The Straightline: Why You'll Be Riding Rockered Skis Next Year

What’s the hottest thing in gear for next year? That question was answered decisively at the 2010 SIA trade show in Denver last week, and it’s a one-word answer: rocker.
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Rocker, the early rise in the tip and tail of skis and snowboards makes them float easier turn in deep or junky snow, easier to initiate turns on groomers and more forgiving and playful overall. While some rocker is a bit extreme for day-to-day riding, many manufacturers are now dialing in designs that allow for impressive hard snow performance with all the soft snow advantages. Plenty of new designs from all the major ski and snowboard brands stand out. But rather than calling out a few of them, I’ll put this very important bug in your ear: Rocker is for real, and if you’ve yet to try it you owe yourself a favor. Don’t wait until next winter. Go demo some of this year’s crop of rockered equipment. And then do what ever it takes over the summer (mow lawns, wash the neighbor’s cat, baby sit screaming infants) so you can afford some of next year’s rockered gear.

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Read our reviews of powder speciality skis (many of which have rockered technology).


SIA 2010

Winter on Winter: The Circus

The annual Snowsports Industries trade show just wrapped up in Denver. You weren't there, of course, because the general public isn't invited. Our online columnist Tom Winter argues why you—the consumer—should be included in the party.

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A Look at Next Year's Gear

We've been at the Outdoor Retailer trade show scoping next year's goods. These are the things you're going to want next season.

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Next Year's Summer Gear

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Ski Tech Justin Hewitt adjusting Dynafit bindings on Dynafit Manaslu skis

Next Year's AT Skis and Bindings

This week we're at Aspen Highlands testing next year's AT skis and bindings. Here's a look behind the scenes at the ski test, and a peek at some 2011-12 goods.

2011 Salomon Quest 12

Next Year's Gear: A Sneak Peek at 2011's Skis and Boots

From the floors of the Snowsports Industry of America (SIA) trade show in Denver, we bring you our favorite new hardgoods for next year—from rockered speed skis to a carver that might actually be cool. Here's what you'll see in shops next season.