any speed. The ski's Hammer Rocker design has a low-rise tip rocker combined with camber back to the tail for amazing edge grip with easy turn entry and flotation. A burly ABS sidewall construction offers killer edge hold and powerful steering capabilities for carving up hardpack. The Variant 97 is made with an ultra-durable, lively, and sustainable bamboo core combined with a Titanal layer for power, dampening, and edge hold. A fiberglass laminate helps keep things powerful and stiff, so you can push the speed limit without fear. Liberty gave this ski their fastest, hardest base and paired it with HRC 48 edges for greater durability and longer life.
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Scott SpeedGuide Ski Scott SpeedGuide Ski
Cork ain't just for kid skis and keeping you Chilean cabernet corked until you're back at base camp, and Scott is hellbent on convincing you with the SpeedGuide Ski. Combine the forgiving, featherweight cork middle core with burly carbon stringers, and you get a viciously agile climbing machine that's stable and fun on the way down. Though this ski is focused on the ascent, the progressive sidecut, tight turn radius, and playful 80mm waist width shine in a variety of conditions. Pro-Tip Rocker keeps your tips above fluff and sluff, should you encounter it, and camber underfoot packs a punch when carving. So, slap your skins on with the help of the Skin Fixation System and get a move on--there are summits to tag.
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Scott SuperGuide 105 Ski Scott SuperGuide 105 Ski
Light is right, but the fatter the better--thankfully, Scott made the SuperGuide 105 Ski for the touring-oriented powder pig. The full-length wood core and carbon stringers join forces in bombproof sandwich construction to create a ski that's pretty dang light but still stable and energetic during the descent. With a waist width of 105mm, this ski will float like a butterfly in pow and sting like a bee when you hit hardpack and techy terrain. Add in the ridiculously convenient skin fixation system, and you're ready to rock.
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Scott SuperGuide 95 Ski Scott SuperGuide 95 Ski
Having a lightweight ski is essential when you're aiming to knock out long tours, but flailing your way down the descent isn't any fun, so you need to balance climbing ability and skiing chops. The Scott Superguide 95 Ski pulls off this delicate balancing act by using Scott's elliptical sandwich sidewall construction, which combines traditional near-vertical sidewalls with a rounded construction to balance edge hold, stability, and weight. The core is made of wood, but Scott laid it up with layers of carbon and KEVLAR to add stiffness without bringing extra ounces along for the ride and also included tip and tail cutouts to reduce chatter and help make the Superguide nimbler in tight spots. To make turning smooth and easy regardless of conditions, speed, or turn shape, Scott engineered the Superguide with its 3Dimension sidecut radius, which combines three different sidecut shapes to help you vary your turns comfortably and easily in tight couloirs, on open faces, and everywhere in between. There's a notch on the tail for easy skin attachment, and a gently rockered tip and tail to help you cruise through soft and uneven snow without getting hung up.
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Voile SuperCharger Ski - Men's Voile SuperCharger Ski - Men's
A supercharged ski season consists of traveling between hemispheres in search of the best backcountry turns, which means you'd have to take whatever condition you get as soon as your flight lands. Lucky for you, the Voile Men's SuperCharger Ski is versatile enough to handle windblown peaks in Bariloche and blower pow in the Wasatch.The SuperCharger's versatile 106mm waist and rockered tip and tail may lead you to assume that this ski is a solid powderhound (which it is), but camber underfoot makes sure it holds an edge on firmer snow. Voile built the SuperCharger with a lightweight aspen wood core that's been capped for a lightweight feel. Then, Voile added carbon and triaxial layers to ensure a stiffer feel and the torsional rigidity required to charge down just about any line.
