The 2012/13 season is fast approaching and everyone, including us, is on the hunt for the hottest gear to rip in. We traveled to Denver for this year’s SIA (Snowsport Industries America) in hopes of discovering the next revolutionary piece of equipment and snow style. The event was filled with cutting edge technology, new pro series skis, shoes that double as beer coozies and collaborative efforts between outerwear brands and car manufacturers. We got to see what gear will be going off in 2013 firsthand and after an insane four days, we were blown away. Below are five companies we visited with that are pushing the envelope of snow sport technology and style.
Dakine: At this year’s trade show, Dakine showcased their partnership with ABS, a company who has pioneered avalanche safety technology. Their new line of specialized ski packs include ABS airbags as well as increased storage space for probes, shovels and other gear. Along with coming in various sizes, 25 or 40 liter, the ABS system has a 97% success rate in avalanche survival, making this backpack a must-have for backcountry fanatics. Dakine also highlighted their new glove line that is completed with goretex, a better grip system and touch-tech that makes it compatibile with iphone and other cellular use. Lastly, Dakine revealed their new “Clutch” outerwear line that boasts a three layer garment system that is waterproof, breathable, and includes water resistant zippers.
Obermeyer: At this year’s event, Obermeyer displayed their new outerwear in men’s, woman’s and kid’s. The woman’s line included new, stylish jackets with accessories such as a removable powder skirt, a goggle cloth and a pullover feature that is engineered for easily putting on and removing your jacket. For men’s, Obermeyer went green and made their jackets from 53% recycled material. They also included base layer features that are made cut bulk while keeping you warmer and dryer. Lastly, the kid’s line utilizes unique color schemes and includes accessories such as snow globe zippers and sleeve compasses. Most importantly, the jackets were crafted with “igrow” technology which allows the jacket to expand and “grow” along with the child.
K2: With Sean Petit taking the ski industry by storm, it only seemed appropriate K2 would honor him with a signature pro series. The skis are engineered with a tapered nose and a wider tail that create a responsive and predictable ski perfect for pushing the limits in the backcountry. The skis also have powder rocker in the fore body and tail, making the ski stiff on groomers and soft on deep powder runs.
Spyder: This year, Spyder teamed up with Audi-America to showcase their new line of outerwear that is not only aesthetically pleasing but mechanically brilliant. The jacket’s accessories and style are mirrored on the Audi R8 cars, including pattern, material and hidden features. The jackets have an armor plating over the shoulders for extra warmth and protection as well as a series of hidden features to discover as it is increasingly worn. This line is sure to be of the finest crafted on the mountain.
Tecnica: Tecnica continued to showcase their traditional italian shoe wear and style by including their après-ski home run— the Moon Boot. Inspired by Nasa and the rainbow colored original, Tecnica has created a warm, comfortable boot perfect for strolling through the village and hanging by the hot cocoa stand. Be sure to pick out your favorite color pattern and buy the most necessary fashion accessory on the mountain.
These brands are changing the way skis and equipment are made, used and styled. So, before you go off and buy your next set of missing link equipment, make sure you check out these brands and what they are bringing to the table. What do you guys think of the gear? Anyone have anything fresh that you are stoked about? Comment below and let us know!