SKI Magazine is on the floor at Denver's 2019 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show to get the scoop on next season's gear and bring you the showstoppers. So, without further ado, here's what caught our eyes on day one, many of which were awarded SKI's Showstopper Award.
Elan Wingman Skis
The Slovenian brand’s new ski line fit the gap between the Ripstick and Amphibio family, making for super versatile, frontside oriented asymmetrical skis. They can handle a variety of turn shapes and speeds, making them ideal for frontside loving Mavericks.
Nordica Cruise Ski Boot Series
The iconic boot brand redesigned their comfort line this year to be 20% lighter, 40% less bulky, and 100% more fun. With a 104mm last, Instep Volume Control, and an adjustable cuff, this boot can accommodate just about any foot we can think of, and make skiing more fun, too. [Nordica Cruse 120 MSRP: $500]
Smith 4D MAG Goggle
This year Smith releases a new lens shape: BirdsEye Vision, a new shape that extends the curve of the lens below sightline to increase overall field of view by 25 percent compared to last season’s I/O MAG goggle. The 4D MAG still features Smith’s popular dual lens locking system and ChromaPop snow lens technology, available in 12 tints.
Dakine Team Baron GORE-TEX Mitt
Deadheads, you don’t have to slap a dancing bear sticker on your ski box or helmet anymore to show your true allegiance. Dakine just released the Benchetler x Grateful Dead Signature Series which includes a backcountry pack, urban backpack, and this Team Baron GORE-TEX Mitt, all highlighting iconic graphic elements of the Dead and Benchetler’s classic style. [MSRP $115]
Cocktail Caravan is a Colorado-based mobile bartending service that can cater private parties and events anywhere in the state. The actual caravan, known as Lolita, is doing double duty at Outdoor Retailer as the official booth of The Voice, a trade-show magazine that is created in part by SKI's sister title, SNEWS. All we have to say is that a trailer that converts to a bar is just about as cool as it gets.
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Blizzard Zero G Collection
Blizzard fully redesigned their backcountry line this year. By using what the brand is calling “Carbon Drive 2.0,” plus a paulownia wood core, the skis are lighter but maintain their signature, great performance. For the gram counters, each ski is 50 grams lighter than previous generations, and will still come in 85, 95, and 105mm waist-width options.
Gear of the Year 2019: Backcountry
G3 Minimist Skin Series
Available in G3’s tried and true Universal, Glide, and Speed series, each Minimist skin is up to 30 percent lighter than any other skin in its performance class. Minimalism doesn’t mean compromise either—the Minimist features a carbon fiber insert at the tip of each skin to create a directionally rigid platform that will help prevent snow creep. [MSRP $174-$214]
Nordica Santa Ana 88
The slimmed-down Santa Ana 88 can fit into a number of categories: a girthy carver, a slender all-mountain charger, and a pretty versatile backcountry ski thanks to its lightweight wood core. Don’t be fooled, however, this ski takes all of the horsepower of the Santa Ana family and packs it in a tighter package. [MSRP: $700]
Weighing in at 280 grams, this feather of a binding is built with what the brand is calling “progressive technology” that allows it to maintain high performance despite the ridiculously small weight. The futuristic design is certainly eye-catching, but we’re anxious to get it on snow to see how well it works.
Porsche Design Elan Amphibio Ski
This ski is the carve-centric Amphibio ski on carbon steroids. Featuring carbon body parts, a burly carbon binding plate, and Amphibio Truline Technology, this ski rails on groomed terrain and can handle very strong carve lovers. These black beauties are a step up in performance, but not for the weak.
Tecnica Mach1 LV
For 2019/2020, Tecnica remade the beloved low-volume version of the Mach1, making the high-performance boot for skinny feet more anatomical and increasing the power-transmission on the inside of the boot. They also significantly improved the liner with putting in more of the brand's C.A.S material on the instep and arch. All this plus reduced weight makes the classic ski boot better than ever.
Hestra Freeride CZone 3-Finger Glove
Hestra tweaked their bestselling Fall Line 3-finger glove to better suit the needs of freeriders who find themselves in the white room more often than not. Featuring Hestra’s CZone membrane, a neoprene cuff with Velcro closure, Wolf Paw construction on the trigger finger, and Hestra’s notoriously weather-resistant and durable impregnated cowhide outer material, the Freeride CZone 3-Finger Glove delivers on all fronts.
Gear of the Year 2019: Softgoods
Nordica Enforcer Free 104
With tail rocker, extra width, and a carbon-reinforced chassis, Nordica took their award-winning Enforcer 100 and made the super playful-yet-chargable Enforcer Free 104. This ski is likely to win over anyone who might have been wary of the old-school flat tail of the 100, and makes the Enforcer family even more diverse and accommodating. [MSRP: $850]