Over a decade ago, Ryan created K2's legendary "Public Enemy" ski graphic. He pioneered at that time a new, revolutionary style of covering the entire ski with artwork and the rest of the ski industry quickly followed his lead. Today he creates mind bending designs for all types of companies and products.
If you've ever seen Ryan's work, you've probably asked yourself, is he messed up in the head? In a good way of course! Seriously though, that's what makes him fun to collaborate with! You never know what's going to come out of his head, through his pen and onto paper. I basically just told him to go crazy, but don't draw any baby's getting stabbed... and he came through!
I’m building only 200 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic on The Metal ski and hand signing and numbering each pair so you have a very unique ski like no one else. Order yours before they're gone!
I also used Ryan's artwork for a rad new skate deck and some other gear available in the "Black Sunshine" Collection...
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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…
Titanal Metal Laminate
More power & stability where you need it!
Unique to this model ski, I'm using a titanal metal laminate on the top and bottom of the core. Instead of running it edge to edge, tip to tail, I've optimized the metal laminate’s geometry & location running only narrow strips down the center and ending it before the tips. This way there's enough metal to dramatically increase power, stability & dampening over the length of the ski in contact with the snow, however the tips are lighter for dramatically reduced swing weight to maintain a nimble, lively & fun feel. You'll notice the tail of the ski metal geometry has slightly less metal to allow for a more playful and forgiving exit out of your turns while the tip has more for powerful initiation and reduced chatter in the tips. You'll feel like you're on a GS race ski when you're carving it up, yet be shocked how fun & nimble it feels in tight trees, chutes and even the bumps. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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 Metal™ Awards
TGR Tested 2019 - Metal"More than any other ski in the test, J skis’ The Metal screamed one word: FUN. It pops, slashes, spins and butters on command, acting like a true extension of an athletic, freestyle-minded skier’s body. It's not afraid of dropping into bumped out, hike-to steeps once the snow softens up."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2020 - Metal
"The Metal has been the powerhouse offering of J skis for several years now, and our testers still love it. Like the majority of skis in this category, The Metal balances incredible power with supreme weight savings to create a stable platform with all the dampening properties, but not take away from the comfortable swing weight and liveliness of the ski - so stiff, yet so playful. Super fast and stable and easy to lay it all out on the groomers.”
SKI Mag Official Selection 2020 - Metal"Vermont-based J skis' top model from last year's Indie Test proved it could hold it's own with the big brands at Taos. Featuring an energetic, full maple wood core, sandwiched between two Titanal laminates, The Metal earned praise for its energy, crud-busting capabilities, and solid performance everywhere on the mountain. With Limited Edition graphics rolling out all year long at a jaw-dropping low price, it left our testers wanting to ski on it all day."
Blister Recommended 19/20 - Metal"While The Metal is one of the most stable skis here (especially in rough, variable snow) it's also quite playful and not punishing at all. It is a very approachable ski with very plush suspension that won't take you for a ride It's easy to recommend to directional skiers looking for a playful, easier-going ski with good stability or to freestyle-oriented skiers seeking better stability than most freestlye options on the market."
Blister Recommended 18/19 - Metal"The Metal strikes a fantastic balance of stability, playfulness, and forgiveness. It is a very approachable ski that won't take you for a ride, but when the snow gets rough, you can lean into its tips and let the ski do the work. It's impressively damp, but unlike many skis this damp, The Metal is more playful and easy to ski switch."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2019 - Metal"This marks the fourth straight year that Jason Levinthal’s The Metal has been named an Editors’ Pick. It's a nimble ski that’s ultra-stable and smooth as butter from edge to edge in all conditions. A badass ski for badass skiers."
SKI Mag Official Selection 2019 - Metal"It tamed the entire mountain with a resilient playfulness that’s easy for nearly any advanced/expert skier to enjoy, plus it has a massive sweet spot that made the ski always seem at ease in all conditions."
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2019 - Metal"This is my favorite ski for all mountain fun times. They're a buttery, charging ski that has great pop in and out of turns. They have the perfect flex, flotation, and maneuverability for bumps, trees, and the great wide open."
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