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Atomic Backland 78 Ski & Skin - Women's Atomic Backland 78 Ski & Skin - Women's
You don't waste any time getting from Point A to Point B in the backcountry, and it's hard to find partners who can keep up with you in the alpine--especially with your Atomic Women's Backland 78 Skis and Skins underfoot.At 78mm underfoot, these planks thrive on the uphill, with a poplar and caruba wood core that floats up the skinner. While there's no doubt this is a ski for those who enjoy the up as much (if not more) than the down, you won't feel like you're riding a pair of noodles down that steep, jagged peak you just topped out on. Camber underfoot lets you carve firm snow like your old racing days, and sidewalls maintain a solid edge grip when the going gets firm. The short turn radius is nimble and responsive through tight terrain, and Atomic's PreFit skins come already cut to your skis so you don't have to waste any time before you hit the trail.
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Atomic Backland 85 Ski and Skin - Women's Atomic Backland 85 Ski and Skin - Women's
Stride through multi-day traverses and tackle big objectives with your Atomic Women's Backland 85 Skis and Skins underfoot. These lightweight touring skis are ready to cover some serious distance in the backcountry, whether you're wandering across sparkling glaciers in the Alps or topping out on jagged peaks in the Cascades.With an 85mm waist combined and an ultra-light poplar and caruba wood core, these planks are a force to be reckoned with on the skintrack. The Carbon Backbone runs along the length of the ski to increase stability at high speeds and maintain power without weighing you down. Camber underfoot lets you lay it down on firm snow, and the short turn radius is nimble and maneuverable when you're La Graving your way through something way over your head. Atomic's PreFit skins are already cut to your Backlands so you can cut out a few extra steps before you hit the trail.
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Atomic Backland 95 Alpine Touring Ski Atomic Backland 95 Alpine Touring Ski
It's no mystery why backcountry skiing grows in popularity each season. The views are stunning, the snow is unbeatable, and there aren't hordes of skiers standing between you and the best lines down the mountain. The creation of lightweight skis that are manageable on the skintrack and are a blast on the descent also play a role in the growth of backcountry skiers, and Atomic's Backland 95 Ski is a perfect example of such a stick. This ski weighs in just under seven pounds per pair to assure a light tour up steep hills filled with untracked goodness.A 95mm waist width makes the Backland an excellent quiver-of-one ski that plays equally well in powder and hardpack. The ski's All Mountain Rocker includes an early rise tip to increase float in powder and ease turn initiation, while camber underfoot ensures solid edge hold in crud and downright icy conditions. To keep the ski ultralight, Atomic made the core out of lightweight caruba wood, but there's a touch of poppy poplar to give the ski a playful feel. There's also a carbon backbone to add exceptional agility and edge hold without much added weight.
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Atomic Backland UL 65 Alpine Touring Ski Atomic Backland UL 65 Alpine Touring Ski
Rando racers will drool over the Backland UL 65 Ski's slim weight of just three pounds per pair during the ascent, but be careful, because all that salivation can end up flying back and freezing behind your ears during the descent. This is Atomic's original ski running powerhouse, used in the Ski Mountaineering World Cup, and is redesigned this season to give you an advantage on the downhill without hindering your lightning-fast uphill performance.This Backland UL still styles the same skinny 65mm waist and Atomic's All Mountain Rocker (early rise tip and camber underfoot) as the previous season, except the AT Tip 2. 0 is now slimmer to cut through chop and crud better. The core consists of ultralight poplar and caruba woods, and two carbon inserts add stability and transfer power when you're carving around the competition. Atomic also added a fiber grid layer to ensure durability to the ski's ultralight cap construction.
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Atomic Backland UL 78 Ski + Hybrid Skin Atomic Backland UL 78 Ski + Hybrid Skin
You move through the mountains like a well oiled machine--smooth, speedy, and efficient. It's in part because of that impressive, terrain-crushing engine you've got under the hood, but it's also got a bit to do with those Atomic Backland UL 78 Skis and Hybrid Skins underfoot.These ultralight 78mm race skis were built for speed both up and down, with a wood core that keeps things light on the skintrack and stabilizing carbon inserts for power on the way back down. The early rise tip makes for easy turn initiation, with a short, zippy turn radius that keeps these planks maneuverable and responsive when you're picking your way through a tight entrance. Atomic's Hybrid skins are pre-cut to your Backlands, so you don't have to waste any precious time before you get out there and crush the competition.
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Atomic Backland UL 85 Alpine Touring Ski Atomic Backland UL 85 Alpine Touring Ski
The Backland UL 85 Ski is the widest option in Atomic's Endurance Touring Backland UL range and best serves those who prefer speedy alpine tours. Each ski boasts a rando-friendly weight of two pounds and offers better downhill performance than some of the skinnier skis in the Backland UL collection. This is mostly due to the 85mm waist that excels in the usual variable conditions you're going to find in the backcountry on any given day.Atomic shaped the Backland UL with a rockered tip that enhances lift and turn initiation in softer snow, while camber underfoot assures proper edge control in firmer snow. The tip also features Atomic's new Slim AT Tip 2. 0 that cuts through chop and crud. Atomic made the core out of an ultralight combination of carupa and poplar woods, and there are carbon laminates above and below the core to enhance strength without adding much weight. The Backland UL's Step Down Sidewall enhances stability and durability while still retaining the ski's ultralight mantra.
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Black Crows Anima Freebird Ski Black Crows Anima Freebird Ski
You aren't going to earn your turns if those turns aren't soft, dry, and blower--lucky for you, there are always hidden stashes to slay, and the voluptuously light Black Crows Anima Freebird Ski helps you tour as far as you have to in order to find pow to play down. Its wide waist offers sublime flotation, and the heavily rockered tip and tail let you navigate down powdery pillow drops with ease. Black Crows added a touch of camber underfoot for easier maneuverability.Like any backcountry ski, the Anima Freebird is as light as Black Crows could make it--without interfering with the downhill performance, of course. Barely reaching over eight pounds per pair, the Anima Freebird is impressively light for such a fat ski. This ski owes its lightness to the paulownia wood core, and Black Crows added a bit of poplar to keep the ski poppy and playful. The core also contains fiberglass and carbon laminates to add rigidity without adding much weight. Another backcountry-friendly update from the heavier Anima Ski is the tapered tip and tail, which accommodate skins better.
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Black Crows Camox Freebird Ski Black Crows Camox Freebird Ski
When you think of a ski resort, you think of endless lift lines, 50 dollar cheeseburgers, and lift ticket prices that are into triple digits. If this sounds like prison to you, may we suggest that you step into the Black Crows Camox Freebird Ski and find some sanctuary deep in the backcountry. Since escaping crowds and finding the best backcountry lines means that you're going to have to put some extra miles beneath your skins, you'll appreciate the Camox's lightweight construction and mid-fat width that thrives on everything from mid-winter pow to hardpack and spring corn.Built on the same platform of Black Crows' Camox ski, the Freebird version sheds weight thanks to a lightweight paulownia, poplar core and a semi-cap construction, which combines the power of ABS sidewalls underfoot with a lightweight cap construction in the tip and tail of the ski. The Camox may be a touring ski, but it isn't all about making tightly-linked turns down mellow slopes. Its rockered tip and wide shovel give it plenty of float to surf through powder, while the slightly raised tail gives it the ability to pivot in tight spots, without making it feel washy on the hardpack. The 97mm waist moves quickly and easily from edge-to-edge, which is good because long tours and big descents have a way of wearing legs down.
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Black Diamond Helio 105 Ski Black Diamond Helio 105 Ski
Lugging a heavy set of skis up the mountain might not be so miserable when conditions are prime and you start climbing right from the road, but when finding soft turns requires long approaches and killer climbs, a superlight ski like the Black Diamond Helio 105 is a near necessity. Designed for all-day tours and big ski mountaineering missions, the Helio weighs a feathery six-and-a-bit pounds in a 175cm length, and has a versatile 105mm waist width that will make the most out of whatever pow you can sniff out, without being too unwieldy when you need to ski a bit of wind-jacked snow, neve, or low-elevation refreeze.The Helio gets its lightweight nature from its engineered ultralight balsa and flax core and light-but-stiff carbon fiber laminate. You might expect a ski of this weight class to have a flimsy cap construction, but Black Diamond went with a torsionally stiff sandwich build with beveled ABS sidewalls to keep things stable when you're able to open up the throttle down wide-open bowls and smooth aprons. The Helio isn't all high-speed business, though; the early-rise tip and tail keep the ski playful and maneuverable in tight chutes and trees, while plenty of traditional camber underfoot delivers solid edge hold when surface conditions turn firm. Black Diamond also added thin sheets of metal in the mounting area for better binding retention, and ABS tail protectors with a skin clip tab to protect your boards from abrasive metal skin clips.
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Black Diamond Helio 116 Ski Black Diamond Helio 116 Ski
Sure, it's rewarding to climb and ski from some remote, rarely-visited summit, but let's be honest; skiing bottomless pow is what it's really all about. And when it comes to accessing those far-flung powder stashes, few skis are as well-equipped to take you deep into the backcountry, and keep a pow-plastered smile on your face all day, as the Black Diamond Helio 116 Ski. Being the widest offering in the Helio line, this large-and-in-charge ski is ideal for those days when breaking trail is going to require some extra effort, but the descent is going to be deep and dreamy. The wide 116mm waist works with the early rise tip and tail to float deep powder, and the playful profile gives this ski a pivoty, powder-friendly feel that will slash and burn turns through the trees and scrub speed quick when you're mashing pow on steep, technical lines. Putting all that drool-worthy powder tech aside, the Helio 116 still maintains all the weight-saving tech of the more firm-snow-oriented offerings in the Helio lineup. For starters, the ski is built with a pre-preg carbon fiber layup that keeps the ski ridiculously light (just under seven pounds in the 176cm) while maintaining a balanced and predictable flex, so you can lay into each turn with confidence. ABS sidewalls boost the overall durability of the ski, while the engineered balsa flax wood core keeps weight to a minimum, despite the ski's sandwich construction.
