"Redesigned for 2019, The Friend is J Skis widest ski made even wider to better plow through variable snow. A stable, all-condition that's ski especially desirable any day where snowflakes are whiting out the sun. At 117mm underfoot the Powder Union's reigning ASSFART King says The Friend is an excellent ski for charging big mountain lines with minimal turns thanks to gradual rocker. The ski's ability to stay stable at high speed comes from the skis maple wood core reinforced with carbon stringers."

"Red Mountain local Sam Woodward says, 'The Friend was made to be a playful, big-mountain ski and delivers. It's good at speed and yet you can smear it around like a playful ski thanks to the gradual rocker.' His countryman Sam Woodward says he never had to worry about the nose-diving and was confident landing. 'It has amazing floatation and is very maneuverable for such a big ski,' says Sara Verbeek a snow removal specialist from Revelstoke. 'This is a playful, soulful ski.'"

- Powder Magazine Buyer's Guide, 2019

Shaped by legendary engineer Francois Slyvain in collaboration with athletes Sander Hadley and Giray Dadali the Friend is now bigger and more badass than any of your old friends! We’ve given it a completely new shape, widening it under foot by 3mm to a 117mm waist and increasing the tip and tail width by 7mm. It’s new width, in combination with an extra long, gentle rocker makes it effortless to surf, pivot and smear bottomless pow like a pro. 

The real surprise comes when the pow is gone; it’s new tighter sidecut radius and high energy flex pattern grips it and rips it on firm snow like no other ski in its class. The Friend is a rare breed of powder ski that truly gives you the best of both worlds. Float, surf, slash and butter in the deep pow until it gets tracked out, then have equal fun charging endless top to bottom groomer and chunder laps.

This is a powder skier’s dream one ski quiver!

Friend NEW Friend
Waist Width 114mm 117mm
Available Lengths 173, 180, 186cm 177, 183, 189cm
Example Length 180cm 183cm
Tip / Waist / Tail Dimensions 136 / 114 / 125mm 143 / 117 / 133mm
Sidecut Radius 19.5mm 18.5m
Camber 2mm 3mm
Rocker Height (Tip / Tail) 8 / 3mm 9 / 3mm
Rocker Length (Tip / Tail) 480 / 400mm 325 / 90mm
Tip / Tail Height 65 / 50mm 75 / 40mm
Boot from Tail n/a cm 835mm
Boot from Center -6cm n/a cm
Weight 2,200g 2,280g


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