Announcing a first time, Limited Edition ski collaboration with Philadelphia based tattoo artist and illustrator, Henry Hablak.
Henry spends a lot of time in libraries and museums researching folk stories, mythology and religious imagery. He's fascinated and inspired by the similarities cultures share, even when Worlds apart, concluding "we're all programmed the same."
Henry drew all of the artwork for this ski by hand. The panther is a very popular tattoo animal he felt fit well onto the skinny canvas of a ski. The base patterns are inspired by his countless stays with Southwest Pueblo tribes, who's colorful pattern work is often seen on their legendary ceramic vases.
"El Patron" is a Spanish expression that means "The Boss". I'm building only 400 pair of these Limited edition skis and hand signing and numbering each. Be a boss and grab a pair before they sell out!
Also check out our El Patron Tee Shirt
The Vacation™ Specs
|WEIGHT PER SKI||1820g||1930g||2010g||2170g|
|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|
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…
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.
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 Vacation™ Awards
Blister Recommended 20/21 - Vacation"The Vacation is not the most playful or stable or nimble ski; instead, it strikes a really nice balance of all-mountain performance and jibby playfulness that makes it a great 1-ski quiver for freestyler-oriented riders. It's a really nice middle-ground for skiers who prioritize easy spins and butters, but who don't want their skis to be so biased towards playfulness that they can't ski them in hard in all conditions."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2021 - Vacation"Hit play on your Jimmy Buffet playlist and slap on some sunscreen-you're about to take a ride that'll have you yearning for a Piña Colada at the après. Truly constructed for your enjoyment, these skis feature a distinctively tapered geometry that's designed to pivot quickly and avoid tip/tail catching when you're swapping from forwards to backwards. The design is marked by a stable feeling underfoot whilst buttering, grinding rails, dropping pillows or stomping landings."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2020 - Vacation
"Like every good vacation spot, sometimes it’s fun to switch things up, as did Jason Levinthal with his proprietary all-about-fun ski, The Vacation. The Vacation is an absolute butter machine. A maple wood core with carbon fiber stringers keep this ski light without sacrificing strength and full-height sidewalls add stability for supreme jibbing all over the damn hill. These are your one-hitter, do-all kind of blades. If the mountain is a playground to you, then these are the toys you want. I would steal this ski!”
Blister Recommended 19/20 - Vacation"The Vacation is one of the most well-rounded skis in this class. It's not the most playful or stable or nimble ski; instead, it strikes a really nice balance of all-mountain performance and jibby playfullness that make it a great one-ski quiver for freestyle-oriented riders and is a great middle ground for skiers looking for something between a wide park ski and a directional all-mountain ski."
Blister Recommended 18/19 - Vacation"The Vacation is a nice middle ground for skiers looking for something between a wide park ski and a more directional all-mountain ski that does well from park to powder."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2019 - Vacation"The Vacation combines a soft flex pattern with a gradual rocker profile and snappy turn radius for a ski that’s most at home jibbing, spinning and pressing across natural features at your local ski area. It utilizes a maple wood core with carbon fiber and full height sidewalls to promote stability in an otherwise buttery ski."
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2019 - Vacation"This offering from J Skis bridges the gap from everyday ski to park ski. At 104 millimeter underfoot, The Vacation is a very versatile width that can handle everything from groomer days to full on pow days."
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