First day at ISPO 2010, and what looks clear. The battle is on to make the best alpine touring boot combining climbing and downhill performance.
I must say the most impressive new development is by Blackdiamond, both for boots and skies. They have developed a totaly new range of skis and boots to enter the market in 2011. Without any further study I was impressed by their focus on lightweight gear. For the next season they will have a totaly new range of possible bestsellers in the lightweight segement.
Here's a sneak previw..
110 flex Prime
The brand new ski from Blackdiamond is called Drift. It has the meassure of 138-100-123. The 100 underfoot and extrem light weight will make this ski a possible leader in this catagory.
I have not tested the skies my self, but from the feel of it this seems to be a good ski for powder days. As I prefere the lighter skies this seems to be a very interesting new development. They weigh around 3,0kg and are quit soft doing the "bending test". Specially the noes seems to be from the softer end of the spectrum.
Nevertheless I look forward for the first test run:-)