The Right Skis & Bindings
Hende skied this setup during the Power of Four race, and he looked like he was having a lot of fun. Developed with endurance god Kilian Jornet to tackle the world’s most challenging peaks, the all-new Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Ski [$700; backcountry.com] has tip, waist, and tail dimensions of 113, 79, and 99 millimeters respectively, so it’s bigger and more capable on the downhills than a typical super-light ski-mo race ski. It’s not much heavier, though, thanks to a featherlight Karuba wood core. It pairs well with Salomon’s new MTN Binding [$625, or $575 without brake; salomon.com], the brand’s first foray into lightweight touring. With three heel-riser angles, the leverage of a wide screw pattern, and a 390-gram weight, it has an awesome blend of uphill and downhill abilities.
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