• Most Improved Graphics Award •
– Fischer Ranger Series
Till now, the Ranger skis have been better than their paint jobs. Now, these skis that perform well have a look that does them justice.
• Most Intriguing Outerwear Award(s) •
– Strafe Pyramid Jacket
We really like Strafe’s new Neoshell jacket, called the Pyramid. Besides the very supple and stretchy fabric, it has a nice fit and featureset that makes us think that it could be a really good 50/50 jacket for both inbounds use and ski touring.
– Strafe women’s Event Bib
Strafe is also making a women’s Event bib called the Scarlett Bib that has a drop seat which lets ladies go to the bathroom without taking the whole thing off, which apparently hasn’t been done before for some reason??
– Patagonia Descensionist Jacket & Pants
The Descensionist kit looks — and is — very cool and is in contention for our favorite freeride touring kit ever. We’ve actually been putting a whole bunch of days in it, and our review will be dropping soon.
• Most Intriguing Baselayer Award •
– Polartec PowerWool
(From Sam Shaheen): Polartec has a history of developing game-changing fabrics. One of their newest fabrics is a base layer called PowerWool that uses lofted wool next to the skin and a synthetic weave on the face. This hybrid design should capitalize on the properties of wool to effectively wick away moisture and reduce odor, while also capitalizing on the hard-wearing and shape-retention properties of synthetics in the outer layer. We are excited to try out some of these pieces, though for now, it looks like they might be priced a bit high for the outdoor sports market. Stay tuned.
• Gear We were Most Tempted to Steal •
– Scarpa Maestrale
One of the world’s most popular touring boots is getting redone. And we are legitimately worried that Blister’s Sam Shaheen’s head is going to explode if we don’t let him review it soon.
– Nordica Enforcer 110
If you haven’t done so already, you can read why here, and see rocker profile pics.
Ok, seriously, enough of these awards.
Time to get back out on the mountain.