DENVER, CO – After the dust settled from the massive Outdoor Retailers trade show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, we put together a list of 2019 skis, boots, and bindings. Here are several new products that are very exciting for the 2018/2019 skis season.
2018 / 2019 SKI BINDINGS
The SHIFT Binding from Salomon and Atomic is an industry Game Changer, it skis powerfully on the decent, yet performs well in touring mode without any sacrifice in performance. The SHIFT Binding works with any standard DIN Certified Ski Boot. If you have a ski boot with Tech inserts the SHIFT Binding also is able to be used for ski touring.
2018 / 2019 Ski Boots
For 2019 K2, Rossignol and Salomon all have ski boots with integrated heated liners, some of these models can even be controlled with your phone via Bluetooth.
Atomic redesigned their popular Atomic Hawx Prime 100mm lasted boot. They made the boot lighter and made some fit adjustments to the toe box. Atomic took technology they introduced last year in the Hawx Ultra line and applied it to the Hawx Prime.
Dalbello introduced the Dalbello Sport a 100mm tradition 4 buckle boot, with a reinforced spine to deliver energy.
Dynafit introduces the HOJI Pro Model Boot, which is lightweight and powerful. Sure to be a must-have for the big mountain crowd.
Full Tilt got into the Uphill game and with the Ascendant Boot. A 102mm boot that’s great for people with a wider foot. The Ascendant even comes with Tech Inserts.
K2 introduces the RECON Low Volume Ski Boot for 2019.
Salomon redesigned their low Volume boot as well, the latest model is called the S-MAX Boot. New for 2019 Salomon Ski Boots is the addition of Carbon to their boots for power and energy.
Nordica hit a home run with their new low Volume Promachine ski boot, everyone was impressed with how well it skied.
Tecnica redesigned their Light Weight Touring Boot the Zero G, and also introduced the FIREBIRD which is their new low Volume Race Boot.
2018 / 2019 SKIS
Armada revamped their ARV line of skis by Beefing up the Sidewall materials, graphics are again this year by Madsteez so the ARV family has a consist vibe, and the Skis rip.
Blizzard added the Rustler 9 to their Freeride skis, last year the Rustler 10 and 11 were hits and it makes sense to offer a narrower version as well.
Dynastar has a new pro model for Richard Permin called the PROTO it is 118 under foot and comes in a 186 and the ski is a hard charging SOB designed for big mountain skiing and Powder.
Volkl totally redesigned the Mantra, it is now called the M5 and it 96mm underfoot and has a rocker, camber, rocker profile and uses a titanium frame to give the ski stability where it needs it.
2015 / 2016 Skis
By Nick Siriano:
It didn’t take long on these sticks to know that RMU has discovered something great. For a boutique brand, I was expecting compromised edge control at the SIA/WWSRA On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain, an uber soft or an extra stiff flex, the turning radius of a water-ski, etc, the basic problems that arise when ski companies are just starting out. Not with this company, RMU delivered!
They came to SIA and said, “try our skis, ride our skis, feel the difference between our hand-built small batch bomber skis and the factory pop outs that Salomon, K2, and DPS are making.” Like I said they delivered and in every category! Fortunately, I had the chance to ride all their 2015 skis. They have some new shapes, flexes, and models that make their 2014 skis look like Rossignols.
I can’t tell you exactly what they have coming out but I can promise that when they do you better get a hold of them quick or they’ll be gone soon! Look out for their new 88 waisted all-mountain rippers, or they’re new 802 Project east coast designed bomber!
Founder Matt Cudmore says “If you surround yourself with really good people who believe in what you believe in, and you work really hard, you will succeed.” That is precisely what he did when he synthesized Meier Skis.
After starting out in a garage with a single ski press, Meier Skis has evolved into a small shop producing hundreds of pairs a year. They have an excellent team of incredibly knowledgeable and talented people working together to build one of the most sustainable brands.
