Mike Hayes x J Collab
J Says Best For: Packed powder / Touring / Backcountry / Trees
Waist Width: 102mm
1) Look at the size of your current skis and consider if you like the length or prefer shorter or longer.
2) Remember that 2-3 cm is not going to make a huge difference. Over 5cm will start to make a difference in feel.
The chart below is for general reference based on your height, but you should also consider these other factors. . .
Choose LONGER length if you:
- Feel your current skis are too small
- Want to ski faster & float better
- Are a heavier person so want more stability
- Are an expert, aggressive skier
Choose SHORTER length if you:
- Feel your current skis are too long
- Want easier maneuverability & float in powder is less important
- Are a light weight person and want more maneuverability
- Are a beginner, casual skier
Review the chart below and if you need more help deciding contact us >
Mike Hayes x J Collab
You’ll never get first tracks at Stowe… because Mike Hayes already beat ya to it! He’s at the top of Mount Mansfield before sunrise, but not just on pow days… wind, ice, sleet, rain, he always goes skiing as he says, “NO MATTER WHAT.”
This local legend stacks over 100 days a year, walking up over 2k vertical feet to the top in a mind blowing 32 minutes (check his KOM on Strava). By the time you pull into the lot for first chair, he’s already skied YOUR pow for hours! Then at 9am he switches out of his superhero costume to become the mild-mannered Global Head of Digital & Technology at Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
For Mike’s graphic we reached out to our local friend Peter Cirilli, known globally for his pro snowboard photography. The top graphic is a combination of Peter and Mike’s own photos of Mount Mansfield, highlighting some of the legendary tree stashes Mike skis daily. The base was only fitting to make entirely red like Mike’s infamous bright red jacket. If you’re at the mountain early enough you may catch a glimpse of a tiny red figure in the distance, that’s Mike.
I'm only building 350 pairs of these Limited Edition skis and hand-signing and numbering each, take yourself to new heights with this soon to be classic before it sells out.
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The Escalator is easy up, easy down… you CAN have your cake and eat it too!
The Escalator In The Wild
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This Ski is Kind of a Big Deal
- Backcountry Magazine
- Freeskier Magazine
The Finest Materials
By selling these skis factory direct to you, we're able to invest more money into using the highest quality materials possible for a game-changing level of premium performance & durability.
Xtra Lite Core
Light weight, durable wood core for the best up and down performance
Unlike our other J skis "The Escalator" features a 100% Aspen wood core for maximum weight reduction while maintaining the torsional resilience and dampening not found on other brand's "light weight" skis. Aspen dramatically reduces weight, giving the ski an incredibly nimble feel. The result is the best of both worlds, a ski that is light for easy ups and maneuverability, yet with power, stability and durability not typically found on other brand's lighter weight skis.
We use a slightly different configuration of our fiberglass laminates than other J skis to achieve a lighter weight while maintaining the lively responsive and solid feel our skis are known for. We use a Quasi Isotropic fiberglass configuration, same as the aerospace industry to maximize energy & strength in as many directions as possible, 4 different axis 0, 90, +45, -45. It costs more, but it’s worth the performance.
We use hardened steel edges that are 33% thinner than our other J skis for reduced weight while still maintaining strength. We reduce the thickness by 0.2mm which is actually still thicker than other brands "light weight" skis, so they are far more durable if you accidentally hit a rock, while maintaining a much longer life when re-tuning.
We use a 30% thinner base that is 0.2mm thinner than our other J models to shave weight while still providing extreme durability. This base is actually thicker than other brand's "light weight" skis to guarantee you have far more durability when charging down. In addition our sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene is actually the highest quality base material available built to absorb wax better, slide faster, and last longer. Yup! Hard, fast and lasts longer... just like your _______ likes.
Full Height Sidewalls
Maximum impact resistant & vibration dampening
We’re using super durable, high impact absorbing Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene for our sidewalls. This is the same material we use on our ski's bases. It’s very impact resistant and since it’s full height, it also absorbs more vibration like using a longer spring in your car’s suspension. Take a metal pipe and hit it against a rock, then do the same with a piece of plastic. The metal vibrates through to your bones & the plastic absorbs the vibration for you. That’s the difference of having full height plastic shock absorbing sidewalls over your edges or not. We’re cutting the sides of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
Absorbs vibration and dramatically reduces risk of delam
Think of a ski’s construction like a magazine, each page = layers of material in the ski. Then bend your magazine you’ll see every page slide against each other, this is “shear”. This shear force trys to separate, thus delaminate all the layers in your ski every time it’s flexed or the tips are slapped down on a jump landing. This is why I run a layer of thin rubber around the full perimeter of the ski over the entire edge, plus the full width of across the tip and tail. The rubber acts as an insulator so that the edge and other materials can slide against each other when flexing without delaminating. This dramatically improves durability & reduces vibration.
High Definition Digital Printing
You already know I put a lot of value in graphics! So instead of traditional silk screening with low resolution image quality, you’ve seen the dots! I’m using a state of the art, Fuji UV Flat bed printer, a $170,000 machine that enables me to print high resolution from my computer directly to the plastic top & base. The resolution is unbelievable photo-real so you’ll be one of few skiers in the world with skis looking this good on your feet.
|Weight Per Ski||1640g||1720g||1,785g||1840g|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail||5 / 2mm||5 / 2mm||5 / 2mm||5 / 2mm|
|Tip / Tail Length||330 / 200mm||330 / 200mm||330 / 200mm||330 / 200mm|
|Tip / Tail Height||68 / 32mm||68 / 32mm||68 / 32mm||68 / 32mm|
|Boot from Center||-7.5cm||-7.5cm||-7.5cm||-7.5cm|
|Boot from Tail||775mm||807mm||835mm||863mm|