Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019: Day 2 Highlights

So much cool stuff to see, so little time to see it. We're going to need another full day!

K2 Mindbender Skis


K2 will replace the Pinnacle and wider Luv skis with the Mindbender line for men and the Mindbender Alliance for women. The new line up is seriously fun, and every model features a big step up in all-around performance.

More on K2's new line up: Shop Talk - K2 Mindbender Skis

Salomon S/PRO Ski Boot Family 

Salomon S-Pro 120

Salomon S/PRO 120

Replacing the number one selling ski boot in 2017 and 2018 is a tall order, but Salomon is going to replace the X/PRO next season with the S/PRO and raise the bar for all-mountain utility boots. The S/PRO uses similar performance-enhancing, weight reducing tech as the S/MAX, but maintains the virtually universal fit and comfort of the X/PRO. These boots are the real deal for nearly every skier.

Line Vision Skis

Line Vision 98

Line Vision 9

The new lightweight, directional freeride touring skis from Line are surprisingly capable and fun to ski hard with. The secret is the ski’s Triple Hybrid Construction, or THC for short, which is now legal in several states and Canada without a prescription.

Salomon QST Updates

Salomon QST 106

Salomon QST 106.

For the brand’s signature freeride line, specifically the QST 92, QST 99, and QST 106, the brand is replacing the KOROYD tip insert with vibration-damping cork that smooths the ski out in choppy conditions. Throw in slightly adjusted rocker profiles, and the new QST family is just that much more better for more skiers.

POC Obex Backcountry SPIN Helmet

POC Obex SPIN Helmet with NFC Chip

POC Obex Backcountry SPIN Helmet with NFC Chip

The new ISPO-award winning Obex Backcountry SPIN helmet takes its life-saving duties to the next level. The backcountry-specific helmet comes with a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, which stores your details and medical profile. In case of injury or accident, first responders can retrieve that data via a smartphone should you be unresponsive.

Mammut Eigerjoch Light Insulated T-Shirt

Mammut Eigerjoch Insulated T-Shirt

Mammut Eigerjoch Light Insulated T-Shirt

This innovative down T-shirt is a super-light and compressible layer in the backcountry and a keep-you-warm-where-it-matters component for everyday skiing. Weighing in at a scant 3.5 ounces and packed with the highest-quality goose down, the Eigerjoch sports a generous front half-sip for easy venting plus laser-cut underarm vents, and comes with a stow bag for easy toting.

Fischer Ranger One


Fischer added to the Ranger family by making a more freeride/alpine specific boot that can still ski tour with ease. Made with the brands signature Vacuum plastic but featuring the unique walk mode mechanism under the top buckle and a 101mm last, the Fischer Ranger One is set to move up on the list of ski boots that can do it all.

Rossignol Black Ops



Houdini Polartec Power Air Houdi

Houdini Polartec Power Air Houdi

Houdini Polartec Power Air Houdi

The Houdini Houdi launched last fall, but re-launches in February 2019 with Polartec's newest technology: Power Air. Power Air aims to greatly reduce the natural shedding that comes with mid-layer garments by encapsulating the lofted fibers within a multilayer yarn construction. This process, says Polartec, reducing shedding by five times over traditionally made mid-layers. Swedish outdoor brand Houdini is the first to debut Power Air in its popular Houdi hoody, a slim-fit, highly breathable fleece mid-layer designed for active pursuits.

Flaxta Exalted Helmet and Goggle

Flaxta Exalted Helmet

Flaxta Exalted Helmet

This brand-new goggle, helmet, and protection company makes its world debut at OR this year to introduce its first lineup of products, including the Exalted helmet—a model that comes with or without MIPS—and compatible goggles (spherical and cylindrical models available) featuring the brand’s own Enlight photochromic lens technology developed in partnership with Zeiss. Stay tuned for more details on this new Swedish brand and their Fall 2019 offerings. 

Dalbello Panterra


Dabello put their wide cabrio all-mountain ski boot on a diet, creating a slimmer, lighter, and aesthetically pleasing package while maintaining a cushy fit only achievable with a 3-part boot. Add in a 50-degree range of motion in walk-mode and pre-installed GripWalk soles, and the new Panterra becomes more user-friendly than ever.

Holden Down Hybrid Jogger

Holden Down Hybrid Jogger

Holden Down Hybrid Jogger

Move over yoga pants, Holden has a new contender for go-to women's bottoms. The Polartec fleece-lined and 700-fill insulated Down Hybrid Jogger—an ISPO 2019 winner—combines warmth with tech in a trendy jogger style that's as at home on city streets as it is on ski-town sidewalks and under your shell pants on frigid days.

