Sure, the summer might be in full swing, but for diehard skiers, winter is always top of mind. Whether you’re dreaming up a ski trip to Japan next winter, or plotting a summer escape to ski in Chile, we’ve got a list of some of the best and brightest new pieces of gear for the 2018-2019 season. From some redesigned classics, to completely new binding concepts, there are some great new choices for all types of skiers. Winter may be a ways away, but at least there is plenty to daydream about.
Salomon has changed the alpine touring binding category with the shift, offering the weight and efficiency of a pin binding for the way up, and the safety of a fully DIN-certified alpine binding for the way down. Flip a switch and pins emerge for touring, lock it back down and toe wings fold out to offer a whopping 47mm of elasticity in the toe, almost as much as the STH2’s 52mm. This means uncompromised performance on the downhill.
The long-loved Atomic Bentchetler gets a baby brother this year, the Bentchetler 100. They aren’t trying to be a carver ski masquerading as an “all-mountain” ride, though they can perform a clean turn on groomed snow – what they are is a ton of fun in a narrower package that doesn’t burden you with pow day width when it hasn’t snowed in a while. Light on the feet, playful and with plenty under the hood when you need it, the Atomic Bentchetler 100 kills it in just about any conditions.
The Blizzard Sheeva 9 Skis are a new addition to the Sheeva lineup for this season, with a super versatile waist width of 92mm built into a light package that you can toss around in bumps and tight spots but which stands up and shreds hard when you point them. These skis will be a killer “daily-driver” for women all over the world, from skiing California to the East Coast.
Full Tilt has long been known to make some of the most comfortable ski boots on the market, for skiers that ride in and out of the park. The 2018/19 winter brings about a totally new boot for riders looking to push their skiing outside the ski area, with the new Ascendent touring boot. The boot features tech inserts, a lightweight Gilamid construction, and a 10-flex tongue (about a 120 flex rating).
Rediscover the euphoria of laying into carves—both on-and-off piste—with the playful, pioneering Line Sakana Skis. Essentially a thinned out, more all-mountain version of the fish-tailed, pow-loving Line Pescado, the Sakana weighs in with a 105mm waist and Carbon/Flax reinforcements for lightweight power.
When these skis first hit the scene, it was revolutionary. One of the first skis to lend experienced skiers confidence in virtually any snow conditions, and now in its 5th generation, the Volkl M5 Mantra Skis continue to build upon their all-mountain dominance. An all new Titanal Frame technology leverages strategically cut out layers of metal that run the perimeter of the ski. This means a powerful ski, with less of the weight.
Say goodbye to cold feet with the new lineup of K2 boots. Both the men’s Recon, Women’s Luv, and B.F.C. collections have heated liners available. The heated Therm-ic liners are available in a variety of boots across the line. Traditional unheated liners are available at a lower price point, too.