Skis

28Oct 2016

Woodspirit idea is to return to the roots, to seek the original freesking spirit, by producing in an artisanal way.  Being as much respectful of the nature, while achieving the finest gliding devices. Unique and powerfull, built with noble and sustainable materials such as wood cores and ampliTex® flax fibers reforcement.

For this season Woodspirit focus on offering its customers, light and high performances skis by using bCores®. A certified FCS balsa plywood, reinforced with flax composite. The lightest wood core available on the market.

The skis are fully developed and assembled in Woodspirit workshop, in the Swiss Jura, in the small village of L’Isle. Woodspirit promotes  proximity and  local partners and materials. The Woodspirit team works with passion for passionate people.

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05Jan 2016

Lonely Mountain Skis is a ski company based in Perthshire, Scotland. They build handmade custom skis that are a blend of traditional and modern materials and techniques. Currently having three ski shapes in their library, all  skis use a wood core surrounded by ampliTex flax fibres and carbon fibres.

Flax is an amazing natural fiber that is stronger than fibreglass and offers improved damping. The carbon enables our skis to be stiff where they need to whilst keeping the ski weight low. The down side of the carbon being its high vibration frequency, that the ampliTex flax brings down with increasing damping properties of the ski by up to 300%. The combination of ampliTex non-crimp flax fabrics + carbon fibres, is to date the most performing ski layup.

Furthermore, skis are glued together with Entropy Resins’ Super Sap epoxy resin, especially developed as an amazingly elastic and durable ski resin that is derived from sustainable sources.

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23Nov 2015

FUSTA skis are hand made in Auvergne, France, by 2 brothers passionated about nature and mountains. FUSTA claims top notch quality, highlights environmental consciousness and human values. Series are limited and customisable on demand. Their latest adition, named “chaudefour” is a free-touring orientated ski that weighs 1450grs for 90mm width waist. This weight saving is made possible by the use of bCore. A full balsa-wood core, reinforced with flax fibres laminates. The result is the lightest wood ski available on the market with superior behaviour and performance on snow.

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Go check out Bcomp.ch for more info about bCores and Fusta.fr to get a pair of skis made with unique craftsmanship and soul.

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29Jun 2015

DOWN SKIS, is a Europen based company, dedicated to create originally designed high quality freeride and freestyle skis, notably beiing knowed through their distintive carbon layup’s construction.

For 2016 Down has totally redesigned its ski range by incorporating ampliTex flax fibres fabrics within their originally carbon layups. The purpose is to add damping to the carbon fibres, which are stiff but also really vibrating material on the down side, making carbon skis loosing their efficiently and comfort on icy and choppy snow conditions. The ampliTex flax natural fibres increase the damping properties by up to a factor 3, which makes them the best match to carbon layers, in order to keep a smooth ride down the hill, while being lighter than glass at equal flexural stiffness. On top of unique properties, ampliTex flax fabrics are harmless for the workers, coming from a sustainable plant that needs no irrigation, no fertiliser and is free of GMO.

We can say that carbon + ampliTex flax fibres, is the most efficient sandwich layup, as showed in below picture.

 

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26Feb 2015

The Swiss brand Stöckli selects the very best materials to built its skis, which are worldwide reknowned as being next level in terms of manufacturing quality and finishing. During ISPO 15 Stöckli, introduced its 2016 ski line which includes numerous skis using the Core technology.

bCore is the lightest wood core currently available on the market. To answer Stöckli’s need of high downhill performances, the light plywood core is reinforced with flax fibres sheer webs, which provide the ski great reactivity and high fatigue properties. The patented technology offers what was until now just a dream: the combination of lightness and superior performances.

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25Feb 2015

For 2016 Faction skis, will keep on producing the multi award winning Candide’s ski serie, with playful, freestyle all-mountain skiing in mind. Apart from some shape modifications, the Candide’s line is still built with the only core able to put up with the massive airs and impacts taken by the freeski super-star: bCores. bCore is a patented technology that associate the lightest wood, a balsa plywood, to the most performing natural fiber composites, ampliTex.
This breakthrough ski core technology will also equip women’s ski from next year, in a 108mm width, free-touring orientated model : the Supertonic. Again, lightness will merge high downhill performances in these upcoming models.

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24Feb 2015

The Black-Crows flagship, the Nocta, big twin-tip backcountry slayer, comes back for 2016 with a dramatic loss of weight. The upcoming version is 1kg lighter than now! This has been made possible thanks to the use of bCores, a balsa plywood core for unparalleled lightness. reinforced by flax fiber composites webs for higher fatigue properties and great performances on the downhill.

