The flagship in Dynastar’s women’s Exclusive line, the Legend Paradise is the quintessential Westerner’s-one-ski-quiver ski. It’s comfortable everywhere and easygoing enough for an everyday ride (if you should be so lucky). But, as is often the case with skis that do everything well, there’s no one condition in which it outshines the others. It would be a loyal companion to low-experts on up all over the hill. The wood core is milled out in the center to save weight and thicker at the edges for better grip and energy transfer. “Nice, clean, mellow ski,” said a tester.
Here's a selection of a few of the noteworthy launches for Winter 2013-14.
The SIA Snowsports show, where manufacturers unveil their latest creations for shop-buyers and journalists, starts tomorrow in Denver, Colorado. We’ll be there to scope out the most promising gear for next winter–everything from helmets and goggles to skis, boots and packs.
Everyone who does anything outside—skiing, surfing, biking, camping, kayaking, climbing—should have one of these in the trunk. (We like it because we’re tired of wrestling our kids into ski boots while they balance precariously on one foot in the snowy parking lot.) It folds up so the dirty side is always on the inside, a carabiner attaches to a backpack, and it’s insulated so your feet don't get cold. (Race gatekeepers: take note.) Qwickstand is $15, shipped to your door.