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Built for long approaches and steep descents, the MTN Explore puts power where its needed for uphill and downhill. Carbon and flax increase stability and reduce weight along with a honeycomb tip, while engineered sidecut and rocker shape help maximize edge grip on uphill traverses. Expected MSRP: $850
DPS introduces Tour1 to its lineup this season, a new, lighter, core construction made with an aerospace prepreg carbon laminate geared towards backcountry touring. In other words, a super light, super wide (for touring standards) ski with tons of power. Expected MSRP: $1,050
The FulLuvit makes its first appearance in the K2 women’s line with a grooved core made of aspen, paulownia, and bamboo (reduced swing weight and easier control),x plus metal laminate and braided fiberglass for stability and the right amount of flex for charging big lines. Expected MSRP: $850
Combining patented pivoting toe piece and step in side towers helps to prevent early release from side impacts on this evolved Dynafit staple. A low stack height means you will retain more energy (more control) between boot and ski. Expected MSRP: $550
Business in the front, party in the back? The Kingpin brings the best of both worlds together with a tech-compatible toe piece and more traditional style alpine-like heel. Plus, it’s DIN certified. Translation: ski the backcountry–in a tech binding–just as hard as the resort. Expected MSRP: $599 (10 DIN) and $649 (13 DIN)
This adhesive full-length ski base attachment (it’s not a skin!) takes a giant leap forward by moving away from traditional materials that have been used to facilitate uphill travel since its inception. Made of PTEX, it attaches to your ski like a traditional skin, but because it wont absorb moisture there’s no worry of picking up clumps of snow or added water weight as you ascend. Expected MSRP: $275