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4FRNT Skis Raven Ski 4FRNT Skis Raven Ski
4FRNT's White Room is the Santa's Workshop of the ski industry--a magical place where hard-working elves turn out the best toys that we get all worked up about come cold weather. All the BB guns, toboggans, and video-game consoles in the world aren't as much fun as the Raven, which is a mountain-crushing, touring-ready ski built to handle variable conditions, charge chop, and plunder pow. With a skinnier waist than the Renegade and Hoji, the Raven comes in at 104mm and boasts a long and ludicrously fun 29m turn radius, so you can surf the white waves when the terrain opens up. The full flat camber and tapered tip and tail give the Raven edginess on hardpack and a smooth, hook-free feel in soft snow, and make it easy to pull the skis around in tight spots so you feel like you're skiing them, and not the other way around.You wouldn't expect a touring-friendly ski to have any metal in it and, sure enough, the Raven skips out on heavy and damp titanium layers in favor of lighter, nimbler, and more energetic carbon. With the reprofiled Neo Core, this year's Raven offers an even stiffer and more supportive flex pattern as well as weight savings from previous seasons, giving the ski better uphill performance so your hip flexors won't be shredded like pulled pork by the time you hit the top of your line. 4FRNT also laid down its famous Vibe Veil dampening laminate to cut out chatter when you hit patches of hardpack and built the Raven with a semi-cap construction, which combines the edginess of a sandwich with the lightness of a full cap, so you can have your cake and shred it, too.
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Black Crows Orb Freebird Ski Black Crows Orb Freebird Ski
The Black Crows Orb Freebird Ski is swift on the uphill and tenacious on the downhill. Each ski sports a superlight weight of barely over three pounds, making it suitable for ski mountaineering, but a moderately wide waist of 91mm makes this ski applicable for backcountry touring through variable conditions. Its classic camber ensures edge control when you're skiing down steep, icy couloirs, and the front rocker pivots and floats over softer snow while the early rise tail helps eliminate hooking as you exit a turn.Black Crows made this ski with an extended paulownia core to reduce, and there are fiberglass and carbon laminates to assure a moderate flex that's surprising from such a lightweight ski. There's also a titanal reinforcement under the bindings for better retention. The ski's semi-cap construction combines durable sidewalls into capped tip and tails for a lighter weight and reduced swing. The tail has a plastic cutout for skin attachments.
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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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Dynafit Manaslu Ski Dynafit Manaslu Ski
Light but powerful, the Dynafit Manaslu 2. 0 Ski strikes a balance between power and efficiency making them an ideal ski for the dedicated backcountry skier. With weight in mind at every step of the design process, Dynafit put their lightweight Paulowonia isocore core at the heart of these skis, and then placed carbon stringers throughout the ski to save on weight, increase torsional rigidity, and dampen vibrations for a smoother feel through melt-freeze crusts. Unique to Dynafit's 14/15 line is their newly designed flex tip. With its 3D carbon construction, it dramatically saves on weight, and as Dynafit puts it, "behaves like a bike's suspension fork." Slightly narrower at the tip to save on materials and weight, the carbon inlay absorbs vibrations when you're skiing through crud and chunder. A notched front allows for a seamless attachment with Dynafit's newly re-worked speedskins for even more efficiency on the up-track. In order to handle the variable conditions common to the backcountry, the Manaslu has an early rise Scoop Rocker in the tip, camber underfoot, and rocker in tail. The unique triple radius sidecut allows for a relatively short turn radius for navigating tight and technical terrain, and provides excellent edge hold on steep and icy faces. Narrow pintails allow you to easily slide the skis into your pack when you make the final push to the summit, and with all the strength saved from not having to lug a heavy pair of planks up the mountain, your legs will be fresh for a fun and fast descent.
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Hagan Ski Mountaineering Y Boost Ski Hagan Ski Mountaineering Y Boost Ski
Built and tested in a certain white-capped mountain range running through Austria, Hagan and ski mountaineering have shared a quiet affair spanning decades. As the rest of the world woke up and caught onto the pull of backcountry skiing and mountaineering, Hagan and its core of professional mountaineers wondered why it ever took them so long. If longer lift lines and crowds have you seeking out greater challenges beyond resort boundaries, Hagan Ski Mountaineering is well worth your attention. Built to descend powerfully on slopes too good to take it easy on, the Y Boost Ski delivers Hagan lightness and its loving craftsmanship once only reserved for ski mountaineering professionals. Blending lightness, new technology, and a go-after-anything spirit, the Y series is Hagan's most versatile. Within the series, the Boost sits chomping at the bit for the descent. Weighing just a shade over three pounds per ski and shaped with a 97mm waist, the Boost certainly won't slow you down on the skintrack, but unlike many touring skis, it won't throw you under the bus on the descent either. The elliptical tips end in a shovel shape carefully designed to blast through windblown crust, inconsistent chop, and prayer-answering pow. Hagan's Carbon Tip Stabilizer, alongside the durable ABS sidewalls, reduces chatter and unsettling vibrations at speed, giving you a stable platform to take down gun-barrel chutes and wide-open faces. The Y Boost's featherweight paulownia wood core will dance across traverses and snap to attention quickly on the way down, and it's reinforced by a full carbon laminate for reassuring torsional rigidity when you need it.
