Buying new skis is likely at the bottom of your “Things on My Mind” list right now. That would even be true during a typical year when a pandemic didn’t force ski resorts around the world to shut down with weeks left in the ski season — we tend to buy skis at the start of winter, not the end. But we promise we’re not exaggerating when we say this: If you know you’ll want new skis next year, get them now, while they’re on sale.
We get it; it’s not exciting to buy a shiny new pair of skis only to stash them in a closet for nine months. But consider that ski technology isn’t progressing by leaps and bounds every year and that many makers don’t update more than the graphics on their most popular models — having last year’s planks doesn’t seem so bad after all.
The skis that are now marked down by 20 percent and up aren’t half bad either. In fact, you can find pretty much every model on our list of the best skis of 2020 on sale right now. That includes our editor’s pick, K2’s Mindbender 99Ti, as well as our choice for the best all-mountain ski, Faction’s Dictator 2.0, and the best ski for intermediates, the Volkl Kendo. Plus, if you plan to earn this year’s final turns without the help of a chairlift, our choice for the best backcountry ski, K2’s Wayback 106, is also on sale.
The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799
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