As the season winds down at ski sites around the country, it's just getting started in the industry's R&D departments. Here's a sneak peek at what's in the works for 2007:
Goode 9800 ($1,090)
The newest tournament ski from Goode maintains the speed of its predecessor, the 9700, and adds some more stability at shortline thanks to a widened fore-body. The bevels have also been redesigned to increase the ski's predictability.
Tower 436 Series Handle ($79.99)
This new 13-inch handle was developed with the help of Straight Line team skier Chris Parrish. It features 436 anti-bushing that's small and sleek, which will help you maximize your control at the end of the rope. The gray and white swirl rubber bar matches the Tower 436 Series gloves.
Connelly Draft Bindings
(front $185, rear $175)
Connelly's new Draft system is designed for increased lateral support and stability with a molded lycra-lined toe rubber and a neoprene-lined heel rubber with Achilles pads. Patent pending Hinge Tech technology provides easy-on, easy-off comfort with just the switch of a lever.
Sea-Doo Wake (See dealer for price)
Designed specifically for hell raising and water sports, the Sea-Doo Wake features a 215 HP Rotax 4-TEC engine, retractable tow pylon and removable board racks (perfect for an impromptu wakeskating or slaloming set), along with a new Flow Thru design for a more aerodynamic, gas-friendly ride.
O'Neill the Psycho II Wetsuit ($369-$409)
Made from 100 percent Ultraflex XDS Superstretch for the best possible fit, and featuring O'Neill's exclusive Double Fluid Seam Weld and patented Zen Zip closure system, the Psycho II provides warmth in even the coldest conditions.
Radar MPD ($890)
The lightweight all-carbon MPD (Mapple Performance Design) is the newest ski from Herb O'Brien's latest endeavor, Radar. O'Brien teamed up with Andy Mapple and drew on their collective knowledge of technical design components and materials to produce this high performer with nimble speed and angle.