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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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K2 Coomba 104 Ski K2 Coomba 104 Ski
It's probably not a bad thing when a ski is named after, and largely influenced by, one of the most legendary skiers of all time, and that's certainly the case with the K2 Coomback 104 Ski. In the world of backcountry skiing, few names evoke as much praise as that of Doug Coombs, so it should come as no surprise that this signature ski is perfectly fit to imitate Doug's signature style of skiing: big, aggressive lines located deep in the backcountry.The 104mm waist width will let you float serenely down big powder lines, and the paulownia and maple woods core keeps things light and poppy so you can have fun on the way down. In order to give plenty of stability for a lightweight ski, K2 used a carbon weave system in conjunction with its Hybritech sidewalls, so you don't have to worry about blowing out an edge when you're four days into your yurt trip. In order to facilitate use as an anchor or an emergency sled, K2 gave this ski a flat tail that can easily be plunged into the snow as a sort of "extra-picket."
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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 MTN Lab Ski Salomon MTN Lab Ski
Super light touring skis may be nice on the skintrack, but more often than not, they'll leave a lot to be desired on the descent. And while plenty of skis may claim to be light and powerful, few have the pedigree of the Salomon MTN Lab Skis. The versatile design of the MTN Labs will please on both the up and down with a wide platform that effortlessly floats pow, remains manageable in variable conditions, and is still light enough to keep you on the tails of your vert-counting touring partner. The design of the MTN Lab makes no compromises in terms of downhill performance, but it still maintains a skinner-friendly 7lb 15oz per pair. You won't find a flimsy cap construction on the MTN Labs. Their full-length ABS sidewalls deliver a solid and stable feel you'd expect to find on pair of boards weighing well over nine pounds. Their full wood core paired with Salomon's CFX Superfiber carbon/flax laminate help shave weight from the ski, while keeping them damp and torsionally stiff, so you can open them up down open faces with confidence. First and foremost, the MTN Lab is designed for the backcountry, so Salomon threw in a few features to increase efficiency on the skintrack. Salomon's G-Spot technology maximizes edge hold underfoot for added security when you're side-stepping on an icy traverse, or making hop turns down a steep couloir. A honeycomb tip saves weight, helps eliminate tip chatter, and allows the skis to float deep fluff with ease. Utility Rocker puts plenty of camber underfoot for solid carving with plenty of the rocker in the tip to keep them playful in the powder.
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Voile Objective BC Ski Voile Objective BC Ski
There's no need for climbing skins if you're doing a lot of up-and-down touring on rolling hills and you're on the Voile Objective BC Ski. The Voile Traction Pattern Base uses little fish scales so you don't have to bother with skins on low-angle approaches. When the going gets steeper, the bases accept skins like any other ski.This skimo-inspired board shines on the ascent and is ready to dig its edges into boilerplate ice and tight couloirs just like its fraternal twin, the Voile Objective. And while both skis are remarkably light on the up and maneuverable on the down, you'll notice the soft zipping sound of the Objective BC's fish scales as you succumb to gravity's pull down the fall line. Some ultralight backcountry travelers say the sound is actually the tiny muted screams from the souls of skiers stuck touring on heavy skis and plate bindings, but we'll let you decide.
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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 skintrack. 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. 5-meter turn radius can hold an edge on blue rock and rail down pinner couloirs.
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Volkl Nanuq Ski Volkl Nanuq Ski
The beauty of the backcountry is that, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. There could be knee-deep pow, even though it didn't snow last night, or you might spend the day skittering across hardpack even though it dumped a foot in the last two hours. Being ready for everything is the name of the game, and no boards do it better than the Volkl Nanuq Skis, mid-fat and highly versatile skis that are edgy enough to crush hardpack, floaty enough to surf through blower, and light enough to make the ascent seem like a piece of cake. Volkl's been crushing downhills for years, in bounds and out, and the Nanuq stays true to the company's downhill-first heritage. The sidecut's pretty traditional, so the Nanuq feels Volkl-ish (perfectly capable of edging in variable snow and cutting through mank), and the sidewall construction and Tough Box composite/fiberglass sheath provide a backbone that lets you charge even when conditions aren't perfect blower. To improve its performance in soft snow, Volkl gave it a moderate amount of tip rocker, and also kept things light (under seven pounds per pair) so the uphills aren't exercises in unnecessary suffering. Providing the backbone for all this lightweight, hard-charging, and pow-surfing goodness is the Nanuq's Multi-Layer Woodcore Light, which combines straight-grained ash and flexible poplar to give you a lively, predictable platform that excels in soft snow. The fiberglass and composite layers stop the Nanuq from twisting under hard edging forces, and the squared-off tail (and tip, too) has Volkl's Skin Pin notch, which makes it easy to clip on skins and trust that they'll stay there throughout the climb.
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