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2020 Black Crows Skis Preview

New Crows Take Flight Chamonix-based Black Crows has begun to make a deep impression on the North American ski scene in the last few years. Their sidewall adages and quips, bright colors, effervescence, and downright fun skis tend to appeal to, well, everyone. So naturally, Black Crows completely overhauls their look for next year. The Continue reading…

2020 Salomon Skis, Boots, and Bindings Preview

All About Momentum Salomon felt they generated a ton of momentum last year with the release of the Shift binding and some noticeable changes to construction of their QST line on both the men’s and women’s sides. So they ran with it. Now, looking at the lineup of 2020 Salomon skis, there’s even more to Continue reading…

2020 Blizzard Skis Preview

A Blizzard of Color The 2020 Blizzard skis lineup doesn’t feature any massive changes, outside of a redesign to the Zero G backcountry ski series. There are a couple minor tweaks, like thicker wood in the Rustler 10, and a couple subtle additions, like the Brahma 82 and Black Pearl 82. But the flashiest update Continue reading…

2020 Nordica Skis and Boots Preview

Enforcer Takeover When you have one of the industry’s bestselling and most popular skis in your pocket, why switch things up? That’s been Nordica’s M.O. for a few years now. And guess what? It still is. Only now, the 2020 Nordica skis lineup features even more Enforcers, including a slightly rebuilt freeride-oriented version. Read our review of Continue reading…

2020 Head Skis and Boots Preview

Kore Concepts Offered on the men’s side in 93, 99, 105, and 117 versions, the formidable Kore is going to also be available in women’s versions (93 and 99) for next year. Don’t worry, ladies—these are the same Kores but with more sizes and a slightly more forward recommended mount point. The other Kores will Continue reading…

2020 Stockli Skis Preview

Storm Riding During our first full year of carrying Stockli, it didn’t take long for the skis to make an impression on us. They’re fast, well-built, and way too much fun. A couple skis turned our heads at 2019 Outdoor Retailer. For one, the Stormriders change a bit in the lineup of 2020 Stockli skis. Continue reading…

2020 Kastle Skis Preview

Year of the FX Kastle must have been inspired by the turn of a new decade. Because for a company that typically makes small, incremental updates, the lineup of 2020 Kastle skis features some big changes. The FX, “free cross,” family is expanded and rebuilt. It swallows the old BMX series, serving up a formidable Continue reading…

2020 Icelantic Skis Preview

Au Natural One trend we noticed at this year’s Outdoor Retailer? Ski companies are lovin’ the “lightweight freeride” ski—those mid-fat pow-lovers that can rip resort off-piste or heli lines but are light enough to be touring options. The lineup of 2020 Icelantic skis has one of those: the new Natural 111. Oh, and as usual, Continue reading…

2020 Line Skis Preview

2020 Vision Line is a brand known for fun, playful skis (minus the Supernatural, of course). So for the 2020 Line skis release, they went all-in on a pair of new models that seem to exemplify the trending “lightweight freeride” category: the Vision 98 and Vision 108. They’re light enough to be bonafide touring skis, Continue reading…

2020 Rossignol Skis and Boots Preview

Hey, Those 7’s Look Different It’s not like Rossignol was going to overhaul their widely successful 7-series skis, the Sky, Soul, and Super. But they did give them their biggest cosmetic change in a few years (look at the trees!). As for the rest of the lineup for 2020 Rossignol skis, we’ll see a lot Continue reading…