Chris Delorenzo is an artist hailing from the ice coast of Boston, Massachusetts. We're big fans of his unique style with super clean lines and simplified flowing illustrations and always sneaking in there more to discover each time you take a closer look.
There's a piece he previously created of pine trees that caught my eye so I gave him a call. After a little brainstorming we set out to use the long vertical ski canvas to visually tell the classic story of an epic day in the backcountry. Starting at the tail rolling up in your camper, then going for a walk in the woods, meeting critters along the way towards the prize at the top. When you get there, you pull off your skins with a mountain of pristine powder in front of you, ready to drop in to get the best “first tracks” of your life.
When I first reached out to him up, one of his first questions was, “can I get a pair of the skis too?” Welcome to the team Chris!
I’m building only 350 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic on “The Slacker” ski and hand signing and numbering each pair so you have a very unique ski like no one else on the skin track. Grab a pair before these one-of-a-kind skis sell out!
The Slacker™ Specs
|WEIGHT PER SKI||1740g||1830g||1920g|
|ROCKER HEIGHT TIP / TAIL||8 / 3mm||9 / 3mm||10 / 3m|
|TIP / TAIL LENGTH||
270 / 120mm
325 / 140mm
445 / 195mm
|TIP / TAIL HEIGHT||70 / 35mm||70 / 35mm||70 / 35mm|
|BOOT FROM TAIL||800mm||830mm||860mm|
I’ve spent over two decades designing, developing, and continually refining the industries most innovative and award winning skis ever created. Now that I’m selling skis directly to you, I’m able to invest more money into using the most expensive, highest quality materials possible, sparing no expense like never before in the name of premium ski performance & durability. You’ll literally feel the difference the moment you make your first turn and still be stoked, years later like it was still your first day on them! This is why I confidently back all my skis with a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more about this ski’s construction below…
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.
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.
The Slacker™ Awards
Blister Recommended 20/21 - Slacker"The Slacker does a great job of maintaining much of the predictability, versatility and playfulness of J's other skis, just in a lighter package. The Slacker is a solid choice for directional skiers seeking something forgiving and maneuverable, and it's one of the best here for freestyle-minded folks. Almost everyone has a reason to check out The Slacker—especially if you equally split your time inbounds and out."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2021 - Slacker"This is the perfect crossover ski; light, playful and stable. It has great edge-to-edge feel that makes turning feel like buttering bread with a warm knife. For the sidecountry hustler or the skier who wants a true one-ski quiver, the brand-new Slacker is your ticket to glory."
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2021 - Slacker"While lightweight, you won't sacrifice performance coming back down. If your goal is to play on bigger lines and sidecountry powder, The Slacker will help you achieve it. Maple stringers close to the edges give The Slacker torsional bite and balance with an effortless pivot into each turn. Aspen core and carbon stringers keep weight low so you might even have some gas left for multiple laps."
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