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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 Helio 95 Ski Black Diamond Helio 95 Ski
More often than not, the ascent is only half the battle, and when you're met with technically demanding terrain and variable snow conditions after a harrowing climb, you need aggressive downhill performance you can depend on. Devour vertical feet on the ascent and descent with the voracious Helio 95 Ski--the mid-width offering from Black Diamond's new, technically-focused ski mountaineering line. The pre-preg carbon fiber layup provides torsional stiffness and progressive, balanced flex that's forgiving in soft snow, but can still stand up to hard pack. An endlessly versatile 95mm waist width is complemented with a medium turn radius that's just as comfortable in tight couloirs as it is on sprawling, untouched powder fields.The Helio's profile consists of a rockered tip, raised tail, and camber underfoot to give you a sense of levity in soft snow and reliable edge hold on boilerplate steeps. An ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core, titanal mounting plates, and ABS sidewalls keep the ski staggeringly light and strong so you can propel yourself to the most remote objectives with the least amount of drudgery in the skintrack. To simplify transitions and prevent wear and tear on the ski tail, the Helio features an ABS tail protector with integrated tab to secure skin clips.
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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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Black Diamond Route 95 Ski Black Diamond Route 95 Ski
The Route 95 Ski is Black Diamond's daily backcountry driver that stays strong for seasons and rides well in most conditions. It shares the same dimensions as Black Diamond's Helio 95 Ski, except BD switched out the carbon for fiberglass laminates to bring the price down and maintain torsional rigidity. Although it checks in at a backcountry-friendly weight of six pounds per pair, the Route still weighs about a pound more than the Helio so it's not quite as light as its carbon counterpart. A mid-fat 95mm waist transitions from firm snow to soft with equal performance. The rockered tip helps you set the skin track when the snow's deep, and it plays with the tail rocker to help you enjoy the deeps on the downhill. BD also added some camber underfoot to hold an edge when you're cruising down firm snow. Black Diamond's flat-top construction employs durable sidewalls that are easy to tune season after season.
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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 85 Ski - Women's Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski - Women's
When Spring brings big lines, long approaches, and fast and fun corn conditions, hop on Blizzard's Zero G 85 Women's Skis for lightweight performance on the skintrack and a fun and inspiring ride on the descent. Hovering around four pounds per pair--yes, you read that right--the Zero Gs are some of the lightest touring skis on the market that you won't have to pair with a Lycra suit just to pull off.Their ridiculously lightweight feel comes from Blizzard's Carbon Drive technology, which consists of a light and poppy paulownia wood core combined with a uni-directional 3D carbon frame. These two ingredients deliver skis that float up the skintrack, won't tip you back when you strap them to your back, but will remain torsionally rigid during the descent. The 85mm waist makes them a great candidate for steep and narrow couloirs, spring-like conditions, and icy ski mountaineering objectives. A rockered tip and tail makes for easy turn initiation, while camber underfoot delivers a secure feel when every turn counts.
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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 Nina 99 Tour 1 Ski - Women's DPS Skis Nina 99 Tour 1 Ski - Women's
You usually catch your breath before your backcountry buddies reach the summit, and through various, exasperated attempts at asking you how you skin so fast, you decide it would be better left to their imaginations, knowing full well you owe most of the credit to the DPS Women's Nina 99 Tour 1 Ski. The Nina is perhaps the most versatile plank in the DPS women's collection, and a Tour 1 construction makes these sticks weigh around two pounds each. What that means for you is that you're guaranteed a lighter feel on the skintrack, as well as a cruiser downhill ride whether you're floating pow, chopping crud, or edging hardpack in a steep couloir.
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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 87 Grom Ski DPS Skis Wailer 87 Grom Ski
Little people can ski big mountains too. The DPS Wailer 87 Grom Ski lets your mini shredder in on all the backside fun you've been indulging in without him. The 87mm waist may not be as fat as the average all-mountain ski, but little skiers tend to float much easier than their parents so DPS calculated that it'll feel like a solid 106mm in the fluff. Inside these planks you'll find a bamboo and poplar wood core, which combines the lightweight and durable properties of bamboo with a lively spring that's characteristic of poplar. Carbon and fiberglass reinforcements increase stiffness and torsional rigidity while he's slicing and dicing the upper mountain, and the speedy World Cup bases let him whiz by you on his way back down for another lap.
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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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DPS Skis Yvette 112 Tour 1 Ski - Women's DPS Skis Yvette 112 Tour 1 Ski - Women's
The DPS Women's Yvette 112 Tour 1 Ski is a lightweight fatty designed to help you set the skintrack on a deep powder day, and enjoy the fluffy ride back to the car. Its wide waist keeps you afloat only when you want to, since you also prefer sinking down into snorkel-like depths about half the time on the downhill. You like sinking down on the downhill almost as much as you dislike sinking down on the uphill, which makes the Yvette's rockered, shoveled, and wider tip all the more enjoyable. It keeps your nose above the snow so you can navigate switchbacks a little easier. This Yvette comes with DPS's lightest construction to keep you nimble on you feet, and considering each ski weighs less than three pounds, you might end up one of the lightest skier in the backcountry.
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DPS Skis Zelda 106 Tour1 Ski - Women's DPS Skis Zelda 106 Tour1 Ski - Women's
The Women's Zelda 106 Tour1 Ski is DPS' best option for backcountry skiing in the widest range of snow conditions. Its 106mm waist width ensures proper flotation when you're skiing the goods on a mid-winter powder day, and a narrow turn radius assures solid edge hold when you're making hop turns down icy couloirs.DPS shaped the Zelda with a rocker tip and tail to help you navigate powdery fields with ease, while camber underfoot ensures excellent edge control in corn and on hardpack. The ski's Tour1 construction includes a superlight balsa core, a speedy World Cup race base, a stiff carbon/glass laminate, sharp yet narrow Rockwell edges, and a textured top that prevents snow buildup from weighing you down.
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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 Beast 98 Ski Dynafit Beast 98 Ski
When Dynafit expanded its backcountry freeride line with the Chugach and Hokkaido skis, it built them around a Double Elipse Rocker profile that was able to adapt to just about any condition while maintaining a fun, fluid ride during the descent. Dynafit has taken that same technology and applied it to its new Beast line, and the Beast 98 Ski is arguably the most versatile in the lineup.The ski maintains the same Double Elipse rocker profile, which allows the effective edge to either lengthen or shorten as the skis are rolled on edge--this gives the ski a predictable, catch-free feel as you initiate and release a turn. Full sidewalls offer a more stable feel when skiing at high speeds, while carbon and fiberglass laminates increase torsional rigidity and keep the weight just under seven pounds in all lengths.
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Dynafit Beast 98 Ski - Women's Dynafit Beast 98 Ski - Women's
Finding the best snow a week after the last storm requires some additional effort. When those sheltered north-facing couloirs seem like the best bet, step into the Dynafit Women's Beast 98 Ski as you get ready for the long skin into your line. The ski is built around a stout ash and poplar wood core that helps save weight during the skin up and maintains stability when you're skiing aggressively on bigger terrain. The ski's 98mm waist puts an emphasis on versatility, so it'll handle everything from windboard at the top, sheltered pow in the middle, to a little bit of the crusty stuff when the apron starts to twist to the east. The Beast isn't your typical backcountry ski, though--its Double Elipse profile consists of a full rocker profile to give the ski a predictable and playful feel as you enter and exit a turn.
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Dynafit Chugach Ski Dynafit Chugach Ski
Chances are that steep, exposed face you're staring down the barrel of isn't all fluffy white powder, so when you need a ski that will push back when conditions turn variable, step into the Dynafit Chugach Ski. The Chugach is a departure from Dynafit's usually more weight-conscious skis with a total weight of 8lb 9oz in the 181cm length. This is by no means an ultralight touring ski, but the extra girth of the Chugach will be appreciated when you're skiing aggressively in no fall zones.The Chugach features what Dynafit calls a Double Ellipse rocker. The profile, which is flat underfoot and rockered in the tip and tail, allows more edge contact as you roll the ski on edge, but will remain playful enough to slarve turns when conditions turn ideal. In short, the double ellipse rocker not only allows the Chugach to hold an edge in steep and icy terrain but allows them to carve like a race ski once you're ready to open it up. The ash and polar core strike a balance between weight and strength, so you'll still be able to get them up the skintrack with plenty of leg strength left to charge on the descent, while carbon stringers and fiberglass keep the weight down and increase the torsional rigidity of the ski.
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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 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 Speed 90 Ski Dynafit Speed 90 Ski
Designed for the skier that isn't appeased by low-hanging fruit, the Dynafit Speed 90 Ski is a long-haul vehicle optimized for long tours, contoured skintracks, and big objectives. The ski's 90mm waist is the widest option in Dynafit's Speed Series, making it the best ski in the line softer conditions--although, it's more than capable of holding its own when confronted with windboard and refrozen ice. Striking a balance between downhill performance and a lighter weight for the ascent, Dynafit built the ski using its 3D Tech construction, which utilizes micro sidewalls to direct more power to the edges when you're edging down a steep line in less-than-ideal conditions. The 3D Tip helps reduce chatter when skiing at higher speeds, and a combination of carbon and fiberglass laminates increase torsional rigidity for added security when you're skiing in a no-fall zone.
