Our skis utilize a cap construction paired with a hybrid composite structure. Our X-Lam birch core runs edge to edge to give solid and continuous power transfer to the edge. This unique core structure also gives our wider skis additional lateral strength while providing exceptional resistance to binding tear-outs. All of our cores are wrapped in a varying matix of hybrid composites made up of only the best carbon, Kevlar and glass strands available… biaxial, triaxial and quadaxial fabrics are all used depending on the specifics of the build. Review our ‘Materials’ page for more details.
Side Cut & Radius
Sidecut is a general term for the radial measurement of the curvature of a ski. The sidecut determines the turning characteristics and it is most often specified in meters. A ski with a 15m radius will turn tighter than a ski with a 21m radius… as the radius get larger, the sidecut gets smaller.
Tip & Tail Profiles
Traditional tip and tail profiles position the widest part of the sidecut closer towards the corresponding end of the ski. This type of tip or tail profile results in a high performance steering behavior and exceptional precision.
Early Tapered tips and tails provide a smooth ride in variable snow conditions including tracked powder and breakable crust. Compared to a Traditional profile, the widest part of the sidecut is located further from the end of the ski. This type of tip or tail profile results in a less aggressive and more forgiving ski while delivering easy turn initiation.
This is the underfoot curvature built into the body of the ski that is responsible for turning power, stability and ‘liveliness’. A ski with less camber responds to the snow surface with less pressure input from the skier. Skis with less camber will initiate quicker and steer with more stability when turned on edge. Skis with more camber provide a more dynamic ride as well as additional pop and rebound on harder surfaces.
Rocker refers to an uplift or ‘early rise’ in either the front or back of the ski. Rocker improves uplift in deeper snow conditions and allows the skier to drive the skis harder without fear of the tips or tails diving. While rocker also helps to provide smoother handling under diverse snow conditions, it is not just for powder days. The snow contact points on a rockered ski are closer towards the center of the ski and result in shortening the feel of the ski by reducing the effective edge. This means on harder surfaces, your skis feel shorter than their actual length! Rockered skis provide smooth turn initiations and increased agility.
Tip & Tail Upturn
Tip and Tail Upturn options provide you with the ability to specify several different configurations. ‘Normal’ Tip Upturn with a ‘Flat’ tail will give you a traditional profile, while specifying ‘Normal’ for both your tips and tails will result in a classic twin-tipped ski. Specifying a ‘Light’ tail upturn is a nice option that lets you feather your skis without the tips digging in, but still lets you attach a skin.
- “…quick, agile & responsive…” | January 2, 2015
- “…Great work-horses…” | December 12, 2014
- “… very responsive… fun & super lively.” | January 3, 2014
- “… very playful… great pop!” | December 23, 2013
- “… hold an edge like a mother trucker!” | December 22, 2013
- “… take a beating, and stand their ground on big cliffs.” | January 27, 2013
- “Seriously f’n fun!” | January 25, 2013
- “The skis are great, a perfect fit for me.” | January 13, 2013
- “… amazing! They look & feel like they were made just for me.” | January 1, 2013
- “… a step up from anything I’ve skied on.” | December 25, 2012
- “… the skis are sensational!” | December 25, 2012
- “…awesome on the groomers… held an edge like nobody’s business” | March 22, 2012
- “Might be the best pow ski ever” | March 19, 2012
- “A dream in the powder” | March 19, 2012
- “Edge hold is incredible… they carve through anything” | March 13, 2012
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