This year’s Smith Maze helmet blew us away for being so lightweight. Next year’s Vantage, shown here, feels just as light and has ventilation. It costs $180 or you can add a Skullcandy audio system for an extra $30.
Check out gear from the SIA trade show too.
This Gore-Tex ProShell glove, which is made with waterproof leather and Polartec Thermal insulation, is so dexterous, you can pick up a pin with the gloves on. Cost: $275.
This year’s version of the Scarpa T-Race is the burliest telemark boot on the market: four buckles, a stiff Booster Strap-style power strap, and no walk mode. Next year’s version? The same stiff four-buckle construction but with a walk mode and a revised, lighterweight power strap—and it’s returned to its former cherry red.
Camelbak is known for their hydration packs. But now, they’ve got a newly revised ski-specific backpack with all the features: ski carry system, hydration compatibility, side panel entrance, and more. The women’s pack, the Roulette is 1,600 cubic inches, while the men’s pack, the Pitboss, is 1,800 cubic inches. Both packs cost $100.
Dynafit has been known for creating uphill oriented, lightweight touring skis. Until now. The Stoke, created with help from ski mountaineer Greg Hill from Revolstoke, BC, is 106 millimeters in the waist—fat enough for powder—yet it weighs a mere 3.5 pounds per ski, thanks to a lightweight bamboo, wood, and foam core. It comes in a 164, 173, 182 length and is made in the Blizzard factory in Austria.
Vancouver-based Ryders Eyewear is known for making performance sunglasses at a value price. These brand new for next fall Hijacks come with a bright orange, super lightweight frame, clear lenses, and an adjustable nose pad. Plus, they’re only $40.
Eric Pollard is both an artist and a pro skier. This newly redesigned pack is his signature model, featuring graphics created by him.
Polartec fabrics is using 100 percent post-consumer recyled products (translation: taking used water bottles and turning them into fabric) in a lot of their jackets, including this North Face fleece.
After you take your skis boots off, it’s nice to have something comfortable to slide into. Sole, known for their footbeds and arch-supporting flip-flops, is now making an insulated, winterized shoe with a ripstop nylon fabric, poly fill, and good arch support.
This new avalanche beacon from Ortovox has several cool features. 1) It only requires one AA battery (most beacons use two), so it’s lighter and slimmer than previous models—it’s basic size and feel of an iPhone. 2) It is designed so that even if an avalanche victim is buried vertically—which is usually more difficult for rescuers—the beacon will send a signal as if the victim were buried horizontally, therefore making it easier for rescuers to find the person. 3) Like the Ortovox S1, it makes searching for multiple victims extremely easy and clear.
This is Iris, modeling the Shred Alert BFF hat, which she helped design.
Westcomb, a small ski apparel company out of British Columbia, has a newly updated freeride line, including this men’s and women’s Flow Fx jacket ($600) and Vapor Cargo pants ($400).
If you ever go to Chamonix to ski the Valle Blanche, a long, glaciated run off the Mont Blanc’s famous Aiguille du midi tram, you’re going to want this multi-tool from French knife company Baladeo. It has a spoon, a fork, a sharp knife for cutting your brie and French bread, a box cutter, and of course, a wine and beer bottle opener. Stop half way down the run and have a Euro-style, high-alpine picnic.
Outdoor Research has made solid, mountaineering-style outerwear for ages, but they’ve never really tackled more style-oriented freeride ski apparel—until now. The Axcess Pant, new for fall 2010, is baggier and has more pockets than a typical OR pant, but still comes with all the technical performance elements the company is known for.
Glen Plake recently signed a sponsorship deal with Julbo. It’s no wonder why: Their new Superstar Goggles have style and performance. Cost: $150.
This printed, hooded baselayer for women is well-named: It feels, well, sumptuous to touch. Wear it skiing, then to the bar afterward. Cost: $80.
Zeal partnered with Recon Instruments, which makes high-tech sensors, optics, and GPS technology for the military, to create the Transcend Goggles. A small screen in the lower right part of your field of features—get this—your speed, altitude, temperature, and time, and has a vertical odometer, stopwatch, and GPS capabilities. The data screen is small and relatively unobstrusive to your field of sight. It has a wide-vision, anti-fog lens, is helmet compatible, and comes with either a polarized lens (for $350) or a polarized photocromic lens (for $450). This is a photo of Skiing‘s senior editor Sam Bass checking out the revolutionary (although pricy!) goggles.
This waterproof, breathable ski jacket by Mammut has lots of features, but we found this one the most interesting. When you put a ski jacket’s hood over your helmet, the neck tends to tighten up. In the Alyeska jacket, there is a second zipper parallel to the main front zipper that lets loose a little extra fabric to ease any restriction in the neck.
Named after a couloir on Jackson Hole’s Grand Teton, the Stettner is a waterproof, insulated, stretch softshell made with Schoeller fabrics and Primaloft insulation. Cost: $375.
Check out what the U.S. Snowboard Team will be wearing at the 2010 Olympic Games coming up soon in Vancouver/Whistler. This Gore-Tex outfit made by Burton has a red, white, and blue jacket and pants that look exactly like distressed denim (but feel like high-tech, waterproof snowboard pants).
It’s hard to find a good backcountry ski pack for less than $200 these days. REI has redesigned their Double Diamond for next year. It’s 44 liters—big enough for a daylong tour—and weighs just three pounds. The best part? It’s just $119.