Seth Morrison and K2 have parted ways after 24 years together. While details are still very vauge at the moment as to why, we do know for a fact that Seth is looking to buy some new skis for 2016/17 (thanks to his recent post on Twitter). We are pretty sure that Seth won’t have a problem picking up a new sponsor, who wouldn’t want to have one of the biggest names in skiing on their roster, but at the moment your guess is as good as ours as to where he will be going.
I am looking to buy some powder skis for the upcoming season, what's your favorite 115-122 under foot? #winteriscoming
— Seth Morrison (@sethmorrison1) September 15, 2016
Seth specifically said that he was looking to buy a pair of skis 115-122 underfoot. And while not all of our choices fit into that category (there are not so many skis out there that can handle Seth skiing on them) here is Snowleader’s selections of skis for Seth.
The Black Crows Corvus is the Black Crows most aggressive and stiff freeride ski. It’s 109mm waist is a little less than what Seth is after but it makes ups for this with its’ stiff flex and long tapered and rockered tip, which just begs you to ski faster. We know that Seth spends a lot of time in Chamonix these days, making a few trips each year to ski with local friends, Nathan Wallace, Tof Henry and plenty others, in the famous steep and high mountains around Chamonix Mont Blanc. So maybe a local Chamonix ski brand could be a good choice for the American skier.
Volkl have released a new ski this year, the Confession, which replaces the Shiro from previous years and could certainly be a great choice for Seth. With a waist of 117mm, stiff flex (thanks to its titanium layer) and aggressive side cut, the skis are exactly what Seth could be looking for for 2016/17. The Confession is not going to shy away from hitting big cliffs, deep powder or hardpack conditions, in fact we are pretty sure it relishes being push hard!
The Dynastar Pro Rider, just like the name suggests, is for the best in the business and is the preferred choice of ski for skiers like Aurélien Ducroz. These skis are stiff and love to be skied hard, sound pretty good for Seth then! Again their waist is a little lower than what Seth is ideally looking for, but we are sure their stiff flex, stability and precision will make up for those couple of millimetres.
The Rossignol Super 7 HD ticks pretty much all of the boxes Seth is looking for. They have a 116mm waist, just over the 115mm he was looking for. A stiff flex and a long tapered and rockered tip that provide plenty of float in the powder. They are more than happy blasting thought crud and chop too and thanks to their Paulownia core, will be a little lighter than some of the skis above and help Seth to continue to swing round those huge backflips for a few more years.
The new Atomic Backland FR 117 could be another good choice for Seth Morrison. Designed by his ski buddies, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dana Flahr, there is no doubt that these skis like to be pushed hard. Their shape and design just resinate backcountry powder skiing and their ability to also ski on all other types of snow too make them a great choice for a skier like Seth. Again, one of the lighter skis in the group, they might even allow Seth to start hucking those flat 720s we used to see a few years back.
Salomon have a new ski for 2016/17 that could be another option for Seth. The Salomon QST 118 is designed to charge just has hard on piste as it is off and has an “inverted 3D wood core with a woven flax and carbon inserts, plus a Ti Power Transfer platform” – basically making them stiff! They have a rockered tip and tail also, so get plenty of float in the powder, as well as a great side cut for skiing on hard snow as well as the soft stuff. Could this versatile freeride ski be the one that Seth decides to go for this season, it ticks most of the boxes.
In the end this is all just speculation and we will just have to see what Seth Morrsion will be skiing for 2016/17. Needless to say that is will be a pretty exciting time for some lucky ski brand out there for sure!
In the meantime sit back and enjoy this video we found on Youtube.