The Friend

Storm

José Rodriguez III x J Collab

112 reviews
$799

J Says Best For: Crud / Bottomless powder / Glades / Steep & deep / Freeride

Waist Width: 117mm

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Limited Edition Graphics

Total Made: 200 Pair

Public Release: August 01, 2021

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José Rodriguez III

The Artwork

José Rodriguez III x J Collab

It was amazing to watch West Seattle artist José Rodriguez bring this insane new ski graphic to life. We reached out with an inspiration of Japanese sleeve tatoo art in hopes he could utlize the entire canvas of our widest ski to really make it pop! He sent us a variety of pencil sketches and together we landed on this bad ass scene you see here. He then went to work spending days applying the incredible details and layers of color by brush and oil paint on a full ski size canvas to create this mind blowing finished piece. The name "Storm" is actually the term used to refer to a Japanese dragon. How do you know this isn't a Chinese dragon? Although Chinese and Japanese dragons are very similar….Chinese dragons have 5 toes and Japanese dragons have 3.  Boom….now ya know!

I'm building only 200 pair of these Limited Edition skis and hand-signing and numbering each. This ski is going to insane so grab a new pair before they sell out!

Follow José Rodriguez III and learn more about his history and work here



The Friend™

143 - 117 - 133

The widest ski in our Explore Collection for effortlessly floating and surfing the deepest days.

“The Friend” ski was designed 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!

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The Friend In The Wild

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This Ski is Kind of a Big Deal

"An excellent pow ski for a wide range of skiers; capable as a directional or freestyle option."

- Blister Gear Review

For powder-hunters, The Friend should be considered essential when traveling out of bounds.

- Freeskier Magazine

"The Friend was designed with more than just overhead pow in mind: A sturdy maple core and surprisingly tight sidecut are intended to enable playfulness when the powder’s gone.

- Backcountry Magazine

The Friend is the kind of ski I'd take on the trip of a lifetime without considering bringing a backup. It's PB&J exactly when you need it, and Dad made it.

- Powder Magazine (Ski of the Year)

"This is the ski you want if you need your legs to last all day, especially when it won’t stop puking snow. After all, no one should call it quits when the refills are free."

- SKI 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.

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 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Rocker Height Tip / Tail 8 / 3mm 9 / 3mm 10 / 3mm
Tip / Tail Length 270 / 120mm 325 / 140mm 445 / 195mm
Tip / Tail Height 75 / 37.5mm 75 / 37.5mm 75 / 37.5mm
Boot from Center N/A N/A N/A
Boot from Tail 805mm 835mm 865mm

The Friend Reviews

Storm
José Rodriguez III x J Collab
$799.00