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Dynafit Speedfit 84 Ski Dynafit Speedfit 84 Ski
If you'd rather log vertical feet climbed over time spent sitting in a lift line, then the Dynafit Speedfit 84 Ski is your board. Dynafit designed this ski for those crazy few that would rather skin up the resort instead of taking a lift up, so it should come as no surprise that this ski shines on-piste, with a generous dose of camber underfoot and slightly raised tip and trail. Full micro sidewalls strike a good balance between strength and weight, while layers of fiberglass and carbon sandwiched over a ash and poplar wood core give the ski a torsionally rigid feel as you arc high-speed turns down pristine groomers before the lifts start running--don't worry; we won't tell.
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Dynafit Speedfit 84 Ski - Women's Dynafit Speedfit 84 Ski - Women's
If you look at days spent skiing at the resort as an opportunity to train for bigger objectives, then the Dynafit Women's Speedfit 84 Ski is for you. Dynafit's Speedfit series is geared toward human-powered inbounds skiing with a nimble 84mm waist width that's light on the up and a blast to carve down groomed runs. A lightly rockered tip and tail eases turn initiation while a good amount of camber underfoot gives the ski a stable feel when you lay into your turn as much as your touring boots allow you too.
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Dynafit Tour 88 Ski Dynafit Tour 88 Ski
Big lines in remote mountain ranges require a lightweight and efficient ski to access them. The Dynafit Tour 88 Ski is designed for such objectives and implements a versatile design that is capable of long-haul tours, technical descents, and traveling through demanding alpine terrain. Dynafit's Tour series is geared towards alpine touring, and the Tour 88 is arguably one of the most versatile options in the lineup. Its nimble 88mm waist is light on the up and easy to pivot and turn when confronted with tight, technical terrain. Rocker in the tip and tail only adds to the ski's maneuverable nature, while a generous dose of camber underfoot keeps you right-side up when you're making careful turns on refrozen melt-freeze crust and bulletproof windboard.
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Dynafit Tour 88 Ski - Women's Dynafit Tour 88 Ski - Women's
Slogging up a steep skintrack with a heavy set of boards attached to your legs will turn your quads to mush before you can get to the top of your line. Strap Dynafit's Tour 88 Women's Ski to your legs, though, and you'll be fresh and ready to center punch your line with a lively pair of gams. Dynafit designed the Tour 88 as an efficient backountry tool that will handle long tours and variable conditions with aplomb. The skinny 88mm waist keeps the ski light for the ascent and nimble when you're making hop turns down a narrow couloir or icy face. Dynafit surrounded the sturdy poplar and paulownia wood core with layers of fiberglass and carbon to balance weight and torsional rigidity, and even through in mini sidewalls so it won't be game over when you eventually tag a death cookie or rock with one of the edges.
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Dynafit Tour 96 Ski Dynafit Tour 96 Ski
Don't believe your social media feed--the backcountry isn't all faceshots and bottomless, stable pow. Most days consist of wind-damaged runs, dense slabs, and refrozen crust that will test your edge skills. The Dynafit Tour 96 Ski will make the most of the conditions with a versatile midfat waist that offers stability on firm snow but will still float whatever pow you can find lingering in high and sheltered north-facing shots.The Tour 96 wouldn't be a proper Dynafit ski if it wasn't lightweight and had a dash of carbon in its layup to keep the package light. Its poplar and paulownia wood core provides a stable, secure feel while layers of carbon and fiberglass add torsional rigidity so you don't feel like you're skiing on a couple of noodles when conditions take a turn for the firm. Reinforced aluminum tips offer a secure connection between skin and ski and are specifically designed to fit Dynafit skins, so your days of asking your touring partner to reattach your tail clips after a kick-turn are numbered.
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Dynastar Mythic 97 Ski Dynastar Mythic 97 Ski
It's pretty much a guarantee that you'll regret that second doughnut you snarfed down during the drive up the mountain, but when you strap the feathery light Dynastar Mythic 97 Ski to your feet, the extra belly weight might not seem so bad. With a lightweight wood core, a carbon fiber laminate, and a versatile 97mm waist width, the Mythic will keep you powering up the ascent with enough leg strength left over to help yourself to a few more laps--or a few more doughnuts before you hit the skintrack.Weighing just over six pounds per pair, the Mythics are the lightest offering from Dynastar to date. This is achieved through a lightweight paulownia wood core sandwiched between two layers of carbon fiber. An ultralight top sheet and a lightweight base material make them only that much lighter. Never one to sacrifice downhill performance, Dynastar built the the Mythic to ski like, well, a Dynastar. The ski's rockered profile has a playful feel in the fluff, but will hold an edge when you're linking turns down steep couloirs and wide-open alpine zones. Full-length sidewalls add to the stable nature when you're picking up speed, while the progressive five-point sidecut offers plenty of float when you luck out with a bit of fluff up in the alpine.
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Dynastar Mythic Vertical Ski Dynastar Mythic Vertical Ski
Pull the idea that superlight skis suffer in downhill performance out of the mythical closet of trolls, dragons, and fairy tales, because Dynastar's Mythic Vertical Ski is a myth made true. The Mythic Vertical is a hybrid of sorts, with a mountaineering-friendly, ultralight construction hovering around four pounds per pair and downhill performance that will leave tears in your eyes. Its 87mm waist is undoubtedly ideal for technical, icy terrain found in the high alpine, but Dynastar's patented profile ensures a solid ride wherever hard snow resides in the backcountry. The Mythic sports long tip rocker that helps track steep skinners, enhances turn initiation on the downhill, and maneuvers around hidden sharks and thick tree lines. Camber underfoot increases shock absorption and edge grip when you're gaining speed. Dynastar made this ski with an ultralight core made of paulownia wood and Divinycell foam, sturdy C-ply carbon laminates, and fiberglass for an optimized feel on snow and balanced flex, which translates to more power and better performance on the descent. Its sandwich construction includes full-length sidewalls for stability at high speeds.
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Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Ski Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Ski
You want a lightweight ski for charging hard up the skin track but you're not willing to ride a pair of noodles down sketchy objectives you put your blood, sweat, and tears into on the way up--and rightly so. Mom always said you can't have your cake and eat it too, but the Elan Ibex 94 Carbon Ski begs to differ.With a 94mm waist and Mountain Rocker profile, these sticks keep you afloat in the soft stuff while letting you lay it down on hardpack. Inside the Tubelite wood core you'll find light carbon tubes to add stability and a powerful rebound, with fiberglass reinforcements to stiffen the ski for optimal downhill performance. Vapor Tip inserts further reduce weight and dampen vibrations for a smooth ride while you're plowing through crud, so you can confidently rip anything the backcountry throws at you with enough gas in the tank for an extra lap at the end of the day.
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Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT Ski Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT Ski
The pinnacle of Elan's touring collection, the Ibex 94 Carbon XLT Ski was designed to let you fly up the skin track with plenty of gas leftover to annihilate the downhill. Constructed with a healthy dose of carbon, you know these planks are going to be light--the Tubelite wood core uses two carbon tubes along the length of the ski to add stability, and the Carbon Power Shell increases torsional rigidity to up the downhill chargeability.The 94mm waist makes for a solid mid-fat ski that's manageable in almost any type of conditions. The Mountain Rocker profile enhances float in deep snow, with camber underfoot to keep you stable in variable conditions, and Vapor Tip inserts in the tip and tail reduce swing weight and dampens vibrations when you're plowing through chunder on your long, arduous deproach.
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Faction Skis Prime 2.0 Ski Faction Skis Prime 2.0 Ski
When ski companies call a ski all-mountain, they generally mean all-resort--not Faction. The Prime 2. 0 Ski is an all-mountain ski for the whole kit and caboodle. This meticulously crafted plank has a versatile design that rides all conditions with equal prowess. The heavily rocker tip and tail navigate deep backcountry powder with ease, and there's enough camber underfoot to give you an edge on groomers. Even the multi-dimensional sidecut assists this ski's versatility, with the ability to carve tight turns in narrow couloirs and open wider turns down large aprons. It's pretty surprising that Faction could make such a versatile ski that only weighs around three pounds per stick. The Prime achieves such a trim weight with its hybrid wood core comprised of balsa with flax fibers that deliver a moderate flex (7/10 on Faction's flex scale). Just like any lightweight ski, the Prime 2. 0 has two carbon laminates to assure the proper stiffness required for charging without chattering. Faction was even able to add a Titanal plate where you mount your bindings for better binding retention. The ski's Microcap construction is similar to a durable sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls, except the edges dip down ever so slightly to increase durability.
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Faction Skis Prime 3.0 Ski Faction Skis Prime 3.0 Ski
Faction's Prime 3. 0 Ski has that uncommon combination of a light weight and a stiff performance that both backcountry and resort freeriders can agree on. This meticulously crafted plan has a versatile design that rides most conditions with equal prowess. A 108mm waist places this ski smack dab in the middle of Faction's Prime lineup, meaning it's neither too fat nor too skinny for most conditions--although it certainly has a penchant for powder, but who doesn't' The heavily rocker tip and tail navigate the backcountry's powder stashes with ease, and there's enough camber underfoot to give you an edge on the occasional icy section. Even the multi-dimensional sidecut assists this ski's versatility, with the ability to carve tight turns in narrow couloirs and open wider turns down large aprons. It's pretty surprising that Faction could make such a versatile ski that only weighs under four pounds per stick. The Prime achieves such a phenomenal weight with its hybrid wood core comprised of balsa with flax fibers that deliver a moderate flex (8/10 on Faction's flex scale). Just like any superlight ski, the Prime 3. 0 has two carbon laminates to assure the proper stiffness required for charging without chattering. Faction was even able to add a titanal plate where you mount your bindings so they don't pop off after a few seasons. The ski's Microcap construction is similar to a durable sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls, except the edges dip down ever so slightly to increase durability.
