I'm proud to be collaborating with California based artist Brooks Salzwedel. He's spent over a decade developing his own very unique process of creating 3 dimensional artwork, like nothing you've ever seen before. He hand draws on multiple layers of materials and then laminates them in clear liquid acrylic. The result is a flat piece of art with the illusion of being very three dimensional, with incredible depth as if you're looking at a real photograph.
The content of his artwork is often influenced by nature. On this piece there's even some hidden meaning if you look closely at the tip of the ski. In the tall mystical trees you will see a Whooping Crane bird, and a Drill Ship. The ship is inspired by his father who spent his life working on a Drill Ship, while the birds brings motion and life to the otherwise still ship and trees.
I'm building only 400 pair of these Limited edition skis and hand signing and numbering each. Grab a pair before these one-of-a-kind skis sell out. You'll be one of the few skiers with these rare J's on your feet!
The Metal™ Awards
TGR Tested 2019 - Metal"More than any other ski in the test, J skis’ The Metal screamed one word: FUN. It pops, slashes, spins and butters on command, acting like a true extension of an athletic, freestyle-minded skier’s body. It's not afraid of dropping into bumped out, hike-to steeps once the snow softens up."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2020 - Metal
"The Metal has been the powerhouse offering of J skis for several years now, and our testers still love it. Like the majority of skis in this category, The Metal balances incredible power with supreme weight savings to create a stable platform with all the dampening properties, but not take away from the comfortable swing weight and liveliness of the ski - so stiff, yet so playful. Super fast and stable and easy to lay it all out on the groomers.”
SKI Mag Official Selection 2020 - Metal"Vermont-based J skis' top model from last year's Indie Test proved it could hold it's own with the big brands at Taos. Featuring an energetic, full maple wood core, sandwiched between two Titanal laminates, The Metal earned praise for its energy, crud-busting capabilities, and solid performance everywhere on the mountain. With Limited Edition graphics rolling out all year long at a jaw-dropping low price, it left our testers wanting to ski on it all day."
Blister Recommended 19/20 - Metal"While The Metal is one of the most stable skis here (especially in rough, variable snow) it's also quite playful and not punishing at all. It is a very approachable ski with very plush suspension that won't take you for a ride It's easy to recommend to directional skiers looking for a playful, easier-going ski with good stability or to freestyle-oriented skiers seeking better stability than most freestlye options on the market."
Blister Recommended 18/19 - Metal"The Metal strikes a fantastic balance of stability, playfulness, and forgiveness. It is a very approachable ski that won't take you for a ride, but when the snow gets rough, you can lean into its tips and let the ski do the work. It's impressively damp, but unlike many skis this damp, The Metal is more playful and easy to ski switch."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2019 - Metal"This marks the fourth straight year that Jason Levinthal’s The Metal has been named an Editors’ Pick. It's a nimble ski that’s ultra-stable and smooth as butter from edge to edge in all conditions. A badass ski for badass skiers."
SKI Mag Official Selection 2019 - Metal"It tamed the entire mountain with a resilient playfulness that’s easy for nearly any advanced/expert skier to enjoy, plus it has a massive sweet spot that made the ski always seem at ease in all conditions."
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2019 - Metal"This is my favorite ski for all mountain fun times. They're a buttery, charging ski that has great pop in and out of turns. They have the perfect flex, flotation, and maneuverability for bumps, trees, and the great wide open."
Blister Recommended 17/18 - MetalThe Metal is very intuitive, has a big sweet spot, good edge hold, carves cleanly, is easy to bend, and is fun in the air. In addition to being fun, it boasts really nice suspension in crud, so the more you care about performance in mediocre to poor conditions, the more you might want to lean toward it.
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2018 - MetalYou're probably glancing at that perfect score in the playfulness department - well, don't mistake this thing for a noodle. Light metal construction gives you power, stability and dampening where most of the edge-to-snow contact occurs, without sacrificing swing weight. "It's basically perfect," said one tester.
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2018 - MetalA narrow sheet of Titanal layered on top of the maple core makes this ski and ideal blend between strong and playful. The result ss one of the most versatile skis on the market.
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