New Touring Ski's for 2020!
It's what's on the inside that counts
Whether it's DPS's new C2 chassis or Blizzards update to the Carbon Drive 2.0, technology keeps advancing and so does the construction of the touring ski world. DPS went after changing up their line of Alchemist ski's by introducing the C2 Construction. In a nutshell, they made a superior performing ski that can handle the ever changing snow conditions that we experience from day 1 to day 100. On the other end of the weight spectrum, Blizzard introduces a revamps their lightweight touring line of Zero G's with Carbon Drive 2.0 technology and a slimmed down turn radius. Meanwhile Black Crows introduced their first ever exclusive Freebird touring ski with the Ferox Freebird. In addition to this all new shape, they revamped most of the Freebird line with a Titanal mounting plate to provide better binding retention and control. Take a gander below and find out what we are most fired up about in the upcoming 2020 season.
The 2020 Ski's We Love
Black Crows Keeps Soaring
Black Crows keeps growing as one of the stand-alone ski brands that has pioneered what is possible with a majority Wood core ski. They haven't tried to make the lightest ski’s out there, and by no means wanted to sacrifice ski capability by shaving weight and material. They went after a ski that rode as well as it climbed. The All new 2020 Ferox freebird is the first Black Crows Freebird only ski. Similar in design to the Atris but with a couple added perks. Black Crows was able to bring the stiffness of the Corvus and combine it with the float and playfulness of the Anima Freebird. The Ferox Freebird is the wicked child of two amazing ski constructions brought into the most Versatile 110mm ski out there. On the other hand, you have most likely spotted the big pink sticks out on the slopes and with the new upgrades the Corvus promises to be as popular as ever. Compare both the Crovus and Ferox Freebird, and decide between stiff and demanding or stiff and playful. You won't be disappointed.
DPS C2 chassis upgrades versatility
Over the years DPS has created a world-renowned ski with the Alchemist construction. So it it only natural that DPS continues with their futuristic traditions by enhancing the Construction further. The All new C2 Chassis gives the Alchemist construction a step up in ski versatility with a smoother flex pattern and better suited shape. The C2 chassis is significantly more maneuverable than it's predecessor while sacrificing very little on the carving side of things. We had the pleasure of testing these out in the spring, and the 106 stood out to us as the most versatile skis we have had the pleasure of riding. Not only does it float through the powder like a wider plank should. It handled crud and spring corn like a true narrow spring ski. Check out the new range of C2’s today, from the Zelda 106 to the Wailer 110
Dive into Carbon Drive 2.0
Carbon Drive was a patented construction brewed up from the boys and girls over at Blizzard. Last years Zero G’s featured the old rendition of “Carbon Drive” which meant there was full edge to edge unidirectional Carbon Fiber that made for a stiff carving ski that was built for higher speeds in a lightweight construction. The all new “Carbon Drive 2.0” still has edge to edge carbon but Blizzard brought back the carbon in the Tip and tail making the whole Zero G lineup more playful in softer conditions. This gives you that little extra pop you want when bounding through tighter trees or low angle terrain. Last years 108 was an amazing ski, but with an almost 30 meter turn radius it meant that the Zero G 108 couldn't “turn on a dime” and in the backcountry that is something most of us are after. Check out all the new Redesigned Zero G's and Find the perfect width for your quiver.
- Doug Stenclik