As the pine beetle chews its way through the West, destroying thousands of trees, Meire Skis uses the wood the beetles left behind. They skis use 100% recycled pine and high alpine aspens. The wood is incredible light, and strong. I had a chance to hang out with one of the builders, Chris Dean, who set me up with a few pairs at the SIA demo. For a young brand, the skis were actually awesome. Super quick in the trees, poppy in the park, decent carvers on the steeps, and solid in the chop. My two favorites were the doc and the Johnny Ringo.
Here we have another hand-crafted ski out of the USA that is making a big dent in the industry. I think Jay-Z holla’d out the name of this brand back in his legendary “Big Pimping” song. It went something along the lines of “H to the OG.” Anyways, H2OG skis are bomb proof, big mountain rippers. These skis are not for the park rat hiking the pipe in the spring, they are for the big time speedster sending huge steep lines in AK.
I had a chance to ride the Kodiak a 120mm waisted powder ski that can handle it all, and it did!
2016 Skis, Boots and Bindings from SIA
By Kevin Krill:
My walk through the floor at the SnowSports Industries of America, SIA, was quick. Despite being the final day in Denver I was able to get a vibe for what was happening in the Industry. As a backcountry skier, I was engulfed in a brave new world of free heel fanatics.
The first thing I noticed was that almost every one of the big player Alpine Ski companies now has a way to walk into the woods without being locked down to lifts. The Alpine Touring market continues to grow and niche out into new categories of walking on skis.
Newest on the market is the Marker Kingpin. The Kingpin is a binding with a tech toe piece (think Dynafit pinchers) and a more traditional step-in heel with multiple release angles.
If you are agile enough, you don’t even have to click out of the binding to free the heel. Marker’s ski buddy, Volkl, continues to kill it with ripping and cutting-edge skis. I was immediately attracted to the V-Werks line that beckons big thighs and proper technique but also looked agile, light and, whoa, reverse camber. I needed to get these on the snow!
Voile, DPS, and G3 wowed me with their non-Rando-Race approach and focus on skiing and riding. Each has their own superlight setups but mostly wide boards for touring and carving of all kinds. Voile actually boasts the only USA made rando race ski out and according to the racers, it rips as a light race ski should. Voile’s other one hit wonder is the Vector. It is a wide underfoot turny bc ski with fish scales!
No skins needed for easy climbing to your favorite solo wiggle meadow. G3’s new Ion binding takes a few steps out of the transition to ski mode and they have taken skins to several new levels for skis and splitboards.
Fischer was the standout with a fast developing AT line of Vacuum Boots (a major breakthrough in the Alpine boot world), light and wide surfing skis, a full line of bindings for hiking and a randonee race ski that is in line with their mission of “real” European skis. If you have skied Fischers you know to be ready to ride them like you are a “real” skier. Chris showed me the whole line and then dropped the Dynafit bomb. Fischer will be branding Dynafit bindings and they will be available as a Fischer product.
This is great news for Fischer and Dynafit since the new AlpAttack rando race ski birth this fall. At 650 grams it is the lightest out. According to my buddies training for the2015 Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, the AlpAttack lives up to Fischer standards and skis superior to other heavier race skis out there. The aftershock was their new climbing skins. A P-tex skin with signature Crown pattern developed on the Nordic side. Fischers Tour line felt silly light and the 2015.16 Freeride line of Rangers simply had to be tried; space-age light and sleek with killer graphics. Get ready for carbon tips and wide body rippers.
A lot to see before noon. With a bag full of new business cards and a head full of skis I went to the on-snow demo at Copper Mountain. On the snowboard side of things, we gave out our first ever Editor’s Choice Awards on Day 1 of the SIA show. Be sure to leave a comment below with any 2016 ski reviews you would like to see us cover in the next few months. With all these reviews it’s best to read up online, and then go demo a pair before hitting the buy now button.
Would you buy a car without taking a test drive? Doubtful, so with skis and ski reviews be sure to search around.