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Full Tilt 2019 Preview

Get a Sneak Peak at the 2019 Boots Before They Hit Shelves

Outside of a few select locales, the lifts have shut down. As skiers, it’s the most dreaded time. Shoulder Season. Mud Season. Spring. Whatever you call it, there’s that awkward time when it’s too late to ski — but too early to do much besides bemoan the end of yet another year sliding on snow.

But don’t fret; there are still ways to keep the stoke alive. Whether you’re waiting for an upcoming summer shred trip, or just counting down the days until the local spot reopens next winter, pouring over the newest gear is a surefire way to get you psyched.

And we’re here to help. You’ve probably seen the all-new Full Tilt Ascendant floating around the internet. We’ve been putting in the time to ensure that Fult Tilt’s first foray into backcountry boots stands up and accommodates all of your needs. We think we crushed it. But that’s not all we’ve been working on this year. Read on to see what’s new in the world of Full Tilt months before the newest boots hit the shop floor.


First Chair Series

 

The hard-charging boot is back yet again, offered in three different builds: The First Chair 6, 8, and 10. Pick your flex and feature set, and boom: you’re ready to send. This year, we’ve upped the quality with a matte finish and textured rand. Aside from smooth styling and a rich finish, this leads towards a longer lasting, scuff-resistant life year after year, lap after lap. Did we mention it looks really good?

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You might have seen these in the Olympics. No? Well, maybe you weren’t looking close enough. Because Full Tilt Athletes represented strong in the PyeonChang Games; taking home podium finishes in just about every single freestyle event at the Korean Games. And to celebrate those talented athletes, we took the definitive freestyle boot and created a colorway that pays homage to those ripping skiers. So whether you’re boosting the pipe or blasting bump runs, you can feel — and look — exactly like your favorite Olympic skier.

Descendant Series

 

But what if your foot trends larger? Maybe you’re done cramming into plug boots and need a bit more room to breathe. That was why over three years ago, we introduced the FTE shell. The Descendant Collection continues to offer the comfort and performance you need to rip hard without losing toenails. And if you look closely at the Descendant 8, you’ll see we’ve integrated the Tour Cuff from the Ascendant. So you can get a more natural stride whenever you’re not clicked into your skis.

From The Field: Adventures to Tagert Hut

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Andrew Whiteford Heads to Colorado’s Tagert Hut

Strewn across Colorado’s hardscrabble high country, there is a series of huts known as the 10th Mountain Division Huts. Originally used for training exercises for the elite Military Unit, these huts are now utilized more for backcountry recreation than anything else. The Tagert Hut, tucked away in the Elk Mountains between Crested Butte and Aspen is one such place. Tagert offers comfy accommodations and — perhaps most importantly — rad ski touring.

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It seems like an only fitting place to put the all-new Full Tilt Ascendant through the paces. So Andrew Whiteford packed up his Volkswagen Eurovan and pointed ‘er south from Jackson. Whiteford linked up with Jake Strassman and his mustached crew of midwest transplants for a long week of sun and ski touring.

From long alpine lines, to quicker treed shots, the mixed terrain offers unbeatable testing environs. Following the group of hearty Minnesotans, Andrew and Jake took to the terrain quickly.

It’s a different pace once the ski area closes; gone are the mornings hustling. Mornings slow roast and give way to late afternoon corn harvests. Towards the end of the day, everyone reconvenes to revel in the day’s accomplishments. It’s a simpler way of life — a regression to once was.

Finally, with this all-new boot, Full Tilt Believers can tap into these vibes, and experience the mountains in new avenues. We’ve gone full tech over here at Full Tilt, and we can’t wait to see how much farther you can go with the Ascendant. Learn more about the newest boots, and go ask your local dealer if they’ve ordered a few pairs.

Simone Canal vs Steve Stepp

Full Tilt Battle in SLVSH Grand Valira

Check out Full Tilt Skiers Simone Canal and OG Steve Stepp put it down in Andorra for the opening round of the SLVSH Cup Grand Valira. Who do you think will walk away with the W? Steve’s consistent, smooth vibe or Simone’s all-out assault? Check it out!

Both Simone and Steve rock the B&E Pro Model Boot. Learn more about it HERE!