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19Feb 2015

K2 skis, has always been a leading company in terms of innovative shapes and ski constructions, being at the for front of emerging tendences.
True to its reputation, K2 innovates once again, with launching for 2016 a ski made specifically for the free-touring European market. Specifications of such ski is unparalleled lightness with unparalleled downhill performances. You want to reach the top with ease and be able to go through any type of terrain at any speed with comfort and the same ease on the downhill.
To reach such performances level K2 has chosen to use bCores, a balsa plywood for the lightness reinforced by flax fibers composite sheer webs for the mechanical performances. Light, high fatigue properties, great response, all in one!
Availaible season 15/16, Men’s model is called Wayback while Women have the Talkback.

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18Feb 2015

More ski brands are displaying flax fibres layup, ampliTex, instead of the traditionaly used glass fibres.

Indeed, flax is a very sustainable material, much nicer to handle to work with than glass, no skin iritation, no harmfull dust, which are the first reasons why people love to work with it. From a technical point of view, flax present some major advantages, like being lighter than glass at equal stiffness. You can use as little as half the weight of your glass layup to obtain equivalent properties. Flax fibres have also 5 times better dampening properties than glass, which makes the ski nicer to drive with an harmonized flex.

SWAY (finalist 2115 ISPO award) – IDRIS (2013 ISPO gold winner, category offiste) – EARLYBIRD (2015 ISPO gold winner, category touring)

Judging by the amount of awards won by these small sized manufacturers, ampliTex flax fabrics is ranking up to become a leading layup technology!

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12Feb 2015

Nemesis, Wild Belle, Belle to Belle, here are the names of three beauties, featured by Nordica during Munich ISPO 2015, which will be part of their 2016 ski collection.

This all mountain orientated ski range, has been designed to answer women needs for a easy-to-drive ski, performing on all types of terrain, with a light weight. The sum of these properties has been doable thanks to the use of bCores. The lightest wood core currently available on the market. The bCore is made of a plywood of balsa and reinforced by natural fibre composites sheer webs.

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11Feb 2015

LINE skis was previewing during Munich’s ISPO their 15/16 ski line.
Emblematic team rider, Eric Pollard, stoked with the success of this year Opus Magnus ski, decided to choose the same ultra light FSC balsa core, reinforced with flax fiber composite sheer webs, in his whole pro-model line, which includes 3 different models! Opus Magnus, Mordecai, Sir Francis Bacon.

bCore, the lightest wood core currently on the market, is not just being outstandingly light, but is also solid enough to stomp the heaviest drops and provides great stability to charge the downhills, thanks to vibrations damping properties of flax fabrics.

Line also goes backcountry, finally introducing a touring ski, and it is based off its incredibly popular Sick Day model. The Line Sick Day Tourist is a lighter weight version of the award winning chassis, coming in at just 3,340 grams per pair. At 135-102-120, it’s an all around backcountry charger that should take whatever conditions arise.

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02Feb 2015

The biggest snow sport fair of North America is a wrap and it has been the occasion to have a glimpse some of the upcoming innovations in 2016, within the ski industry.
Salt Lake City based ski builder, Kitten Factory, with 14 years of experience producing skis, is known for making carbon layup skis, with generous shapes that make skiing them a bliss.
Next year Kitten Factory put the pedal to the metal by adding to their allready well solid line of skis, 2 brand new models (named Toors light & PDF.132) which feature bCore technologie. bCores are the lightest wood core currently available on the market. A really specific plywood of balsa, certified FSC, reinforced by the most performing natural fibres fabrics composites, ampliTex. The structure is not only light as none others but has also higher fatigue properties than other woods.

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28Jan 2015

The Swiss ski manufacturer Earlybird, is awarded by the ISPO 15/16 gold award  in the category ski touring, with the ski called Jackdaw.

Earlybird skis combines the latest eco-responsible rawmaterials to build skis at highest performance. They make no compromises. They combine regional swiss wood in a triplewood skicore, natural flax-fibres ampliTex® instead of carbon or glass fibres, to deliver equal  stiffness with much more damping, a biobased epoxyresin and a sintered graphit racebase made with recycled rawmaterials and we use a 100% biobased skiwax. The top-sheet is made out of robinia vaneer, all logos are branded. The finish is made with a two-component natural oil.

