Brooks Salzwedel x J Collab
J Says Best For: Soft groomers / Powder / Glades / Steep & deep / Freeride
Waist Width: 106mm
Limited Edition Graphics
Total Made: 450 Pair
Public Release: November 27, 2020
Brooks Salzwedel x J Collab
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!
Follow Brooks Salzwedel and purchase his artwork from brookssalzwedel.com
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The widest ski in our Charge Collection for spending the most time in powder while maintaining firm snow reliability.
“The Hotshot” charges harder and surfs easier than other Freeride skis backed by a massive sweet spot that feels intuitive and easy to handle in all terrain and conditions with no speed limit. We optimized the shape and location of the “Light Metal” Titanal laminate to add more power where you need it, and reduced weight where you don’t. The result is a powerful, smooth, stable ski that will boost your confidence blasting through chop, bumps, and stomping landings like a pro. Like all J skis, The Hotshot maintains unmatched precision when ripping groomers. Just roll it over and the entire edge including the rockered tips become fully engaged for a solid reliable feel.
The Hotshot In The Wild
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This Ski is Kind of a Big Deal
"Easy but supportive, this ski dominates airs and drops by having some of the best landing gear in the game."
- Powder Magazine
"Damp and composed when skiing fast in challenging conditions, yet it’s not a ski that requires you to be on your A-game all the time."
- Blister Gear Review
"It's easy to rock through bumps and pillage variable snowpack, but also disengages a turn when need be."
- Freeskier Magazine
"A very easy, smooth, and versatile ski. It’s predictable even if you make mistakes.”
- 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.
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 which 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 sides of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
Extra Thick 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.
High Performance 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.
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.
|Weight Per Ski||2050g||2230g||2290g||2450g|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail||7.5 / 4mm||8 / 4mm||8.5 / 4mm||9 / 4mm|
|Tip / Tail Length||260 / 95mm||275 / 100mm||290 / 105mm||300 / 110mm|
|Tip / Tail Height||70 / 40mm||70 / 40mm||70 / 40mm||70 / 40mm|
|Boot from Center||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Boot from Tail||775mm||805mm||835mm||865mm|