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Top 3 Skis of 2018 From Basin Sports in Killington, Vermont

Top 3 Skis of 2018 And Why You Should Be Taking A Closer Look

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Top 3 Skis of 2018

I did it, I narrowed down my selection from 5 Top skis to 3. I wasn’t wildly impressed by the ski industry this year. That’s not to say there weren’t amazing skis by all the ski companies because when isn’t there really? In a way it felt similar to the slump that the bike industry is having. Maybe I’ve just gotten pickier about my choices. I’m like a food critic but for skis! Typically I would do top 4 or top 5 skis of the year but really got strict on my preferences and requirements to make it onto this list. Two of the skis on this list are entirely new skis the other is hitting it’s 1 year birthday. I’ll explain my reasoning as I progress through the skis.

2018 Nordica Enforcer Pro

This ski will be available for pre-season purchase at Basin Sports. Nordica has been hugely popular with the Enforcer line and as we move into next year will be offering narrower and wider waist width options. The Nordica Enforcer Pro is unique though. Boasting 115 underfoot the 2018 Nordica Enforcer Pro will only be available in the 191 length. The rocker in itself is also different. With a rocker profile mirroring the retired Helldorado this ski will be perfect for the shredder looking to replace their old black on black ass kickers. Big Mountain minded the 2018 Nordica Enforcer Pro is no joke. With a 21.5 meter turn radius this ski is for advanced level skiers. A mention in itself for the Top 3 Skis of 2018 due to its appealing name and joke inspiring name. Do you think your pro enough for the 2018 Nordica Enforcer Pro?

Specs:

  • 143-115-132
  • 9 Meter Turn Radius
  • Only Available in 191
  • Big Mtn Inspired and a direct replacement of the Helldorado
  • Unique Rocker Profile
  • Same Layup as other enforcers

2018 Atomic Vantage x 83 Cti

This ski will be celebrating its 1st birthday this year as it’s been around for a year but is notable in the Top 3 Skis of 2018. I’ve noticed an interesting trend with any and all Atomic Skis though. They almost never get the recognition they deserve in their debut year. It isn’t until their second season that they start racking up awards. Think about the Atomic Vantage 100 Cti and the Women’s Vantage 95 C. Both won awards this year but this is their second season in existence. So I predict that the 2018 Atomic Vantage X 83 CTi will win some awards next season and here’s why.

First off not much has changed, just minor tweaks to make it better than it already is. This ski is perfect for those hard pack ski days or groomer days. They’re in fact quite forgiving in bumps too which I found incredibly surprising. For 2018 you’ll see a new graphic on the 83. Less loud and in your face. Last year’s ski was Neon Orange vs the 2018 which is blackout with orange highlights, much more sexy if you ask me. The only other major difference between 2017 and 2018 is the beefed up layup underfoot. Not that it wasn’t all there, it’s just more there than ever before.

I like this ski because at 174cm it has a 16.4 turn radius. It’s got a carbon mesh and Ti backbone construction. All while keeping that 10/90/0 rocker profile that the iconic Atomic Redster has. Don’t forget the plate system that looks incredibly similar to the race plate on the Redster. All this at $899 (bindings included). A hell of a deal and a hell of a diverse ski. I wouldn’t overlook this ski this coming season. Often passed by, this ski has rockets attached to the tails of it….At least that’s what it feels like.

Specs:

  • New Graphic
  • Beefed Up Underfoot
  • 4meter turn radius @ 174
  • AMT Rocker 10/90/0
  • Ti Backbone 2.0
  • Carbon Tank Mesh
  • Plated System Ski

2018 Armada Tracer 98

Basin Sports Staff Favorite and all-around 2018 Pick of the year.

The 2018 Armada Tracer 98 was the third Top 3 Skis of 2018 and was number 2 on my list of favorite skis at the New England Test Fest this year. I skied the test fest the day it decided to drop a foot of snow on us. My number 1 ski was 115 underfoot for reference. A 98mm ski on a powder day was #2?! Yes, yes it was. Also I should note that this ski has no metal in it. But don’t let that turn you away. See Armada came out with this tech called Xrystal Mesh. It feels like metal but it isn’t. This ski was light, playful and nimble. A foot of champagne powder? No Problem. Tight New England Trees to wide open powder fields I was surprised and amazed at how well this ski handled. The 2018 Armada Tracer 98 is part of the Tracer collection and comes in narrower and wider waist widths. Ladies should look to the Trace series which boasts the same construction but with a better graphic.

