I'm proud to be collaborating with California based artist Brooks Salzwedel. He's spent over a decade developing his own very unique process of creating 3 dimensional artwork, like nothing you've ever seen before. He hand draws on multiple layers of materials and then laminates them in clear liquid acrylic. The result is a flat piece of art with the illusion of being very three dimensional, with incredible depth as if you're looking at a real photograph.
The content of his artwork is often influenced by nature. On this piece there's even some hidden meaning if you look closely at the tip of the ski. In the tall mystical trees you will see a Whooping Crane bird, and a Drill Ship. The ship is inspired by his father who spent his life working on a Drill Ship, while the birds brings motion and life to the otherwise still ship and trees.
I'm building only 400 pair of these Limited edition skis and hand signing and numbering each. Grab a pair before these one-of-a-kind skis sell out. You'll be one of the few skiers with these rare J's on your feet!
|Lengths Available (cm):||173, 180, 186cm|
|Ski Length (cm):||180cm|
|5 Sidecut Avg. (m):||18.0m|
|Tip / Waist / Tail (mm):||136 / 106 / 125mm|
|Boot from Tail (mm):||840mm|
|Boot From Center (cm):||n/a cm|
|Tip / Tail Height (mm):||75 / 55mm|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail (mm):||9 / 3mm|
|Rocker Length Tip / Tail (mm):||445 / 285mm|
|Weight per ski (g):||2,180g|
I’ve spent over two decades designing, developing, and continually refining the industries most innovative and award winning skis ever created. Now that I’m selling skis directly to you, I’m able to invest more money into using the most expensive, highest quality materials possible, sparing no expense like never before in the name of premium ski performance & durability. You’ll literally feel the difference the moment you make your first turn and still be stoked, years later like it was still your first day on them! This is why I confidently back all my skis with a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more about this ski’s construction below…
Titanal Metal Laminate
More power & stability where you need it!
Unique to this model ski, I'm using a titanal metal laminate on the top and bottom of the core. Instead of running it edge to edge, tip to tail, I've optimized the metal laminate’s geometry & location running only narrow strips down the center and ending it before the tips. This way there's enough metal to dramatically increase power, stability & dampening over the length of the ski in contact with the snow, however the tips are lighter for dramatically reduced swing weight to maintain a nimble, lively & fun feel. You'll notice the tail of the ski metal geometry has slightly less metal to allow for a more playful and forgiving exit out of your turns while the tip has more for powerful initiation and reduced chatter in the tips. You'll feel like you're on a GS race ski when you're carving it up, yet be shocked how fun & nimble it feels in tight trees, chutes and even the bumps. Enjoy!
Maple Wood Core
Highest quality wood for a lively energetic feel & long life
The factory is located in Quebec Canada, so we got Maple, eh! Maple is a very expensive high quality hard wood, thus the reason it’s used to build floors and furniture in your house that lasts a lifetime. Maple absorbs impact, and has a ton of energy for a very ski feel and long life. We run 4 – 20mm wide Maple laminates the entire length of the core, plus 100% under your foot for unprecedented energy, durability & binding screw retention. At the tips of my skis you’ll see more of the light colored Aspen witch is incredibly lightweight with plenty strong when laminated alongside Maple for reduced swing weight at the tips.
Full Height Sidewalls
Maximum impact resistant & vibration dampening
We’re using super durable, high impact absorbing Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene for our sidewalls. This is the same material we use on our ski's bases. It’s very impact resistant and since it’s full height, it also absorbs more vibration like using a longer spring in your car’s suspension. Take a metal pipe and hit it against a rock, then do the same with a piece of plastic. The metal vibrates through to your bones & the plastic absorbs the vibration for you. That’s the difference of having full height plastic shock absorbing sidewalls over your edges or not. We’re cutting the isdes of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
The thickest, most durable edge in the industry
We use the thickest hardened steel edges in the industry 2.2mm x 2.5mm. More metal = more durable. Whether you’re accidentally hitting a rock or purposely sliding a rail, you’re edges will live a much longer life. You’ll also be able to re-tune many more times or file them round to slide rails longer.
The fastest, thickets, most durable base material
I don’t match my clothes, but I always match my base & edge. We use the thickest edge so I also use the thickest base in the industry 1.8mm. I use sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene, the highest quality base material available. It absorbs wax better, slides faster, and is more durable than any other base material. Basically it’s super hard & fast, like your _______ likes it.
