Used to be, you could pretty much count on a new ski boot design to have four buckles. Not anymore, especially when it comes to park-and-pipe applications. Examples, the Dalbello Krypton, Salomon Ghost and now the Ace of Spades, a rare midseason boot launch from Nordica. The Ace is a three-buckle affair: one on the cuff, two on the lower. It’s also a three-piece shell design that looks like it’ll be easy to get into and out of while still providing plenty of rearward support for back seat landings. Nordica kept it as light as possible (just 4.5 pounds), and the last (interior width) is a roomy 102-mm across the forefoot (way wider than either the Ghost or the Krypton). And the flex rating? Nordica describes it as so progressive (soft at first, but stiffer as it flexes more deeply) that the flex rating is listed not as 100 or 130, but as “100-to-130.” Other niceties: Vibram sole for easy walking, Full Shock Eraser bootboard for softer landings, even a pant clip on the rear cuff. And the colors? Well, they speak for themselves—and quite loudly at that.
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.