Armada has come a long way since its Freestyle Days. I love the older generation whose been taking out the invicta skis by Armada and say how surprised they are that a “freestyle” rooted ski company has such a diverse collection. Don’t overlook Armada, they’re legit.

Specs:

  • New Series
  • No Metal/ Instead Xrystal Mesh
  • Hybrid Ultra-light core
  • Tour/ AT Ready
  • @172/ 130-98-121
  • 5m radius @172


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2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski Review

The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski Review Revolutionizing and Finessing the Women’s Ski Industry

2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski Review

The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski is relentless but in a good way. Relentless in the since that you can ski all day with ease. You can navigate variable terrain and feel right at home. For the woman who’s an intermediate to advanced level skier and wants an affordable stick to shred gnar on, well yeah the 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 is going to rock your socks off.

So let’s get into the nitty gritty right away shall we? The sport of skiing has exploded in popularity in the last 5 years thanks to rockered ski technology. At the forefront of this wave stood K2 and its Women’s ski line. Believe me when I say it but “women’s” skis weren’t always badass and well-constructed as they are today. For a little while companies believed “women’s” skis needed to fit what was thought to be the typical female skier- an intermediate level skier who was cautious and well weak. K2 was NOT one of those companies and the LUV line proves it.

Durable, not to aggressive but not too soft either. Perfect pretty much sums this ski up. The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski is for the women looking for adventure. The lady who loves to ski but wants something that does everything. This ski embodies a do all, go everywhere and fit into a few different levels of skier types. In fact, K2 is so anti “Women’s Specific” they even wrote this in their product description on their website.

With the same Bioflex Konic genes as its bigger sisters, the 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski slims down and bridges the gap between versatile freeride and confident all-mountain skiing. We don’t throw the term “women’s-specific” around lightly – the 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski was built for the lady shredder who stuns the slopes in deep powder, over fresh cord, and through wily bumps alike.

So the dirty details are this. You’re getting a 88 underfoot ski. This is a good width for the All- Mountain skier that’s mainly east coast based. If you’re out west possibly consider going wider. It’s a flat mount ski so you’re responsible for your binding option. It comes in 156, 163 and 170 which is great if you’re tall like me and ski a 170. The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski has K2’s All- Terrain rocker which enables off-piste skiing while maintaining control on the groomers. It’s got a metal laminate in it for snap and control at high speeds and in bumps. That mixed with a Fir- Aspen core makes this ski fast, light and fun. For some reason the Beach Boys Song, Fun, Fun, Fun just popped into my head- fitting for the image this ski portrays.

For the lady looking to get on a new All- Mountain ski, well look no further. Give us a shout if you have any question too, we love to just chat about skis. If you’re already convinced that this is the ski you want, the ski you need well Click Here for free shipping and smiles!



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December’s Brilliant Sunsets Bring Us Into Winter

December’s Brilliant Sunsets Bring Us Into Winter At Killington Resort

Written By Basin Ambassador Tricia Tirella


Early ski season is a time of transition, snowmakers are busy making snow when they can, while visitors to the mountain hope for expanded terrain and snow storms on the horizon.

This week the sun will set the earliest that is does during the year, 04:15 to be exact, while this time next week it will begin to set later. The lack of available sunlight, open terrain on the hill, and all of the other transitions into ski season can sometimes leave some feeling down in these early weeks prior to winter.

I always choose to think of the positives as life on the hill unfolds. Limited lifts running means it is that much easier to run into friends. The Peak Walkway stairs get your ski legs back fairly fast. For me, December marks a time where you can easily take in stunning sunsets just by making last gondi.

All of the snow dances must be working, because winter seems to be set on arriving this last week, with cold temps and snow forecasted on the horizon, all while it falls from the sky itself. Powder and packed powder turns have been abound this week and we all hope they continue on this winter. Just remember, sometimes when things seem less than ideal, when the sun is just out of reach, or the snow is not falling as fast as we would like you can still keep the stoke alive for ski season by taking a moment to take in the view.