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain 3L Jacket and Bib

Hally Hansen Odin Mountain 3L Shell Jacket

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain 3L Jacket

Helly introduces a meaningful upgrade this season with the new microporous membrane used in the Odin Mountain 3L Shell Jacket and Bib. The material is ideal for backcountry and ski touring, as the membrane is designed to perform optimally in both colder and milder temperatures (read: unpredictable backcountry conditions). The new bib design eliminates the need to remove the shoulder straps, making, err, eliminating, a far easier endeavor, especially for the fairer sex.

Marker Kingpin M-WERKS


The binding brand put the Kingpin on a diet, making it a lean, mean, ski touring machine that doesn’t sacrifice performance on the downhill. With a carbon reinforcement in the toe and the heel, plus and updated “XXL Power Transmitter,” the brand has made a pretty sweet looking lightweight option for skiers who want one binding that can handle it all.

More bindings that can handle it all: Binding Hybrids

Marmot West Rib Parka

Marmot West Rib Parka

Marmot West Rib Parka

Marmot debuts its new WarmCube technology with this hybrid down/synthetic jacket. The idea behind WarmCube is to employ 3D construction to conform to the curves of the body, thus trapping warm air as close to your skin as possible. An additional layer of 40-gram synthetic insulation seals the deal, bringing quite possibly one of the warmest coats you'll ever wear.

Black Crows Orb


The redesigned frontside-oriented Orb ski is born again. Black Crows took some of the heavy-duty metal out of the ski to form a Titanal "H" in the upper laminate, and readjusted the shape of the ski to make it easier to handle. The pinstripe graphics are also pretty aesthetically awesome.

Black Crows Ferox Freebird


The French brand Black Crows will replace the Anima Freebird with the strikingly beautiful Ferox Freebird for 2019/2020. Weighing in at 3,600 grams per pair at the 181cm length, the secret sauce of this ski is its three dimensional semi cap construction that has a performance enhancing carbon fiber/fiberglass layer, putting more material over the edges of the ski, where it counts most.

Kästle FX 96 HP


The Austrian ski company redesigned steep skiing legend Chris Davenport’s pro-model for next season. They eliminated the metal laminates, and instead used a unique in avcarbon laminate that charges like Titanal but with a lot less weight. A very versatile, do-anything ski.

Völkl Kendo


Völkl took the Titanal frame that revolutionized the Mantra this season and put it in the Kendo for 2019/2020. They also added a 3-radius side cut that makes the ski easier to turn at slower speeds, but can still handle pedal-to-the-metal types of skiers.

The North Face FutureLight Technology

The North Face A-Cad Jacket

The North Face A-Cad Jacket with FutureLight technology

The North Face believes it has the answer to the ongoing debate between breathability and protection in big-mountain conditions. And that answer is FutureLight, the brand's new technology debuting in seven jackets and five pants/bibs for 2019-20. It took TNF innovators two years to develop their own yarn, weaving process, lamination, and finishing technique, and the result, says TNF, is the most breathable, protective garments on the market, designed to perform at the highest level in the harshest of conditions. The brand credits FutureLight's performance to a process called nanospinning—spraying a polymer through thousands of little nozzles to form a mesh, rather than the traditional thin film which most waterproof-breathables are made from. (Imagine layering Silly String or cooked spaghetti across a surface. The resulting "nanohole" provide air permeability without compromising the fabric's complete water resistance.) Heavily tested by TNF's cadres of big-mountain athletes, FutureLight technology—shown here in the men's A-Cad ski jacket—has been extremely well received. Color us intrigued.

SmartWool IntraKnit Baselayers

SmartWool Merino 200 IntraKnit Baselayer

SmartWool Merino 200 IntraKnit Baselayer

Employing 3D technology to produce a whole garment without stitching—or waste, for that matter—SmartWool debuts a baselayer that fits like a glove and moves with you throughout all activities. The two new baselayers sets, available in Merino 200 with a blended yarn for more active pursuits and a 100-percent wool Merino 250 for colder days, each have body-mapped ventilation in areas that need it and extra terry-looped insulation in areas that don't. The result is an innovative first layer that fits like—and behaves like—a second skin.

Icebreaker Hyperia Zoned Jacket

Icebreaker Hyperia Zoned Jacket

Icebreaker Hyperia Zoned Jacket

This is one layer you'll never want to take off. The face fabric is a silky-soft Pertex Quantum Air, and the insulation is super-cozy MerinoLOFT with different weights at various parts of the garment for more (or less) insulation where both men and women need it (or don't need it) most.

Looking for more from the show? See our Outdoor Retailer Snow Show Day 1 highlights.