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Faction Skis Prime 4.0 Ski Faction Skis Prime 4.0 Ski
Faction's Prime 4. 0 Ski has a remarkable combination of weighing very little for 1500 meter backcountry ascents and riding very hard for freeriding the resort on a powder day. That's right, this ski transcends the lines between backcountry and resort even though you were told never to duck that line. This meticulously crafted plan has a versatile design that rides most conditions with equal prowess. A 118mm waist gives this ski the fattest plank award in Faction's Prime lineup, meaning it definitely rides best when the snow's soft, deep, and powdery. The heavily rocker tip and tail navigate the backcountry's powder stashes with ease, and there's enough camber underfoot to give you an edge on the occasional icy section. It's pretty surprising that Faction could make such a fat ski that weighs around four pounds per plank. The Prime achieves such a phenomenal weight with its hybrid wood core comprised of balsa with flax fibers that deliver a stiff flex (9/10 on Faction's flex scale). Just like any light ski, the Prime 4. 0 has two carbon laminates to assure the proper stiffness required for charging without chattering. Faction was even able to add a titanal plate where you mount your bindings so they don't pop off after a few seasons. The ski's Microcap construction is similar to a durable sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls, except the edges dip down ever so slightly to increase durability.
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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 Hannibal Ski Fischer Hannibal Ski
You've got a thing for standing on top of tall, snowy peaks, but you like to rip big on the way down, too. Fischer's Hannibal Ski is a solid option for aggressive freeriders who want to cover some serious ground in the backcountry and aren't about to give up all that work for a subpar descent on a flimsy pair of skimo skis. The 96mm waist makes these planks a great one-quiver backcountry ski, with enough flotation to keep you afloat when you're farming for faceshots and the carvability to lay it down on firm snow when conditions don't quite go your way. The Hannibal's light weight is thanks to a springy paulownia wood core with carbon stringers to enhance torsional rigidity and downhill performance. Fischer's Aeroshape features a curved top sheet which sheds weight while improving stability, and the notch holds your skins on securely while you're powering up the hill at lightning speeds.
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Fischer My Ranger 89 Ski - Women's Fischer My Ranger 89 Ski - Women's
Patrolling the slopes is a tough job, but if you don't do it no one will, so jump on the Fischer My Ranger 89 Women's Ski and make sure no one's pillaging the powder and grabbing the groomers before you spin a few laps in the name of quality control. The Ranger's the perfect partner for conducting all-mountain operations, with a versatile 89mm waist, snow-smoothing Freeski rocker, and a comfortable 17m sidecut that lets you vary your turn shape and be equally comfortable cruising or pushing the speed limit. Fischer built it on a poplar wood core, which gives you a firm and smooth-flexing platform for serious adventuring, and used its special Air Tec Ti milling process to remove a significant amount of the core material, keeping weight down without messing with the flex. That's just skimming the surface of the 89's tech, though. Fischer's put a bunch of effort into designing what it calls Aeroshape technology, which concentrates the weight of the ski in the center, making it more resistant to torsional twisting, which can turn a solid carve into a scary, squirrely turn. If that's still not enough for you, take heart in Fischer's women-specific mounting point, which sets your weight up closer to the front of the ski for easier turning, letting you save your muscles so you can spend more time ripping and less time resting.
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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 Trigger II Carbon Ski Folsom Skis Trigger II Carbon Ski
The Trigger II Carbon Ski has the same shape as Folsom's popular all-mountain plank with the same name, but it has a lighter construction that keeps you moving quickly up steep skintracks. The ski's versatile shape includes a moderate 99mm waist that's neither too fat for hardpack nor too skinny for softer snow, and it's slightly cambered to employ proper edge control in crusty conditions. In softer, deeper conditions, the tip's extended rocker stays true to the old "keep your tips up" adage on both uphill and down. Unlike the sequel to the original Trigger, this Carbon edition caps the ski's construction without fiberglass laminates. That means this edition won't be as stiff as the Trigger II, but it will be lighter for the rigors involved with backcountry touring.
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G3 FINDr 102 Ski G3 FINDr 102 Ski
There's always a powder stash hiding somewhere in the mountains, and the G3 FINDr 102 Ski will help you hunt it down. This alpine touring ski bridges the gap between superlight mountaineering skis and fat powder skis so you can tour to faraway places in search of the softest lines to float down. Its 102mm waist width undoubtedly hovers over powder, but still cuts all the crud you encounter between powder days. An early rise tip eases turn initiation when you're linking turns down an open bowl, and traditional camber ensures excellent edge control when you're making hop turns down an icy face. The FINDr's core features a 3D shaped blend of poppy poplar and superlight paulownia woods to balance between a lightweight ascent and powerful descent. G3's Flyride Plus construction includes flexible PU sidewalls to give a smooth downhill ride, and the quadraxial and triaxial carbon laminates add heaps of torsional stiffness without adding much weight. Add that to the ski's solid edges, an aluminum mounting plate, and the P-Tex 2000 Electra base, and you're in for a helluva ride both downhill and uphill.
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G3 FINDr 94 Ski G3 FINDr 94 Ski
Your search for a do-it-all alpine touring ski stops at the G3 FINDr 94 Ski. This super-light ski has a 94mm waist that isn't too fat or too skinny, so you can ride everything from wind buff to hardpack with this versatile ski. An early rise tip makes this ski maneuverable in tight couloirs and makes turn initiation a breeze when you're linking turns down more open terrain, and traditional camber ensures excellent edge control when you're skiing hardpack.The FINDr's core is constructed of a mix between poppy poplar and superlight paulownia for a lightweight, but performance-filled experience. G3's Flyride Plus construction includes flexible, PU sidewalls to give a smooth downhill ride, and there are quadraxial and triaxial carbon laminates to add torsional stiffness, but keeping things light. Add that to the ski's solid edges, an aluminum mounting plate, and the P-Tex 2000 Electra base, and you're in for riding your heart out.
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G3 Roamr 100 Elle Ski - Women's G3 Roamr 100 Elle Ski - Women's
The G3 Women's Roamr 100 Ski slays the all-mountain game so you can cover the whole resort and still have time to ride some untracked, backcountry freshies after the chairlifts stop. A 100mm waist width means this ski will ride everything from piste to powder with equal prowess. Its profile combines an early rise tip with a slightly positive camber underfoot to carve crud and track through powder with ease. G3 built the Roamr with a Joyride Plus construction that truly 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 high-speed turns. Full alloy steel edges ensure control when you're cutting hard, and the 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 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 profile 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 PU 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 Roamr 108 Ski G3 Roamr 108 Ski
You roam the resort in search of the softest snow, and if there's nothing but hardpack and ice in bounds, you simply slap skins on G3's Roamr 108 Ski and look for pow in the backcountry. A 108mm waist makes this plank the widest option in G3's all-mountain collection of Roamr skis, which means it's the easiest way to enjoy glorious powder days. That's not to say that this ski only thrives in the softest, deepest snow though; on the contrary, a 108mm waist isn't that wide compared to most powder skis, and it can definitely handle the post-pow crud most commonly found throughout the season. G3 shaped the Roamr with minimal camber underfoot to extend the effective edge, resulting in a smoother, wider turn that floats more like a longer ski. This effective edge makes the Roamr a joy to ride when you're cruising high speeds down steep terrain. The early rise tip rockers above untracked snow to help you set the skin track, and it navigates powder like it was a periscope and the rest of the ski was a submarine. G3's Joyride Plus construction keeps the ski durable for the resort and light for the backcountry.
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G3 Sendr 112 Ski G3 Sendr 112 Ski
Step one: slap skins on G3's Sendr 112 Ski. Step two: skin up the biggest mountain with the most powder. Step three: make a swift transition on the summit. Step four: point these fat planks down the cleanest line with the coolest cliffs. Step five: send'r. The Sendr Ski is G3's fattest stick, so it's undoubtedly the best option for powderhounds and big mountain aficionados, but it also keeps a backcountry-friendly weight of three pounds per plank for touring. As if the wide 112mm waist didn't already keep you afloat in deep snow, the Sendr's early rise tip and tail help you live up to that old mantra: keep your tips up. There's just enough camber to help you spring in and out of powdery turns. The Sendr is such a special ski that G3 ended up making a brand new construction just for it. PowerRide Plus sandwiches multiple layers of carbon and alloy between a poppy, lightweight wood core, resulting in a surprisingly stiff ski for how light it feels on the uphill. G3 added new sidewalls made of polyurethane for long-lasting durability that doesn't disturb the ski's natural flex.
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G3 Synapse+ 101 Elle Ski - Women's G3 Synapse+ 101 Elle Ski - Women's
The G3 Synapse+ 101 Women's Ski has the fun and playful feel of a freeride ski, but with a weight that will keep you on the tails of your Lycra-clad, rando-racing touring partner. G3's line of award winning Synapse Carbon skis made its debut last season, and their versatile rocker profile, lightweight construction, and downhill performance made them the sweetheart of almost every major ski-reviewing publication. This all-new, women-specific addition to the line is built to the same dimensions of the popular Synapse Carbon 101, but sports a softer flex and lighter weight, making it the ideal choice for ladies that want a do-it-all backcountry board.The profile of the Synapse's Stealth Rocker shape consists of a rockered tip, which allows the ski to float through pow and plane through variable conditions and has a lightly rockered tail that keeps the ski surfy and maneuverable when you're getting through the crux of a tight chute. Slight camber underfoot increases the ski's versatility and gives the Synapse the edge hold you need to safely make turns down sketchy ramps of boilerplate and suncap. What really sets the Synapse apart from other skis in its class is G3's Flyride construction. The unique, low-profile build puts two layers of carbon above and below the ski's lightweight paulownia and poplar core, making the Synapse stiff, without adding a bunch of extra weight you'll have to lug up the skintrack. The Flyride construction, which reduces unnecessary mass from the edges to keep the weight down, puts powerful ABS and TPU sidewalls direct power to the edges for a stable and powerful feel. G3 added a layer of titanal to the mounting area for rock-solid binding retention.