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Voile V8 Ski Voile V8 Ski
Imagine if your pickup got 40mpg, drove like a sports car, and cost as much as a hatchback. That's basically what the Voile V8 Ski does, except, you know, it's a ski and not a car. It's a fat, powder-loving touring ski, with a waist that's well over 100mm, a wide tip, and a tapered tail that help you float over deep snow like you're not even trying. It has traditional camber underfoot to provide plenty of edge grip when you hit icy patches or spend a day crushing the resort, but a rockered tip that planes over soft snow effortlessly, working with the narrower tail to let you surf and slash your way down the mountain. The V8 has a pretty tight turning radius for such a large ski, so it's easy to handle when you're navigating through tight trees and down tight chutes without giving up the stability that a large-platform ski offers at speed. It's surprisingly light, too--just eight pounds per pair in the 186--so your legs won't hate you if you need to haul it up a long approach. Voile's lively aspen core has been laminated with carbon and fiberglass to stay light and stiff, so you can push the V8's speed limit on the skin track and the descent without getting scared, but it isn't like skiing one of those "touring" skis with a sheet of metal in it. Voile's still a backcountry company through and through, so just because the V8 can charge doesn't mean it can't handle its own on the skin track, too.
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Voile WSG Ski - Women's Voile WSG Ski - Women's
Made for girls who don't feel at home unless they're melting snow on the way up the skinner, the Voile WSG Ski (that's Wasatch Speed Girl, if you were wondering) is a lightweight, American-made skimo plank for competitors and serious recreationalists alike. It's built with the same construction as the men's WSP--traditional camber, a paulownia wood core, and a tip rocker taken right from Voile's Vector. The WSG also boasts carbon-fiber and fiberglass laminates to keep things stiff, light, and speedy. The flat tail gives you plenty of skin-friendly surface area and keeps you in control on the descent, while the notched tip makes it easy to attach your skins of choice. Voile's all about simple, solid, and lightweight design, and the brand-spanking-new WSG is the latest vert-hungry winner.
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Voile X7 Ski Voile X7 Ski
Every ski Voile makes is light, but some are lighter than others--weird, right' The X7 Ski is essentially an X9 that's cut out the pizza and ice cream, so its waist is a little narrower, its weight is a little lower, and its edges are little bit more accessible, making it a killer choice for everyday touring in deep snowpack areas or a great soft-snow ski in spots that tend to be a little drier. It'd be a stretch to say the X7 is new school, but it does have the rocker-camber-rocker profile that's so popular in do-it-all skis these days. Voile calls it Hybrid Rocker, and it has enough rise in the tip to float through serious powder and give you a smooth ride through rough snow, enough camber underfoot to edge easily through wind- and sun-affected snow, and enough rise in the tail to let you pivot on a dime, throw big sideways slashes, and snake your way through tight trees like they're not even there. The tip and tail have some gradual taper for a smooth, consistent feel that won't hook up and send you flying, and the aspen core provides a lightweight, springy platform that's meant to come alive when the snow gets soft. The X7's not a shrinking violet of a ski, though; it can handle itself when speeds are high and conditions less than perfect, thanks to a combination of carbon fiberglass and triaxial fiberglass laminates, which help keep it stable and torsion-free, respectively. Together, this means you'll enjoy a predictable feel in variable snow, and won't have to check your speed jones at the door just because you're on a touring ski.
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Voile X9 Ski Voile X9 Ski
Voile is one of the primary denizens of the lightweight touring niche, so it's probably not the first name that comes to mind when you hear, "backcountry freeride ski," but that's a pretty apt description of the new X9 Ski. With more sidecut, a larger rocker, and less taper than the classic V8, the X9 can slay the deepest blower, turn on a dime and give you nine cents change, stomp cliffs, and even handle a little switch riding if you're feeling extra progressive. While the X9 is perhaps the most freeride-oriented ski in Voile's lineup, it's not a floppy new-school jib noodle. It does have the rocker-camber-rocker profile that's become so popular--Voile calls it Hybrid Rocker--and enough rise in the tip to float through serious powder and give you a smooth ride through rough snow, but there's a load of camber underfoot, too. With it, you can edge easily through wind- and sun-affected snow, and use the generous rise in the tail to pivot on a dime, throw big sideways slashes, and snake your way through tight trees like they're not even there. The tip and tail have less taper than in the X9, so you can turn tightly despite the increased girth,and the aspen core provides a lightweight, springy platform that's meant to come alive when the snow gets soft. The X9's not a low-speed turning machine, though; it can handle itself when speeds are high and conditions less than perfect, thanks to a combination of carbon fiberglass and triaxial fiberglass laminates, which help keep it stable and torsion-free, respectively. Together, this means you'll enjoy a predictable feel in variable snow, and won't have to check your speed jones at the door just because you're on a ski that can ride switch, handle backcountry booters, and send cliffs without losing control of its bladder.
