We returned to Mt. Bachelor, Ore., last spring and called in the pros from America's Best Bootfitters and Masterfit University—the guys who teach bootfitters how to fit boots—to help us evaluate the 2012 offerings.
To test boots, we returned to Mt. Bachelor, Ore., last spring and called in the pros from America’s Best Bootfitters and Masterfit University— the guys who teach bootfitters how to fit boots—to help us evaluate the 2012 offerings. The question we get asked the most? Easy: “Why are all the reviews positive?” The answer is simple. We begin the test only with boots we think are going to be good. Once the skiing starts, boots that don’t meet testers’ standards are eliminated from further review. So what’s left? Just the best of the bunch.
Buy boots now › Boots are the conductors between your legs and your skis. A sloppy fit and— zap—the lights go out. (Frankly, we’re surprised newbies in rental “mush buckets” ever stick with the sport.) Boots are the single most important piece of ski gear, and getting the right pair will make you a better skier.
It may seem like rocket science. But if
you learn how to decode some basic
information about gear, it goes a long way
in helping you find your perfect setup.
Here’s your key.
Understanding Dimensions › We know how intimidating numbers can be. But nothing tells you more about a ski than its tip, waist and tail measurements. They illustrate what terrain a ski is best suited for, as well as how forgiving it may be, so pay attention.
Narrow waists (under 85 mm) are quick and grippy, built for groomed.
No longer new and innovative, rocker’s here
to stay, part of the ski-design landscape.
- WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT ROCKER? No one has any trouble understanding the primary benefit: flotation. If you’ve ever seen a water ski you can imagine how reverse camber—rocker—would make a snow ski more buoyant in powder. But rocker has become just as important in everyday, all-mountain conditions. Why? Two reasons: shock absorption and, well, call it “pivotability.” By rockering the tip, thus relieving its downward pressure on the snow, manufacturers can make skis smoother riding and easier to balance on in rough terrain.
Ski designer Bertrand Krafft’s singular mission? Have a blast—and take you along for the ride.
Shape-shifter Bertrand Krafft, alpine ski developer for Salomon, lives near Chamonix, but brings a surfer’s soul to the snow. The creator of several pioneering ski designs, Krafft (aka “Beber”) has an eponymous ski launching this season, the BBR.
SKI › You created the X Scream and twin-tip Pocket Rocket, both of which challenged design conventions—and sold well. Now you’re launching the V-shaped BBR. What inspired it?