Blizzard’s new Slider binding plate ($80) gives you choices. It mounts—in seconds, with a single screw—to any Blizzard IQ Max ski, and accepts any flat-ski compatible binding. You get the benefits of Blizzard’s unique IQ interface (slop-free energy transfer, unimpeded flex), using a binding you might already own. (Blizzard calls it the industry’s first “open-source” system.) The mounting process is so easy, you might even want two or more Sliders, one mounted with your AT binding, another with your telemark binding, and so on. One ski, multiple applications. On top of all that, the Slider offers 7 cm of fore-aft stand-position adjustability, so you can crank it forward for park-and-pipe applications, or all the way back for deep-snow surfing. A true multi-tool.
The company’s unit tracks vertical drop, speed, pairs with your phone, and attaches seamlessly to any ski goggle.
Our testers get this gear in exchange for a week of work. You can get it just for being awesome.
Blown knees are the bane of skiers, but a small Vermont-based binding company claims to have solved the problem.
Compressed air, venturi valves, horse collars, fans, argon, TSA rules, cable pulls. The lingo alone can spin your head, so let us set you straight.
Island and mountain prints add flair to the slopes this season.
For when you don’t want to haul or buy ski gear on your next trip.
To get the best ski gear, start at the bottom and work up.
Pro skiers use them, so they should be good enough for you. Right?
Philip Tavell, head honcho of Helly Hansen’s ski line, dishes on fashion trends, Scandinavian scruples, and new gear shown at Aspen International Fashion Week.
We’re on 2015’s best boards at Snowbird. We’ll let you know what we find out.