Ryan Schmies x J Collab
Total Made: 450 Pair
Public Release: August 1, 2022
Waist Width: 102mm
The Escalator Awards
Ryan Schmies x J Collab
This is our fourth ski collaboration together and even after working with Ryan for years, his ideas and illustrations always blow me away! Unlike other artists, Ryan is from another dimension and occasionally travels back in time to our parallel universe to share sick and twisted views of his world. These illustrations give us a look at what lurks just below the surface.
As the legend goes in these parts, on certain days of the year, with Crystal Mountain lurking in the background, boats often mysteriously disappear. On this particular day the fishing boat “Mister Meowgi,” named after Ryan's cat, was peacefully pulling up the day’s catch, completely unaware of the dangerous world just below the surface. These sea creatures, previously thought to be extinct, can strike at any moment, sinking boats and eating the sailors on board. If you look closely at the tail of the ski you can just barely make out the names of the sunken boats… Bizzy, Scooter, MissMiss, coincidentally named after Ryan’s deceased cats.
This is the kind of ski graphic that skiers will move aside to make room for you in the lift line wishing they had graphics as dope as yours. Ryan’s last collab graphic sold out before the season even started. We're only building 450 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic and I'm hand-signing and numbering each pair so grab a pair of the “Deep” before they get eaten alive! Enter the world of Schmies here and go down the rabbit hole on his Instagram
The Escalator is easy up, easy down… you CAN have your cake and eat it too!
This lighter weight, yet uniquely solid ski is built to do what you wanna do, whether that's sunrises on the skintrack or spending all of your time riding lifts. The secret ingredient is a combo of a light Aspen core, paired with our classic downhill ski construction for a goldilocks feel that seamlessly blends stability with weight savings. Its 102mm waist slides perfectly into every skier’s quiver as a do-it-all tool that can lay down quick, snappy carves in bounds as effortlessly as it surfs wide open pow fields. We gave it a twin-tip shape for skiing backwards and increased maneuverability in tight situations, like chutes or trees. 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! The Escalator will keep your legs fresher longer, so you can shred stronger from sunrise to last chair.
The Escalator IN THE WILD
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This ski is kind of a big deal!
A bell to bell cruiser with the reliability, nimbleness and energy that I've been craving for a long time.
- Freeskier Magazine
Takes the fun of a damp all-mountain ski and lightens it up to tour.
- 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.
|Dimensions||132 - 102 - 123||132 - 102 - 123||132 - 102 - 123||132 - 102 - 123||132 - 102 - 123|
|Weight Per Ski||1560g||1640g||1720g||1,785g||1840g|