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Volkl Nunataq Ski Volkl Nunataq Ski
Some people say they're into touring purely for the ascent, but we suspect that they're not being totally honest; going up is fun, but going down is what really puts a smile on your face, so having some twiggy toothpicks on your feet kind of defeats the purpose. Volkl's been crushing downhills for years, in bounds and out, and the Nunatuq Ski is the company's offering to backcountry skiers who like the up, but are really in it for aggressive and deep descents. It's pretty light, at around eight pounds per pair, but has a powder-hungry 107mm waist and fully rockered design that eats up soft snow for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The sidecut's pretty traditional, so the Nunatuq will still feel Volkl-ish (perfectly capable of edging in variable snow and cutting through mank), and the sidewall construction and Tough Box composite/fiberglass sheath provide a backbone that lets you charge even when conditions aren't perfect blower. Providing the backbone for all this lightweight, hard-charging, and pow-surfing goodness is the Nunataq's Multi-Layer Light Wood Core, which combines straight-grained ash and flexible poplar to give you a lively, predictable platform that excels in soft snow. The fiberglass and composite layers stop the Nunatuq from twisting under hard edging forces, and the squared-off tail has Volkl's Skin Pin notch, which makes it easy to clip on skins and trust that they'll stay there throughout your ascent.
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Volkl V-Werks BMT 122 Ski Volkl V-Werks BMT 122 Ski
With the advent of the Volkl V-Werks BMT series, the days of sacrificing touring performance for downhill stability are over. Made for skiers who like to blast up their own lines and shred them like they've been lit on fire, the V-Werks BMT (big-mountain touring, if you're into acronyms) 122 Ski comes with a featherweight multi-layer wood core comprised of poplar and ash. The poplar in the tip and tail establishes a light, playful ride, while ash underfoot brings power and stability when you're maching down a gun-barrel chute like a lunatic. Extra light was the name of the game during Volkl's engineering process, and the resulting 8. 5lb weight of a 186cm pair means your hip flexors won't be crying out in pain, nor will your rando-racing buddies be looking at each other wishing they left you back at the trailhead. New for this year, Volkl added an Ice. Off topsheet to the BMT 122, aiming to help the ski shed ice and snow faster so it doesn't weigh you down on the way up or down. A fully rockered profile, complete with slightly tapered tips, and a fat 122mm waist delineate the BMT's pow-gobbling pedigree, setting the ski up to surf, slash, and smear its way down pillowy lines all over the backcountry. Since Mother Nature can't come through with the goods every day of the season, Volkl bundles the whole package up in a light, stiff carbon-fiber jacket, with a section of short sidewall construction by the foot for increased grip and stability on harder snow. When you're standing at the trailhead getting ready before dawn, you'll appreciate the BMT 122's skin notch in the tail and Skin Pin in the tip, which allow you to attach Volkl's pre-cut, glue-free Vacuum climbing skins quickly and easily. Your touring setup's never going to be the same.
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Volkl VTA 108 Alpine Touring Ski Volkl VTA 108 Alpine Touring Ski
You love fresh powder turns and you're not afraid to earn 'em. Tackle the steep and deep with Volkl's new VTA 108 Alpine Touring Skis on your feet. The VTA 108 is the fattest option in Volkl's newly expanded VTA collection this season, with a 108mm waist that's just begging for a good pow slash. The VTA series represents the ultra-light end of the spectrum among Volkl's fleet of touring skis--featuring Volkl's VTA Superlite Outline, carbon tip, and Tourlite wood core, these sticks fly up the hill as fast as you can say skin track.Volkl's signature Ice. Off topsheet provides a solution to frustrating snow buildup while you're skinning in deep snow, with an anti-icing surface structure that sheds snow buildup. The flat tail makes it easy to wedge into the snow during tricky kick turns, and with the Skin Pin system at the shovel of your ski, your skins can be securely fastened quickly and efficiently. Volkl put a lot of thought into uphill performance with the VTA series, but that don't be afraid to let it rip on the descent. The wood core offers a consistent flex and a playful feel, with a moderate taper that handles variable snow just as well as feather-light blower.
