SIA: The Coolest Gear for 2011

The annual Snowsports Industries America trade show, a gathering of athletes, retailers, media, and manufacturers, is taking place right now in Denver, Colorado. We've been walking the floors to check out all the best gear for winter 2010-11, including a jacket with doughnut graphics and ski socks covered with eggs and bacon.
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SIA: New Gear for 2011

The annual Snowsports Industries America trade show, a gathering of the ski and snowboard industries’ athletes, retailers, media, and manufacturers, is taking place right now in Denver, Colorado. We've been walking the floors to check out all the best gear for winter 2010-11, including a jacket with doughnut graphics and ski socks covered with eggs and bacon.

Even more pros are building out their dream skis, like the 4FRNT YLE, Wiley Miller's baby. It's fully symmetrical and fat, essentially a park for going huge in the backcountry. Which is what Wiley does.

SIA Style

The Snow Sports Industry Association trade show went down recently in Denver. Everyone, from the biggest ski brands, to the guy who makes ski wax from bong resin in his basement is there, showing off what they've got coming up next winter. It's a lot to process, so here are some major trends, themes and styles that we saw on the show floor.

La Sportiva's first foray into skis is pretty impressive. We skied their biggest ski, the Hi5, and were impressed by how easily it busted through crud.

Next Year's Skis and Gear: Outdoor Retailer 2011

We've been trolling the floor at this year's Outdoor Retailer trade show, checking out next winter's gear. So far, the story has been about the sidecountry, and ski, boots, packs, and jackets that are designed to be used in the backcountry just as well as the resort. We also saw beefy but lightweight bindings, multiple airbag packs, a bunch of waterproof, breathable fabrics. Here's what you'll be coveting next fall.

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The Hot Chicks of SIA

This year's Snowsports Industries America trade show brings you the best new gear and the hottest chicks in the coldest sport.

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Gear Videos from SIA

We had brands run us through their new gear at the SIA tradeshow. Here's what they're psyched about.

Weighing in at 13 oz., the Super Cell is an excellent choice for the backpacker or outdoors person that wants a super light Gore-Tex waterproof jacket.  The jacket is helmet compatible, and provides the classic Patagonia styling and quality that we have come to love over the years.  $249

Next Year's Summer Gear

Last week, gear companies were all at the Outdoor Retailer trade show showing off the summer gear they'll be releasing a year from now. Our guy on the floor got a sneak peek at the coolest gear coming out in 2012. Take a look.