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Salomon QST 99 Ski Review

Salomon QST 99 Ski Review And A Look At How Far Salomon Has Come

Salomon QST 99 Ski Review
QST Ski Lineup

The Salomon QST 99 Ski Review is more than just a review of the ski. It’s a testament of how far Salomon has come as a company. Salomon has been making skis for a long time and they’ve had some good ones and some bad ones. I see a lot of people on Salomon out on the slopes, but I’ve never been really impressed with the company. Mainly, the construction just seemed lousy. It wasn’t constructed well. Yeah the skis were fun to ski but durability wise not so much. So I’ve not exactly had my eye on Salomon.

This year something changed, something called the QST series. This collection has changed the way I see Salomon as a company. From afar these skis look solid, they look stable and they look durable. Picking them up and flexing them straight off the wall you can just tell that these skis want to rip and go fast. No wonder the Salomon QST 99 and QST 106 were freeskier gear guide picks.

Salomon QST 99 Ski Review
Go anywhere, do anything.

The Salomon QST 99 is a great All- Mountain ski for the intermediate to advanced level skier. I prefer them in crunchy hardpack than anything else for their reliability on edge. The Salomon QST 99 has carbon woven laminate with a sheet of titanal. That seems to be the name of the game this season for most ski companies and for good reason. They’re exceptionally snappy and have a ton of power out of turns. Enough power to make you go, “holy $#!t!”

This ski does bumps but isn’t great at it and in my opinion were pretty comparable to the Nordica Enforcers that I found were a little sloppy in bumps. That just because of the rocker profile though. Chundry, corny snow or slushy spring snow is what the Salomon QST 99 excels at and is definitely not a ski for the faint of heart. Make sure you’re a speed chasing maniac before you decide to purchase these sexy sticks.

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2017 Jones Mountain Twin With NOW Pilot Bindings Snowboard Review

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2017 Jones Mountain Twin With NOW Pilot Bindings Snowboard Review

The Jones Mountain Twin Snowboard Review is as close to a one board quiver as you’re going to get. The first time I took out the Mountain Twin I expected it to ride like, well, a twin. And it did. But what I did not expect was how well this board handled at high speeds and in deep carves. No, it’s not your set back, point and shoot, freeride board; but that is the beauty of the Mountain Twin. You can run park laps for an hour and then go dig some trenches in groomers the next without having to walk back to your car and grab your freestyle or freeride specific board. The new 2017 graphic actually says “Freestyle X Freeride” on the topsheet, which I thought was pretty awesome because Jones is owning it and standing behind what they have created. So if you’re looking for a board to satisfy every aspect of the mountain my pick would be the Jones Mountain Twin.

As for bindings, I matched the Mountain Twin up with the NOW Pilots for a solid Snowboard Review. I thought these guys would mesh perfectly together and they definitely came through. The NOW Pilot has what NOW calls their Flex Hinge Highback. The Flex Hinge Highback remains stiff, responsive, and supportive when leaning into turns but easily flexes laterally to allow for some extra give and playfulness in the park. Versatility made the ride that much more fun. I felt comfortable and confident doing everything on this setup.

 


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Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis

Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis

It’s been a long time coming and it seems the ski industry has finally figured it out. We present the Gear Sneak Peek: 2017 Women’s Skis complete with women’s skis that have a 169cm or longer length model in their line-up.  For years it was almost impossible to find a women’s ski that was 170 or longer. As a women whose 5’10” it was frustrating. Not all of us are itty bitty. Some of us enjoy a ski that fits our height. Finally, ski manufacturers are getting it and this season the picking is good, very good.

 

2017 Nordica Women's Santa Anna 93 All Mountain Ski

2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 

Was $749/ Basin Price $649

This ski was a multi- award winner this year and for good reason. It’s a new addition but really it’s a more slimmed down version of the Nordica Enforcer. The 2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 is available in 153-177 and is marketed towards the aggressive female skier who wants a one ski quiver. Now I’m bias to Nordica, we all have our brands and though I enjoy their skis their not my favorite. That being said, I’m weird, haha. Most ladies love this ski and for good reason. At 169 it’s got a sidecut of 124-93-112. It’s also got a Balsa wood core with a full sheet of titanal. It’s VERY similar to the Nordica Enforcer 93 but the core is different. The Balsa wood is not used in the Enforcer. It’s found in the 2017 Nordica Santa Ana 93 because women respond to ski dampness different than men. We’re not big 200 pound guys, we’re kick ass skier chicks and sometimes having a reliable, yet light core is what we need. So “wahllah” Balsa was used to make the Santa Ana 93 what it is.

