Until now, skiers planning to spend lots of time in the park had a tough decision to make when it came time to mount a binding to a new ski. They could center-mount it for balanced swing-weight and good park-performance, or they could mount it in conventional fashion—aft of center—for traditional all-mountain performance. The Schizo system, available on Marker’s Jester and Baron bindings, lets you have it both ways. A cable-and-track system allows the binding to be mounted somewhere in between, then moved forward or back over a six-centimeter range. A screwdriver’s all you need to adjust it (Marker even provides one), and there’s no need to readjust the forward pressure or otherwise worry about your DIN setting. Best of all, you get the industry-standard power and edge-hold of the Royal Family series of bindings, thanks to that extra-wide foundation. There are two versions available: the Jester Schizo 16, with its 6–16 DIN range ($495), or the Griffon Schizo, plenty beefy for all but the heaviest and most aggressive rippers with its 4–12 DIN range ($395).
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.
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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.
Your puffy keeps you warm, dry, and looking fantastic all winter long. Return the favor and give it some hard-earned TLC.