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Devinci Troy Carbon GX Review

A Technical All-Mountain Brawler – Devinci Troy Carbon GX Review

Devinci Troy

The Devinci Troy at first glance looks like any modern trail bike. It’s low, slack and comes equipped with 150mm of travel. Basin Sports brought in Devinci this year so we were excited to put a “new to us” trail bike on dirt. I’m going to be doing a lot of comparison to my trail bike, a 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson- so bear with me as I digest my remarks.

When testing the Troy I actually sized up. I’m 5’10” so my go-to sizing falls in the Medium range (at least on a Santa Cruz). On this the Large actually felt more comfortable which could be the result of a multitude of things. So I geared up and headed out. I rode the Devinci Troy at one of the local bike trail networks, Pine Hill. This network leans more towards the groomed side of trails with short, steep, technical bits and some pumpy flow as well as few little jumps. Well rounded as trail networks go, but short enough to cover the entire park in a couple hours. The elevation here is not high, the highest point in the park will leave you with maybe 400 feet of gain, so not too difficult.

Right out of the gate the Troy climbed well on the mellower, consistent gradient. The moment I hit a steep pitch the bike really struggled to stay grounded (tires slipping and this was after adjusting body position). In areas that I could climb fine on my Bronson, I couldn’t even muster on the Troy. This could have been partially due to it being a Large and not a Medium but the Medium just felt too small. In my mind the Troy was not a great climber, I exerted a lot of energy to justify gains.

 

 

As I reached the highest point in the network I was granted a short bit of downhill featuring tight, flowy turns, a few jumps, drops and technical sections. From there I got to an outlook point and then could enter a trail named Stegosaurus, which I’m hoping you can put two and two together and maybe even formulate what the trail looked like.

One area where the Devinci Troy excels is in groomed flow. The short chainstays make the bike nimble and agile in tight, bermed corners. Turning never felt so easy and that’s one area where this bike gets high marks. It was pretty unbelievable how good the Troy corners. Next, there was a short uphill to down with a small jump then a manmade drop. I hit the jump and the bike just doesn’t want to give, it wants to stay glued to the trail (almost like a downhill bike). When I hit the drop it didn’t feel elegant or graceful by any means, rather it surged forward and sought out the ground.
When I finished the flow trail I got into Stegosaurus, the technical part of my ride and the Troy was a beast. Some have referred to it as an all-mountain brawler and in the technical terrain, it showed. Like a downhill bike, the Troy got into its line and held it without fumbling or skipping. In this respect, it felt more stable and more precise than on any other section of trail. It almost felt like well, riding flow. You lined it up and the bike did all the work, you didn’t have to put a lot of thought into it.

My takeaways are this… That this bike wants to stay grounded. Some say this bike likes to jump and I just didn’t see it (or feel it). By comparison to my Bronson, the Troy felt horrible in the air. If I were a semi-pro or recently retired downhill rider looking for an all-around trail bike, I’d say look at the Devinci Troy. My reasoning is that it feels and rides very much like a downhill bike would, but with uphill capabilities and shorter travel. If you’re a technical rider who enjoys the occasional flow trail, you’re most likely going to enjoy this bike. It’s mean, it’s ready to fight and it’s fun.
Ask us about our Devinci Demo Fleet and how you can get your hands on one to test ride or maybe even buy.

 

Devinci Troy

 


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How To Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets

How To Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets

 

Types Of Jackets

With so many types, features and specifications it’s hard to decide on How To Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets. The more features don’t necessarily mean more expensive either. With so many features, names, and types we’ve decided to help you navigate the winter brand tornado of Ski and Snowboard Jackets.

There are five major types of jackets for both skiing and snowboarding but before we even get there let’s discuss the difference between ski and snowboard. The main parts are function and fit. Snowboard Jackets tend to be longer and in some cases looser (some women’s brands being the exception). The main reason being that some snowboarders need to sit down from time to time. Ski jackets tend to showcase a slimmer fit in general- though some park and freeride specific options are looser.

 

Shells

Shell Ski Jackets are considered technical apparel for the most part and they’re pretty straightforward. Shells are light, packable jackets that ward of wind, snow, sleet and rain. They are popular amongst ski touring enthusiasts and people who enjoy layering efficient winter clothing. Shells are often a single, double or triple layered water repellents. Some companies use their own proprietary water repellant material though Gore-Tex is the most reliable and most well-known. There are many types of Gore-Tex too but we won’t go into the details on this. Shell Ski or Snowboard Jackets should be paired with other inner layers of clothing.