Personal Thoughts: To much rocker, if the taper was pushed forward some I think the ski would respond a bit better, especially in sketchy east coast snowpack. For “chundery “spring powder or East Coast Powder Days this ski is an ass kicker.

Shop Tip: Mount +1 for better edge to edge contact.

 

2017 Salomon Women's QST Lumen 99 All Mountain Skis

2017 Salomon QST Lumen 99

Was $725/ Basin Price $599

This ski comes in a 181! But put up next to the Salomon QST 99 (Men’s Version) it’s identical in every way minus the topsheet. It shares the same price too so it’s no surprise this ski is so popular. It looks playful and easygoing but it’s got a whole side to it that you wouldn’t expect. It’s a happy balance of soft and playful to kick- ass hard charging animal. The 99mm waist doesn’t hurt either when it comes to beefing up this ski. There are narrower versions in the line-up but this is a crowd favorite.

Personal Thoughts: I’ve never been a fan of Salomon women’s skis. They were the first to start the women’s specific ski trend, right around the foam core era. They were also one of the first to do away with the lesser quality women’s skis. The QST is a testament to that. Off the wall this ski makes me go wow! I’m quite impressed with it’s construction and layup, to the point where I might own one in the future. It’s a good “affordable” all mountain ski.

Shop Tip: De-tune the tips an extra inch lower so there’s better transition on edge. Consider a Tyrolia AAAttack Binding for an extra low standover height. Go with a 12 or higher for the camming heel to make easy step-in when clicking in.

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2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTI

Was $725/ Basin Price $599

There’s no kidding around with the Vantages. This ski is stable and reliable, especially at high speeds. It’s a high performance annihilator for the chick that absolutely rips down the mountain. Carbon tank mesh inlay with Titanal bridge overlap the 2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTI is all there. It’s ironic actually when I think about this ski. It’s ironic because this ski as released last year but didn’t really win any awards until this year. Atomic is one of those companies that is often overlooked in the grand scheme of things so it’s ironic that an unchanged ski from last year to this year is only now just getting recognized for its kick assery and bad-assness. This ski would fit the chick who’s an ex-racer or maybe a free rider, someone who wants something that’s stable at high speeds, that’s the 2017 Atomic Vantage 90 W CTi.

Personal Thoughts: Beefy, almost too beefy for me which is why I went with the 95 C not the 90 CTI. This ski is a crowd favorite and was spotted a lot last season. The perfect amount of rocker too and absolutely blast the crap out of a turn when exiting the transition.

Shop Tip: Great Tele ski!

These are the best well- rounded kind of do anything women ski. It’s not just a carving ski or just a powder ski, it’s a do anything, go anywhere kick a lot of ass ski. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be able to find all these skis in a 170+ length.


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Top 5 Skis For Spring

Top 5 Skis For Spring By The Goggle Tanning Experts At Basin

It’s that time of year, the snow’s melting, the temps are rising and the skiing is getting slushier. For the diehard ski bum, spring is a time to work on the goggle tan and break out the tank tops. For us it’s a time to lay down the top 5 skis for spring skiing and how to make the most of what’s left of winter. Everyone is different when it comes to skiing but one thing is certain when skiing in the spring, there will be moguls. These bumps will be softer than your average mid- winter bump run but, you’re still going to need a ski that can navigate these bumps and flex a specific way to enjoy the bumps for all they’re worth.

I recommend a softer based ski for spring bumps skiing and find them to be a ton of fun in slushy conditions. Metal is not always your friend when it comes to spring skiing. A ski that’s to stiff is not going to have enough give in and out of bumps, especially if you’re on beer number 3 and your edge to edge control isn’t so good anymore.  Let’s face it, spring skiing is one giant party, I mean we don’t call the parking lot (below the last spring ski run open) the beach for nothing.

 

Line Sir Francis Bacon

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

For the wider waist width skiers out there I’d recommend the Line Sir Francis Bacon. This year they narrowed down the waist on the bacon and added cloud core. I like to call these wider, soft skis “Slush busters” because they float through the wet, soppy snow easily and navigate those unruly bumps smoothly. The Line Sir Francis Bacons make great powder skis and great skis and with the new cloud core technology ski smoothly through spring like ski conditions.

