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Outdoor Retailer: Hard goods sneak peak

Posted in Ski+Snowboard | February 1, 2013 | By Tahoe South

Shown above, the Rossignol All-Track Pro 130 was getting a ton of looks from buyers for its touring features: a boot that allows you to walk and stand straight. It'll be a huge hit with coaches and instructors, folks who spend time in the backcountry, and those of you who just want to be more comfortable on the hill. Local retailer Sierra Ski and Cycle Works carries Rossignol.

Here's a sneak peak at the awesome new products winter 2013-14 is going to bring you:

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  1. You can bet money my next purchase is the LCG Goggle from Scott Sports! Featuring Scott's new super simple and reliable lens change slider system, the user will be able to quickly swap lenses without ever touching the lens itself. The added bonus is the molded, packable and super slim hard-sided carrying case to protect your extra lens. 
  2. Atomic Skis has a slew of new graphics and colors for the season as well as a new ski in its quiver. The Automatic is an aggressive ski designed for athletes Sage Cattbriga-Alosa and Dana Flahr. It comes in lengths of 179/186/193 and feature tip and tail rocker and camber underfoot. If you like to charge, this is the ski for you. It's also available now! 
  3. The Scott Sports Air Ski Line features the Rock'Air, Surf'Air, and Fly'Air: technical lightweight performance for massive vertical days, long multi-day tours, and powder use featuring a Paulownia wood construction with carbon stringers for responsive strength and torsional rigidity. 
  4. iPhone armor: both Sea to Summit and Outdoor Research (pictured) will be offering waterproof, dry-bag style iPhone and iPad cases that are water tight and allow you to use the touchscreen.  
  5. I am pumped on the Dakine Utility Vest! With seven pockets designed to carry all your backcountry safety tools, this vest is going to rule my sidecountry trips (those days when you're headed out of bounds via a chairlift). It also features a diagonal ski carry in the back. 
  6. The Ortovox Free Rider line and S1+ Avalanche Rescue Set get my Best in Show Award. The Free Rider backpacks all include a removable spine protector, a wide neoprene hip belt, and diagonal ski carry. All of Ortovox's beacons feature Smart-Antenna Technology that analyzes the position of the antennas in the avalanche and automatically switches to the best transmission antenna, doubling the range in even the worst reception area. The circular display offers the distance to the relative position of the buried victim. Once switched on, the Ortovox S1+ automatically transmits when switched on and automatically switches to search mode when flipped open. The PRO ALU III shovel offers two standard shovel modes: configured for both right-or-left-handers, the handle can also be used in "trench mode," offering a 90 degree clearing function. Genius! 
  7. The new K2 Kwicker Splitboard system is touted as the "lightest, fastest splitboard system on the planet.” MSRP will be $1,249.95 and will include the 3.9 lb splitboard, boots, bindings, skins, and crampons.  
  8. The Marker Duke EPF with its "Extended Power Frame," clocking in at 28% wider than previous versions, is sure to be the best seller in the backcountry binding market for 2013-14. It also has a newly designed toe piece, three climbing positions (flat, 7-degrees, and 13-degrees) and pivot point that is set farther back.

Most of these products will be released in the fall of 2013. Local Tahoe Retailers that carry these brands include:

Coming up next in the Outdoor Retailer Wrap-Up: the Show Floor Experience

What you missed in the Outdoor Retailer Wrap-Up: Colorful Winter Apparel

Lauren is one of our regular blog contributors. Read about her crazy fun adventures as a passionate photographer, athlete and traveler on her personal blog.



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