Ski touring has seen an absolute explosion in interest in recent years, resulting in an equivalent amount of growth of equipment development within the category. Just two years ago Salomon changed the game with the introduction of their Shift binding which gave skiers the ability to use the same binding for downhill days at the resort, as well as uphill skiing on touring days. Now, Marker looks to give skiers a second option with the Duke PT, a binding in which the entire toe piece can be swapped to provide an unparalleled downhill experience from a touring binding. There's plenty to learn about this exciting and unique new binding, so we encourage you to check out our review of the Marker Duke PT Touring Binding as soon as you have the chance!
New from Salomon for 2021 is the Stance series: a lineup of freeride skis that borrow concepts from Salomon's well liked QST and XDR lines, packaging them in a series of versatile all mountain freeride skis. We previously reviewed the 2021 Salomon Stance 96, and now we're excited to share our thoughts on that skis wider sibling, the Stance 102. With it's QST 106 inspired rocker, C/FX core, and dual titanal frame, the Stance 102 is an impressive ski, and one that should be well received by those looking for a powerful, yet manageable ride. To get a more comprehensive version of our thoughts, as well as some of the technical specs of this ski, click through to check out our review of the 2021 Salomon Stance 102!
With mountains everywhere closed this week, and uphill skiing the only way for many skiers to take advantage of the snow, we figured we'd switch gears and review a piece of equipment that's often overlooked: the ski sock. While the world of ski socks is a world of great parity, we recently discovered a diamond in the rough in the Le Bent x Cody Townsend "Le Send" pro model sock. Packed with features that enhance Cody's tour-centric approach to skiing (Search YouTube for "The FIFTY"), the Le Send sock is the perfect choice for those looking to milk this season for every last possible turn. Click through to learn more in this full review!
If you've been getting the sense that there's a ton of new skis making their debut for the 2020-2021 ski season, then you're absolutely right. Dynastar is following that trend as well with the introduction of their new M-LINE skis. Divided into four categories (M-FREE, M-PRO, M-TOUR, and M-VERTICAL), this exciting update brings a slew of new construction techniques and approaches to four different categories of ski. We'll explore most of these skis in depth in the weeks and months ahead, but for now let's start by taking a closer look at one of our favorites: the 2021 Dynastar M-Pro 99. Built as a fun-forward, all mountain ripper, the M-Pro 99 had us stoked from the moment we pointed it down hill. To learn all about this exciting new ski, check out our full ski review, right here!
Wondering what Salomon has up their sleeves for the 2020-2021 season? Well, as it turns out, they've got an entire new series of skis coming out called the "Stance." As you may have noticed, there's been a growing trend of all mountain "freeride" skis over the last handful of years, with popular models like the Volk Mantra, Blizzard Bonafide, and Nordica Enforcer taking over the slopes. Now, Salomon is getting in on the fun with their Stance series- a lineup of 5 skis (3 men's, 2 women's) that take some of their signature construction techniques to an all mountain freeride ski. After giving these skis a few days on the hill, we're eager to share with you our thoughts in this review of the all new 2021 Salomon Stance 96. Spoiler alert: we loved them.
New from Fischer for the 2021 season, is a hot pink edition of their popular Ranger 102 FR skis! While that's possibly the most important fact to keep in mind as you read this review, we'll also revisit some of the construction techniques and considerations used by Fischer to make their Ranger 102 FR one of the most beloved, versatile skis amongst a range of freeride and freestyle skis. Click through to learn more in this comprehensive ski review!
For 2021, Rossignol has taken the bold step of doing away with their popular 7 Series, and instead replacing it with the newly expanded, refocused BLACKOPS line. Taking from a range of concepts and construction techniques found across the Rossignol line, the new Black Ops series is a totally reimagined lineup of freeride skis. While at first we were nervous that the greatness of last year's Black Ops 98 and 118 skis would be lost in the mix, we quickly realized that the new BLACKOPS skis are an impressive improvement on an already fantastic ski. We'll start our exploration of this new line with a full review of the 2021 Rossignol Sender Ti Skis. Enjoy!
This week in the world of ski news, we find ourselves exploring the theme of "where people ski." At Aspen Snowmass, that discussion centers around their current skier-visit statistics which shows an increased use of the Ikon Pass, and a decreased use of local passes. We'll take a look at that story, as well as Denver's Ruby Hill Rail Yard which provides an opportunity for free skiing, as well as the PowderBee, a new search drone being developed for avalanche rescues. Plus, we'll update you with the latest from the FIS World Cup in this week's edition of Top 5 Fridays!
Continuing with our ongoing coverage of K2's exciting new 2021 Disruption series, we're excited to share with you our official review of the 20201 Disruption 82Ti. Not to be judged solely on appearances, we found the Disruption 82Ti to be surprisingly versatile, allowing itself to morph into a variety of different "types" of skis, depending on what the user wants. From GS turns on groomers, to slower turns and swiveling, K2 has somehow managed to create a ski that's incredibly capable in a variety of on-mountain scenarios. To learn more about this unique new ski, simply click through and read our review!
Do you struggle to keep your toes warm while skiing? If so, it might be time to consider investing in some heated socks. While utilizing toe warmers and spending extra time in the lodge is a viable option for some, it's certainly not for everyone. If you're tired of making compromises as a result of stubbornly cold toes, it's probably time to solve the problem once and for all. Enter the Lenz 6.0 Heated Socks. The latest version of the heated sock from Lenz offers comfort, warmth, and convenience through a range of well thought out features. If this description has piqued your interest, check out our full review of the Lenz 6.0 Heated Socks!
New from Volkl skis for 2021 is the Blaze series. A couple of weeks ago we took a broad look at the new series, highlighting the intentions behind the design of these skis and how Volkl Lead Product Manager Andi Mann sees them fitting in amongst the rest of Volkl's skis. This week, we're zooming in a bit closer on the Blaze 106 skis, which are set to replace the 100Eight model. Click through to read our full review and to learn all you need to know about these new skis!
A couple of weeks back we introduced you to the all new 2021 K2 Disruption series via an article that took a bird's-eye view of the concepts and intentions behind the line. Now, we're going to zoom in a bit on the 2021 K2 Disruption MTI skis, taking a closer look at the traits and details of what we'd consider to be the unofficial flagship model of the line. Without giving too much away, we'll just say that if big, frontside GS turns are what you live for, then this review of the 2021 K2 Disruption MTI is a must read. Click through to learn more!
Next up in our ongoing series of 2021 ski reviews is a totally new ski that we were extremely excited to be able to both review and discuss in detail with the Peter Brigham, the Design Engineer at Line Skis. New for 2021 is the Line Blade: a fat tipped, skinny waisted ski for both men and women that focuses on enabling its user to lay the hardest carves of their life. Learn all about this fascinating new ski in our official review of the 2021 Line Blade!
Back in late June, we had the opportunity to meet K2 at their Seattle-based headquarters to see their development center (the ARC) first-hand to learn about how they develop, test, and produce skis. In fact, we also got to partake in that process, as we also took the short trip to Mount Hood to test […]
Well, it's officially that time of year again. The time of year when ski brands begin releasing details of exciting new skis for the year ahead. Last week we brought you a preview of the new 2021 Nordica Enforcer series. This week, we kick things off with a preview of the all new 2021 Volkl Blaze series, which is set to replace the 90Eight and 100Eight skis. We'll look to bring you full reviews of these skis in the months ahead, but for now, click through to see a sneak peak of the all new 2021 Blaze Skis from Volkl!