SPECS:

  • Waist Width mm:104
  • Length cm: 178, 184, 190
  • Shape mm:135-104-131
  • Sidecut m:4 (184cm)
  • Stance mm:Eric’s Choice -20 / Recommended -60
  • Weight:Weight: 2,045 g/ski (186)
  • Profile mm:9-3-9
    (Tip Early Rise-Camber-Tail Early Rise)

 

Nordica Soul Rider

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

Don’t be put off by this ski because it’s twin tip, park shape. The Nordica Soul Rider definitely deserves a spot in the Top 5 Skis For Spring. With a narrower waist than the Sir Francis Bacon the Soul Riders come in at 97mm underfoot. But as I mentioned above, I recommend a softer ski for spring skiing, so the Nordica Soul rider does not have a sheet of metal in it. It does have a Carbon Fiber laminate layup for snappy turn adjustment. This ski kicks a lot of butt in the off-piste choppy snow and can usually be spotted a few times on the hill in the spring.

SPECS:

  • Waist Width mm: 97
  • Length Cm: 169, 177, 185
  • Shape mm: 134-97-124
  • Sidecut m: 5 (177cm)
  • Stance mm: Recommended -60
  • Profile: All Mountain Soul Rider (Rocker Tip- Camber Underfoot- Rocker Tail)

 

Atomic Vantage 95C

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

A redesign off the old Vantage Theory the Vantage 95C is redesigned and reconstructed for a more multi-dynamic ski. The 95 C is designed with Atomic’s carbon tank mesh layer and a Lite wood core. Again no metal but still a great ski.  In fact this ski does quite well in a variety of conditions, not just spring snow. With their trademark firewall and superior sidecut and tip/tail rocker this ski is a powerhouse without the skier having to put a ton of effort in. Unlike other skis with rocker, Atomic has extended their sidecut and reduced their rocker down to the perfect amount so that the ski is very stable. Turn initiation in and out is also very fluid and doesn’t slip out exiting a turn. A really fun ski in slushy bumps.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 134 (@186cm)
  • Waist: 95 (@186cm)
  • Tail: 121 (@186cm)
  • Radius: 18.9m (@186cm)
  • Weight: 1.85 kg (@186cm)

 

K2 Pinnacle 95

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

Some people love this ski some people hate it.  I think it’s a contender as one of Top 5 Skis For Spring because it’s got a great design to it. The 95 in the name stands for 95mm underfoot and it has similarities to the old BBR skis, the difference being these ski in a little bit more dynamic manner and the tip is wider than the waist. This ski comes with a metal laminate but it’s not a full sheet of titinal. The only incorporate the metal into the outside of the ski for strong edge hold and chatter reduction. Their nanolite core is a mix of a mystery nanolite wood and aspen. Aspen tends to be a snappy wood and provides a solid alternative to carbon without additional weight. This ski has a good amount of tip rocker and helps when turning in and out of spring bumps and flowing through the slushy chunder.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 132
  • Waist: 95
  • Tail: 115
  • Radius: 17m @ 184cm

 

Armada Eldollo

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

This is Henrik Harlaut’s signature ski. You know, that guy who is crushing it in the X-Games. The one with the dreads down to his waist? Well he may look like a park rat but he has some great ski designing knowledge and this ski performs well in a multitude of conditions including spring slush which is why it’s on of Top 5 Skis For Spring. At 98 underfoot this ski is seriously fun and has this hybrid double zone core so that it engages and disengages pressure in a responsive manner. A great floater in soft spring like conditions.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 133 (@ 178cm)
  • Waist: 98 (@ 178cm)
  • Tail: 123 (@ 178cm)
  • Radius: 20m @ 178cm

If any of the skis interest you or you have your eye set on something not listed above, and are curious how it performs in spring conditions give us a call, we’d be happy to help you find the right ski for you. We can be reached 7 days a week too!


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Top 4 Skis Of 2017 – At Least In Our Opinion

Top 4 Skis Of 2017 A Look At What’s In Store

Classifying the Top 4 Skis of 2017 is no small feat.  For one thing I have to narrow down a plethora of skis out there to four and well this year is sure full of surprises and a few oddities. SIA is over, orders are in and President’s Week is almost over.  With the way winter has been going for us here on the east coast many of us who are multi- seasonal are chomping at the bit to get into mountain bike season which hopefully produces a better season that the wintery mixture we’ve received this year. But I’m getting sidetracked and well let’s get down to the Top 4 Skis of 2017.

