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In general, skis and boots are softer, shorter (skis) and much better performers than what was available just a few years ago. Forget about those boards that were as tall as a telephone pole and stiffer than an Al Gore speech. Today’s sticks will outperform any conventional models and take a lot less length to do it.

Super side cuts (the hourglass shape of the ski) basically allow you to achieve greater angles and more stable positions in an un-stable movement. This newer design (its been around a few years) combined with high-tech materials allows ski builders to produce more user-friendly equipment that performs at higher levels than any other past offerings.

Additionally, skis used to come in just a few different styles – racing, cruising and beginner/intermediate models. Today, you can choose from a multitude of specializations: all-mountain cruisers; wider, big-mountain powder skis; narrower carving sticks for eastern hard pack and those good old stiff race models to name a few.

Boots are also more forgiving and have tons of new features packed on to make them fit and perform better. Nowadays they are built with softer plastic (making them more moldable) and have pockets of materials in the liners to conform to your foot.

One of the greatest advancements has been the ability to create laterally (side-to-side) stiffer boots for better edge grip and carving while also softening the forward and overall flex characteristics (past boots had to be so stiff that they required an act of god to flex them in order to achieve good lateral flex).

You will also find noticeable greater warmth and overall comfort in today’s offerings.

Bindings have also undergone stellar changes, most notable with the angles that they will release at (forward, backward, twisting). Today, it’s probably tough to buy a bad one — just make sure it meets your performance requirements.

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