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The Sick Day series is Line’s answer to the blossoming popularity of lightweight non-metal directional freeride skis. They’re graced with awesome graphics by seattle based artis Derrick Muscat and design input from Line athlete Eric pollard. They’re built with a soft rockered tip, and slightly stiffer rockered tail for easy handling and stompability. The come in 98, 110, and 125-millimeters underfoot.
The Candide Thovex Superlight Series of skis uses a balsa wood core with flax-fiber stringers. It’s remarkably lightweight. Yet its poppy and can still hold a solid edge. New this year is the Candide 4.0, which is 122 under foot.
Featuring a 130 flex, stiff but light carbon spine, medium fit, 35-degree range of motion while in walk mode, and Atomic’s incredibly comfortable Live Fit technology, the Waymaker 130 is the most versatile boot Atomic has ever made. It’s even possible to swap out the soles for rockered vibram equipped ones. Powerful, Comfortable, Lightweight. We’ll take all three.
Coming in at nearly 400 grams lighter than other Quest series boots, the Max BC retains serious stiffness and Salomon’s signature fit. It’s also possible to swap out the soles for tech bindings.
The Quest series of skis represents Salomon’s offering of all-conditions capable lightweight skis. Featuring tip rocker, mellow camber, and not quite twin tails, the Quest series offers plenty of pop without the weight.
Seth Morrison’s new Pro Model, the Annex 118 headlines K2’s new series of lightweight directional skis. With a name like Seth’s backing them, you can bet the Annex 98, 108, and 118 will pack a little more zest than the average hybrid touring ski.
Surface’s “Free” series is all about earning turns. The Live Free is the widest of the bunch coming in at 110 millimeters underfoot in a 181 centimeter size. At around 10 lbs. per set, thy’re also extremely light for their size. Round out the package with mellow rocker in the tip and tail and the Live Free is an ideal choice for getting after it on deep days.
Picture might not be a name you know well at the moment, but we’re guessing you will. The brand already has a strong foothold in Europe, and their recycled fabric concept coupled with clean color ways makes them one of the most unique brands in the industry.