 

  1. 2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD

 

 

Top 4 Skis Of 2017
2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD

 

 

Let’s be honest here for a second. The S 7 series was getting a little stale. The once best-selling ski in the world needed a makeover and Rossignol delivered.  The 2017 Rossignol Soul 7 HD is the new and improved Soul 7 with a few major changes. We’re going to look past the (in my opinion) horrendous color scheme and focus on construction because that’s the more important part right?

What you can look forward to is a new carbon alloy and paulownia core construction. This makes the ski a bit stiffer in attempt to reduce that pesky tip and tail flap and increase stability that was lacking in previous models. You’re still getting that air tip technology and powder turn rocker but the major changes are the construction of the core and laminate integration. Turn radius and dimensional specs are identical, but Rossignol felt a makeover was needed and the new and improved 2017 Soul 7 HD is bound to attract a new audience.

 

  1. 2017 Nordica Enforcer 93mm

 

Top 4 Skis Of 2017
2017 Nordica Enforcer 93

 

 

With the tremendous success Nordica had with the Enforcer this year (Ski Magazine Ski Of the Year) they felt it was only right to expand the enforcer collection and offer a different waist option. Behold the 2017 Nordica Enforcer 93 a new addition to the Nordica Enforcer family. With dimensions of 126-93-114 and the same construction as it’s big brother it’s bound to catch the attention of east coast rippers.

This flat mount, full sidewall ski guarantees that you can lay the edge over and carve up a storm with these bad boys.  And we have a few left from our early release order available, but you have to call to get in on the goodies.

p.s… rumor has it a wider than 100mm waist option may be in the works for 2017/18

 

  1. 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti

(Photo Coming Soon/ It Looks Rad Though)

A crowd favorite at SIA this year the 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti is turning heads. Five years ago a lot of people wouldn’t even consider Armada as a major company in the ski industry. And they weren’t, they had a major freestyle following then. Since then Armada has gained momentum as an All- Mountain/ Freeride Ski company and have been producing some kick ass skis. They’ve tried really hard to cater to a wider audience and for 2017 I think they knocked the nail right on the head. The 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti is not a park ski, in fact it’s classified as an All- Mountain Directional Ski.

Construction wise there’s no messing around with these sticks and I wouldn’t recommend this ski to a beginner. The 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti comes with two sheets of titanal (One on top, one on the bottom) and Carbon Kevalar Struts in the laminate. At 133-99-123 this ski sports dimensions similar to any popular All- Mountain ski in the 100mm waist range and even has a power lite core. The difference being that the 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti sports tip rocker soley with a flat tail for more camber underfoot.  This ski would be a good option as an aggressive in-bounds dawn patrol type ski if you wanted to mount it up as a tour option. Obviously, you don’t have to go tour but, as an All- Mountain ski the 2017 Armada Invictus 99Ti is going to be a powerhouse option and is one of Top 4 Skis Of 2017.

 

  1. 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI

 

Top 4 Skis Of 2017
2016 Atomic 100 CTI. 2017 Shares same color way with slight differences in lettering layout.

 

 

If you read our Top 4 Skis Of 2016 from last year, you’ll recognize the 100 and I’m putting it back on here for a reason.  This ski was (what I felt) kind of left behind due to the popularity of the Nordica Enforcer this year and it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around it because almost every skier that works in this shop has bought a pair of Atomic Vantages and yet It fails to get the recognition it deserves. The 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI shares similar characteristics of its popular counterpart but there’s a few major differences.

The biggest would be rocker design. The 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI has 20% Tip Rocker and 10% Mild tail Rocker. The 2017 Nordica Enforcer has 25/5 Rocker and that slight difference makes all the difference. For one thing the effective edge (The edge in contact with the snow) is more forward on the Vantage making edge initiation easier. Next Carbon, mhmmm carbon. Carbon Tank Mesh makes the Vantage snappy as hell and incredibly dynamic. That combined with its titanium backbone makes this ski an incredibly fun multi- dynamic ski. Having that effective edge more forward means that when you’re on edge and preparing to exit the turn, your skis stay stable underfoot and don’t “wash out” on exit. They power in and out of the turn.

