The Newschoolers crew is out here in Denver this week for the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show checking out the new gear dropping this upcoming fall. Check it out and drop a question in the comments if there's anything else you'd like to see!
There are a couple of small changes, and a few new skis introduced to Line Skis this year.
The Blend had its tip blunted, its sidecut extended for quicker turning, and both the tip and tail widened to maximize surface area for butters. Another update came to the Tom Wallisch Pro, with increased durability, added stability, and assists quicker spins.
The Vision Collection has seen great success in its first year, and Line is adding to the collection for 2020 with a new size. The Vision 118 comes in at 1900g (vs. 1605g V108) and adds a surfy option to slay powder in. After a year hiatus, Line also brought back the Women's Pandora 110 with a refined rocker profile and attuned tapering.
Arguably the most exciting addition to Armada's line this season is the Whitewalker– Sammy C's promodel. The ski features the same shape as the JJ, but comes in a bit stiffer and lighter, designed to be the perfect charger in the backcountry. Also new is the Stranger, an everyday freeride carving ski, and the Declivity Series– big mountain charging skis.
K2's line is mostly familiar, with the addition of the Reckoner series– big mountain slayers with a directional twin shape that's built to charge through snow, yet still play. The Reckoner comes in a 122, 112, and 102 waist.
Full Tilt Boots
New for 2020/ 2021, Full Tilt has changed their flex rating system to the industry standard– ie. 70-130 rather than their past system. With the addition of Sammy C to the team, Full Tilt expanded their touring line to the Ascendant Sammy C and the Ascendant Approach– two uphill options that are distinguishable by their liner options.
New for 2020/2021, Faction has updated the Prodigy 3.0/x & 4.0, as well as the Candide 1.0 & 2.0/x.
The Prodigy 3.0 & 4.0 come in at slightly wider dimensions and updated sizes. The Candide 1.0 has been completely redesigned with stiffer tips and Titanal and rubber in the core, the 2.0/x also comes revamped with a titanal/rubber core, making it even more versatile for all mountain shredding.
For 2020/2021, Volkl added the Revolt 104 to their freestyle lineup, accompanying the Revolt 121, 95, and 87. They're also back with the Bash 86, 86w and 81 for strictly park skiing.
Besides a new Jester 18 Pro binding, Marker has unveiled their all new Duke PT 16.
"The New Duke PT is much like the CAST system, as parts of the toe piece are removable and stowable in your backpack for the uphill tour. The brakes lock down, and also much like the CAST system, the heel piece is far enough back to be out of the way for touring. There is only one climbing bail (vs. 2 on CAST, and 1 Shift). But overall looks like it's a unique new system that will continue to change the game in freeride skiing."
For 2021, Atomic has updated the Backland series in the men's & women's line: the 117 got lighter thanks to Sage Catabriga-Alosa's input and the women's 98 & 107 are a welcome addition for the ladies' who don't want to be stuck in a 102.