G3 Synapse Carbon 101

photo: G3 Synapse Carbon 101 alpine touring/telemark ski
Backcountry.com says:
Do you ever forgo bindings and staple your boots directly to your skis' Go beardless all winter long to cut down on the ounces' Frequently ski naked, just to keep things light' If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, take a peek at the G3 Synapse Carbon 101 Ski, an ultralight (under five pounds) freeride ski that eats powder for breakfast, mops up variable conditions for lunch, and finishes it off with some edgy hardpack performance. Built using G3's Carbon Stealth Construction--quadraxial and triaxial carbon-fiber laminates above and below the poplar and paulownia core--the Synapse is designed to be super versatile, with a 101mm waist, low camber underfoot, and early rise in the tip and tail. The tip rise is much more pronounced than in the tail, making it easy to start turns and float up and over powder, the subtle tail rocker lets you lock into and break out of turns with ease, and the cambered section bites into hardpack and helps you navigate the sketchy conditions that are an inevitable part of backcountry skiing. To keep weight down even more, G3 designed the Synapse with a Stealth Razor edge profile, which reduces the edge mass wherever necessary, without compromising durability. The sidewalls are made of a combination of bombproof ABS and TPU for durability and ultra-efficient power transfer, and G3 also threw in a short Titanal layer under the foot for a bit of stiffness and plenty of binding retention. The whole package is topped off with Rockwell C48 steel edges, P-Tex 2000 Electra sintered bases, and UV- and scratch-resistant bases to keep your boards looking so fresh and so clean.

Specs

Men's
Price Historic Range: $429.99-$869.95
Women's
Price Historic Range: $469.99-$549.97

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