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G3 Synapse+ 101 Ski G3 Synapse+ 101 Ski
Do you ditch bindings and staple your boots directly to your skis' Go beardless all winter to cut down on the ounces' Frequently ski naked, just to keep things light' If you answered yes to any of these questions, then take a peek at the G3 Synapse Carbon 101 Ski. The Synapse Carbon 101 is an ultralight (under six pounds per pair) ski that eats powder for breakfast, mops up variable conditions for lunch, and tops it off with some edgy hardpack performance for dinner. Built using G3's Carbon Stealth Construction, which consists of quadraxial and triaxial carbon-fiber laminates above and below the poplar and paulownia core. The Synapse is designed to be super versatile thanks to its 101mm waist, low camber underfoot, and an early rise tip and tail. The tip rise is much more pronounced than in the tail, making it easy to start turns and float up and over powder, the subtle tail rocker lets you lock into and break out of turns with ease, and the cambered section bites into hardpack and helps you navigate the sketchy conditions that are an inevitable component of backcountry skiing.To keep the weight down even more, G3 designed the Synapse with a Stealth Razor edge profile, which reduces the edge mass wherever necessary, without compromising durability. The sidewalls are made of a combination of bombproof ABS and TPU for durability and ultra-efficient power transfer, and G3 also threw in a short Titanal layer under the foot for a bit of stiffness and plenty of binding retention. The whole package is topped off with Rockwell C48 steel edges, P-Tex 2000 Electra sintered bases, and UV- and scratch-resistant bases to keep your boards looking so fresh and so clean.
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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 Carbon 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 Razor 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, minimally cambered section underfoot, and 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 Boost 97 Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Boost 97 Ski
Weighing three pounds each, Hagan's Boost 97 Ski quickens your pace on the uphill so you can get to the fun part of alpine touring sooner. Speaking of the downhill, the Boost is surprisingly stiff for such a lightweight, and it's one of Hagan's more versatile options for riding powder, crust, and everything between. A 97mm waist keeps the Boost nimble and agile over trickier, icier terrain, and the heavily rockered tip works with the rockered tail to help keep you afloat in softer snow face shot after face shot. Hagan made this ultralight, one-ski quiver with a poppy paulownia wood core with multiple layers of carbon to amp up the stiffness without weighing you down. The majority of the carbon is in the tip to drastically reduce chatter at high speeds. The Boost gets its versatility from Hagan's unique multi-radius sidecut that helps you keep tight turns through trees or wide turns down open aprons.
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Hagan Ski Mountaineering Core 88 Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Core 88 Ski
Don't be fooled by the Hagan Core 88 Ski's skinny waist and ridiculously light weight; this isn't some noodly plank that only helps on the uphill. Two layers of carbon keep this ultralight ski surprisingly stiff for the downhill, and Hagan designed the sidecut to ride well in most high-altitude, backcountry conditions. An 88mm waist undeniably excels in firmer snow, but the exaggerated shovel in the rockered helps you keep your tip up when you're blasting through zipper crust or enjoying deep spring corn. The Core's core also features a poppy paulownia core with a balance between lightness and playfulness. The majority of the Core's carbon is in the tip to reduce vibrations when you're cruising at higher speeds. The Core's gets a boost in versatility from Hagan's unique multi-radius sidecut that helps you keep tight turns through trees or wide turns down open aprons.
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Hagan Ski Mountaineering Ultra 65 Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Ultra 65 Ski
Skiers were stunned when skis started weighing less than ten pounds per pair, and the fact that each Ultra 65 Ski weighs a little over a pound should be just as stunning, if not more-so. A ski this light and skinny is obviously a favorite among ski mountaineers and randonee racers. The nimble 65mm waist holds an excellent edge on conditions most commonly found in high altitudes: ice, crust, crud, and even a little corn in springtime. Hagen built the Ultra out of a light paulownia wood core with thin carbon laminates to keep the moderate flex consistent from tip to tail. Usually skis this light cap the edges to keep the weight down, but Hagen somehow managed to add durable sidewalls underfoot and still keep the weight lighter than most.
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Hagan Ski Mountaineering Ultra 76 Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Ultra 76 Ski
High-altitude mountaineering missions require gear that keeps you fast and light, Hagan's Ultra 76 Ski only weighs two pounds per plank to keep you light on your feet, and it rides downhill like a race-inspired carver. Its nimble 76mm waist makes snappy turns to navigate through tight couloirs and steep, icy aprons easier, and the light rocker helps you keep your tips up in conditions specific to high-altitude skiing: ice, chunder, the occasional corn. Hagen built the Ultra out of a poppy poplar core with thin fiberglass laminates and a couple carbon stringers to keep the moderate flex consistent from tip to tail. Usually skis this light cap the edges to keep the weight down, but Hagen somehow managed to add durable sidewalls underfoot and still keep the weight lighter than most.
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Hagan Ski Mountaineering Y King Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Y King Ski
If you're heading into the backcountry with any kind of regularity, you're hopefully already in possession of a solid shovel. Why not add to the crew' Hagan Ski Mountaineering's Y King ski comes with a shovel-like construction up front just itching to blast its way through deep, fluffy pow. Made exclusively for professional ski mountaineers once upon a time, Hagan skis are now available for mortals too. The tiny Austrian company's unwavering focus on the backcountry--it refuses to make any Nordic or Alpine gear--is clear when you consider the versatility of this three-and-a-half pound ski. From Chamonix to Alaska, trust the Y King to confidently devour the deep and steep. Within Hagan's family of skis, the Y line is bred for freeride-leaning backcountry expeditions. Exhibiting the line's namesake elliptical shape in the front, tapering to a slimmer waist and tail, the Y King is the widest of them all, bred to float through everything from spring corn to thick powder with ease and stability. That shovel-like tip comes with 390mm of rocker, while the tail brings 150mm of its own to the table to deliver you calmly through rough spots, while camber underfoot keeps the ski from getting squirrelly in the steeps. Hagan ensures choppy, days-old crust doesn't ruin your day by wrapping the tips in carbon, which smooths out chatter and keeps the Y King behaving at high speeds. It also fed the Y King better than any of its siblings, widening its waist to 107mm for more soft-snow stability. Before you think trying to skin in this ski is an immediate death sentence for your hip flexors, consider the paulownia wood core. Hagan chooses the lightest, liveliest wood core around, giving the Y King the low weight and energy for climbs and traverses that it needs to be a go-to option in your touring quiver. Though paulownia takes away some of the ski's burliness in favor of skinning ease, Hagan wisely adds ABS sidewalls and a carbon laminate to balance out the Y King's playfulness. ...
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Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite Ski Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite Ski
Icelantic took the success of their ultra-popular Nomad 105 Ski, and cut weight to bring that rip-roaring freeride fun into the backcountry. The Nomad 105 Lite uses an Ochroma wood core, instead of the original poplar core, a lighter material with equal strength and durability. The Nomad's 105mm waist makes this an ideal all-terrain ripper for storm days, crusty hardpack, and bluebird corn alike.The fiberglass and carbonium layers add stiffness and strength without extra weight, and the rockered profile eases turn initiation and keeps your tips up when you're blasting through pow. The short turn radius makes this ski nimble and quick to maneuver while you're dodging tight trees, or navigating a tight entrance to a steep couloir.
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Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski Icelantic Vanguard 107 Ski
You're a wanderer of sorts, and come wintertime you find yourself wherever the snow falls. Whether you're dropping pillows in BC, ripping cold smoke in the Rockies, or scoring face shots in the Sierras, your Icelantic Vanguard 107 Skis are a rare source of consistency in the tumultuous powder-chasing adventure that your life has become.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.
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K2 Talkback 96 Ski - Women's K2 Talkback 96 Ski - Women's
It's one of those beautiful, deep pow days that skiers just dream about. White, fluffy goodness hanging from every tree branch as you zip up the morning skintrack. In the past, you would have had to choose between hauling up your heavy powder planks or opt for you light but skinny touring skis, but with the K2 Women's Talkback 96 Ski, that tough choice can be a thing of the past.A 96mm waist gives you ample flotation, while the lightweight paulownia and maple core makes sure that you're not hauling up more weight than you need. In case it's still a bit early season and all that powder is hiding a few unpleasant surprises, rest easy knowing that the Hybritech sidewall can help keep glancing off rocks from turning into something like a blown-out edge. Should you need an anchor at some point, plunge the flat tail into the snow and rest easy.
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K2 Wayback 104 SKi K2 Wayback 104 SKi
You didn't haul K2's Wayback 104 Ski and a weighty backpack filled with avalanche safety gear all the way into the backcountry for solely for the exercise and beautiful scenery, although those are reasons enough. No, you'd like the reward of sweet, creamy turns down untouched, soft, deep, powder, and the Wayback makes sure you get the most out of each turn. Its beefy 104mm waist works with the all-terrain rocker to deliver excellent flotation and a wide turn radius so you can charge down snowy aprons. There's enough camber underfoot for the ski to hold an edge when you come across firmer snow, because all's not fluffy outside the resort. K2 built the Wayback out of a lightweight wood core composed of paulownia and maple to keep the ski's weight at a backcountry-friendly weight of nearly four pounds per plank. That's not exactly the lightest ski out there for backcountry, but that makes it all the better for the downhill, which is the best part after all. Carbon stringers stiffen up the ski's flex zones at the tip and tail to reduce chatter when you increase speed.
