Black Diamond Verdict

black-diamond-verdict-vertical2The ver­dict is in: This is one of the best all-ter­rain skis on the mar­ket. You’ll be see­ing badass skiers rock­ing them from the Adiron­dacks to the Tetons, on the resort and in the backcountry.

The rea­son is sim­ple. Their 3D Met­al Sand­wich con­struc­tion com­bines ter­rain-absorb­ing damp­ness with stiff ribs to bust through pow­der, groomers, and weird sun-cupped crud. With over 100mm of full-cam­bered waist under­foot, you’ll be able lock into pow­er­ful turns and hold that edge when you need it the most – if you’re in a no-fall zone chute or to avoid the snow­board­er that just cut you off.

The one place these skis don’t out­shine all the oth­ers is in the park. They can han­dle it, but it’s like dri­ving a Hum­mer in the city. They’re too jam-packed with fea­tures to unlock your freerid­ing poten­tial to waste sole­ly on groomers in bounds. Strap them to your pack and take them out to where the crowds don’t ven­ture and you’ll appre­ci­ate that they weigh less than 10 pounds. 

There’s no stop­ping what these skis can do. 

Any con­di­tions. Any ter­rain. And a rock-bot­tom price.

Your choice in skis this win­ter has nev­er been so easy: The Black Dia­mond Ver­dict Ski.

Buy it here.

Like the beach boys said, “would­n’t it be nice?” Nice to split win­ters between Alas­ka, Utah and Col­orado, and spend sum­mers shred­ding down in Chile. Video shoot in Switzer­land? We’re there. Sure, we’d all like to ski all day and par­ty all night like the pros, but for most of us, our addic­tion to pow­der means work­ing like hell to fund the dream.

Sur­face Skis hon­ors those of us who do what­ev­er it takes to get max days on the moun­tain in their Work­ing Class Heroes series – Peo­ple like Doug Jam­bor who worked as a cook in the kitchen of a near­by resort for an entire sea­son, eat­ing for free, but bare­ly scrap­ing by so that he could ski, meet great peo­ple, and hit his first 100-day sea­son. Doug, and others,are not only acknowl­edged, but they receive a sweet care pack­age of Sur­face good­ies to show their appre­ci­a­tion. For infor­ma­tion or to sub­mit to Work­ing Class Heroes, click here.

And today you can make that hard earned dough go a lit­tle fur­ther with The Clymb hookup on Sur­face pow­der and all-moun­tain skis.

Cred­it: SurfaceSkis.com

And, nes­tled deep in red­wood trees, between the inspi­ra­tion-heavy San Fran­cis­co and the inno­va­tion of Sil­i­con Val­ley, Free­wa­ters’ design stu­dio gives life to san­dals that chal­lenge the indus­try norm and strive to per­fect form, fit, and com­fort. That soli­tude inspired the studio’s name, The Shaolin Temple.

But Free­wa­ters doesn’t just take a no non­sense approach to design­ing footwear, they’re also com­mit­ted to find­ing solu­tions for the glob­al drink­ing water pan­dem­ic, doing their part to help pro­vide fresh water to the peo­ple of the world who need it the most.

Free­wa­ters’ Clymb debut fea­tures a selec­tion of their slip-on san­dals suit­able for comb­ing your local beach or an exot­ic locale.

Final­ly, trail and road ready footwear by New Bal­ance, designed to reduce foot and body strain with ergonom­i­cal­ly sup­port­ive design. Shop select styles for men and women here.

Shop all of these events and receive lim­it­ed-time $4.98 flat ship­ping. Or add a The Clymb t‑shirt to the mix and your entire order ship for free.

Also Fea­tured This Week:

When We Say Tec­ni­ca, You Think Best — Plus Cre­ativ­i­ty, Com­mu­ni­ty, & Lifestyle with SABRE

Leave Your Mark on the Moun­tain with Kom­bi, Pow­der­horn, and Ambler

We’re wind­ing down the year with aggres­sive and tech­no­log­i­cal­ly-advanced Ninth­ward Skis. In 2003, indus­try vet­er­ans and pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes sought to inno­vate new designs and engi­neer state-of-the-art prod­ucts, giv­ing rise to Ninth­ward Skis. And they can be yours for the park, pow­der, or moun­tain at exclu­sive mem­ber pric­ing if you shop now.

Cred­it: Ninthward.com

Also, you can still save on Dub snow­boards and VAUDE bik­ing out­er­wear. Please be sure to check item pro­duc­tion descrip­tions for esti­mat­ed deliv­ery dates.

If you have ques­tions about these or upcom­ing events, vis­it us on Face­book and Twit­ter for quick answers.