Overall it appears there are a lot of progressive improvements to products, but nothing revolutionary. Of course each manufacturer would disagree with that assessment, and that’s what going and seeing the actual beta products is about.
My focus for today at the On Snow demo at Solitude mountain will be to see if the upgrades to many AT boots are significant enough to motivate buying new gear. Thus, my targets will mostly be in the lightweight, skimo style boots like the new Arc’teryx boot designed by ace boot designer Frederico (Garmont, Dynafit) and Fischer’s new Travers that uses BOA laces on the lower shell.
In the telemark world the biggest news is what is missing. Scarpa continues cutting models from their line. Last year it was the TX. This year it is heel inserts in the TX-Pro and the T-Race. I have a hunch they are working on new stuff, but we won’t see that for at least another year, maybe longer.
And of course there will be many new skis, but again, nothing likely to be revolutionary but it will be interesting to see how they all fare against each other. More to come as I see what is new.