Chris Benchetler Limited Edition Grateful Dead Collaboration with Atomic, Dakine, and TGR
The Dakine mitten we featured in our OR Snow Show 2019 Day 1 highlights was just a hint at the awesomeness that pro skier Chris Bentchetler has been working on with a few different brands. He also created a limited edition Grateful Dead Atomic Bentchetler 120 (only 200 will be made), Dakine Poacher pack, and a few other neat products with both brands. There's also been hints of working with TGR and Warner Brothers on a future film project.
Zeal Portal XL
Zeal may not have the fanciest new lens technology on the market, but man does the brand make steezy-looking goggles. The new Portal XL, like the name implies, is huge, and offers an accordingly large field of view. Featuring a spherical polycarbonate anti-fog lens, a rimless frame design that actually sits closer to the face than its predecessor (2018's Portal), and three different lens collections (Optimum Polarized Automatic+, Optimum Polarized, and Optimum) to give you plenty of visibility options, the Portal XL covers all your bases.
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Scott Patrol E1 22 Backpack
Scott took last season’s Backcountry Patrol pack with the Alpine E1 avalanche airbag system back to the drawing board to cut even more weight and bring us the new Patrol E1 22L Backpack, the lightest and lowest volume electronic avalanche pack on the market (720g lighter than any other electronic system, to be exact). And if you like the idea of lightweight but need more room for gear, check out the expedition-focused 40L pack, or find a happy medium in the 30L volume version.
Head Kore W
Next season, Head is taking the award winning formula of KOROYD, karuba, carbon and graphine of the KORE family and putting into skis with women-specific sidecuts and flex profiles. Needless to say, these are going to be a hot ticket for every freeride loving woman skier in the near future. [MSRP: $800]
Sweet Protection Interstellar Goggle
This year the Norwegian brand best known for its helmets introduces its first goggle collection. The Interstellar goggle showcases the best of Sweet Protection’s new lens technology: Retina Illumination Grading to enhance low light conditions and boost contrast in high alpine terrain; GORE technology to optimize barometric pressure at different elevations and prevent optical distortion; and a carbon reinforced frame to make sure that lens stays in place at all times.
Rossignol AllTrack 130
Rossignol decided to add a little bit of enhanced alpine performance to their do-it-all ski boot by adding a high performance liner and reinforcements throughout the shell to increase downhill performance. Yes, there's a bit more weight, but the boot promise to make up for it in a big way with some smart improvements.
Hestra Wakayama Glove and Mitt
Transition seamlessly from the slopes to town with the updated Wakayama Glove and the brand-new Wakayama Mitt. The longtime favorite glove gets an important upgrade this year: it's now made from naturally tanned leathers, eliminating the environmentally unfriendly byproducts produced during the dying process. The new Wakayama Mitt also features a removable wool terry liner to make them even more versatile. Both the glove and mitt are part of Hestra's Alpine Pro line, so they're not just stylish, but hold their own in the elements.
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Fischer 86 GT
Fischer's new frontside recreation option has some great looking construction materials, including two sheets of Titanal and a woven reinforcing laminate that is noticeably tighter than what other brands have been making. Considering the cult-like following of The Curv GT, the 86 GT promise to take the best elements of that classic carver and make it just a little more inclusive for recreational skiers.
Strafe Aero Insulator Jacket
The new Aero is stuffed with PrimaLoft Gold Cross Core with Aerogel, which was originally developed by NASA for use in spacesuits. That's sayin' something. This insulating piece is designed to give you the most warmth per pound of any mid-weight jacket on the market. Bonus that it's super-lightweight and packs up into its own pocket for easy toting.
Kari Traa Maske Sweater
The adorable new Maske sweater isn't necessarily groundbreaking as much as it is incredibly cute. Made from 100-percent Merino that's warm, wicking, and naturally odor-free, the Maske also sports sweet details such as the buttons along the neckline and an on-trend nautical-stripe pattern that makes it perfect for pulling double-duty at the bar or the yoga studio. There's also a matching baselayer tight.
Icelantic Mystic 107 Skis
The Colorado brand's Natural and Mystic series began a new generation of backcountry-specific skis, and it has been very successful. Icelantic is expanding their offerings with the Mystic 107, a wider option than the 97 that is made for ski tours in deep snow locales. The 2020 graphic, however, might be the best ski topsheet of the show.
Lange LX Family
The comfort family of Lange, the LX boots have wide lasts, cushy liners, and the high performance shell Lange-lovers expect. You don't have to have a "Lange foot" to enjoy these boots all day, every day.
Picture Men's Harvest Jacket and Bib
French outdoor apparel brand Picture introduces its first partially biodegradable membrane, called Pebax Renew, used in its Harvest Jacket and Bib. The 20K/20K membrane, made from castor oil, is the result of Picture's commitment to moving away from fossil fuels to bio-based products. Castor seeds have been used in manufacturing since the 1950s and have been shown to produce membranes that are as waterproof, breathable, and durable as petroleum- and plastic-based membranes, but are far less harsh on the environment.
PrimaLoft Bio Technology
PrimaLoft debuts the first-ever 100 percent biodegradable synthetic insulation, designed to completely biodegrade in one year. (After it hits the landfill, not while you're still wearing it...) How? They've basically coated each fiber with "food" that makes it more appealing to the naturally occurring microbes in the soil, breaking down the materials in a quick and clever manner. Kinda gross if you think too much about it, but PrimaLoft says it will be saving "tons" of microplastics from languishing for decades in landfills and oceans, so we can get over that pretty quickly. Look for PrimaLoft Bio in apparel from five brands in Fall 2020: Helly Hansen, Houdini (prototype of an anorak shown), L.L. Bean, Norrona, and Vaude.
Scott Slight 93 W
The Slight Series did better than ever in the 2019 SKI Test, and so it's fitting that the brand would introduce a women's version of the ski for 2020. Featuring the same elliptical core shape and aramid stringers as the men's version, but in women's specific shapes and sidecuts.
Atomic Backland Pro Carbon Ski Boot
Brands like La Sportiva, SCARPA, and Atomic are all having a "race to the bottom" when it comes to weight. But Atomic might have found the perfect formula with the Backland Pro Carbon for a super lightweight boot that can satisfy backcountry skiers who demand high performance. Throw in full Memory Fit fitting capabilities, and this boot can fit most feet with ease. We're especially excited to get this in the skin track and on high mountains this spring/summer.