Gold Medal In Olympic Slopestyle (and the gear it took to win)

Dara Howell impressed the judges and the world on Tuesday night, crushing the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi to earn the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s freeski for Canada.

We did did some research with her sponsors to find out what gear the Olympic champion used in her gold medal run. Skis, boots, bindings and poles are below. See page two for her outerwear, helmet and goggles.

Skis — Salomon NFX Lab. Salomon hasn’t even added this park ski to its website yet, but it’s already won medals at the Dew Tour, X Games and now the Olympics. The brand says that this model, which is a 2014/15 ski, provides “performance in the park and innovative construction for bomber durability.” Available at 160, 170, 176, 182, it has full sandwich sidewalls, a wood core, twintip design with full camber for lots of pop. $600, available fall 2014.

BootsSalomon SPK 100. Designed for park riding precision, shock absorption, and a neutral stance. It’s available now for $499.

Bindings — STH2 WTR 16 STH² is a freeski binding that combines Salomon’s Driver toepiece with the Guardian heel piece for energy transmission and downhill performance on wide platforms and modern ski shapes. It is compatible with Salomon walking soles. Available now for $299.

PolesSalomon Brigade Poles — A performance pole with a unique “poker chip” grip, wide strap, and freestyle graphic. Available now for $70.

See page 2 for Dara Howell’s outerwear, helmet and goggles.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.