The Vacation


R.J. McDonald x J Collab

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J Says Best For: Soft groomers / Powder / Park / Glades / Freestyle

Waist Width: 104mm

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The Vacation + Bindings Bundle



The Vacation "MALLARD"

Marker Griffon 13

Limited Edition Graphics

Total Made: 350 Pair

Public Release: August 01, 2022

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R.J. McDonald

The Artwork

R.J. McDonald x J Collab

We waddled through a ton of different artists to find the king of nature painting for this ski! If you’ve ever seen a painting of ducks, deer, or fish, there’s a good chance you already know R.J. McDonald’s artwork. His iconic style has brought the nature of Tennessee to life for over thirty years, there’s even a wildlife area in central Tennessee named in his honor. 

Our designer Fank used a high quality scan of one of R.J.’s paintings to cover as much of the top of the ski as possible, making sure to show off as much detail of those fancy feathers as possible. I’d tell you all about the official RealTree collab using their new Max-7 camo pattern on the base graphic, but it's impossible for you to see it in the wild.

You’ll need to wake up at the quack of dawn to get on a pair of these Vacations! I’m only making 350 pair and hand-signing & numbering each. Pick up a pair for a guaranteed ducking good time!

Check out more of R.J.’s nature paintings on his social and pick your own artwork here

The Vacation™

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The widest ski in our Play Collection for effortless freestyle maneuverability in deeper powder while maintaining playful versatility in varying terrain.

“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

"One of the most well-rounded playful all-mountain skis we’ve been on."

- 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."

- Newschoolers

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.


Compare Models

Length 166cm 173cm 180cm 186cm
Dimensions 127-104-122mm 127-104-122mm 127-104-122mm 127-104-122mm
Sidecut Radius 15.3m 16.9m 18.5m 20.1m
Weight Per Ski 1840g 1890g 2045g 2195g
Effective Edge 1300mm 1370mm 1440mm 1500mm
Camber 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Rocker Height Tip / Tail 8.5 / 2mm 9 / 2mm 9.5 / 2mm 10 / 2mm
Tip / Tail Length 420 / 385mm 430 / 390mm 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

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