Mike Yoshida x J Collab
Ships Monday if ordered today.
Total Made: 200 Pair
Public Release: August 4, 2023
Waist Width: 110mm
The Slacker Awards
Mike Yoshida x J Collab
Mike Yoshida is the photo editor for Snowboarder Magazine and travels the world capturing images of today's top pro riders. Although he shoots in color as well, he’s most well known for his black and white photography which creates a really unique looking ski.
This is the third collab we’ve done together. This time, we decided to integrate a large variety of his images with the intention of looking like simple stripes from far, but as you get closer, you recognize the individual snowy scenes within each stripe.
Mike started this project by sifting through hundreds of his favorite environmental photos and narrowing it down to his favorite dozen or so. We then spent countless hours further refining and testing different arrangements until finally agreeing on these 10 images. This ski graphic really highlights his unique eye for textures, details and flattering scenery. I’m building only 200 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic on “The Slacker” ski and hand signing and numbering each so you have a unique ski like no one else.
A lighter ski that also charges hard, making it the least nerdy touring ski in the world.
“The Slacker” is a powder-focused ski designed with uphill efficiency in mind, while maintaining the reliable downhill performance that J skis are known for. This ski is as happy spending 100% of its time riding lifts as it is venturing off into the unknown, a unique characteristic that leaves traditional nerdy, uphill specific skis behind. The Slacker's weight-conscious Aspen core and twin-tip shape make it light and ultra maneuverable to whip around through tight trees or chutes. A subtle tail notch provides reliable skin clip retention for fast transitions. Add our pre-cut skins that perfectly fit the skis and you're ready to go touring right out of the box! Charge, surf, slash, play, having more fun adventuring off the beaten path. Go get fresh tracks!
The Slacker IN THE WILD
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This ski is kind of a big deal!
The Slacker does a great job of maintaining much of the predictability, versatility and playfulness of J's other skis, in a lighter package.
- Blister Gear Review
Anyone can hop aboard and drive, bend, and edge and just have a good day skiing. I could hand this to anyone who wants to ski powder without working too hard.
- SKI Magazine
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.
- Freeskier Magazine
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.
- Powder Magazine
Confidence-inspiring edge hold; The Slacker is a stable ski to throw hard into turns.
- Backcountry Magazine
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!
Xtra Lite Core
Light weight, durable wood core for the best up and down performance
Unlike our other J skis "The Escalator" and "The Slacker" feature a 100% Aspen wood core for maximum weight reduction while maintaining the torsional resilience and dampening not found on other brand's "light weight" skis. Aspen dramatically reduces weight, giving the ski an incredibly nimble feel. The result is the best of both worlds, a ski that is light for easy ups and maneuverability, yet with power, stability and durability not typically found on other brand's lighter weight skis.
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 sides of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
More durability edges without the weight
We use hardened steel edges that are 33% thinner than our other J skis for reduced weight while still maintaining strength. We reduce the thickness by 0.2mm which is actually still thicker than other brands "light weight" skis, so they are far more durable if you accidentally hit a rock, while maintaining a much longer life when re-tuning.
Faster, lighter durable base material you can count on
We use a 30% thinner base that is 0.2mm thinner than our other J models to shave weight while still providing extreme durability. This base is actually thicker than other brand's "light weight" skis to guarantee you have far more durability when charging down. In addition our sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene is actually the highest quality base material available built to absorb wax better, slide faster, and last longer. Yup! Hard, fast and lasts longer... just like your _______ likes.
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.
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|Weight Per Ski||1765g||1835g||1910g||2020g|