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Insulated

Probably the most popular choice amongst skiers and snowboarders is the Insulated Jacket. There are so many types of insulation and even with our staff will often recommend you to buy a decent midlayer to accompany your Insulated Jacket and here’s why. An insulated jacket that’s too heavy (Too much Insulation) won’t breathe well, causing you to sweat and causing you to retain moisture from your body heat and sweat rather than expel it. You know that sticky, sauna hot humid like feel? That’s what we’re talking about and there is a way to avoid that. (Insert Layering Blog Here) We recommend a lightly insulated ski jacket that’s either a blended synthetic insulation or full polyester. Synthetic materials release body moisture but trap heat while down insulation is known to trap moisture and heat. A nice fleece baselayer and a simple midlayer are also good components to have of any ski or snowboard jacket collection.

 

Technical Shells

Technical jackets are similar to shell jackets but are specific to backcountry touring and ski/snowboard mountaineers. Technical Jackets are often triple layer protection with no insulation. Technical Jackets often integrate with climbing harnesses, pants and other features. Technical jackets often specify what they’re designed for too.

 

Softshells

Softshell jackets are made of hard fleece to help protect against wind, rain, and snow. They are not a hard “shell” and have more stretch and give than the average jacket. Softshell Jackets are recommended for light anaerobic activities or spring skiing. Touring enthusiasts often enjoy this jacket for light backcountry excursions. Softshell jackets often don’t hold their water repellent abilities for as long as hard-shells and are not as popular as Shell or Insulated Ski Jackets

 

3-in-1 Jackets

3-in-1 Jackets are often referred to as system jackets and consist of two or three layers that integrate together. Say you were looking to do a shell layering system but didn’t want to cough up the big bucks to create that system you’d be directed towards a 3-in-1 jacket. Usually made up of a light outer insulator, a mid-weight medium midlayer, and a moisture-wicking baselayer (though not as common), 3-in-1’s are the affordable layering option for the skier or snowboarder on a budget.

686 Smarty Form Jacket

Features

Knowing what features come in an item are key in How to Choose Ski or Snowboard Jackets. Sometimes a jacket will have many features but me made of poor materials or vise versa. There are some features that should come standard in all ski and snowboard jackets though. These are things that will make or break decent day in the snow.

 

Venting

Good venting is really important. You don’t need to have a ton of vent points but you should at least look for pit zips. A good venting system in an Insulated jacket is important too because there will be those times when you overheat and need to let the heat out. Some venting systems have a mesh guard others are just open. Either or works though I’ve found mesh guards to get caught on things and rip.

 

Pockets

Any jacket should come standard with at least two outer pockets. A jacket that is pocket less or doesn’t even have a kangaroo pouch will make a day on the hill suck. Most jackets will have outer pockets but will also have other features too. Ski resorts are trending towards RFID style lift passes so some jackets have a wrist pockets for easy storage. Internally jackets will often come with an audio pocket, a goggle pouch and a secondary internal. Pockets are self-serving and everyone has their thing. That being said there are some things you cannot live without on the ski hill.

 

Hood

Hoods can be tricky too. Some people don’t like hoods, some do. I personally enjoy a hood because I find wind and snow to hit the back of my neck and it can often find its way down my back. Hoods do restrict side to side vision and require you to turn your whole body to see around you. Some hoods are removable but I’ve found in more technical apparel that the hood remains attached. It’s another one of those creature comforts but believe me on those bitterly cold days you’ll be wishing you had a hood.

 

Powder Skirt

Not a necessity if you live on the east coast and I find powder skirts without an interface to pants are really uncomfortable. For one thing powder skirts ride up, they bunch up your underlayers and are tight. Sure if its super deep you’ll want a protective layer to keep snow from finding its way up but it’s definitely not a necessity and even on those pitted powder days I rarely utilize my powder skirt.

 

Jacket to Pant Interface

Most companies have a interface that links their pants and jackets together. Sometimes its by a zipper system, more commonly by button links. Does it make the jacket and pant work well on powder days, sure. Is it incredibly restricting? YES! Even back in my park days when I was into the super baggy setup I felt like the Jacket to Pant Interface was incredibly uncomfortable. Because no one enjoys a wedgie while riding up the lift.

