Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer – The Skis

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Once the smog had settled and the new shred sticks emerged from the Salt Palace, our Wildsnow US contingent found terrific new offerings from old and new friends. We were extremely excited by the premise of larger ski brands taking the risk of bringing over their lightweight touring skis to the US market. But the traditional players have plenty of interesting stuff as well.

BD is no stranger to the carbon world and for this year the Megawatt, Convert, and Aspect receive the treatment with a Wildsnow favorite white top sheet. Weighing in at 1600 grams for 178 cm Megawatt, 1400 grams for 172 cm Convert, and 1300 grams for the 176 cm Aspect. All skis feature a paulownia cnc wood core and pre-preg carbon construction.

BD is no stranger to the carbon world and for this year the Megawatt, Convert, and Aspect receive the treatment with a Wildsnow favorite white top sheet. Weighing in at 1600 grams for 178 cm Megawatt, 1400 grams for 172 cm Convert, and 1300 grams for the 176 cm Aspect. All skis feature a paulownia cnc wood core and pre-preg carbon construction.

Fischer enters the US touring market with a sizable fleet. Left to right. AlpRoute 82 1250 grams. TransAlp 88 1150 grams. Hannibal 94 1250 grams. Hannibal 100 1500 grams. AlpAttack 650 grams.

Fischer enters the US touring market with a sizable fleet. Left to right. AlpRoute 82 1250 grams. TransAlp 88 1150 grams. Hannibal 94 1250 grams. Hannibal 100 1500 grams. AlpAttack 650 grams.

The entire Fischer touring line makes use of their Aeroshape technology. Utilizing mass optimzation and stream line technology by contouring the ski core.

The entire Fischer touring line makes use of their Aeroshape technology utilizing 'mass optimization' by contouring the ski core. This is more difficult than it looks, as if you contour the edge of the core too much it reduces the strength beam of the ski edge and you end up with a ski that doesn't perform. We figuring these skis DO perform. Testing will be fun.

Aeroshape core in the flesh.

Aeroshape core in the flesh.

Atomic is listening to their super Spaniard Killian

Atomic is listening to their super Spaniard Killian and his pursuits in the endurance ski world by making some wise updates to their ski touring line. Left to right: Ultimate 65 rockered race ski with 65 mm waist and 700 grams in 163cm length. Ultimate 78 with 78mm waist in 164, 170, and 176 lengths weighing 980 grams in 164 cm length. Backland Aspect with 85mm waist in 158, 164, 170, 176, and 182 lengths weighing 1320 grams in 170cm length. Backland Drifter with 95mm waists in 164, 173, and 182 lengths weighing 1550 grams for 173 cm length. Not Pictured - Backland Descender with 78mm waist in 152, 158, 164, 170, and 176 lengths, weighing 1250 grams in 170 cm length. Atomic will also be making a new ski named the Multifit AM Rocker featuring 100% mohair in grip zone and ultra-fast ski-base material.

Volkl continues to expand their line in the V-Werks series with the introduction of their Big Mountain Touring category. The new additions are the BMT 122 , BMT 109, and BMT 94 weighing 1940 grams, 1740 grams, and 1570 grams respectively. Pictured here is the Volkl mounting location for their carbon core light skis.

Volkl continues to expand their line in the V-Werks series with the introduction of their Big Mountain Touring category. The new additions are the BMT 122 , BMT 109, and BMT 94 weighing 1940 grams, 1740 grams, and 1570 grams respectively. Pictured here is the Volkl mounting location for their carbon core light skis.

DPS expands on their Cassair line with the introduction of the 85 and 95 both incorporate the Pure 3 technology.

DPS expands on their Cassair line with the introduction of the 85 and 95 both incorporate the Pure 3 technology.

DPS Wailer continues the domination in Hybrid and Pure3 technology. The Wailer 112 RP 2 141/112/128 Pure3 weighs 1670 grams in 178 length and the DPS Wailer 105 136/105/119 Pure3 weighs 1850 grams in 185 length.

DPS Wailer continues the domination in Hybrid and Pure3 technology. The Wailer 112 RP 2 141/112/128 Pure3 weighs 1670 grams in 178 length and the DPS Wailer 105 136/105/119 Pure3 weighs 1850 grams in 185 length.

G3 full carbon shred sticks in the flesh. Paired with the ION binding we are expecting big things from these fatboys. Empire Carbon 127: 153/127/138 1.89 kg in 173 and Empire Carbon 115: 145/115/126 1.65 in 175

G3 full carbon shred sticks in the flesh. Paired with the ION binding we are expecting big things from these fatboys. Empire Carbon 127: 153/127/138 1.89 kg in 173 and Empire Carbon 115: 145/115/126 1.65 in 175

G3 Cake Carbon Hybrid 110 and 100.

G3 Cake Carbon Hybrid 110 and 100.

Lasportiva gets white and light with the Vapor Nanon. It fits squarely in the mythical 1 kilo range with an aggressive rocker profile weighing in at 1200 grams in 180 cm length. The ski is made in USA with a kevlar weave composite core and layer of prepreg carbon nanotubes. Additionally Lasportiva released a price point mountaineering race ski, the Syborg, a paulownia wood core ski weighing 800 grams in 160cm length.