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K2 Wayback 96 Ski K2 Wayback 96 Ski
If skiing was food, riding lifts would be frozen pizza and ski mountaineering would be a perfect souffle: both are delicious, but one can be done by anyone while the other takes time, effort, and dedication. In this scenario, the K2 Wayback 96 Ski is the fine tool of a top chef, designed to slice and dice whatever conditions the backcountry offers up, from firm windblown to spring corn to funky alpine hardpack to powder. K2's All-Terrain rocker boasts underfoot camber to make short work of hard and crusty snow, while the moderate tip rocker and slight tail rocker let the Wayback float over powder and cruise through variable conditions. The slight tail rocker also makes it easy to plunge the Wayback into the snow for use as an anchor or just to keep it from taking off down the hill.The Wayback's lighter than a souffle, too, at under seven pounds per pair, so the skin track or bootpack won't be a huge chore. It's constructed with a lightweight paulownia core with strategically placed maple for stiffness, and it has a Carbon Web laminate that gives it some backbone without tacking on extra ounces. The torsion box construction keeps it nice and stiff through the turn, while the Hybritech sidewalls combine a smooth-turning and lightweight cap construction with partial sidewalls for hardcore edge grip when things firm up on you. Even the topsheet is designed to be light, with a Snowphobic treatment that prevents snow from building up. Last but not least, the Wayback comes fully kitted out with K2's Z-Clip tip and tail skin grommets, so you can slap on a pair of K2 skins and be hitting the skinner before your buddies have their boots on.
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Kastle TX90 Ski Kastle TX90 Ski
Built to crush the descent and fly up the skintrack, the Kastle TX90 Ski employs a lightweight construction and Kastle's legendary downhill performance. While most companies will trim weight from a ski by eliminating sidewalls, which, ultimately, compromises the overall durability of the ski, Kastle kept the TX90 stout and sturdy by building the ski around full ABS sidewalls, but somehow managed to keep the weight down to just 5lb 11oz (2580g) in the 176cm option. This is mainly due to slimmed-down dimensions, a lightweight caruba wood core, and carbon fiber laminates that keep the ski stiff while shaving a few extra grams from the equation. Not to mention, Kastle's Hollowtech shovel saves weight while reducing chatter and vibration as you ski.Putting versatility at the forefront of its design, the TX90 has a 90mm waist that remains nimble in tight chutes, edgy when conditions are firm, and will float the occasional boot-top powder when you luck out with a bit of fresh powder in the alpine. Kastle's Dual Rise Rocker profile eases turn initiation and helps reduce hooking as you come out of a turn, and camber underfoot gives that stable and secure feel you need when making hop turns and slow and controlled turns above no-fall zones. The Elliptical Radius geometry pushes the contact point back from the tip to ease turn initiation and adds an extra bit of float in deep snow.
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Kastle TX98 Ski Kastle TX98 Ski
Being the widest option in the TX series, the TX98 Ski is the soft snow specialist in Kastle's lineup of touring-specific skis. With a versatile 98mm waist, this ski is by no means a dedicated powder ski, but its midfat waist will handle the occasional powder you do encounter in the backountry while remaining nimble and edgy for the majority of the days when the mountains aren't blanketed in hero snow.Unwilling to sacrifice downhill performance, Kastle built the TX98 with a sturdy and durable sandwich construction, but it was still able to keep the total weight of the ski down to just 5lb 12oz per pair in the 178cm length. The secret you ask' Well, ruling out any deals with the devil, it's reasonable to assume that the carbon fiber laminates, caruba wood core, and slimmed-down dimensions are responsible for keeping the weight to a minimum while maintaining the downhill performance hard-charging skiers have come to expect from a pair of Kastle skis. Dual Rise Rocker eases turn initiation to give the ski a forgiving feel in tough conditions, while camber underfoot ensures stability while carving smooth turns down wide-open bowls or making slow and controlled turns above no-fall zones. And when you are confronted with boilerplate and neve, the Hollowtech shovel helps reduce chatter and minimize vibration, so you don't lose any fillings on your way down the mountain.
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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 Maestro LS Ski La Sportiva Maestro LS Ski
Speed, agility, and weight, these are things that conductors look for in a baton, and in a similar way skiers look for the right plank to conduct their art on the mountain. If you're looking for speedy tempos up and down the mountain, then La Sportiva's Maestro LS Ski is your baton. Its light, thin, 75mm waist is undeniably appealing to all the rando ski racers, but a surprisingly stiff construction makes this a great option for faraway hut-to-hut tours with downhill sections. 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
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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 Maximo LS Ski - Women's La Sportiva Maximo LS Ski - Women's
Your penchant for human-powered descents may lead some to call you a glutton for punishment, but that could have something to do with the fact that they've never skied the La Sportiva Women's Maximo LS Ski. With a lightweight construction that will fly up steep skintracks like you're on an escalator and a fun-having progressive shape, this ultralight offering from La Sportiva will keep a smile plastered on your face whether you're skinning to the base of a steep couloir or making hop turns down a line you've been dreaming about skiing all season.La Sportiva teamed up with with Italy's Ski Trab to produce the Maximo LS. Building its skis in Italy, Ski Trab specializes in ultralight backcountry skis that inspire confidence on the descent. Utilizing Ski Trab's 14-layer Technology, the Maximo is home to a wood core with air canals to save weight and a stiff-but-light construction to keep the Maximo responsive when you're confronted with less-than-ideal conditions. Adding to the ski's overall skiability, La Sportiva commissioned the Maximo to be built with the Low Omega Profile, which makes initiating turns a breeze and reduces the chance of hooking up edges as you exit your turn, giving the skis a fluid, easy-to-ski feel when you're making your way down techy lines in the alpine.
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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 sound of soft snow canvassing the backcountry is enough to wake you for a dawn patrol, and La Sportiva's Vapor Nano Ski stays light on your foot so reach the summit by sunrise. Each ski weighs less than three pounds, which is especially phenomenal given the mid-fat 105mm waist. A waist with this width has an undeniable penchant for powder, but there's enough camber to help you get through the occasional firm patch. La Sportiva updated the Vapor Nano with a tapered tip rocker that promises to slice through soft snow like a dream. The rocker has a rounder shape for a surfier feel. La Sportiva kept the ultralight construction as previous models. Carbon fibers reinforce carbon nanotubes to keep the ski's Kevlar-woven core surprisingly stiff and ridiculously light. Why break something that doesn't need fixing'
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La Sportiva Vapor Svelte Ski La Sportiva Vapor Svelte Ski
You can't help the fact that the harder the line is to ski, the more you want to ski it. Luckily, the La Sportiva Vapor Svelte Ski shares your affliction with a lightweight construction that likes to travel long distances and up big, intimidating mountains with aplomb. Now, we know what you're thinking--a lot of skis are getting thrown in the lightweight class these days, but we assure you, that with a weight of just 5lb 3oz (1175g) in a 188cm length, the Vapor Svelte Skis truly belong in the lightweight class.Sitting at a versatile 96mm underfoot, the Vapor Svelte will make the most of the variable conditions you'll encounter above treeline, along with enough tip and tail width to float the occasional powder and a narrow enough waist to easily hold an edge on the hardpack. A slightly rockered tip and tail let you make tight turns down pinner couloirs and navigate narrow chokes through the crux of your line. When you make your exit and loosen those turns up down the apron, you will be able to arc turns with confidence thanks to plenty of camber underfoot.The construction of the Vapor Svelte consists of what La Sportiva calls Carbon Torsion Box construction. The layup is made up of a Kevlar weave composite core with prepreg resin matrix reinforced with carbon nanotubes, the result of which makes the ski both ridiculously lightweight and torsionally stiff. The other major benefit to this construction is that the ski will last much longer than a traditional wood core ski, while maintaining the same snappy feel throughout the ski's life. Since this ski is built to ride lines where conditions will be, well, less than ideal, La Sportiva went ahead and put a burly P-Tex 6000 base to resist core shots and a wide 2. 2mm steel edge to the put the handle on chunks of ice and the occasional rock.
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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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Moment Deathwish 106 Tour Ski Moment Deathwish 106 Tour Ski
Don't let the name scare you away, Moment's Deathwish 106 Tour Ski is anything but morbid. A slimmed down, lightweight version of the already popular Deathwish, these planks tackle the skin track and subsequent pillow lines with equal prowess and determination.The paulownia and ash wood core blends a lively feel with vibration damping to cut chatter through crud, and the carbon fiber and triaxial fiberglass laminates maintain torsional rigidity and pop without the weight. The versatile 106mm waist drops powdery pillow stacks likes the pros, while camber underfoot and sidewalls let you lay it down with control and stability when the going gets firm.
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Moment Meridian Tour Ski Moment Meridian Tour Ski
A lightweight Meridian with Moment's tour tip and tail, the Meridian Tour Ski is a solid weapon of choice to pillage and plunder the backcountry for pillow stacks and silky pow slashes. The full rocker profile thrives in fresh snow, ready to huck, slash, and surf the steep and deep, and a 107mm waist gives the Meridian some serious all-terrain capabilities, whether it's a post-storm pow mission or a corn-filled springtime objective.The paulownia and ash wood core is what makes this ski lighter than its bulkier downhill-oriented counterpart, with a springy and poppy feel thanks to fiberglass and carbon fiber laminates. Sidewalls let you hold an edge grip when you're cruising down firm slopes, and the Durasurf base is durable and ready to take a beating should you jump the gun and try to score some mid-October faceshots.
