More brands are starting to think about what skiers need in the backcountry. Armada colaborated with Black Diamond on a Covert Avalung pack, and they’re also bringing Gore-Tex into some of their outerwear.
Although Full Tilt isn’t making touring boots or ones with walk mode they’ve integrated rubber soles into their First Chair boot to make it more bootpack friendly.
You’ll notice a lot of black and white backcountry ski boots. that’s because they’re made of Grilamid, a super light and strong polyamide. Garmont, Scarpa, Dynafit and more are using it.
Custom footbeds are becoming huge.
Proving that hipsters are everywhere, brands have started to embrace a DIY attitude, both in design and it practice, like the 686 reclaim project, which rebuilds old jackets.
Bright green, like in this K2 backcountry gear, was everywhere.
Fur was everywhere.
Smith Goggles and Helmets
Boot companies, like Nordica and Dynafit, are going to three-buckle boots, especially in their freeride boots, like the Nordica Fire Arrow, and they’re using instep buckles, which pull your heel back into your boot.
Plaid isn’t new, but this year it’s got a revised, “I live in Park Slope and drink a lot of coffee” look instead of an unwashed skater one.
A lot more brands, including Salomon, Atomic, and Tyrolia, are offering touring bindings.