More info about Earlybird skis HERE

More info about ampliTex® flax fabrics HERE

More info about Entropy biobased resins HERE

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26Jan 2015

The Utah based ski brand, DPS, proudly welcomes a new construction, called Tour1,  that prioritizes a feathery weigh-in simultaneously delivering a high-performance descent. A specialized beast infused with DPS renowned torsional stiffness, power, and craftsmanship. Already 3 models of ski feature the brand new TOUR 1 construction.

To outperform the performances of their allready well reknown products line, DPS  used the best wood core technologie available on the market, bCore. bCore is a patented technology that uses a very specific plywood of balsa wood, reinforced with flax fiber composites sheer webs. This specific construction gives to the core superior fatigue properties and add more damping to the classic DPS’s pure carbon layup, to add more comfort. On top of being the lightest core, helping the touring skier during the ascent, the new construction delivers great performances for the downhill!

More info about DPS and TOUR1 construction HERE

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06Jan 2015

The young Bern based ski manufacturer Earlybird Skis combines all available eco-responsible materials to build high performance and lightweight freeride touring skis.  They use ampliTex® flax fibres, biobased entropyresins® epoxy, regional wood for the cores and top sheets, a recycled P-Tex race base and a 100% biobased ski wax.

More info about Early Bird Skis HERE

More info about ampliTex® HERE

More info about Entropy Resins HERE

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22Dec 2014

Akonite is successful french designer and ski manufacturer. The Digitalis is their brand new ski for 2015, a 100mm underfoot backcountry weapon. Here’s a preview of the beautifully handcrafted tool. This is the very first press of a limited and exclusive edition. Stay tuned, production is now on full swing and will be retailed really soon through a selected shops and website. The structure of the ski has been thought with high eco consciousness. The layup is made exclusively ampliTex® flax fabrics, the most performing natural fibers on the market and bound with Entropy bio-based epoxy resin.
The topsheet features a 3D graphism, which is in fact a numerically generated modelisation of winter 2013 weather’s data!

More about Akonite HERE

More about ampliTex® HERE

More about Entropy HERE

15May 2014

The Munich based custom ski manufacturer Sway is now using ampliTex® flax fibers in their proven carbon sandwich
construction to improve dampening without adding weight. Since their foundation, sway is aiming to create lightweight freeride, touring and alpine skis without sacrificing performance or durability.
“To us, sustainable production first means to create high quality skis which perfectly match each skier’s
individual style of riding – skis that will be enjoyed for a long time. And if the perfect way to boost
performance is by using natural fibers like flax, we are perfectly happy.”
The new carbon & flax sandwich construction is now available for all sway semi-custom models and fullcustom
builds.

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25Feb 2014

From Eric Pollard’s brain, iconic american freeskier, comes an impossibly light powder ski with futuristic materials and over 15 years of powder ski development behind it.

Being the tool of choice for Eric, the ski is made to float on deep pow, or to catch air time with style. For season 14/15, the pro-model, the Magnum Opus, has been designed with a superlight structure to help Eric’s constant progression and terrain destruction. Magnum Opus, from the Latin meaning “great work,” refers to the largest, and perhaps the best, greatest, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an artist.The ski features a balsa plywood/flax composite core, the bCore D200. The balsa is extremly light, twice lighter than polauwnia, when the flax composite gives to the core plenty of pop, longevity and excellent overall skiing properties. The ski 188cm long and 124mm wide, weights only 3.8kg/pair!

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14Feb 2014

For next year, the Swiss ski manufacturer, known for his high quality products, launches 3 new skis with super light construction. Stöckli found the right material by using the D200 bCore. This core is made of a FSC certified balsa wood, renforced with ecological flax from Europe. It’s the lightest wood-core currently on the market and it provides unique strength and performances!

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More about bCore – D200 HERE

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11Feb 2014

Flax has unique vibration damping properties that are optimised within ampliTex® fabrics range.The most performing flax fibers fabrics available on the market!

Flax has 5 times more damping than glass or carbon fibers. ampliTex® flax fabrics made a perfect match for Whitedot skis, who were allready using a carbon layup. Carbon being stiff but also, on it’s down side, really vibrant/resonant, Whitedot smoothed out that nasty feeling by adding flax, to damp the vibrations and make the ski more performing and stable.  Whitedot was displaying the 2014/15 ski line during ISPO Munich.

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Colorado based ski brand, ICELANTIC, launches for the season 14/15 a brand new super light freetouring ski to bring you up the hill easily, with superior downhill performance. The ski, The Ranger, features a FCS certified balsa wood core with flax composite reinforcement. A solid and super light structure that has an extremly good comportment on snow, full of pop and grip, that lasts in the time.

