The SIA (Snowsports Industry of America) Trade Show kicked off from Denver on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, meaning the entire ski & snowboard industry congregated to the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver to get the scoop on all the new and exciting technology and products for the Fall of 2013. OnTheSnow met with a wide variety of companies, here's a quick recap of our findings:
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Hestra Gloves has a new line coming out in the fall called the "Fall Line." These gloves contain Hestra's outdry technology. They're made of leather cowhide with a fiber fill insulation and a neoprene cuff that fits under the jacket. Their leather is also dyed instead of sprayed allowing the glove to remain breathable. Hestra is also releasing a mountaineering glove called the Ergogrip Outdry, made of Kangaroo leather that is extremely durable and heat resistant.
The North Face:
The North Face has an exciting new line coming out, called the Steep Series. The line was designed with pro big mountain skiers in mind. Their Free Thinker Jacket is burly, contains a radio pocket with an elastic strap and an internal pocket within a pocket for phone protection. Their Sickline Jacket is similar, but the phone pocket sits on the inside of the jacket. The Freethinker pant is great because it contains a removeable bib, allowing the skier to choose whether to have the bib on or not.
The North Face also is releasing their Router Charged Day Pack. The backpack allows the user to charge their phone, it contains 2.5 full charges, and is also able to charge the phone AND batteries. The technology comes from Joey Systems. They also are releasing the Thermoball synthetic down jacket containing synthetic clusters that mimics down clusters.
The Seirus HeatWave gloves contain duel heating systems with thermal reflective lining (20% warmer) & a kinetic energy layer for an increase of 4 to 7 degrees in warmth. Their Windstopper Next Generation, is seamless inside the glove as opposed to all other windstopper gloves on the market for 2013/2014.
Spyder showed us their Chris Davenport Eiger Shell Jacket, as well as the Chris Davenport Exit Vest that has a stretch fleece back, with an insulated front that is extremely light, great for Davenport's mountaineering excursions. Spyder also showed us their moto-cross inspired team glove with a pinky protector and carbon fiber knuckles. The Moxie, Roz Groenwoud's pro model jacket which she wore last week at the Winter X Games, is extremely stylish, with hair elastics on each pocket that can be used in a pinch.
Smith showed us their updated Vantage helmet, with AeroKor technology for venting channels that provides added protection and venting. They also are releasing a limited edition Doctor Bob goggle, an homage to Smith Optics founder Bob Smith who passed away in 2012, it features the first orange lens from Smith in years.
Icelantic, based in Denver, has some exciting news going into 2013/2014. They released their new theme for next season called "Explore Your Mind." It is a departure from artist Parr's usual paintings, as the ski art is now taken from photos of his sculptures, a brand new realm in their design. Icelantic is also releasing their SKNY series, a response to popular demand and attempt to reach new markets, having lowered the width underfoot of many of their popular skis, without sacrificing performance. In response to rave reviews about their new First Degree Boots line, the only three piece design with a built in walk mode, they are releasing two new boots, the ST2 and the STF.
Orage will be releasing several exciting pieces of outerwear this coming year. The Mountain 65 jacket is sure to be a game changer, it features 20/20 down, is extremely durable but looks like something one could wear out on the town. Their "Park a Type," jacket is like an eskimo sleeping bag in jacket form, great for those bitter cold morning drives to the mountain.
Backcountry Access will be releasing their Tracker 3 Beacon later this year. The Tracker 3 is super sleak, smaller than the previous Tracker 2.
Check back tomorrow for updates from Friday at SIA Denver.