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Five trends for 2015 skis

1st February 2014 | OTS Staff

ISPO 2014 winner: Head's new Joy Collection for 2014/15 - ©Skiinfo

ISPO 2014 winner: Head's new Joy Collection for 2014/15

Copyright: Skiinfo

OnTheSnow has been at the ISPO trade show in Munich all week, talking to top brand reps and taking plenty of photos - see Gear gallery: 2015 Skis.

We're bringing you the inside info from the show, starting with the top ski trends to look out for next winter.

Five top trends in 2015 skis:

1. Freeride skiing - the freeride market is still booming. Brands are fighting to produce the best lightweight skis, using new materials, while still delivering good downhill performances. The trend is for freeride skis with open spaces within a multilayer-woodcore. This creates a balancing act between performance on the descent and lightweight for the climb.

Salomon Q-83 Myriad and Q-Lab from the lightweight backcountry collection - ©Salomon

Salomon Q-83 Myriad and Q-Lab from the lightweight backcountry collection

Copyright: Salomon

2. Five-point geometry - the taper (broadest point of the ski) is moving further down to the middle. The camber/rocker is being reworked to get playfulness combined with better edge grip.

Völkl skis 2014/15 with tapered shape called the 5-point geometry  - ©Messe München GmbH

Völkl skis 2014/15 with tapered shape called the 5-point geometry

Copyright: Messe München GmbH

3. Wider skis - there will be a rise in wider skis next season: powder lovers after fatter skis will love the new 136mm freeriding skis while ski tourers see plenty of 100mm skis.

K2 Shreditor 136 Powabunga fat powder skis - ©Skiinfo

K2 Shreditor 136 Powabunga fat powder skis

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4. All-mountain skis - the search for the perfect all-round ski to work on and off the slope continues and the competition is growing. There is a fine tuning of high performance all-mountain skis and the trend is mostly for 80-85mm skis combining rocker setups with leightweight cores and a lot of technology to drive control and edge grip.

Fischer All Mountain Ski Series 2014/2015 - ©Skiinfo

Fischer All Mountain Ski Series 2014/2015

Copyright: Skiinfo

5. Racing/on slope is not dead - it's not the big focus but this segment is still important to 2015 ski manufacturers. Rossignol and Atomic are presenting new gear here and some brands are offering at least one model without a rocker to appeal to those who really want maximum rebound and charge on slopes.

Rossignol Airtip - ©Skiinfo

Rossignol Airtip

Copyright: Skiinfo

 

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