ski gear trends for this season

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ski gear trends for this season

I attended the MDV (Marker, Dalbello, and Volkl) pro rep meeting yesterday at their HQ in NH.

A couple trends to share with you guys

in Boots / bindings you will see and hear more and more about something called Grip Walk.  Its a different sole than the current Din standard on boots that was created by Marker 3 years ago but it has had every year more and more of their competitors sign on so that now it has every major boot and binding brand on board.  This will eventually replace the current din standard for alpine and AT boot soles within a couple years with the exception of the race market.  Its a much easier to walk in boot sole and many boots are now going to come with the option to have a regular din sole or a GW sole on them.  In Marker if your bindings say Sole ID on them purchased new in the last 2 seasons - they will work with din, GW or AT soles.  They even come with a vibram sole option for AT boots like the Lupo if you are doing a lot of hiking in them.

Narrower widths and less rocker are a thing.  The overwhelming feedback from shops is that wider and more rocker is not selling as well even out west.  The winters with less snow lead to more skiing on groomers and doing that on a 100mm+ barrel stave is just not a winner.  All ski makers are put a lot of work into narrower widths in the 70's in many cases.  This will be a good thing for eastern skiing for sure.  Even classic wider skis like the Mantra went on a diet and is now 95mm width down from 100mm in its new version.  The Mantra used to have rocker underfoot but now has camber and this you will also see in many other mfr offerings as well.  Camber just skis better in everything but deep pow so its a no brainer from my perspective.  Volkl dropped many models from its lineup above 110mm.  

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Is there any talk about skis for recreational juniors at meetings like that?  For instance, there was a mom on TheSkiDiva asking for ski advice for her 8yo daughter who is tall enough for 130 or even 140 lengths, but only weighs 70 lbs, and is skiing blacks and double-blacks in Colorado.  No interest in racing for the foreseeable future.
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Look at the Mantra Jr
My son loved his at that age
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Narrower widths and less rocker are a thing.  The overwhelming feedback from shops is that wider and more rocker is not selling as well even out west.  The winters with less snow lead to more skiing on groomers and doing that on a 100mm+ barrel stave is just not a winner.  All ski makers are put a lot of work into narrower widths in the 70's in many cases.  This will be a good thing for eastern skiing for sure.  
This is good news as my 20 year old Stockli all mountain skis are now in fashion!
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Cunningstunts wrote
This is good news as my 20 year old Stockli all mountain skis are now in fashion!
 huge fan of Stockli.  The stormrider XL - 78 under foot was best east coast condition ski I ever was on.
 The blue snake skin top sheet with stockli in red over a white background.

I also had the stormrider dp scott schimdt model. Thing was a beast and stable at speed.  Crushed crud and smashed spring slush.  



I ride with Crazy Horse!
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Yeah they make some nice skis.

It's just funny to see this coming full circle as I knew it would.  What was new 20 years ago will be new today!
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Hopefully they’ll make stormriders in the 80s width.  
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Look at the Mantra Jr
My son loved his at that age
Thanks.  Passed on the info.
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The way of thinking on the narrower skis is buy skis for the snow you actually ski on not the snow you wish you were skiing on especially if you only have one pair.  

That and the growing evidence that skis wider than low to mid 80's mm are really really bad for our aging body parts particularly the knee and this is something that is here to stay.  

I'll be on a Deacon 74 this season.  I'll keep my 90Eights for Pow days and spring corn and crud and RTM 84.  Going to sell my Kendo's I think as much as I like them you only can ski on so many pair.
So my quiver will be 74, 84, 98 widths and all firm snow days will be on the Deacon 74's.
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Of course that philosophy works.  It always has.

But it's also damn good for the ski companies if they can convince the average skier to have more than one pair of skis.

For lift served, it's 99.9% groomers in this part of the world, so I'll definitely stay on my 72mm waisted skis as I have been for years.  Never bought into the fat skis do-it-all phenomena.

Would like some mid-80s for all other ungroomed conditions.  Not willing to spend the money for anything new though for the amount they actually get used.
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