|Length||168, 178, 188cm|
|Turn Radius||18, 21, 24m|
|Weight||7.25 lbs (178cm length)|
Icelantic Vanguard Skis
New for the 2014/2015 season, Icelantic calls the Vanguard their “ultimate backcountry tool.” We’re inclined to agree.
An ultralight Ochroma Core makes for a light ski you can use to beat your friends to the top without sacrificing Icelantic's well-known durability. A 6/10 flex rating makes these boards a little easier to control on sketchy descents, even for fast, powerful skiers. With an early rise tip, flat tail, 7mm of camber and a 107mm platform underfoot, the Vanguard is the ultimate backcountry touring machine.
Made in the USA at the Never Summer Factory in Denver, CO
Never Summer is not your typical manufacturer. Though they started out making snowboards, the factory is in high demand among local ski brands like Fat-ypus, High Society, Rocky Mountain Underground, and, of course, Icelantic. When you buy a pair of Icelantic skis, you’re buying the same “bomb proof” quality that earned Never Summer its impeccable reputation among boarders everywhere.
X/10 Flex Rating
Icelantic gives every pair of skis they manufacture a flex rating between 1 and 10.
As the flex rating increases, so does the stiffness of the ski. Typically skiers who like to charge hard and fast will choose a stiffer ski. A stiff ski will be more inclined to hold an edge through turns as opposed to slarving out, plus a stiffer ski will be less likely to chatter over crud. Choose a ski with a lower flex rating for a more forgiving ride or if you prefer skiing bumps, skidding through turns, and sliding rails. Remember, weight plays a factor in this too. A heavier skier will more easily flex a ski than a lighter skier. Still not sure what you need? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk flex.
Top-sheet art by Travis Parr
Icelantic doesn’t farm graphic design duties out to design firms or agencies. Instead, they called on local talent, and have been working with Mr. Parr since the very beginning. You’re not just buying a pair of bomb-proof skis when you choose Icelantic. You’re also getting some rad art to enjoy when you’re not on the snow. This year, Travis and Icelantic chose a “Back To Nature” theme for all the topsheets that celebrates symbols from ancient oceans to deep elder forests, from our Mountain Mother to our Ocean Father and the animals that help complete the circle.
I bought the new Icelantic Vanguard after being forced to an AT setup due to a MTB injury, and have been impressed with the lightweight yet solid construction of this ski. Although it is still early in the season, the first few days on this ski have been awesome! The early-rise tip and stiff tail are a quiver-killer, and the width is perfect for setting the track or charging back up it. I am concerned that the balsa core will lose its pop over time, but I think it has enough reinforcement around it to last a few seasons.