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Top Selling Ski Gear of 2018

Get the lowdown on some of 2018's best selling ski equipment.

At the Outdoor Retailer 2019 Snow Show, the Snowsports Industries of America (SIA), in partnership with NPD Group and Adapt Analytic, dumped a ton of data about the current status of the ski and snowboard industry. These were the products that flew off the shelves last year.

Ski Boots 

Salomon X Pro 100

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Courtesy of Salomon

This men’s all-mountain boot combines performance with a personalized fit, making it a consistently top selling alpine boot. Both the shell and liner are heat moldable and can be easily shaped to fit a wide array of foot types, helping to eliminate pressure points and ensuring personalized comfort. The X Pro 100 offers an effective power transfer between ski and boot and a progressive dynamic flex so you can still charge downhill and do so in comfort. Salomon also offers a variety of X Pro boots with with a stiffer flexes.

Weight (g): 2075 | Last: 100/106 | Flex: 100 | MSRP: $499

Nordica Speedmachine 110

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Photo courtesy of Nordica

The Speedmachine 110 is oriented towards intermediate to advanced level skiers and delivers all-mountain performance. With a customizable Tri-force shell and 3D cork liner, the Speedmachine provides a precise custom fit and can relieve pressure from sensitive areas, providing precision without sacrificing comfort.

Weight (g): 2000 | Last: 100 | Flex: 110 | MSRP: $499

Ski Bindings 

Marker The Griffon ID 

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Courtesy of Marker

The Griffon 13 ID features SOLE.ID technology that allows for the skier to adjust the binding to fit either alpine touring, GripWalk or standard alpine boot sole norms, making it one of the most versatile bindings on the market. With its reliable release and high performance paired with its lightweight package, it quickly rose to become one of the most popular bindings of 2018. Whether you prefer alpine boots or boots with a touring sole, this binding is a solid an alpine binding for the advance to expert skier.

Weight (g): 2032 (90 mm), 2038 (110 mm), 2044 (120 mm) | Din/ISO Range: 4.0- 13.0 | MSRP: $229

Marker Squire 11 ID 

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Light, sturdy, and versatile, the Squire 11 ID is made for intermediate and lighter weight advanced skiers who are looking for a lightweight, high performance ski binding. Like the Griffon 13, the Squire 11’s SOLE.ID technology allows the skier to wear alpine touring, GripWalk, or standard alpine boot sole norms. The Triple Pivot Light Toe ensures a precise release while the aluminum bridge on the top of the toe piece lends support without adding any extra weight.

Weight (g): 1530 (90 mm), 1540 (110 mm)| Din/ISO Range: 3.0 – 11.0 | MSRP: $189

Marker- Kingpin Binding (13)

Marker Kingpin 13 Alpine Touring Ski Binding
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The Marker Kingpin is a staple in the binding world and was the bestselling backcountry binding in 2018. The Kingpin uses unique toe and heel pieces that combine the performance of an alpine binding in ski mode, but tours as efficiently as any tech binding. With DIN/ISO certification from Germany’s TÜV testing organization, the bindings blend ease of use, certified release function and strong power transmission. They also offer a Kingpin 10 with a DIN range of 5.0-10.0 instead of the 13’s 6.0-13.0.

Weight (g): 650 w/o brake, 750 w/ brake | Din/ISO Range: 6.0 – 13.0 | MSRP: $ 650

Skis

Blizzard Black Pearl 88 (Women’s)

2018/19 Blizzard Black Pearl 88
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The Black Pearl 88 repeatedly wins the ski test and has been the top-selling ski years running—for good reason. Blizzard has tweaked their ski through the years making it stronger and lighter. It is a consistent favorite because of its stability at speed, quickness, maneuverability, and overall versatility. It can handle all types of terrain, performing like a dream on groomers, in the trees, through bumps, and on powder. With its early ride tip and tail, camber underfoot, and lightweight construction, this ski is sure to please the all-mountain female skier.

Tip/Waist/Tail (mm): 126-88-110 | Lengths (cm): 145, 152, 159, 166, 173 | Radius (m): 14 | MSRP: $720

Salomon QST 99

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Photo courtesy of Salomon

An advanced all-mountain ski, the Salomon QST 99 shines with its flotation, quickness, maneuverability, and versatility. Its lightweight construction blends carbon and flax resulting in a lightweight ski that still can tackle hard snow and high speeds. From ripping laps on the back bowls to flying down runs on the front side of the resort, the Salomon QST 99 can do it all.

Tip/Waist/Tail (mm): 138-99-150 | Lengths (cm): 167, 174, 181, 188 | Radius (m): 19 | Avg. MSRP: $720

Nordica Enforcer 100

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Photo courtesy of Nordica

A top selling all-mountain ski, the Enforcer 100 boasts a smooth and stable ride that excels on variable conditions. It’s early rise tip and tail rocker combined with the traditional camber underfoot allows the ski to both carve deeply and float on powder. It hasn’t met a condition it doesn’t like and can take you where you want to go.

Tip/Waist/Tail (mm): 133-100-121 | Lengths (cm): 169, 171, 185, 193 | Radius (m): 18.5 | MSRP: $799