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INNOVATION AWARDS MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR OUTDRY GLOVES

From the Editors of SnowPress

SMART: New Ideas, Better Performance

The question most asked of us on the show floor, “What are you seeing that impresses you?” Everyone wants to find that hot new and dynamic product that makes life better on the slopes. Well here you go. The following products blew our minds. They employed smart, simple innovations to improve the experience of the sport. Meet the winners of the SnowPress Show Daily innovation awards for the best of the best in slopeside smarts.

Mountain Hardwear’s Paige Boucher calls Italy’s OutDry, a four-way-stretch, waterproof, polyurethanewelded lamination available in its new 13-model glove line, “one of the biggest technological advancements in material of the century.” The breakthrough bonded membrane technology, which also offers increased dexterity, can be found on two new spring ski gloves for 2010: the Pistolero and the Minus One. “No one’s ever been able to make a truly waterproof/breathable glove before,” she says. “It’s pretty revolutionary.” How good is it? As a result of the material switch, Gore cancelled Mountain Hardwear’s accessory license.— EUGENE BUCHANAN

ROSSIGNOL AVENGER SERIES This year Rossignol has added two new skis – the 74 Carbon and 74 Composite – to its all-mountain Avenger line, bringing the series’ SKU count to six. With the line’s 82 TI and 82 Carbon already two of the company’s top-selling skis, the new offerings, which come at a better entry-level price point of $550, are poised to add to the accolades by incorporating Auto Turn rocker technology to the design, combining camber underfoot with early rise rocker toward the tips and tails. The 74s, which measure 74mm underfoot, come in 146, 156, 166 and 176cm sizes. (Photo: Rossignol’s Ron Steele)— EB

SPARK R&D DYNAFIT ADAPTERS The backcountry, light-touring, freeride paradigm shift ain’t just for skiers. As evidenced by the buzz at this show, split boards are on the rise. But the advantages of super-light, easy-touring Dynafit bindings seems reserved for the skiers, right? Nah, core backcountry boarders have been retrofitting Dynafit bindings for split boards and hard boots to take advantage of the system’s better touring and mountaineering capabilities (try putting crampons on a soft boot). While retrofitting requires a whole binding, Spark’s adapters ($65) use just a Dynafit toe piece (sold for $164) that snaps into the binding plate. You can even switch it out to use soft or hard boots on the same board. — DOUG SCHNITZSPAHN

POC RECEPTOR BACKCOUNTRY WITH MIPS When your head makes full contact with a tree, the damage only partly comes from the impact to the bone. Your soft brain also slams against the inside of your skull. Helmet shells protect from the first injury but not the second. So POC partnered with MIPS technology to create a helmet that addresses both problems. The helmet’s inner liner is held in place by a pin that releases on impact, allowing the shell and liner to move independently, providing better cushioning the brain. It also offers all the shell protection and ventilated cool of POC’s standard Receptor lid. The helmet comes with replacement pins. — DS

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STRAP PAD What began as a tool for easing chairlift pain from a dangling snowboard is appealing to experts who appreciate the Strap Pad for its grab potential. Some expert riders are telling Strap Pad creator Asher Metchik that the looped stomp pad enables solid one-footed landings and more trickiness. The one-year-old company is marketing to both camps, promising chairlift relief to kneepained riders and more control for single-clamped scooters, while letting the experts create their own uses for the grab loop. Metchik also provides logo-branded Strap Pads to rental shops. —JASON BLEVINS

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