Ice, Crud, Slush, Powder the 2017 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI can do it all and will transform your ski experience from a “meh” kind of ski day to an amazing day on snow which is why it’s one of the Top 4 Skis Of 2017.

 

To Conclude

 

Just to be clear, I started off with the intention to write up a top 5 skis blog. And well, I wasn’t super impressed with some of the things coming out this year. Many are attempts at older concepts from five years ago that didn’t work. But Niche is in and hey maybe they’ll work. Now to wrap up this blog…

These are the Top 4 Skis Of 2017 for a reason. They’re dynamic, stable and work in a multitude of conditions. All these skis are in the 100mm All- Mountain class because that’s the biggest ski audience at the moment. If narrower skis is your cup of tea, or maybe you’re a “powdah hound” then calling us is the best route you could take.  We won’t force a ski upon you just for the sale either, sharing passion is our number one goal and we’d rather see you on snow than not at all.

These Skis are not available on our website yet but many of their 2016 Counterparts are and can be found by clicking the buttons below.

 

2017 SIA Ski Collection Sneak Peak

2016 Atomic Vantage 100 CTI

2016 Nordica Enforcer

2016 Rossignol Soul 7 

 


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Ride El Hefe Binding Review

Ride El Hefe Binding Review: Snowboarding Just Got Way More Fun

2016 Ride El Hefe Binding Review
2016 Ride El Hefe Binding Review

Considered the top of the line Snowboard Binding by Ride, you’d expect it to be good and well the Ride El Hefe doesn’t disappoint. But is it the right binding for you? It all depends on what type of riding you’re planning on doing and what type of rider you consider yourself as.  This Ride El Hefe Binding Review covers the specs and what they mean in non- technical terms.

Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty

Ride’s idea was to make a tough binding that was lightweight and could take a beating.  That’s one reason why the price tag on the El Hefe is higher than the standard snowboard binding.  This binding isn’t standard in any sense of the word and in fact comes with an Aluminum “Infinity” Chassis System.  Ride found this aluminum mold to be durable and flexible.  Not flexible in the sense that it will snap in two but flexible in the sense that it will flex naturally with your board.  Not only that but it also gives you a more natural stance on your deck and has an adjustable heel cup for maximum stance adjustment to fit your riding style.

Flex-wise you’re also looking at 8 out of 10 stiffness making this binding target the high intermediate to advanced rider. But, that’s not all. You also get a Urethane Roll bar for vibration absorption.  To sum up so far, you’re getting a chassis system that’s stiff yet flexible with a natural stance adjustment and a roll bar that’s going to absorb vibrations and reduce chatter at high speeds.  Sounds pretty good right?

Even better the micro disc is also Aluminum and though it’s set-up for a standard mount, it can also accommodate Slot and Channel set-up’s.  But is this the right binding for you? Well we’ve pretty much laid out that this binding is focused for the aggressive all- mountain dominator.  And well, if freestyle is more your style or maybe you’re just getting into the awesome sport of snowboarding you probably shouldn’t buy this binding. Yeah we know, its wicked rad but we’d rather see you having fun on the hill than wrecking your man meat all over the place.  So stop reading now if you fit any of the above personalities (But feel free to check out our wide selection of snowboard bindings here). If you are going, “I totally fit the description of an aggressive all- mountain rider.” Then keep reading, because there is way more to the Ride El Hefe Binding Review than just some enticing features.

Carbon, mhmmmm Carbon

In this modern age people seem pretty obsessed with carbon in their outdoor activity, whatever it may be.  In the El Hefe, Ride added a Carbon Highback for its weight reducing abilities but again it’s dynamic ability to absorb and distribute energy/vibrations efficiently. In the straps there’s an Aluminum Ratchet system (No Plastic here) that’s been cored out for weight reduction.  Again, durable yet light and easy to ratchet in and out of. Last but not least, the straps are not padded.  This is again part of the weight reduction and Ride wanting a binding that’s going to be aggressive yet lightweight.

This 1 Year Warrantied Binding is focused at the aggressive freeride/ all- mountain ripper who wants a durable binding that’s not flimsy and can take a beating, sound like you? Then hit up the button below and remember, we offer free shipping!

2016 Ride El Hefe Binding


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