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Prior Snowboards & Skis Flute Ski - Women's Prior Snowboards & Skis Flute Ski - Women's
Named after one of the best stashes within the Whistler Blackcomb resort boundaries, the Prior Women's Flute Ski is a ripping freeride ski, designed for ladies who aren't afraid to venture off the beaten path. The 106mm waist makes these planks a solid daily driver for ducking in and out of bounds. The rockered tip and tail float turns effortlessly through fresh snow, while camber underfoot lets you lay trenches in hardpack when the going gets firm.The Flute's maple core is smooth, playful, and consistent, with fiberglass reinforcements to maintain stiffness and power when you're maching down the hill during an extremely unofficial and highly illegal game of Chinese downhill. While these aren't the lightest touring skis on the market, they're certainly a solid choice to slap a pair of AT bindings on and head up the Symphony lift to score some storm day freshies--plus, you'll be glad to have a solid pair of planks on your feet when you're sending it off a 10-foot cornice into Flute Bowl.
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Prior Snowboards & Skis Flute XTC Carbon Ski - Women's Prior Snowboards & Skis Flute XTC Carbon Ski - Women's
Anyone who's harvested sweet, frothy pow turns in Whistler's Flute Bowl after a solid double digit storm, knows the magic in the name. It comes as no surprise that the Prior Women's XTC Flute Skis were born to farm cold smoke--the lightweight construction and mid-fat 106mm waist make these planks a solid daily driver, in bounds or out.With a rockered tip and tail, these sticks have no trouble sailing through the deep stuff, and camber underfoot lets you rally groomers when you pop back into the resort at the end of the day. Unlike the traditional Flute ski, the XTC construction features a carbon laminate to shed weight without losing strength--a pair of the XTCs weigh in at just 6lb 14oz, making them ideal for backcountry exploration. The XTC uses the same poppy and playful maple core, making it a delight to jump, slash, and huck your way all over the hill.
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Prior Snowboards & Skis Joffre XTC Carbon Ski Prior Snowboards & Skis Joffre XTC Carbon Ski
When plotting out your perfect day ripping big lines and sending the steeps, the Prior Joffre XTC Carbon Ski whispers its well-sourced Whistler secrets in your ear. Rockered for powder but narrow enough for the trails, you can take this versatile ski just about everywhere. Take it for a tour in the backcountry where its light weight and wide nose surfs you through the deep stuff, then zip back on-trail at the end of the day where the 101mm width underfoot provides good edge-to-edge control down steep runs. The stable and springy maple core helps you pop from turn to turn down waist-deep backside terrain, while the carbon laminate's torsional strength keeps you in control cruising through corduroy or crud.
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Salomon MTN Explore 88 Ski Salomon MTN Explore 88 Ski
The MTN Explore 88 Ski is Salomon's skinniest touring ski for long, technical mountaineering missions. Salomon's MTN Rocker shapes the ski to balance between efficient climbing and downhill performance. MTN Rocker gives a larger grip zone to assist with the skin, while the long edge initiates stable turning down sugary, dusty, or crusty couloirs. An 88mm waist keeps the ski light and nimble for navigating miles of rocky ridge traverses and steep scree fields. Salomon built the MTN Explore out of a 3D Full Wood Core with a Space Frame 2. 0 profile that removes wood from the sides in order to reduce weight without compromising stability. In face, the MTN Explore uses carbon and flax fibers to keep the ski torsionally stiff without adding much weight. This ski has a semi-sandwich construction with a capped tip and tail to add agility and reduce weight, and sidewalls at the body to enhance durability.
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Salomon Mtn Explore 88 W Ski - Women's Salomon Mtn Explore 88 W Ski - Women's
Since they only weigh five pounds, the Salomon Women's Mtn Explore 88 W Ski is the type of plank you want when you're cruising mountaintops in search of tight couloirs and steep chutes. Its nimble 88mm waist keeps you nimble on the uphill and the down. The MTN Rocker's tip gently rockers above the skin track so you don't faceplant, and there's plenty of camber underfoot to bounce in and out turns when you're carving crud and hardpack. Salomon made the ski surprisingly stiff with woven stringers made of carbon and fiberglass. The oversized PulsePad keeps chatter to a minimum when you're testing out faster speeds. A five point sidecut makes sure your turns flow whether you're cruising down an open apron or maneuvering around questionable sharks.
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Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski
Long approaches' Booters up near-vertical couloirs' Survival skiing from the summit' Sounds like just another day at the office for the Salomon MTN Explore 95 Ski. Putting an emphasis on uphill efficiency, the MTN Explore 95 has a super versatile 95mm waist that's manageable on the skintrack, floats boot-top pow, and holds an edge when conditions turns dicey. Underfoot, the MTN Explores have plenty of camber for easy carving down spring corn lines and solid edge hold on boiler-plate.A generously rockered tip and raised tail keep them fun and playful on the descent, without sacrificing the edge hold you need when ticking off big descents. To keep the skis both light and torsionally stiff, the MTN Explores feature a carbon/flax laminate. A honeycomb tip shaves weight from the tip, while reducing excessive tip chatter for a damp feel once you open your turns up outside of the chute. A five-point sidecut allows for easy turn initiation and eliminates hooking. Salomon went with a semi-sandwich construction with a cap tip and tail and full ABS sidewalls underfoot--the result is a solid ski that's easy to maneuver when every turn counts.
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Salomon S-Lab Minim Ski Salomon S-Lab Minim Ski
You bag peaks and count couloirs for a living, your favorite form of competition is counting verts, and as mountain biking season rolls around for your friends, you take finding remaining snow as a personal challenge. When you eat, sleep, and breath ski mountaineering, Salomon's S-Lab Minim Ski is so lightweight and minimalist, it's always your first choice in touring partner. Created with an ultra-light Karuba wood core that keeps each ski weighing a minuscule pound and half, and coming in at only 160cm (to meet competition requirements), the Minim is designed for quick ascents on distant peaks. A narrow width underfoot offers a high level of control on steep slopes and dense, wind-affected snow, while a wider nose and tip rocker will still keep you riding high on any powder you encounter. A reinforced binding zone enhances durability and edge grip in high torque-situations, with a flat tail adding further stability for downhill turns. Since getting to the top is often the focus of the game, Salomon made sure to include uphill benefits such as a race notch for securing skins, and a G-Spot engineered side cut, which maximizes edge grip underfoot for easier climbing on variable snow.
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Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Ski Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Ski
Your Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Skis are fast, light, and ready to devour gnarly mountains without hanging you out to dry on your way back down. These speedy skimo sticks are in it for the long haul, paying homage to the fast and light alpinism that Salomon athletes like Kilian Jornet have perfected. The lightweight construction comes from a Karuba wood core, with a carbon and flax weave that enhances power and stability while you're maching down a steep coulie with the speed of a thousand cheetahs. The Koroyd tip dampens vibrations while you're cutting through chop on your deproach, and the short turn radius keeps you light and nimble on your feet.
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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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SEGO Ski Co. Up Tour Ski - Women's SEGO Ski Co. Up Tour Ski - Women's
You're usually the first skier in the backcountry whenever there's a fresh dumping of soft, deep powder, which means you have the sworn duty of setting the skin track, which is as difficult to set as it is rewarding to get first turns. The Sego Women's Up Tour Ski sports a directional early rise tip that pokes out of the deeps to make it easier on the uphill. It also only weighs three pounds per ski, so you'll probably end up catching up with whoever wakes up before you, and consequentially setting the skin track every time. As for the downhill, well you'd be hard-pressed to find a plank more versatile for the backcountry's ever-changing conditions. You won't sit out the days without powder, which is good because this ski rides both soft and firm conditions with equal zeal. The rocker tip and tail obviously ride powder like a dream--not to mention the way the swallowtail makes all that snow fly in the air--but there's enough camber to employ tight turns and hold an edge when you're cruising down firm snow through trees. Sego added plenty of carbon and VDS rubber to keep vibrations and chatter down to a minimum when you reach higher speeds.
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Voile Objective BC Ski Voile Objective BC Ski
Devour skyscraping peaks for breakfast with the Voile Objective BC Skis on your feet. A lightweight touring ski, the Objective BC was designed to cover some serious distance in the alpine. Voile's signature Traction Pattern Base uses small fish scales underfoot so you don't have to throw skins on for low-angle approaches or pesky rollers on your way out.While these skimo-inspired planks really shine on the uphill, the double carbon fiberglass laminate maintains the ski's strength and stiffness on the descent--so you won't be floundering on noodles down pinner coulies and steep no-fall zones. The short turn radius gives the Objective BC a snappy, responsive feel so you can maintain squirrel-like agility while maneuvering through techy terrain.
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Voile Objective Ski Voile Objective Ski
The Voile Objective Ski is so dang light, you might just find yourself whistling like you're taking a stroll through a wintry meadow when you're passing other backcountry travelers on the skin track. Inspired by skimo racing, the Objective shines on fast ascents and long approaches, thanks to the lightweight paulownia wood core and carbon fiberglass layers. With an 82mm waist width, these aren't the planks to loaf around in pow with, but the impressively stiff flex and zippy 18. 5m turn radius can hold an edge on blue rock and rail down pinner couloirs.
