The Latest & Greatest Gear for Winter 2016


It seems that every year the industry is upping its game with design and technology, leaving gearheads salivating over the latest products to hit the market.

Here are our buyers’ top ten picks of products that will make an impact this season.


1The Mach1 130LV Ski Boot by Tecnica is a choice for expert skiers that have a narrow foot, narrow leg shape and a tall instep. Tecnica’s C.A.S (Custom Adaptive Shape) shell and liner are designed to be tweaked by a skilled bootfitter to give you the ultimate in performance and comfort. The C.A.S. Liner utilizes cork that surrounds the foot that can be heated, punched or grinded down for small fit issues. $699.99


The women’s Astra Ski with Bindings from Salomon is an integrated package that favours easy turning and forgiving cruising. The Astra uses a Carve Rocker design, which provides the rider with a rocker feeling and slight camber underfoot for instantaneous turn response and precise cornering. Its 3D molded Control Frame is constructed with specific edge grip zones, while the Semi Sandwich Construction provides a structural layer of fiber for optimal comfort, response and maneuverability. $649.99

Giro set the industry standard more than a decade ago with their groundbreaking In Form Fit System, and now they’re changing the game once again with the Range MIPS™ Helmet. The revolutionary new helmet design utilizes a 2-piece shell and an adaptive fit system with Conform Fit Technology, literally forming to every rider’s head shape by expanding and contracting with the turn of a dial. The Range’s durable yet semi-flexible construction wraps around the head to provide the lowest-profile fit Giro has ever created. Premium performance and functional features like MIPS™ Technology, Adjustable Venting, an integrated GoPro® camera mount, including the signature Fidlock® Magnetic buckle closure complete this cutting edge design. $319.99


The lightweight and highly ventilated Auric Ski Helmet from POC has a durable ABS shell and a multi-impact EPP liner, which is strategically thicker in the most exposed areas. It provides increased protection for the ears and temples and is compatible for use with a beanie and goggles underneath. The soft internal padding makes sure the helmet stays safe and comfortable in place and the padding can also be adjusted for ventilation. The Auric helmet has been developed in collaboration with POC team athlete Aaron Blunck. $139.99



The Prizm™ Flight Deck™ XM Snow Goggle by Oakley offers an unrivaled field of view with a wide range of helmet compatibility. It features discreet frame notches at the temple for eyeglass compatibility, rimless lens with F3 anti-fog coating and a lens sub-frame attachment for fast and easy lens changing. The flexible O Matter™ frame conforms to your face for optimized comfort and performance as you show off your skills on the mountain. $240.00


8The Optimistic Snowboard by Yes provides everything you could want in an all-mountain snowboard, giving you a Twin stance for easy switches and a camrock center for that added stability. The Optimistic uses an outline that’s constructed with a Directional Volume Twin design, giving the board a 10mm setback stance, making it even more enjoyable to ride through both light and hard snow. The poplar-bamboo core of the Optimistic means the core of the board has the horsepower to match whatever you can throw at it. $599.99



The Quest Access Heat Ski Boot by Salomon is a perfect boot for skiers that are looking for ample stiffness and a medium to wide fit in both the forefoot and shaft of the leg. Ride and Hike Technology unlocks the upper cuff from the lower shell to make walking and hiking much easier for you. The Woolmetal insulation uses a blend of metallic polyester and wool to keep you warm and comfortable on the mountain all day. $549.99



6The Monster 88 by Head is a tough, agile and versatile all-mountain ski that powers through any condition. It is armed with the winning combination of ERA 3.0 s technologies of rocker, radius and rebound as well as the strong Graphene™ World Cup Sandwich Cap Construction for unmatched durability and performance on the slopes. Show off your skills and dominate the mountain with the Monster 88 Ski. $699.99

The RTM 86 UVO Ski from Volkl creates a completely new way to ride the mountain, with innovations that combine to create a new performance standard. Taking giant leaps will be easier based on the reduced silhouette, improved edge grip on hard-pack, and an innovative 3D Ridge core construction. Add Volkl’s proven UVO damping technology for supreme edge grip and this ski will have you equipped for a fun and wild ride on the slopes. $1399.99

10Extremely athletic yet astoundingly playful and precise to control, the V-Werk Code UVO has reduced weight, unparalleled reaction speeds, maneuverability and agility. Using the new 3D Ridge design and carbon-titanal hybrid construction, Volkl has completely reworked this ski, making it lighter and more versatile with improved control and dynamic performance. $1599.99