Sam Larson x J Collab
J Says Best For: Powder / Park / Groomers / Trees
Waist Width: 104mm
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 >
|Skier Height (ft'/in")||Skier Height (cm)||Suggested Ski Length (Intermediate)||Suggested Ski Length (Expert)|
Sam Larson x J Collab
For years y'all have been asking for a Sam Larson collab and it's finally here! Sam's artwork is heavily inspired by the American west and has an unmatched old school vibe. This graphic is a quick glimpse at everything you'll see west of the Mississippi River when you're on a road trip. I often find myself gazing a this graphic, day dreaming of my next trip out west
I'm building only 350 pair of these Limited Edition skis and hand-signing and numbering each pair, so grab yours before they sell out!
127 - 104 - 122
A wide ski with a soft, playful flex for throwing tricks all over the mountain, from the park to the powder
“The Vacation” is the ultimate getaway from traditional boring skis! It features a truly one-of-a-kind, soft flex pattern that’s equally distributed throughout the length of the ski. This enables it to match transitions and excel at a larger variety of freestyle terrain so you can throw down with more style and control, without getting bucked. Its 104mm waist is super versatile, it floats easily in powder, yet is quick enough to also shred all over the mountain, including the park. The added surface area under foot makes for stable landings and provides even more balance and control when buttering and sliding rails. I designed the tips with a very smooth rocker and a unique early tapper geometry for a catch-free, effortless, surfy feel. You can pivot on a dime, and never have to worry again about catching your tips when popping from forward to backwards, buttering, or throwing tricks… even in fresh snow. If your idea of fun is to slash, press, air, butter, nollie & jib from untracked pow to the park and everywhere in between, it’s time for a Vacation!
The Vacation In The Wild
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This Ski is Kind of a Big Deal
"It strikes a really nice balance of all-mountain performance and jibby playfulness that makes it a great 1-ski quiver for freestyler-oriented riders."
- Blister Gear Review
"Truly constructed for your enjoyment, these skis feature a distinctively tapered geometry that's designed to pivot quickly and avoid tip/tail catching when you're swapping from forwards to backwards."
- Freeskier Magazine
"The Vacation is a very versatile ski that can handle everything from groomer days to full on pow days."
- Powder Magazine
"The Vacation is geared toward the daily charger who slides both on boxes and in skintracks."
- Backcountry Magazine
"Their flex pattern staying consistently soft opens up a lot of possibilities for skiing differently on otherwise ordinary terrain."
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.
Lighter with more energy & pop than fiberglass
Just like fiberglass carbon needs to be fully stretched like a guitar string to give you the most pop. Unlike other brands of skis with wavy black carbon, not stretched, thus you’re not getting the energy out of it, we use pre-cured, pre-stretched carbon fiber laminates. This means the carbon is pre-stretched & cured under perfect conditions at the carbon fiber production facility prior to us receiving it. This pre-cured carbon laminate is twice the cost but also gives you many more times the performance. You’ll feel it!
Maple Wood Core
Highest quality wood for a lively energetic feel & long life
The factory is located in Quebec Canada, so we got Maple, eh! Maple is a very expensive high quality hard wood, thus the reason it’s used to build floors and furniture in your house that lasts a lifetime. Maple absorbs impact, and has a ton of energy for a very ski feel and long life. We run 4 – 20mm wide Maple laminates the entire length of the core, plus 100% under your foot for unprecedented energy, durability & binding screw retention. At the tips of my skis you’ll see more of the light colored Aspen witch is incredibly lightweight with plenty strong when laminated alongside Maple for reduced swing weight at the tips.
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 isdes of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
Extra Thick Edge
The thickest, most durable edge in the industry
We use the thickest hardened steel edges in the industry 2.2mm x 2.5mm. More metal = more durable. Whether you’re accidentally hitting a rock or purposely sliding a rail, you’re edges will live a much longer life. You’ll also be able to re-tune many more times or file them round to slide rails longer.
High Performance Base
The fastest, thickest, most durable base material
I don’t match my clothes, but I always match my base & edge. We use the thickest edge so I also use the thickest base in the industry 1.8mm. I use sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene, the highest quality base material available. It absorbs wax better, slides faster, and is more durable than any other base material. Basically it’s super hard & fast, like your _______ likes it.
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.
Fibers run in 4 directions to maximize energy & strength
Fiberglass works like a guitar string, when it is flexed it wants to spring back, that’s the energy or pop you feel in a ski. However this energy can only be applied in the direction the actual fiberglass is run. This means the more directions of fiberglass, the more energy, pop & responsiveness. Industry standard “Triaxial” fiberglass runs in only three directions, 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.
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||1840g||1890g||2045g||2195g|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail||8.5 / 2mm||9 / 2mm||9.5 / 2mm||10 / 2mm|
|Tip / Tail Length||420 / 385mm||430 / 385mm||440 / 395mm||450 / 400mm|
|Tip / Tail Height||65 / 45mm||65 / 45mm||65 / 45mm||65 / 45mm|
|Boot from Center||-4cm||-4cm||-4cm||-4cm|
|Boot from Tail||790mm||825mm||860mm||890mm|