We’re at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, the largest outdoor sports expo and conference in North America. These are some of the gear highlights from the show.
Maybe it’s just the coincidental alignment of production schedules among various hardgoods brands, or maybe it’s the hedging of bets in the face of climate change, or maybe it’s because everything gets tracked out so fast these days, or maybe skiers just want smaller skis that are easier to turn. Whatever the reason, most of the new skis presented at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer + Snow Snow in Denver were of the frontside, sub-100 millimeters underfoot category.
So it was a relief to see the new Dynastar Proto, a big ski that makes no apologies for pursuing what most of us live for: deep friggin’ powder. Developed in conjunction with professional skier Richard Permin, the Proto comes in just a 189-centimeter length. The dimensions are 145-118-135-millimeters underfoot, with a turning radius of 24 meters. With tip and tail rocker, full sidewall, and wood core construction, the Proto has a nice, even flex (read: not super stiff) that should allow skiers to float across powder, navigate through trees, pop off pillows, and still be able to stand on it in times of need.
Retail price for the Proto is $900.