This is our 2nd collaboration with California based artist Brooks Salzwedel. The first ski we did together the "Lone Pine" sold out crazy fast, so we wanted to offer everyone that missed out another chance to own his one-of-a-kind art on a pair of J skis.
He's spent years developing his own very unique process hand drawing and painting on multiple layers of materials and then laminating 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.
This piece was inspired by Brooks childhood at summer camp occasionally waking up really early and catching the sunrise, as well as other inspirations as he explains, "The piece is more or less based on my time in summer camp when I was a child. We were in some mountains near Southern California which is also why you'll see some palm trees in the piece. There's also something familiar about the pine trees with palm trees professedly unrelated, together in one space. Also the difference of one tree seemingly alive with foliage and movement while the other is dead and unwavering, holding strength. The child-like drawings lightly scattered around the center of which one is of an A-frame type structure similar to the cabins we stayed in.
A few years ago I went hiking in the San Bernardino mountains, early during a foggy morning which is when I saw the large dead tree on the right, at the entrance to the hiking path was summer camp for kids, it could have easily have been the same one from many years before.🤷"
I'm building only 450 pair of these Limited edition skis and hand-signing and numbering each. I'm sure these will sell as fast as the last ones did, so grab a pair before they're gone... again!
The Hotshot™ Specs
|ROCKER HEIGHT TIP / TAIL||
8 / 4mm
8.5 / 4mm
9 / 4mm
|TIP / TAIL LENGTH||
275 / 100mm
290 / 105mm
300 / 110mm
|TIP / TAIL HEIGHT||70 / 40mm||70 / 40mm||70 / 40mm|
|BOOT FROM TAIL||805mm||835mm||865mm|
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…
Titanal Metal Laminate
More power & stability where you need it!
Unique to this model ski, I'm using a titanal metal laminate on the top and bottom of the core. Instead of running it edge to edge, tip to tail, I've optimized the metal laminate’s geometry & location running only narrow strips down the center and ending it before the tips. This way there's enough metal to dramatically increase power, stability & dampening over the length of the ski in contact with the snow, however the tips are lighter for dramatically reduced swing weight to maintain a nimble, lively & fun feel. You'll notice the tail of the ski metal geometry has slightly less metal to allow for a more playful and forgiving exit out of your turns while the tip has more for powerful initiation and reduced chatter in the tips. You'll feel like you're on a GS race ski when you're carving it up, yet be shocked how fun & nimble it feels in tight trees, chutes and even the bumps. Enjoy!
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 Hotshot™ Awards
Blister Recommended 20/21 - Hotshot"The Hotshot has a solid weight and its suspension helps make firm, rough snow feel smoother than it is. Its design also makes it playful and forgiving, with a moderate flex pattern and smooth transitions. The Hotshot feels a bit looser than several of the wider skis here, while still offering exceptional edge hold. It will be appealing for many of the same reasons as other J's: great suspension and stability, but in a poppy, playful and not-demanding package."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2021 - Hotshot"The Hotshot is a strong ski with a friendly attitude. It's easy to rock through bumps and pillage variable snowpack but also disengages a turn when need be. For skiers with a grizzly approach to the downhill, The Hotshot might be your favorite new toy."
SKI Mag Official Selection 2021 - Hotshot"The Hotshot takes all of the playful fun of last season's The Metal ski and adds in even more forgiveness and ease-of-use. New-school skiers will be stoked on The Hotshot's shape and vitality. With two strips of Titanal and an all-maple wood core, this ski will also please many traditional skiers thanks to its lively demeanor. "A very easy, smooth, and versatile ski that could change radius with ease."
Powder Magazine Ski of the Year 2021 - Hotshot"Easy but supportive, this ski dominates airs and drops by having some of the best landing gear in the game. An evolution of the popular The Metal ski, The Hotshot incorporates a titanal laminate to maintain power while reducing the weight of the ski. It accomplishes both while maintaining an incredibly floaty, solid midturn feeling. A more tapered front makes The Hotshot easy to pivot, while a less tapered tail gives it grip on hardpack."
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