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LOOK FOR THESE KEY TRENDS AS YOU PERUSE THE SNOW SHOW AISLES THIS WEEK Here’s what you can expect to see on the Snow Show floor. Get more in-depth coverage in each of these categories in the Snow Show Daily this week or check out the Snow Show Preview online at SIAsnowshow.com/showdaily. — Lindsay Konzak
ALPINE ABOVE, ICELANTIC SKIS' NEW SABRE ALLMOUNTAIN COLLECTION RAILS ON GROOMERS AND BLASTS THROUGH CRUD. THE NEW DYNASTAR SPEED ZONE ON-TRAIL COLLECTION PROVIDES POWER ACROSS CHANGING TERRAIN AND SNOW. LEFT, THE APEX XP SERIES IS LIGHTER AND MORE COMPACT FOR 2016-17; THE DESIGN INCLUDES A REMOVABLE INNER BOOT AND OPEN CHASSIS DESIGN. DALBELLO IS OFFERING SWAPPABLE SOLES THAT WILL WORK WITH MARKER'S NEW GRIP WALK BINDINGS. SHOWN, THE DALBELLO LUPO CARBON TI.
SKIS ARE ON A DIET FOR 2016-17, AS THE ARDOR for powder boards seems to have cooled, if temporarily. While some brands are introducing new fat skis, expect to see narrower waists on the Show floor, including a slew of new mid-fats in freeride collections. Also expect a fresh embrace of the high-performance carving ski, with several brands introducing new narrow-waisted offerings. The goal: to meet the needs of most skiers – no matter the skill level – who spend most of their time on groomed snow. On the boot front, consumers continue to spend more in part thanks to the desire for a more customized fit. And brands are responding with their own approaches to the task, from easy-to-soften plastics to heat-moldable shells. Easy-walking rockered soles are making inroads, and manufacturers continue to prioritize lightness and comfort.
Read about backcountry ski and boot trends (p. 44), as well as poles (p. 40), in this issue of the Snow Show Daily.
HYDRODYNAMIC SHAPING, RETRO INFLUENCES AND CREATIVE RIDING STYLES ARE INSPIRING THE 2016-17 lineups from board-makers. On the Show floor today, expect a selection of powder boards from brands like Capita and Dinosaurs Will Die, unique shapes from Never Summer and Salomon, and the use of advanced materials in new boards from Ride, Jones and Niche. For boots, consumers are looking for perfect fit right out of the box. And both boots and bindings are benefiting from a renewed focus on flex beyond just stiff or soft. Manufacturers are making adjustments to flex while improving the fit and durability of their boots, leveraging heat-moldable liners, improved foams, ergonomic footbeds and soles from third parties like Vibram and Michelin. Brands are focused on response and customization with the newest lineup of bindings, resulting in streamlined baseplates and smaller mountain discs, as well as systems that enable riders to precisely adjust the placement of their straps.
Nick Wittman, salesman, Aspect Boards and Brews, Bend, Ore. Q: How would you describe the current state of the snowboard industry? NW: The sport is maturing, looking back to the roots for the answers that were there all along. Brands are tightening up their offerings. We're seeing classic designs, patterns and colors, and camber resurfacing as a staple shape, as well as other shapes finding their place and best uses.
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JONES PRODIGY IS THE BRAND'S NEW YOUTH BOARD. BRANDS ARE AMPING UP THEIR LINES FOR YOUTH AND WOMEN IN 2016-17. LEFT, THE DC SCENDENT BOOT.