The Friend "HORNET" Limited Edition Ski

The Friend "Hornet"

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Specs & Construction
Model: The Friend
Graphic: Hornet
Total Made: 350 Pair
Dimensions: 143-117-133 (Tip - Waist - Tail)
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The Friend™ "Hornet" Graphic

It's 4:20 am, but you don't need to set your alarm clock anymore, your powdah hound subconscious knows... it's time for dawn patrol!

You sit up and slowly pull back the corner of your curtain in suspense only to see pitch black. You shine your phone light out to reveal flakes the size of quarters falling fast and furiously, everything in sight is already covered... it's a white out!

While the rest of your house is fast asleep, you make coffee quick and pour into your mug, pull your food stash out of the fridge, and stuff it into your pack with the rest of our ammunition and tools for survival, then make your way out into the garage quietly closing the door to reality behind you. 

With a full arsenal of ammunition for the day locked and loaded in the back, you fire up your rig and blast the heat. With no other sign of life in sight, you roll up to your homie's house, who's already waiting out on the porch, they jump in. While the rest of the world sleeps in their white rooms, you're on dawn patrol surfing through the only white room that matters. By the time the rest of the jerry's make their way through rush hour traffic to the battle field, you've already got multiple kills in all the best stashes, dropping cliffs, not bombs, all morning long. This is dawn patrol, and this is your premier weapon of choice.

Over time this camo has come to mean many things to many people, and worn equally by those fighting battles and for peace. The timing of this ski also fits this 50th anniversary of Woodstock, but rocking a message focused on dropping out of helis into pow fields instead of battle fields. The graphic is a mashup idea paying homage to a character from a badass vintage WW2 propaganda poster done by Walt Disney, but redone as a hornet as a nod to the heli squadron from Vietnam called the "Green Hornets", but rocking ski gear. Pair that with a yellow striped base and you’re ready to drop some cliffs, not bombs.

I’m building only 350 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic on The Friend ski and hand signing and numbering each pair so you have a unique ski like no one else. This is your chance to grab a pair before these one-of-a-kind skis sell out! 

Also check out the Jacket and the rest of the products from the "Hornet" Collection...

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The Friend™ Model Info

The Friend™

Effortlessly surf and play in powder like a pro with versatility to continue having fun when the pow's gone

I designed “The Friend” ski in collaboration with athlete Giray Dadali to surf pow, stomp landings and charge harder with less effort than ever before…. so you don’t have to be a pro to ski like one! Its long, gentle rocker and 117mm waist keep you effortlessly floating, slashing and popping even on the deepest days. When the pow’s gone you’ll be able to count on its solid maple wood core and high energy carbon fiber to help you blast through chunder with an unprecedented smooth and reliable feel. The real surprise comes from its tight sidecut, enabling you to have fun gripping and ripping firm snow for versatility like none other. The Friend is a rare breed of powder ski earning it more awards than any other in its class. Float, surf, slash and butter in the deep pow until it gets tracked out, then have equal fun charging endless top to bottom chunder and groomer laps. This is a powder skier’s dream one ski quiver! #JFriendSki

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The Friend™ Specs

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LENGTH 177cm 183cm 189cm
DIMENSIONS 143-117-133mm 143-117-133mm 143-117-133mm
SIDECUT RADIUS 17.2m 18.5m 20.2m
WEIGHT PER SKI 2230g 2310g 2480g
EFFECTIVE EDGE 1440mm 1500mm 1560mm
CAMBER 3mm 3mm 3mm
8 / 3mm
9 / 3mm 10 / 3mm
270 / 120mm
325 / 90mm 445 / 195mm
TIP / TAIL HEIGHT 75 / 40mm 75 / 40mm 75 / 40mm
BOOT FROM TAIL 805mm 835mm 865mm

The Friend™ Construction

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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…

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Carbon Fiber

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.

Thickest Edge

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.

Sintered Base

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.

Rubber Laminate

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.

Quasitropic Fiberglass

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.

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