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03Feb 2014

The Carbon Megawatt ski, new flagship of Black Diamond’s deep snow quiver, wins the ISPO award as best freeride ski.

This legendary powder specialty ski has been trimmed down of some weight. The new 120mm waisted Carbon Megawatt weighs only 1710g @188cm, without sacrificing strength or performance.

The Megawatt is part of serie of 3 skis all crafted with FSC certified balsa wood core, which is enforced with ecological flax from Europe.  with ultimate binding retention, and strength.

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13Feb 2013

When a core is machined from a classic wood plank, about half of the material is wasted, either by milling or grinding. All this material needs to be removed during machining, wasting a lot of machine time. Also, when high end material is used as for bCores, this represents significant waste of a valuable material. Finally, reducing the waste by 50% simply reduces the environmental impact of the product by 50%.

Faction is using this near net-shape technology for their next years Agent and Candide models.

 

Jon Clary Davies from Powder Magazine says the following about Faction Candide 4.0:

“At the 2013 Powder Awards, Candide Thovex told me how much fun he was having on a new ski. Called the Candide 4.0, it’s the newest ski in Faction’s Candide Thovex Superlight Series. Thovex said it was the best ski he’s ever been on. Not known for his hyperbole, I was intrigued. The 4.0 has similar dimensions to the highly-popular Royale, but has a firmer flex and a lightweight patent-pending balsa/flax hybrid core, which makes it 20 percent lighter than the Royale. Candide, you (still) have our attention.”

13Feb 2013

The quality ski manufacturer Stöckli wins the ISPO Gold Award as best on piste ski with their next years “Spirit Otwo”. The Swiss ski builder uses ampliTex flax fiber fabrics as structural and dampening element in this model. The partly transparent top sheet allows the rider to see the high-tech fabrics beneath it.

In the off piste segment, Stöckli  launched the solid Stormrider in a “100mm under foot version”. The fusion of  Titanal and ultralight balsa wood bCores creates a 1.8 kilo light ski, perfectly shaped for the backcountry.

11Feb 2013

Movement is an innovative freeski company which always pushes new ideas. This year, the company presents an eco-responsible freeski at ISPO 2013. The Apple safes the resources of our planet by using recycled or natural materials (over 90%!). The core for example, is made by Bcomp using recycled PET-foam reinforced with flax fiber webs. This ski shows that performance and sustainability work perfectly hand in hand.
You can bite in the Green Apple next season – a superlight performing all mountain ski.

07Feb 2013

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Idris Skis just won the ISPO Award for the “Best Ski off Piste” and was awarded  with the “Environmental Excellence” at the same time. The Chamonix based boutique ski factory is run by a couple with outstanding new ideas.

The company is using  the wood from last year’s ISPO stand as core material and ampliTex flax fiber fabrics, impregnated with a bio sourced epoxy resin as layup. All the skis are handmade in Chamonix. For the awarded model LYNX they have a capacity for just 250 pairs – so you better hurry up to get your hands on a pair of these sweet skis!

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Idris is a ski brand based in the Alps mecca : Chamonix. Tom the founder, handcrafts each pair of these high quality skis by bringing them the highest finition. He is passionate with a big knowledge of the ski manufacturing and history. A particular attention is put on using the best and more durable material available like recycled wood cores and flax fiber, to make sure your ski will endure the elements. Tom, as a true professional and ski lover that he’s, makes sure that all his creations will work smooth, by taking a lift up Aiguille du Midi, to give them a first ride down some of the steepest slopes of the Alpes.

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04May 2012

 

The prodigy flying french man is back on screens with the teaser for his new video coming out at fall. A two years filming project that might again set up ski boundaries to a new level.

To perform Candide has trusted the company Faction to develop a new range of skis combining high performance and lightness. New Candide’s pro models include a revolutionary recycled/recyclable core material made from PET and natural Flax composites, resulting in reduced weight and reduced environmental impact with an increase in performance. The future of environmentally-conscious product design.

 

 

27Jan 2012

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27Jan 2012

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A high-performance freeride twin-tip ski with a revolutionary recycled/recyclable core material made from PET and natural Flax composites, resulting in reduced weight and reduced environmental impact with an increase in performance. The future of environmentally-conscious product design.

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27Jan 2012


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The Swiss manufacturer of top-quality skis has a strong reputation for using the finest materials in the ski industry, with a strong focus on locally sourced- and natural materials further improving the performance of their high-tech skis. No surprise they were amongst the first to adopt the BcompCores D120, a subtle combination of partly recycled bottle-grade Swiss PET foam and Belgium flax fibres.

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