Lasportiva gets white and light with the Vapor Nanon. It fits squarely in the mythical 1 kilo range with an aggressive rocker profile weighing in at 1200 grams in 180 cm length. The ski is made in USA with a kevlar weave composite core and layer of prepreg carbon nanotubes. Additionally Lasportiva released a price point mountaineering race ski, the Syborg, a paulownia wood core ski weighing 800 grams in 160cm length.

Dynafit comes to the table for their 30th anniversary with four new skis.

Dynafit comes to the table for their 30th anniversary with four new skis. The Denali, pictured, is tested an approved by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations. It sports impressive specs of 176cm length, 98 mm underfoot, and 1290 grams. Lengths in 168, 184, and 193 will also be available. The Manaslu model inherits the revolutionary type of core first developed for the Stoke. Two bamboo stringers and a beech stringer give the ski extremely quick elastic recovery and extra smoothness. The 174cm length weighs a respectable 1320 grams with 90 mm underfoot. A women specific Manaslul will also be available in 158, 166, and 174 lengths. The Se7en Summit ski also gets a remodel with influences from the Cho Oyo and the Nanga Parbat it specs out at 1290 grams in 171cm length at 82 mm underfoot.

Blizzard attacks the US market with their Super Lite series. Left to Right: Altitidue with 88 waist and 1440 grams in 173 length. Discovery with 78 waist and 1350 grams in 170 length. Mountain Expedition with 74 waist and 1220 grams in 167 length. Attack with 65 waist and 800 grams in 161 length.

Blizzard attacks the US market with their Super Lite series. Left to Right: Altitidue with 88 waist and 1440 grams in 173 length. Discovery with 78 waist and 1350 grams in 170 length. Mountain Expedition with 74 waist and 1220 grams in 167 length. Attack with 65 waist and 800 grams in 161 length.

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25 Responses to “Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer – The Skis”

  1. Gentle Sasquatch January 29th, 2014 6:39 am

    I love the clinical design of the Black Diamonds and the DPS looks spiffy as well. :-)

  2. Matt January 29th, 2014 7:57 am

    Bring it on. Need any help with testing???

  3. TimZ January 29th, 2014 8:19 am

    The G3 skis picture renders all sorts of messed up. They look like snowboards until I expand the picture!

    Did you see Sportiva’s new sticks? They look great. Any new offerings by Dynafit or Trab that are worth considering?

  4. Andy January 29th, 2014 9:11 am

    Are these numbers for the Fischer skis right? “AlpRoute 82 1250 grams. TransAlp 88 1150 grams.” an 82 waist ski at sub-1200g sounds pretty attractive. They might give the Nanga Parbats a run for their money. 88 waist would be even better ;)

  5. Joe Risi January 29th, 2014 9:23 am

    @Andy just doubled checked indeed those are the correct weights. But not verified by our crew

  6. Gabe January 29th, 2014 9:25 am

    Nice look at the new skis!
    I have my Carbon Convert and Vipec on order,
    Should be a killer setup
    Now all we need is a little snow in California (ok, we need more than a little)

    I can’t say I agree with the white top sheet.
    I want one that pops in the snow, I agree simple is best, but white doesn’t stand out.

    I am looking forward for a Carbon Convert specific review.

  7. Lou Dawson January 29th, 2014 10:15 am

    The Fischer planks are really interesting, as they reduced weight by drastically trimming down the amount of material in the ski.

    Speaking of Dynafit, I just finished up another go-through of their ski line today. More on that will be added here and elsewhere as they do have some significant tech to try and reduce weight while keeping performance, but I’d reiterate that the new Dynafit Denali we detailed in previous post looks good, super light and with width.

    I’ve also been using the Cho Oyu to good effect over here in Europe. It takes some getting used to after skiing a less turny more rockered and wider plank, but it’s so light and nimble on the up, and does carve through the mank if you let it. Our last tour was about 4,000 vertical feet, a bit less fit now due to all the traveling and good European food, but having the lighter skis got me up there in good style. Have to say I’m still very excited about the “one kilo class” skis that Dynafit and others have disrupted the market with over the past two years or so. Amusing to watch other companies catch up, but also amazing how fast they react.

    http://www.wildsnow.com/11958/dynafit-new-bindings-2014-2015/

    By the way, I’m working on a specific definition of what we call “one kilo” class skis. A weight per square centimeter of surface area sort of thing.

    Lou

  8. Dan Powers January 29th, 2014 10:59 am

    Nice lineup, looking forward to the reviews. My sense is that in the light class if you go with too much rocker you have to go longer with the ski to keep it from feeling too squirrelly. Who’s hitting the sweet spot with just enough rocker/early rise to handle crud decently without going too far?

  9. David B January 29th, 2014 6:35 pm

    DPS – DPS – DPS – DPS – DPS – DPS – DPS are the business!!!!