Absorbs vibration and dramatically reduces risk of delam
Think of a ski’s construction like a magazine, each page = layers of material in the ski. Then bend your magazine you’ll see every page slide against each other, this is “shear”. This shear force trys to separate, thus delaminate all the layers in your ski every time it’s flexed or the tips are slapped down on a jump landing. This is why I run a layer of thin rubber around the full perimeter of the ski over the entire edge, plus the full width of across the tip and tail. The rubber acts as an insulator so that the edge and other materials can slide against each other when flexing without delaminating. This dramatically improves durability & reduces vibration.
Fibers run in 4 directions to maximize energy & strength
Fiberglass works like a guitar string, when it is flexed it wants to spring back, that’s the energy or pop you feel in a ski. However this energy can only be applied in the direction the actual fiberglass is run. This means the more directions of fiberglass, the more energy, pop & responsiveness. Industry standard “Triaxial” fiberglass runs in only three directions, we use a Quasi Isotropic fiberglass configuration, same as the aerospace industry to maximize energy & strength in as many directions as possible, 4 different axis 0, 90, +45, -45. It costs more, but it’s worth the performance.
High Definition Digital Printing
You already know I put a lot of value in graphics! So instead of traditional silk screening with low resolution image quality, you’ve seen the dots! I’m using a state of the art, Fuji UV Flat bed printer, a $170,000 machine that enables me to print high resolution from my computer directly to the plastic top & base. The resolution is unbelievable photo-real so you’ll be one of few skiers in the world with skis looking this good on your feet.
The Metal™ Awards
Blister Recommended 18/19 - Metal"The Metal strikes a fantastic balance of stability, playfulness, and forgiveness. It is a very approachable ski that won't take you for a ride, but when the snow gets rough, you can lean into its tips and let the ski do the work. It's impressively damp, but unlike many skis this damp, The Metal is more playful and easy to ski switch."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2019 - Metal"This marks the fourth straight year that Jason Levinthal’s The Metal has been named an Editors’ Pick. It's a nimble ski that’s ultra-stable and smooth as butter from edge to edge in all conditions. A badass ski for badass skiers."
SKI Mag Official Selection 2019 - Metal"It tamed the entire mountain with a resilient playfulness that’s easy for nearly any advanced/expert skier to enjoy, plus it has a massive sweet spot that made the ski always seem at ease in all conditions."
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2019 - Metal"This is my favorite ski for all mountain fun times. They're a buttery, charging ski that has great pop in and out of turns. They have the perfect flex, flotation, and maneuverability for bumps, trees, and the great wide open."
Blister Recommended 17/18 - MetalThe Metal is very intuitive, has a big sweet spot, good edge hold, carves cleanly, is easy to bend, and is fun in the air. In addition to being fun, it boasts really nice suspension in crud, so the more you care about performance in mediocre to poor conditions, the more you might want to lean toward it.
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2018 - MetalYou're probably glancing at that perfect score in the playfulness department - well, don't mistake this thing for a noodle. Light metal construction gives you power, stability and dampening where most of the edge-to-snow contact occurs, without sacrificing swing weight. "It's basically perfect," said one tester.
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2018 - MetalA narrow sheet of Titanal layered on top of the maple core makes this ski and ideal blend between strong and playful. The result s one of the most versatile skis on the market.
Newschoolers Editors Pick 2017 - The Metal"The Metal was fun, and easy to ski. They do a really good job of balancing ease of skiing and stability. This balance means..."
Blister "Best Of" 16/17 - Metal"If you want a 106mm-underfoot ski that is very intuitive, has a big sweet spot, good edgehold, carves cleanly, and is easy to bend, then you should take a look. Let me repeat: you should definitely not think of The Metal as some ultra damp charger that will kick your ass. That just isn’t the case at all."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2017 - Metal"The Metal in particular had our whole testing squad head-banging all over the hill. Its stiff maple core is further strengthened by narrow strips of Titanal and full height sidewalls. Throw in tip and tail rocker and she rips on any terrain at any speed."
Backcountry Mag Official Selection 2017 - Metal
"This stable ski doesn't wimp at high speed."
"Stiff construction lets you explore the upper reaches of your personal speed limit."
Powder Magazine Skiers Choice 2017 - Metal"The Metal is one of the most versatile skis tested at Big Sky. From powder to steep chalk and hard pack, from spread eagles to spraffies—if you can handle it, so can The Metal. 'It’s a ski with a heart made of metal and brain made of bubble gum. Most playful charger...'”
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