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Pro skiers, your local shop owner, Mountain editors—they all gathered under one roof in Denver last week for the SIA Snow Show, an annual meeting of the snow sports industry. After a roller coaster ride through next year’s gear, here’s what stood out.
The great leap forward in ski technology is nowhere near finished. New shapes, materials, and permutations from every brand highlighted the show. One big story: a complete overhaul to the Dynastar freeride line for 2013. Called the Cham series (think Chamonix, France and big mountain skiing), waist widths range from 97mm to 127mm and each ski has a five-point silhouette with tip rocker. Elsewhere, Black Diamond’s new Carbon Megawatt also turned heads. It’s as fat as ever but much more tour-friendly.
The burly sidecountry boot category is booming, and even those companies without an AT-specific boot in their line are borrowing backcountry features like rubber soles. Tecnica’s Cochise boot—featuring a hike/ski mode, three buckles, and lightweight construction—grows into a full line of sidecountry/AT boots, including a women’s version and a pro model. The Lange XT debuts in 2013 with a hike/ski mechanism, rubber soles, and hike-friendly materials paired with a 98mm last and 130 flex.
Smith Optics stole the spotlight with the debut of its Recon Instruments I/O goggle. A small screen on the lower right side of the goggle frame synchs with a smartphone to receive texts, scroll through music, show your location on a resort map, clock speed and other stats, and much more. If you’re looking for a different take on tech, Scott’s Off Grid goggle offers a patented adjustment system for customizing fit around the cheekbones.
Marker’s Duke, the longtime standard for freeride backcountry bindings, increases in width for 2013 to boost power transfer and better suit today’s fatter skis. Three other brands introduce backcountry bindings for next season: the Salomon Guardian, the Atomic Tracker, and the Tyrolia Adrenalin.
Armada partners with Gore-Tex to offer burly outerwear with the brand’s unique style. Volkl’s new line of poles features fun colors and utilitarian features (think articulating baskets on backcountry poles). Looking for a low-profile POV video camera? Try Zeal Optics goggles with a built-in camera. On the snowboarding side, Jones splitboards with Karakorum carbon bindings looked ready for serious touring. —Olivia Dwyer