Cody Robinson knows ski gear. As the assistant manager of the Ski Shop at the Alta Peruvian, he’s always on the lookout for the newest gear and gadgets for powder lovers.
“The ski industry is an interesting animal; there are so many people with so many different opinions of what’s right and wrong, and they’re all competing to have the best products and the best tech out there,” he says.
Of all the trends that have emerged for 2017 — from lighter, more comfortable boots and lightweight yet high-performance skis to bamboo poles, GoPro drones and goggles that track ski stats, here are the three ski gear trends Robinson hopes are here to stay.
1. Goggles with Improved Lenses. “You could be decked-out from head to toe in the most expensive GoreTex and hard goods you can find, but if you can’t see where you are going, you’re going to have a bad time.” New technologies that increase contrast in low-light situations are a top pick from Robinson, who notes the “Chromapop” lens tech from Smith Optics as his favorite.
2. Light Skis with Better Performance. “’More carbon fiber’ seemed to be name of the game for the past few years, but with poor reviews following the production of the super-light carbon skis, manufactures went back to the drawing board to find the sweet spot between too light and too heavy.” Robinson says now that manufacturers have tested all sorts of materials, from graphene to rubber, the newest skis perform at a much higher level.
3. Helmets for Everyone. “The bottom line is, if you are a good skier or consider yourself a good skier, get a helmet. I am glad to see the industry pushing everyone to have a helmet on and making great options for all types of skiers and snowboarders. New innovations make them insanely light and comfortable, and way easier to wear than fumbling around with a beanie all day.” Safety first!