Slope Style 2008

For a story in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, I polled industry buyers, ski magazine editors and professional snow-sliders to create a list of innovative skiing and snowboarding products for the ‘07-’08 season. Here’s a quick look at my top picks. . .

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1. Marker Duke bindings—a traditional alpine binding with a free-heel mode for touring.


2. CW-X Insulator Stabilyx tights—high-tech long johns with elasticized straps to support muscles
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3. K2 HellBent skis—weird reverse-camber skis for deep powder
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4. The North Face Unity Suit—one-piece ski suit
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5. Volkl Tigershark skis—on/off-switch skis
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6. Spyder d30 Racer gloves—gel-padded gloves with “Intelligent Molecules”
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7. Marker Attiva M2 helmet—high-end helmet designed by women for women
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8. Burton Vapor snowboard—light as air snowboard (6 pounds!)
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9. Kombi I-Rip Glove—iPod-controlling gloves
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10. SCARPA Hurricane boot—hybrid downhill/backcountry ski boot
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11. Bridgedale Precision Fit socks—made-for-skiing, “anatomically knitted” socks
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12. Powderhorn Calamity Jacket—“Swiss quality and Wild West style”
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13. The CamelBak Ruckus backpack—snowboard-ready pack w/hydration
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14. Zeal Optics Spherical PPX goggles—polarized and photochromatic eyewear for the slope
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