Boots with hike-ski modes are the hot ticket for ’14-’15 at the Show, you’ll also see a proliferation of boots with customization options and expanded offerings for skiers with wide feet, as manufacturers offer high-performance models with wider lasts and stiffer flexes.
With increased compatibility, next year's ski bindings are blurring the lines between alpine and backcountry.
In the ski binding category new innovative designs are fine-tuning the art of attaching skier to ski. This year’s focus is on weight savings, power transmission for controlling wider skis, safer release, and enhanced touring modes and sole compatibility. “Lighter bindings seem to be the way of the future, especially for ladies’ models,” says Joe Rauscher of Joe’s Ski Shop in Minnesota.
In 2014-15, lightweight doesn't always mean less burly.
Lightness is a trend throughout ski equipment, from boots to skis, from men’s to women’s. But retailers know it’s an especially appealing feature to women, and manufacturers are competing to make their gear aggressively lighter without sacrificing performance.