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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 SuperCharger Ski - Women's Voile SuperCharger Ski - Women's
While its name might lead you to believe that the Voile Women's SuperCharger Ski is a sort of battery-powered, high-energy animal that just-won't-stop-skiing, it's in fact designed to cater to your more human-powered pursuits. With its women-specific construction, the SuperCharger caters to female rippers who are looking for a backcountry touring ski that's able to handle a little bit of hardpack, powder, and even some bumps--should they be desired. More specifically, the reasons behind the SuperCharger's versatility lay in a few astute and well-crafted technologies. Starting with its subdued Hybrid Rocker construction, the SuperCharger boasts a slim waist that makes it touring-friendly, while the wide, Clydesdale-esque tail and gently raised tip offer just enough adaptability that enable it to blast through crud and float through powder with ease. Not to mention, this same rocker construction allows you to seriously commit to a well-carved, deeply delicious turn, yet totally dispels the belief that good edges mean you won't be able to bounce lightly and thread the needle through tight trees. And of course, without the aspen wood core wrapped in fiberglass and woven carbon, the previous paragraph is all just a bunch of dashed dreams and fancy words. The lightweight construction ultimately makes the Supercharger ideal for tours in deep snow, while the wood core, triaxial fiberglass, and carbon laminates offer a light and snappy feel underfoot. Wrapping this whole package up is the 2mm steel edges that, when combined with the rocker, provide just the right amount of stiffness and an aggressive sensation that holds its own no matter the conditions or terrain.
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Voile UltraVector Voile UltraVector
Some argue that you can have too much of a good thing, but Voile's UltraVector Ski begs to differ. Voile blended the ultimate ripping powers of the Supercharger and the backcountry-devouring characteristics of the Vector to bring you a hard-charging, backcountry-ready pair of sticks that will see you smoothly through just about any terrain.The 96mm waist and early rise tip makes the UltraVector a solid choice for pre-dawn pow laps, and camber underfoot keeps you smooth and stable while you're careening down boilerplate ice with a little more speed that you intended. The aspen wood core is feather-light on the uphill, and with a slightly softer flex and more sidecut than the original Vector, you'll be slicing and dicing quick and playful turns all over the slopes.
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Voile UltraVector BC Ski Voile UltraVector BC Ski
If you want to blast up the skin track like a space ship leaving the atmosphere and carve steep terrain like a spandex-clad gate basher, Voile has a solution for you. The UltraVector BC Ski glides uphill with ease, and holds its own descending the steep and deep.With a versatile 94mm waist, the UltraVector BC is a solid choice of weapon for dawn patrol freshies and bulletproof hardpack alike. The early rise tip eases turn initiation and lets you float turns through fluff, and the light, playful aspen wood core will put a smile on your face while you're bouncing through pow. Voile's signature Traction Pattern Base uses fish scales underfoot to give you traction and uphill capabilities on low-angle approaches, and while you may notice a slight amount of resistance on the descent, you'll be stoked not to have to whip your skins out for every little roller in sight.
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Voile UltraVector Ski - Women's Voile UltraVector Ski - Women's
With the hard-charging rippability of the Supercharger and the uphill confidence of the Vector, Voile's Women's UltraVector Ski is a recipe for mountain-wide dominance. The lightweight construction lets you glide past your friends on the skin track, and the 92mm waist makes these sticks a versatile tool for early morning pow laps as well as chundery afternoon crud.The light weight and playfulness is thanks to an aspen wood core, and Voile backed the UltraVector up with a carbon fiberglass laminate to give these planks power and stability when you're tearing up steep faces and tight couloirs. The short turn radius is super nimble and comes in handy when you're navigating tight trees or maneuvering through techy consequential terrain.
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Voile V6 BC Ski Voile V6 BC Ski
For skiers traveling over miles upon miles of undulating terrain like a fish swimming upstream, the Voile V6 BC Ski saves valuable transition time spent applying and removing skins. Built with the same lightweight aspen and carbon fiber core, hybrid rocker profile, and versatile 99mm waist width as the Voile V6 Ski, these skis not only charge techy descents, but they feature the fish scale-like Voile Traction-Pattern Base for skin-less traction. Though downhill glide is slightly compromised on lesser slopes, the V6 BCs still shine when you hit the gas pedal on steep lines. While these skis certainly don't eliminate the need for skins on steeper slopes, they do save you the hassle of having to put skins on your skis every time you need to travel across a hanging valley or rolling terrain.
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Voile V6 Ski Voile V6 Ski
Voile constructed the V6 Ski for those who like to chase pow but want a little more versatility than the pow-crushing V8. A thinner and lighter version of its burly older brother, the V6 makes a hard case for the one-quiver argument. Depending on your preferred ski length, the V6 boasts a waist anywhere from 96 to 102mm, making it a top contender for a solid daily driver. The V6 shares the same hybrid rocker profile and wide shovel as the V8, so you know it's ready to steamroll pow with power and ease. Thanks to a super light aspen wood core, the V6 flies up the skin track with the grace and speed of a gazelle, and the carbon fiberglass laminate holds stiffness and strength so you can get down and dirty on the descent.
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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 V8 Ski Voile V8 Ski
Burly enough to rip spines in Alaska and light enough to conquer springtime objectives in the Rockies, Voile's V8 Ski is a powder-hungry touring machine. With all-mountain capabilities to keep you entertained all day long, you'll feel like a little kid in a candy shop with these sticks on your feet. The V8's waist ranges from 107 to a portly 119mm depending on your preferred ski length, making this ski a serious weapon for hot lapping pow fields and dropping stacks of pillows.Although the V8 rips it to oblivion on the descent, you won't be dragging deadweight up the hill--a pair of the 176s weighs in at just 7lb 9oz, so you'll be gliding up the skin track with a few laps still in you by the end of the day. The light weight is thanks to an aspen wood core, reinforced by a carbon fiberglass laminate to make sure that your ultra-light ski doesn't share the same properties as a wet noodle. For such a fat ski the V8 has a tight turn radius, giving you a snappy responsiveness you'll be stoked on when you end up in high-consequence terrain.
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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 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 WSP Ski Voile WSP Ski
Americans are all about speed, so how come we've never made a killer skimo ski until now' There's no good answer, but Salt Lake City's own Voile decided it was time to change that, so they made the new WSP Ski to be a superlight rando choice in the finest Euro-Lycra tradition. Designed to get you up in a hurry and down with reasonable ease, the WSP (Wasatch Speed Project) weighs just 1. 75 pounds per ski, courtesy of its ultralight paulownia wood core and carbon fiberglass cap construction. The design also keeps the WSP plenty stiff for serious descents down icy couloirs and techy faces, which compliments the sturdy underfoot camber. It's only 63mm underfoot, but the moderate tip rocker helps the WSP handle soft snow better than its width would suggest, so you won't be overwhelmed if you encounter some pow on your trip back down to the parking lot.
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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 BMT 109 Ski Volkl BMT 109 Ski
Tough decisions abound in the mountains: Keep going or turn around' Couloir jump-turning or open-face ripping' Beer or whiskey' Volkl's V-Werks BMT 109 ski won't stop these dilemmas from dogging you, but with a featherweight construction and full-blown freeride pedigree, it'll at least mean you won't have to choose between torn hip flexors and downhill terror anymore. Constructed with a multi-layer wood core bundled up inside a stiff carbon-fiber jacket, the BMT 109 weighs in at under eight pounds a pair, helping it cruise up the skintrack in a way you never thought was possible. That being said, you can rest assured it's got plenty of Volkl's aggressive DNA to slay any conditions you hit on the way down. Poplar in the tails and tips gives the ski unapologetic energy, while sturdy ash underfoot lends confidence-inspiring stability when things take a turn towards choppy chunder. A fully rockered shape complements the wood core, floating through deep bowls eagerly, as the tapered tips make it easier to throw your skis sideways and skid out loose, surfy turns. At 109mm underfoot, the BMT (Big-Mountain Touring, if you were wondering) makes a pretty strong case for its versatility. Sitting in the sweet spot between all-pow and all-mountain, 109mm is wide enough to float through fluff but slim enough to maintain an edge on alpine hardpack and the occasional frontside groomer. Short sidewalls save weight, and Volkl's Ice. Off topsheet helps prevent ice and snow from building up and weighing you down. To make pre-dawn mornings at the trailhead simpler, Volkl made sure to include a Skin Pin at the tip and a flat notch at the tail so you can slap your skins on and start the climb without any drama.
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Volkl BMT 122 Ski Volkl 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 BMT 90 Alpine Touring Ski Volkl BMT 90 Alpine Touring Ski
Not including Volkl's ultralight, mountaineering skis, the BMT 90 Alpine Touring Ski is the skinniest and most versatile plank in Volkl's backcountry collection. It might not hover the deepest, softest snow of the season like the 122,but you'll certainly have an easier time cutting through crust commonly found in the backcountry between storms. That's not to say that Volkl doesn't admire powder days like every skier out there; the BMT's rocker tip and tail keeps you cruising through the soft stuff without a hassle. Volkl designed the BMT with a unique 3D. Ridge that tapers down to razor-like edges at the tip and tail to drastically reduce weight without compromising stability at high speeds. A full carbon jacket keeps the ultralight wood core stiff enough for advanced riders to enjoy themselves. The Ice. Off top sheet keeps snow off your skis when you're setting the skin track.
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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 ultralight 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 88 Lite Alpine Touring Ski Volkl VTA 88 Lite Alpine Touring Ski
Distant peaks seem a little closer when you have a lightweight touring ski on your feet, and when that ski throws real descending chops into the bargain, the mountains become your playground. Making long tours seem short and hairy lines seem mellow is the name of the Volkl VTA 88 Lite Ski's game, and it comes as no surprise that it's been earning plaudits from those who value light and fast skis. Vokl built the VTA with its superlight Hybrid wood core and stiff, weight-saving Carbon Construction, so the final package weighs under 4. 5 pounds per pair. It's not a terrifyingly chattery rando toothpick; although, at 88mm underfoot, the VTA floats like an all-mountain ski but weighs about the same as many narrower boards, and it features Volkl's quickness-boosting and stability-enhancing 3D. Ridge design, which gives the ski a smooth, predictable flex and steady feel.
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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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