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Volkl VTA 98 Alpine Touring Ski Volkl VTA 98 Alpine Touring Ski
The most versatile ski in Volkl's VTA series, the VTA 98 is what you're going to take on big missions and multi-day trips where ounces count so much that you've sawed your tooth brush in half to cut weight. It's fun to have fat pow sticks to slay deep powder, but backcountry skiing inevitably involves a lot of variable crud and sketchy maneuvering. While the VTA 98 keeps you afloat in powder, it handles the crap much better than it's burlier 108mm-waisted older brother.Constructed with Volkl's Tourlite wood core, Superlite Outline, and carbon tip, these feather light sticks will have you cruising up the skinner like someone lit a fire under your ass. The flat tails come in handy while you're maneuvering up gnarly kick turns that make you wish you kept up with yoga after your free week expired, and the Ice. Off topsheets keep pesky snow buildup from dragging you down on the way up. The VTA 98 may be light, but camber underfoot and moderate tapering still let you rip turns down steep, firm snow with stability and control.
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Whitedot R.108 Carbonlite Ski Whitedot R.108 Carbonlite Ski
Whitedot starting producing big mountain freeride skis a few years ago over in Europe, and with more than a few podium places on the Freeride World Tour, it's safe to say they know what they're doing when it comes to designing and building skis. With their reputation in the freeride world cemented, the all-new Carbonlite series of skis brings its proven big mountain designs to the human-powered market with the Ranger R. 108 Carbonlite Ski.The R. 108 Carbonlite Ski builds on the popular and proven design of whitedot's Ranger ski, but loses a layer of fiberglass in favor of a lightweight carbon fiber laminate that keeps the ski light and manageable on the skintrack. The Carbonlite construction brings the weight down to 7lb 11oz per pair in a 186cm length, making them a light and efficient backcountry tool. Combine that lightweight construction with a notched tail that keeps skin clips securely in place, and you have a ski that will mob up the skintrack and absolutely crush the descent. The R. 108 Carbonlite Ski gets its downhill capabilities through the same construction used in Whitedot's more resort-focused skis. The core is composed of a combination of playful poplar in the tip and tail with ash underfoot for better stability and binding retention. The carbon/flax stringers that keep the ski light also keep the ski torsionally stiff and damp, giving the ski the ability to handle variable conditions with aplomb. The rockered tip and lightly rockered tail work with the wide 138mm shovel to put the ski up in soft snow, while camber underfoot and a versatile 108mm waist keep the ski fun on almost any surface condition.
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Whitedot Ranger.98 Carbonlite Ski Whitedot Ranger.98 Carbonlite Ski
The holy grail of backcountry boards is a ski that weighs next to nothing on the ascent, but has the power of a five pound ski on the descent. This may seem like an impossible compromise, but thanks to some mad engineering skills and a penchant for carbon fiber, Whitedot has produced a ski that's both light and powerful, so you can throw it on your back when you're hiking into remote mountain ranges to summit dormant volcanoes, then ski with confidence from the summit, without feeling like you just strapped a couple of noodles to your boots.Built on the Ranger. 98 platform, this Carbonlite version of Whitedot's versatile mid-fat ski sheds weight thanks to carbon laminates, which bring the ski's weight down to just 3lb 5oz per ski in a 176cm length. Apart from the carbon laminates, the Ranger. 98 Carbonlite remains virtually identical to its non-carbon comrade, giving this lightweight option the same powerful and versatile feel. The core of the ski is composed of poplar in the tip and tail with ash underfoot for increased power and better binding retention. The addition of carbon, KEVLAR stringers adds torsional rigidity, so you get stability without adding a bunch of unnecessary weight to your setup. The Carbonlite version of the Ranger. 98 utilizes the same sandwich construction that you'll find on all of Whitedot's skis, giving this ski a surprisingly stable and powerful feel for its weight.
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