New Touring Skis for 2018

New Touring Skis for 2018

What's New in the Touring Ski World?

Have a Little Flax in Your (Carbon) Diet

So the program with touring skis is generally this:
Take a ski shape that works for the backcountry, ditch all of the heavy stuff (metal, fiberglass, dense woods) that make it stiff, and then add carbon fiber to bring back the missing strength and pop without the weight. Carbon has an incredibly high stiffness to weight ratio as well as a very long lifespan once sandwiched in a ski. Ski manufacturers, such as the gurus over at DPS, have taken the use of carbon to a whole new level. The problem is the chatter and vibration that comes with such a light and stiff material.

Enter the Alchemist construction from DPS and C/FX technology from Salomon. The girls and boys in Salt Lake City have worked Flax, of all things, in to the pre-impregnated carbon fiber to dampen and tune out some vibrations. Salomon has been at this for a couple of years with great success as well in their C/FX construction. Check out a shop favorite shape: the DPS Wailer/Zelda 106 in the new Alchemist construction for an incredible all season rig. The new Salomon S/Lab X-Alp with C/FX technology is looking like an awesome ski for a speed mountaineering setup.

The Crows Have Landed

Cripple Creek is excited to have the Black Crows Freebird line!
Touring skis have gotten a bad rap for being floppy over the years. We would beg to differ, as the copious amounts of carbon fiber make nearly all of our skis moderate to stiff. The "flop" you feel is generally vibration and/or deflection from those stiff and yet light scientific wonders. What they sometimes lack is dampening, which the flax is an attempt at. We are stoked to provide Black Crows' Freebird lineup this year which are incredibly damp for their weight, giving you a more consistent feel throughout various conditions. This makes since given the skis are conceived in Chamonix, where snow conditions are generally secondary to the incredible and dangerous alpine terrain. In technical terrain where falling isn't ideal, vibration and deflection are your enemies. The middle of the Freebird lineup is also an excellent choice for a one ski quiver for those that run their touring setup at the resort a fair amount of time. The only thing harder on snow quality than alpine winds is millions of turns laid down in Jerry land!

Dynafit Revamps Their Shred Sticks

Less is More
From difficult to pronounce names of 7 and 8000 meter peaks, to larger skis having full on alpine weights, Dynafit's prior ski lines have been a source of confusion. This season they reign it in with Speed, Tour and Beast lines easily called out by their waist size. In the spirit of cutting the fat, the Beast 108 and 98 are particularly exciting to us, as they shed nearly a pound per ski from the outstanding yet too heavy Chugach, Meteorite and Sphinx shapes. These skis are no longer for the slow moving, mechanically assisted, or "side-country" skiers, but for efficent human powered travel up and shredding down.
Speedfit for Resort Skinning and Beyond
Don't sleep on the new Speedfit 84 either. Part of the new resort touring, price conscious Speedfit line, this skinning machine is designed for those that find their uphill fitness at the local resort. The Speedfit series employs the same ash/poplar wood core that powers the Beast series to be light and nimble yet powerful in funky conditions. Dynafit considered even the shortest skiers out there with a Women's offering as small as 149cm. A high performance ski at under $500? We expect to see this not only on sunrise resort laps, but ski mountaineering missions come spring time.

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