Cuffs Design

This is super important and I have an excellent example to back it. Before I understood cuff design and wrist gaiters I would always get snow up my jackets from my gloves. It got my gloves wet, my hands cold and resulted in me drying out my gloves in the base lodge. Then I bought a jacket (inexpensive for technical apparel standards) and it had wrist gaiters. It was amazing, no more snow up the sleeves or wet gloves, it was awesome. Then I bought a new jacket, a jacket that retailed for around $750 and it was amazing. Triple layer Gore-Tex, Pockets galore. It was pretty awesome- expect it lacked wrist gaiters. It’s become such a pain for me that I’ve thought about sewing my old gaiters into my new jacket. Wrist gaiters are kind of a necessity and will be a lifesaver in the end.

 

Waterproof Zippers

You can have the best water-repelling fabric in the world but water is still going to be able to penetrate through a zipper system that’s not waterproof. Most companies have created some Urethane based zipper system that repels water. Arc’teryx has perfected this technology by Adding WaterTight Zippers to minimalize the weak spot in Ski & Snowboard Jackets.

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Super strength YKK Zippers

Lining

The difference between a Shell Jacket and A Rain Jackets is the backer system or lining. These jackets almost always have what’s referred to as a Flannel Backer. It isn’t so much an insulator but a blocker against the wind. Some jackets have fleece lining or quilted insulation. But linings are typically a sheer material or a flannel base to help keep in warmth.

 

RECCO Reflector

RECCO was originally designed in the 1970’s to help located people in avalanches. RECCO reflectors are commonly found in most apparel these days in help in transmitting an avalanched beacon signal at a better range so that you’re more likely to be found quicker in avalanche burial situations.

If considering venturing into the backcountry always be informed of the dangers of avalanches. Level 1 Avalanche Courses are highly encouraged.

 

Accessories

When we talk about accessories we’re sure to include pockets and their locations as well as specific pockets and uses. In this day and age you typically hit the slopes with your phone and if you’re a seasoned winter adventurer you know that your lithium battery doesn’t like the cold. Most brands (but specifically Helly Hansen) now have special warming pockets to protect your electronics from the elements. If you’re someone who likes listening to tunes on the slopes most jackets come standard with a special MP3 pocket. Easy access and storage make this a must-have for any ski or snowboard jacket.

The nice aspect of pockets is that it can help in customizing what you want and need. Some people enjoy a ton of pockets while others want the minimalist option.

Jacket options and designs are endless. Between Euro Fit, Asian and American styles and designs there’s a lot to choose from. For more Information on specific jacket designs and purposes feel free to reach out to us either via the web or phone at  802-422-3234.


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Salomon Shift Binding Review

An Overview of the Highly Anticipated Salomon Shift Binding

I first heard of the new Salomon Shift Binding through my College Alumni Group on Facebook. See I went to school for Mountain Recreation Management so when something this big (that could dramatically change the AT binding game) gets released we gear addicts get a little excited. It was there that I got into a conversation with an old professor where I questioned the reliability of the binding. It’s new, it’s different, it’s made of polycarbonate (ever heard of a six-foot drop test?). Yep, going to question the binding durability. Through that our Salomon Rep reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in testing the ski and binding out (the New England Ski Industry is a small, small world). I’m not the biggest fan of the QST 99 either. I like it but don’t love it. This new binding was intriguing though and I wasn’t going to turn down an opportunity to test a binding that quite literally will change this ski industry. My only request was to put the binding on the QST 106 instead of the 99. I hadn’t had a chance to test the 106 yet so it would allow me to test two new products at once.

The Salomon Shift Binding

Salomon Shift Binding

The Salomon Shift Binding itself is sleek, relatively lightweight and simple enough to understand after a few walkthroughs. I’d consider the binding light for AT standards and heavy for tech standards. It’s both, so to be a light AT and a heavy Tech binding seems more logical than not.

The idea is that you have a WTR/ Multi-norm tech boot that you can skin up in, then hit a few switches and lock into alpine mode with Alpine release values. This is revolutionary because before this you had two options. A tech binding like a dynafit or fritschi which locks you into the ski and allows uphill travel but won’t release like an alpine binding. If you crash you better know how to crash gracefully- so don’t crash. The other option was an AT binding which is short for Alpine Touring. It’s basically an Alpine Binding on rails that pivots for uphill travel and locks down for downhill. The downside for Alpine Touring is that the bindings are quite heavy.

The Salomon Shift Binding is the happy medium. It takes the best parts of a tech binding. The pivot range, the uphill mobility and combines it with the best parts of an Alpine binding- safe release values, actually releasing and control at speed downhill.

