The Vacation "WE ARE NOT ALONE" ESO x J Collab Limited Edition Ski

The Vacation "We Are Not Alone - ESO x J Collab"

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Model: The Vacation
Graphic: We Are Not Alone - ESO x J Collab
Total Made: 350 Pair
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The Vacation™ "We Are Not Alone - ESO x J Collab" Graphic

Admit it! We've all had those crazy conversation with your friends looking up at the night sky about aliens and what could be out there. But have you ever looked into the math supporting the possibility? While searching through images of space, I stumbled on some mind blowing stuff...

We all know the Earth revolves around one star with several other planets all together making up our solar system. However, scientists estimate that there are tens of billions of solar systems in just OUR single galaxy. Crazy, right? Now think about this... They estimate there are over a hundred billion galaxies!!!

To put this into earth terms, imagine sitting on a beach and think about every tiny piece of individual sand from every beach and every desert on earth. It’s estimated that there are ten times more stars than grains of sand on our planet. This mind bender should help you answer your own question while looking up into the night sky.

Now getting back to this graphic, I reached out to some of the best photographers of the night sky on our planet, the European Southern Observatory. It can take them over a year to achieve a single photo that gathers enough light from far off galaxies to create one image. The base graphic we paid homage to the legendary Saturn V used during the Apollo 11 mission to safely land the first two humans on the moon in 1969. We've still got a long way to go...

Unlike the insane number of stars out there we're only building 350 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic on “The Vacation” ski and hand-signing and numbering each pair. So grab a pair before these before they sell out so next time you’re having that conversation with your buddy on the lift you can explain to them why we're not alone.

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The Vacation™ Model Info

The Vacation™

127-104-122
A wide ski with a soft playful flex for throwing tricks all over the mountain from the park to the pow

“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! #JVacationSki


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The Vacation™ Specs

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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 1820g 1930g 2010g 2170g
EFFECTIVE EDGE 1300mm 1370mm 1440mm 1500mm
CAMBER 3mm 3mm 3mm 3mm
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 70 / 45mm 70 / 45mm 70 / 45mm 70 / 45mm
BOOT FROM CENTER -4cm -4cm -4cm -4cm
BOOT FROM TAIL 790mm 825mm 860mm 890mm


The Vacation™ Construction

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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…


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Carbon Fiber

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.

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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.

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Thickest 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.

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Sintered 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.

Rubber Laminate

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.

Quasitropic Fiberglass

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.


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