    Do I need a disclaimer, Lou:)

  10. bill h January 29th, 2014 9:29 pm

    *drool*

  11. Mark January 29th, 2014 10:11 pm

    Wow! Nice to see so many light skis. Amazing weights.

  12. Lou Dawson January 30th, 2014 1:02 am

    If you don’t like white top sheets, put some stickers on there. Mission accomplished. For those of you who do much powder touring, I think you’ll find it significantly reduces snow weight on top of skis in many situations. But not always, of course. Also good for keeping skis cool and preventing edge icing. Again, just put some stickers on there if you need more visibility, or draw a nice design with a sharpie. Lou

  13. Brian January 30th, 2014 1:20 am

    Hey Lou,

    Winter is nearly over up here in AK. Craziest weather in recent winter memory. But I managed to get out on what was basically refrozen spring billiard table smooth snow on the Cho Oyu. It was loud, for sure, with the sound amplification that light carbon brings. But those skis RAIL! I was stunned by how well the 182cm held an edge and carved hard. So much fun! If they perform half as well in powder I will be a very happy camper. Brilliantly light, of course. Makes the idea of 10K days very palatable.

  14. Lou Dawson January 30th, 2014 1:53 am

    Brian, my experience exactly. For traveling, it’s so nice having a ski I know will hold on hardpack but is still fun in powder. Yes, Choodie can be a bit nervous due to it being so light and strong with sidecut, but nothing is perfect. It ends up providing a super versatile ski in my opinion. It’s all I skied on over here for the whole month of our trip. I did bring my Wailers in case we had big snow, but that never happened so I just enjoyed the lightweight Choodies instead. Lou

  15. Verena January 30th, 2014 3:39 am

    Any news from Movement Skis?
    Any new X-Series models…maybe one similar to Dynafit’s Denali?

  16. Crazy Horse January 30th, 2014 8:54 pm

    Had to laugh at Fischer’s new revolutionary expanded wood core. Identical to a pair of Elan’s I owned 30 years ago. Funny how little some things change when everything changes.

    Even in the face of a whole rack full of new skinny carbon touring skis, I have to look at my 186 cm Lahasa Pows with amazement. This is a Big ski— 140/112/120 with a running surface at least 10″ longer than an equivalent DPS Wailer and a much beefier mid section. Out skiing today in 10″ of wind blown high moisture “powder” and it skis those conditions like a race ski on groomers… None of the floppy tips and tails of high rocker designs like the DPS and Rosi 7. And if you want to shut it down its perfectly happy to put that semi-pintail to work, play new school, slarve steeps or flip the tips around to maneuver through trees. Don’t think I’d want to sacrifice all that for 300g per ski and a 80-90 width platform. And by the way, this is a five year old design that weights virtually the same as God’s own pair of DPS Wailers.

  17. Patrick January 30th, 2014 9:05 pm

    SOOO refreshing to see quite a few slimmer skis.
    With decades of experience, with narrower and longer skis, I can use technique to get through the trees, no problem.
    But schlepping uphill on fat skis with wide skins – for me, that’s a problem. It’s a ‘drag’ plowing wide skis uphill as I head for my eighth decade (as I turn 70).

  18. Kristian January 30th, 2014 9:53 pm

    I agree with Patrick. I have been skiing since the late 50′s. (Started very young.) The huge hyper skis have been a tad bit silly. Also hurray for moving away from dark colored top graphics!

  19. Lou Dawson January 31st, 2014 6:00 am

    Indeed, a trend to stabilizing the real touring gear at certain widths that work. But what’s cool is that the weight savings tech also gets used in sticks like Huascarans and Megawatts. I’ll tell you, I’m having so much fun covering the ski touring industry right now, so exciting!

  20. gringo February 3rd, 2014 2:54 am

    Trying to get a secure mount in that new Fischer core could be a challenge. No doubt that they have a reinforced mounting plate, but still….It could be that half of half the screws are grabbing nothing but air.

  21. Lou Dawson February 3rd, 2014 7:12 am

    Gringo, they told me the core was different under the binding mount area. I’d seriously doubt Fischer would build a ski that wouldn’t hold binding screws, but stranger things have happened in the ski world. Consumer testing will tell the tale. The skis are quite light, they look terrific. Lou

  22. Gary February 13th, 2014 11:08 am

    Any photo’s of next years Voile ski’s?

  23. BW February 13th, 2014 7:51 pm

    Re: white topsheets. Observation-

    Today touring in wet sticky snow with two friends:

    my skis have matte-finished light brown topsheets (old fischer watea), buddy1 has Praxxis BC with glossy red/orange, buddy2 has the glossy black Manaslus.

    They had no snow accumulation; mine, the lightest colored of the bunch, were thickly covered just a few steps after I’d knock it all off.
    Since it’s not always sunny in montana, give me gloss finish and some pretty colors to look at!

  24. Lou Dawson February 13th, 2014 9:14 pm

    It’s an imperfect world, that’s for sure!

  25. Joe RIsi March 18th, 2014 7:25 pm

    Updated post to include Blizzard skis and weights.

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