Supplier Spotlight: Items for Your Carving Kit
Every advanced skier and snowboarder knows that carving is the most consistent, high-octane opportunity a rider has for getting thrills and testing skills. That’s because powder is rare, but hardpack, groomers, and even a slightly icy little slalom course can be found daily on almost any hill.
Courtesy of the PSIA-AASI Catalog and some pulse-quickening pro offers from your Official Suppliers, here are some suggestions for building a frontside carve kit that will have you racing off the early chair.
The Burton crew spends a lot of time poking around Vermont’s tight trees and icy lines, so they built the Hometown Hero to handle it all. With PurePop directional camber, this is an easy board to ride for teaching beginner lessons, doing park laps, or carving corduroy.
Atomic’s Redster X9 WB is ideal if you want to go racing, then teach on-piste the rest of the time. One key feature is Atomic’s World Cup innovation, Servotec, which makes the ski more agile in turns and stable on straights.
Since the best carving days are often cold days, layer up with the warm midweight-layer Icebreaker Winter Zone Half-Zip Top for men or women, and if you’re using snug-fitting race-style “plug boots,” you’ll definitely want to consider Lorpen’s Superlight Sock.
Skiers can help time their turns with a pair of Leki Peak Vario S poles, which are built to be strong enough for the World Cup. And everyone can keep their boards buffed – and sharp as black diamonds – with a handy Swix 6-Way Tuner Kit. Top it all off with the proven safety of POC’s Obex SPIN helmet, which uses advanced design and materials optimized for weight and crash protection, as well as an EPS liner, PC shell, and ABS top shell.