When the binding is in uphill mode it’s range is incredible. It’s most likely due to the higher placement of the pins where they interface with the binding.  Salomon says it can pivot a full 90 degrees and I totally believe that. In touring mode the binding pivots and glides with ease. It works as it should and didn’t seem to have any issues with pivoting. Granted I’ve been testing this binding in east coast conditions, not breaking trail on a powder day. Since the pivot is so high up the binding could potentially get jammed up with snow. The other notable point to make is that you have to completely step out of the binding to get from touring to alpine mode. You also need a thin pair of gloves to access the levers, they don’t really work with a set of Hestra mittens.

For alpine or downhill mode the bindings were phenomenal. There was not wiggling, no give and the bindings worked as they should. In fact, they were so good they tested in our Binding Release Machine better than any Marker binding has. Hitting little jibs on trail was also effortless and even ripping groomers was easy.  I could easily say I trust these bindings.

We have the Shift MNC 13 Available in Salomon and Atomic Badging. This binding is HOT and we’re actually having trouble special ordering it. Get yours before they’re gone.

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Descente Izzy Gear Review

Descente Izzy Gear Review And The Ski Industry Values Descente As A Brand

Descente Izzy

When I think of Descente I think of those new Buick Commercials on TV. There’s the young “millennial” saying to their friend over the phone, “I’m in the Buick.” And the friend responds, “I don’t see a Buick.” Though they’re standing right in front of it. The point that Buick is trying to make is that their cars are not just for older generations, in fact, they’re great for the younger crowd. This strategy can be transferred onto Descente.

If you’re from a family of skiers ask your father, mother, grandfather or grandmother if they’ve heard of the brand Descente and they’ll probably say they still have that Descente jacket from 20 years ago. That’s because Descente isn’t just another ski brand, their a staple within the ski industry and they know a thing or two about making jackets that last for decades.

The Descente Izzy is no exception to the Descente brand, known throughout the Ski Industry as a durable, fashionable and quality performance piece. Over the years Descente has been used by the US Ski Team, Canadian Ski Team, and many, many others. The Izzy is just a step up from the warm-up pieces the ski teams would have been wearing.

The Descente Izzy is made with 4-Way stretch for ease of movement. The thing about Descente is you have to try it on. It never looks like much on the rack. You HAVE to try it on to understand the stretch and fit. There’s no such thing as bunching or pinching and the fit accentuates your curves in all the right places.

Besides that, there’s the added touch of removable Raccoon Fur which you can opt in or out of. Some don’t like the fur on the slopes but add it for après. The Izzy also has a 3D fit which I touched on about. The 3D Fit is the non-bunching fit of Descente. It will fit almost anybody and really shape to your size. Then to keep your warm there’s 3M Thinsulate which is a synthetic fill at 100 grams. Many of the Basin Staff that own Descente wear it on the coldest of days because it does such a good job of keeping you warm.

Descente is the go-to option when we talk about high-fashion ski apparel. Not because of its great features but because of it’s standing within the ski industry. It’s not just another brand, it’s a brand that’s been approved and sworn by across the globe. It’s a brand that’s going to do more than your average company, they understand the importance of valued customers.

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Jones Dreamcatcher Snowboard Review

New for 2018 the Jones Dreamcatcher is catching ladies eyes. It’s not just the pretty graphic that makes the Jones Dreamcatcher so special though. The technology, design, and durability make this deck stand out amongst the rest.

First off, you get directional rocker. Now in a snowboard and if you’re new to snowboarding you’re probably going, “well what does that mean?” It means that the tip is more rockered than the tail and the stance is set back slightly to allow turn initiation and overall comfort to increase on the board. The Dreamcatcher also has Spoon 1.0 Rocker. There are 4 levels of Jones Spoon. Spoon 1.0 is the amount of tip and tail rise and where it tapers to camber on the board. Women dig the Spoon tech because it allows for easy turn initiation and that extra bit of pop and float in more challenging terrain.

Jones Dreamcatcher Snowboard Review

The turn radius, in part to directional shape and the Spoon tech makes the Dreamcatcher bend and snap like a professional dancer. On snow, it performs well and is a great, well-rounded board. Jones calls this board a 6 out of 10 for stiffness. We’d call it a true medium and on the softer side when it comes to Jones who is not known for having soft boards. The board has some serious pop and ladies are raving about the snap and pop feel that the board gives off.

Jones is all about recycling and being as environmentally friendly as possible. The Dreamcatcher has recycled sidewalls and an eco-plastic topsheet.

