What’s hot for 2019

Why not hit the slopes in 2019 with the latest ski technology which promises lighter, faster, longer lasting and a more comfortable ride. 

Booting up

Ski boots have taken a leap forward this year with Easy Bake, Lightweight, High Performance Alpine Boots that are easy to get on, simple to customize both the shell and the liner by your boot fitter and above all, great to ski on.  According to Ski Magazine, K2’s Recon and Luv series and Salomon’s S/MAX proved to be different than any other boot tested in their respective categories. 

Wax away!

The waxing bench at Albury Ski Club may become obsolete with this new compound!  DPS Phantom could eliminate waxing altogether as this new liquid compound is said to permeate the base of your ski’s and provide a glide that is almost as good as wax.  For those who rarely wax this could be your answer as DPS Phantom is definitely better than no wax at all and you will never have to worry about waxing again.  Although it is perfect for the lazy skier, I’m sure that the die-hards will still be visiting the waxing bench!

Two for the price of one.

Salomon and Atomic, have released a new binding for the season that addresses the need for one binding for those who enjoy 50/50 backcountry/resort skiing. In ski mode, the SHIFT MNC functions is like a normal step-in binding. With a simple flip a switch in the toe piece, and it transforms into a touring binding if your boots have tech inserts.

What’s missing?

This year, Völkl and Atomic have redesigned classic skis producing a light weight ski with translucent centers.  Maybe that will make you go faster when the middle of your ski appears to be missing? 

Ski Fashion Trends for 2019 from www.skibasics.com

This year it’s sustainability and responsible Fashion with skiwear which is responsible and doesn’t damage the planet being at the forefront of ski fashion trends for 2019.

Patagonia leads the way with their ski jackets which are made using 100% recycled Polyester Gore-Tex face fabric and come with a lifetime guarantee ensuring that their clothing remains in circulation and out of landfill.  

Picture Clothing have also embraced responsibility and sustainability-driven eco-design.  Known as “an environmental activist, outdoor brand dedicated to board sports”, Picture Clothing produced the Hubber Helmet; the first ever ski/snowboard helmet made from 100% recycled and organically sourced components.

Smartwool is another standout sustainable ski clothing company for 2019. The company uses scraps of Merino wool to produce ‘Smartloft insulation’.  The company make base layers which combines ultra-soft Merino wool sourced from scrap, lightweight polyester fiber blends, body-mapped vents, and reflective elements to enhance sweat management, dry times, durability, and visibility.

Bright and bold balaclavas are a big look for this season and not just on the slopes! Look out for chunky knits, bright colours and bold designs to protect your face this year.  Try the Gucci, Italian made 100% woolen face mask to make a statement at apres-ski this year!

And for the kids, Anon MFI hooded balaclava from Burton certainly has them covered with extra room for their helmet and magnetic connections that seal the face panel to any kids’ MFI-compatible Anon goggle.

70s Retro Styling is back in this year’s ski wear! With 70’s inspired faux fur parka hoods, to bright and bold colours and animal print in pants, parka’s and all in ones, this years gear combines high tech fabrics, great syling with technology and function. 

The Descente Quinton Ski Jacket retro design jacket for example is far from style over substance, this technically advanced jacket features the Descente Heat Navi system which converts infrared rays from sunlight into stored heat.

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