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Steals of the Week: Nordica Enforcer, K2 Mindbender, Arc’teryx, and More

If you don't jump on these killer gear deals, you're basically throwing money away.

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SKI’s gear experts are self-proclaimed gearheads and know pretty much everything there is to know about the hottest gear on the market. In our Outside+ exclusive “Steal of the Week” columns, we help members locate the best gear deals on the interwebs. This one’s on us, but you’ll need to join Outside+ to unlock the goods every week. 

 

We know it’s still summer, and that’s exactly why we’re thinking about ski gear. Diehard skiers know that the off-season is the best time to score expensive ski gear at bargain prices. You may have to hunt around the interwebs for a while to find what you’re looking for—especially in the color or size you want—but if you do a little digging, chances are you can find it for at least 20-percent off its sticker price in the summer months.

Because the internet can be an overwhelming place, we went ahead and curated a list of the best ski gear deals we found this week. The following are all hot ticket items from last season that are now seriously discounted to make way for next season’s products, and are still available in multiple sizes.

Related: If you already know what skis you want for next winter, buy them now

2021 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

  • Reg. price: $900
  • evo sale: $600
  • Available lengths: 172cm, 179cm, 186cm, 191cm
2020-21 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

The Nordica Enforcer 104 Free is one of the most popular men’s all-mountain skis around. It won SKI Test Gold at our 2021 test after impressing testers across the board, but especially in the Stability at Speed and Hard-Snow Integrity categories. This ski is slightly wider than the Nordica Enforcer 100 and features additional tip and tail rocker, which makes it an ideal all-mountain tool for skiers looking for a balance of playfulness and power.

Find it at evo for $600: Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

2021 K2 Mindbender 90 Ti

  • Reg. price: $800
  • Backcountry.com sale: $422
  • Available length: 184cm
2020-21 K2 Mindbender 90Ti

This ski ranked third in the men’s Frontside category at the 2021 SKI Test. With a moderate waist width of 90mm and a smooth flex, the K2 Mindbender 90 Ti impressed testers with its quickness and forgiving personality. You can lay it over on groomers and it will happily bound from edge to edge at moderate or faster speeds, but you can also head into the trees and moguls and know this ski will get you through tight spots without drama.

It’s on sale at Backcountry.com: K2 Mindbender 90 Ti

2021 Völkl M5 Mantra

  • Reg. price: $700
  • Backcountry.com sale: $455
  • Available lengths: 170cm, 184cm, 191cm
2020-21 Volkl M5 Mantra

An updated classic, the Völkl M5 Mantra continues to be a favorite among skiers who spend the majority of their time on firm snow and want a tool they can trust on edge. It’s as stiff as a board, but that means it’s well suited to cruising groomers at speed and plowing through crud.

Get the steal on Backcountry.com: Völkl M5 Mantra

2021 Elan Ripstick 94 W

  • Reg. price: $750
  • REI sale: $390
  • Available lengths: 154cm, 162cm, 172cm
2020-2021 Elan Ripstick 94 W

The Elan Ripstick 94 W is a perennial favorite at SKI Test. Ladies love how this all-mountain ski handles itself with composure on firm snow and at speed. They also love how quick it is from edge to edge despite its 94mm waist width. If you’re a strong skier who lives for carving and cruising at speed, you can’t go wrong with the Elan Ripstick 94 W.

Get it on sale at REI: Elan Ripstick 94 W

Salomon S/MAX 110 Ski Boot – Women’s

  • Reg. price: $725
  • Backcountry.com sale: $455
  • Available sizes: 22.5-25.5
Salomon S/MAX 110 Ski Boot

The Salomon S/MAX W takes all of the successful elements of the men’s version—Coreframe reinforcement, heat-moldable shell, top-tier seamless liner—and puts it into a women’s-specific package. With an 98mm last and 110 flex rating, it’s a low-volume boot targeted towards intermediate ladies and up.

Find it on sale at Backcountry.com: Salomon S/MAX 110 Ski Boot 

Head Kore 2 Alpine Touring Ski Boots

  • Reg. price: $925
  • evo sale: $490
  • Available sizes: 23.5-29.5
Head Kore 2 Alpine Touring ski boots

The Head Kore 2 is a lightweight touring boot that doesn’t sacrifice downhill performance in favor of shaving grams. It’s got a 120 flex rating, 100mm last, and a 45-degrree hike mode, making it a great option for athletic skiers who want a ski-touring boot that will also hold its own at the resort or on rowdier descents.

Buy it on evo for cheap: Head Kore 2 Alpine Touring Ski Boot

Arc’Teryx Sentinel AR Jacket – Women’s

  • Reg. price: $625
  • REI sale: $337-$472
  • Available sizes: XS, L, XL
2021 Arc'Teryx Sentinel AR Jacket

Arc’Teryx never disappoints, but we’re especially big fans of the women’s Sentinel AR Jacket. What we love about this shell: its Gore-Tex breathable laminate that keeps out wind and moisture while still offering great mobility; a hip-length cut; generous mesh inner pockets; pit-zips for venting; and wide cuffs that accommodate glove and mitten gauntlets.

On sale at REI: Arc’Teryx Sentinel AR Jacket

Strafe Pyramid Jacket – Men’s

  • Reg. price: $599
  • REI sale: $299
  • Available sizes: M, XL
Strafe Pyramid Jacket

An oldie but a goodie, this jacket will never go out of style. The Pyramid is a high-performance shell jacket with the niceties of a softshell. Our favorite feature: Three-layer four-way stretch fabric that moves with you and won’t get in your way as you’re chasing lines in the backcountry.

Find it on sale at REI: Strafe Pyramid Jacket

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket – Men’s

  • Reg. price: $550
  • Backcountry.com sale: $193
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Mountain Hardwear Men's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Jacket

This Mountain Hardwear jacket was designed with backcountry skiers front of mind and includes all of the thoughtful design elements you want in a touring jacket. It’s lightweight and stashable for ascents, but doesn’t disappoint on descents thanks to features like an internal powder skirt, helmet-compatible hood, and oversized chest pockets for stashing skins.

Steal it from Backcountry.com: Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit

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