Jones is committed to being an outdoor industry leader in the fight against climate change. Building snowboards will always have an environmental footprint so we strive to minimize this footprint whenever possible by developing new eco-tech and supporting organizations that fight against climate change on the front lines. We take these efforts seriously because we care about how our actions will affect the environment for future generations.

The men’s equivalent of this board would be the Explorer. We’re just stoked to see more options out there for the ladies who aren’t afraid to throw down on the slopes.


Art by RP Roberts

Jones Dreamcatcher Snowboard Review

The subtle textures and vibrant colors on the Twin Sister’s mountain graphics are the work of UK landscape painter RP Roberts. Born in North Wales and a veteran snowboarder, RP always has mountains on the mind as he lives to paint stunning mountain scenes including the peaks featured on six models in the Jones 2018 collection. The Mountain Twin, Ultra Mountain Twin, Dream Catcher, Prodigy and Twin Sister all feature RP’s signature mountain art.


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Flylow Daphne Jacket Gear Review

Flylow Daphne Jacket Gear Review
The top of the line women’s winter jacket by Flylow. For the ultimate adventure, take the Daphne Insulated Jacket with you.

Why does ski clothing have to be so darn expensive? And why does the inexpensive stuff lack the quality? If there was ever an answer to these two questions it’s definitely Flylow. New this season to Basin Sports, the Flylow collection and the Flylow Daphne Jacket in particular is answering the calls of diehard ski bums everywhere. Flylow was created by two guys who wanted quality winter gear that could stand up to their 100+ day seasons. So they created Flylow (don’t ski fast, just fly low). The most expensive item we carry tops out at $425 and we could throw it into the mix against bigger brands like Arc’teryx and Mammut, and you know what? It will kick both those brands butts when going head to head for quality, durability and price.

The Flylow Daphne Jacket is a 2 layer hardshell ski jacket that feels like a soft shell. It has a freeride fit and has the most universal fit amongst all the brands in our store. Movement is key and the dudettes at Flylow get that. I’m somewhat of a Flylow Groupy and can testify that the fit now versus three years has drastically improved. Thanks in part to some female designers being brought in. I love the Daphne for its lightweight feel. Versus my Arcteryx Tiya the Flylow Daphne Jacket is light and feather weight.

Pocket wise Flylow gets it. After all, this brand is designed by ski bums. Notably the pockets are large enough to place a wallet, phone, iPod and breakfast whether it is liquid or actual food. The Daphne is also DWR coated and is 20k/30k breathable to waterproofness.

Fully taped, waterproof, comfortable and the best wrist gaiters I’ve ever tried on, the Flylow Daphne is a must have stable for any serious skier.

Flylow Daphne Jacket Gear Review

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Black Diamond Mission Parka Gear Review

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From Epic Backcountry Adventures To Deep Resort Days The Mission Parka Is Your Best Friend

Skiing just got a whole lot warmer…

Black Diamond Equipment is rooted in a mountaineering background. Their product is simplistic in design, but built to last. For decades Rock Climbers and Mountaineers alike stood by Black Diamond for its reliability. So a few years ago when they decided to expand to ski apparel (they’ve been making skis for a while) we were more than thrilled- we were ecstatic. This is not a dream, the perfect winter jacket does exist. The Black Diamond Mission Parka is simplistic in design yet complex in protection. From the outside it looks like nothing. Zippers are hidden beneath a subtle layer of 2 Layer Gore- Tex. The clean lines run vertically across the jacket to give it a better fit on most male bodies. The hood is helmet compatible and extends beyond the edge of your helmet/goggles to reduce dripping and building up in visibility. The Mission Down Parka is the perfect blend of warmth and versatility. And we get it, everyone says that about their jacket. But this isn’t just any jacket, it’s what’s on the inside that makes it extra special. The jacket at its core is insulated with a down fill while the arms are synthetic to help reduce moisture build-up. And that’s not all, it even has insulation in the hood. Some may call that overkill, but when you need it most you’ll be happy to have it.

Think of the Mission Down Parka as the go-to jacket option. It’s warm, simplistic and yet complex. Besides outer protection and durable insulation the mission also touts a zip away powder skirt and many inner pockets including one for your tunes. The seams are fully sealed and the YKK zipper is concrete and water repellant. You stay warm, nothing gets in. Think of the Mission Down Parka as the 4-wheel drive winter jacket. It can handle a whiteout blizzard and the heats are seated. Your core is the most important part of your winter kit, so make sure it comes first. Pair it with the Mission Pant and enjoy creative connection through Black Diamonds clip-in ability.

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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

Pre-Season Purchase Coming Soon!

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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