Skiing: These 5 new things to try on the slopes in 2023
The snow is falling on the slopes and it’s time for winter sports. As every year, the brands launch new products for the practice of activities. Here are 5 to test for this 2023 season.
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Elan Voyager, foldable and practical ski
Size is undoubtedly the number one black point of skis. Their length makes them difficult to transport on the slopes, in the car or on the train. However, the Elan brand relies on an amazing and ingenious folding ski variant with its Voyager models. So when folded, a 160 cm ski becomes 87 cm (or 172 in 93 cm), enough to pack your skis in a suitcase or bag. A real plus for transport. Five sizes are available. Above all, the brand uses its know-how here to offer skis that are both resistant and flexible, to adapt to different skiing styles.
Folding skis Voyager, Elan, Packs are sold with poles and a storage bag for €1,499
Oakley mod7, a helmet with an integrated visor
Well-known among athletes, Oakley introduces the Mod7 for this season. An interesting helmet as it integrates the visor directly into its structure. The latter is removable but can be fixed at will thanks to a system based on magnets. It is then possible to reattach it magnetically to the top of the helmet to clear the view and reattach it in front of the eyes if needed. A sophisticated and safe magnet system.
Helmet Mod7, Oakley, €475
Nidecker Supermatic, the universal snowboard binding
It’s an innovation that has the merit of finally existing for snowboard enthusiasts. The Swiss company Nidecker offers a universal automatic binding system for this winter season that can be adapted to all boards. Dubbed the Supermatic, this binding invites you to slip on your boots and get going. If several brands offer quick release systems, this year Nidecker is the first to really offer an interesting and solid universal system.
Fixings Supermatic, Nidecker, area 370 €
GoPro Hero11 mini, the reference action camera
We know that GoPro has always invested heavily in extreme sports, but being able to film your exploits on skis, a sled or a snowboard is always impressive. At the end of 2022, the American brand launched the Hero11 Black Mini, an action camera model based on a large sensor and capable of recording up to 5.3K in 60 frames per second. The battery is also more robust. And we still appreciate the optical stabilization and the very professional image quality for such a small camera.
Hero11 Black mini camera, GoPro, €450
Quechua SH100 Easy, the light snowshoe
With its SH100 Easy snowshoes, the Quechua (Decathlon) brand is aimed at hikers who like to have fun in the powder. A very innovative solution in its field, since its designers opted for a model that is narrower than a classic racket, more flexible and above all less heavy. This results in greater freedom when walking and more playful use. A scratch system allows the snowshoes to be attached to any type of snowshoe. All at a very affordable price.
Racket SH100 Easy, Quechua, €7