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New skis for the 2019 season
To give you a glimpse of what the 2019 ski season will bring us, here are a few newcomers for the next season. These skis will be for sale in the fall of 2018, but we aim to test them this season already, to give you the best information about the upcoming season's newcomers.
HEAD replaces its frontside all-mountain Instinct line with 5 V-Shape LYT skis, from the basic V2 to the top level V10 ski, all lightweight and smooth frontside carvers. The Premium and Prestige return as their top end piste skis, revamped and looking more stylish than ever before. Also HEAD adds a Kore 99 to their successful freeride line.
Liberty introduces the new V-series, a frontside carving collection of 76mm, 82mm and 92mm wide underfoot skis using VMT technology, vertical metal struts between the bamboo and poplar core of the ski. We already tested the Liberty V82, which got a 5 star rating from our reviewer Craig.
Blizzard adds a carbon plate on their SRC slalom ski and the WRC giant-slalom ski. In combination with a kind of square straws which run the length of the woodcore of the ski, they will be even more snappy and give even more rebound.
Nordica brings us a whole new race department. The Dobermann line looks slick. The GSR and SLR are a little narrower tip, waist and tail. And Nordica adds a brand new cross ski, the Nordica Dobermann SLC, with a 120-69-104 sidecut and 14m radius @170cm length. Also new is a very aggressive looking Nordica Dobermann GS M RB Piston giant-slalom ski with a 114-69-97 sidecut and a 20.5m radius @185cm length.
Rossignol has completely altered its all-mountain Experience line. We already tested the Rossignol Experience 88 Ti, which new see-through honeycomb tip is inspired by Rossignol's updated freeride 7-series line, which again looks stunning (see picture on the right).
DPS adds a Cassiar 87 as a frontside resort carver and a Cassiar 94, the widest of their frontside line, to its most advanced carbon ski construction Alchemist series.
Salomon's new S-Max Blast skis and S-Max W Blast skis for women, both with a 72mm waist, feature a new invention, the so called "Edge Amplifier Construction", which transfers all your energy to the edge of the ski for more power, precission and response.
Stöckli adds to the Laser line the Stöckli Laser WRT-ST, sidecut 118-66-100mm, 13m radius cross ski and the Laser MX, sidecut 119-65-100mm, 11.4m radius exclusively designed for women, which should be playful and easy to handle.
New snowboards for the 2019 season
Most major snowboard brands have new snowboards added to their collection for the 2018 - 2019 season. Here are a couple of the most interesting highlights from major snowboard brands in the market. Reviews of these brand new boards will be published on Yellow Gentian, stay tuned.
Burton snowboard highlights for 2019 collection
Burton comes with a couple of new boards as they do every year of course. The Speed Date is the most serious one. Then there is a Stun Gun which can be seen as the successor of the Dump Truck. Also gone is the Branch Manager. The new Trick Pilot comes in between this and the Custom Twin for more piste quality. Freestylers have the Free Thinker as a replacement for the Custom Twin Camber. With the same concept but for deeper snow the Deep Thinker is in the collection.
Nitro snowboard: new Quivers in 2019
In the Quiver line Nitro adds two more boards: Quiver Fury and Quiver Fusion. Both are tough snowboards, set up as a twin and the Fury as the directional version. Nitro also introduces a unisex Drop Out which comes from last years woman's Drop Out. No more Überspoon next year.
Jones snowboards in 2019 more split options
Major development at Jones is towards splitboards. 3 more of the current range come in a split option as well. Brand new Jones board is the Lone Wolf, a large freeride board which looks like a cool big surfboard with splittail and a wide shovel.
Amplid snowboards: Aloha and DaDa new for 2018-2019
Two very interesting new boards in Amplid's collection for next season: Aloha Vibes and DaDa. Aloha is designed with a splittail and looks a bit like the fantastic Amplid Surfari, but is shaped for shorter carves. The DaDa is a twin board in the same line which will suit the freestylers better.
Salomon snowboards: cool split S-Lab and the Speedway
New for next season Salomon introduces the Speedway. Interesting as it is supposed to be the successor of the Burner from years ago which was a serious good board. Besides that, most interesting new item is a splitboard plus matching boots: the S-Lab Splitboard. It looks very cool, splits in 4 pieces. 3-way length wise with the middle section splitting in 2 as well, which pieces are easy to tuck away in the backpack. The matching Trek S-Lab boots come with a system to set the heelback loose for easier touring up the mountain. And of course they are way comfy afterwards as well when you have a drink with friends.
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