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
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The narrowest ski in our Explore Collection is our lightest and most nimble for getting up easy, with effortless maneuverability on the way down from groomers to boot deep powder.
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
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.
Xtra Lite Core
Light weight, durable wood core for the best up and down performance
Unlike our other J skis "The Escalator" features 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.
We use a slightly different configuration of our fiberglass laminates than other J skis to achieve a lighter weight while maintaining the lively responsive and solid feel our skis are known for. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Weight Per Ski||1640g||1720g||1,785g||1840g|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail||5 / 2mm||5 / 2mm||5 / 2mm||5 / 2mm|
|Tip / Tail Length||330 / 200mm||330 / 200mm||330 / 200mm||330 / 200mm|
|Tip / Tail Height||68 / 32mm||68 / 32mm||68 / 32mm||68 / 32mm|
|Boot from Center||-7.5cm||-7.5cm||-7.5cm||-7.5cm|
|Boot from Tail||775mm||807mm||835mm||863mm|