Full Tilt Holds it Down Strong in XGames RealSki

The most creative X Games Event is Back Again

Back again for yet another year of mind-blowing street skiing, X Games RealSki continues to push the boundaries. With a wide array of talented skiers involved — from Antti’s high-speed strength to Keegan Killbride’s heavy spot check — this year was arguably the best one yet.

And unsurprisingly, Full Tilt is representing strong yet again. Longtime Full Tilt Skiers Phil Casabon and Mike Hornbeck dedicated the first half of their season to RealSki. And their respective segments certainly These two dudes have been at the forefront of urban skiing for over a decade now, and their decisive, creative styling cannot be touched.

Mike Hornbeck:

Holding it down for the Midwest, Mike Hornbeck takes advantage of the industrial areas around his native Michigan. With Techy tip rolls, the infamous nose snaps, and silky smooth style that elevated Hornbeck to the status of “your favorite skier’s favorite skier.” And the whole part is shot by fellow Michigander and talented skier Spencer Milbocker.

 

Phil Casabon:

But there’s no doubt that Casabon is at the top of his game. With a downtempo track that accentuates the Quebecois shredder’s effortless style, this will certainly be the loudest segment of the crop.

Combining unthinkable tech on some pretty serious features, Phil’s part undoubtedly will have you tracking back to dissect exactly what is going on. Switch Nollie to Switch 5050 on a down rail. Blindswap rail transfers. Rail-to-rail hopping into a double kink. The list goes on and on. It’s almost as if every shot in Phil’s part could be the ender.

 

Which one is your favorite? Cast your vote HERE!

Tempo: Phil Casabon

Casabon Returns with Tempo!

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Phil Casabon, style legend and master of creativity, has released his newest project, Tempo. This 8-minute piece is split into three sections: Street, park, and BC. Tune in here and prepare to have your mind blown. Creative jibs, wild jumps, and enough mind-bending creativity to have you rewinding over and over.

It’s projects like this that make Full Tilt want to collaborate with Phil. While your at it, check out the newest B&E Pro Boots, featuring personalized style hits from the illustrious master himself.

Check it out:

Streets of Duluth with Sean Jordan, Cam Riley, and Clayton Vila

Fabricating winter with Full Tilt and TGR in Duluth, Minnesota

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Sean Jordan in Duluth with TGR

While much of North America endured record snowfalls, the urban areas throughout the midwest lay uncharacteristically dry. So when Cam Riley, Sean Jordan, and Clayton Vila linked up in Duluth to shoot a street part, the lack of snow forced the crew to get creative.

Because, after all, they were  creating the urban segment for Teton Gravity Research’s newest movie, Rogue Elements. But the boys persevered, and created one of the more memorable segments in the flick.

Check out some of the behind the scenes action:

 

But ultimately, they weren’t able to stitch together enough snow to make it work. They had to leave Duluth and skip over to Spokane — and later, Massachussetts — for some added shots. At the end of the day, the boys were able to pull it off, creating one of the more interesting and stylized segments in the entire movie.

But don’t just take our word for it; the fine folks over at TGR put up a whole feature documenting the process from start to finish. Check it out HERE!

Check out the Trailer:

 

 

Grigory Fuzeev Full Part

From Russia with…

Grigory Fuzeev, the Russian grab master, has dropped his absolutely mental full part. Replete with hefty urban spots, proper tweaks, and an absurd approach to jumping, this edit will have you tracking back, wondering, “wait, what was that?”

Tune, in, check it out, and snag the boots that young Grigory rocks HERE.

If you don’t know the name Grigory Fuzeev, you’ve probably seen his skiing. Grigory made a splash on the scene a couple of years ago with this insane edit, that was used as his “Wanna Be A Night” Entry. it quickly put him on the map as a guy that integrates style, unique rotations, and insane grabs.

SLVSH: Colby Stevenson vs. Kim Boberg


 

SLVSH Games Return

The newest installment of SLVSH has gone live, and it features none other than low-key crusher Kim Boberg facing off against Park City native Colby Stevenson. These two talented skiers battle it out in arguably one of the most creative and impressive park setups ever built. Tune in, and see which one of these Full Tilt Skiers comes out victorious. Will it be Colby’s technical prowess, or will Kim’s creativity and home court advantage reign supreme?

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Click the Image to Watch the Full Game

There are a few standout shots. Check out Kim’s Rodeo Five Dub Nose, Colby’s handrags, and some impressive transition scoops by both the boys.

 

This is one for the books! Stay tuned for more.

Product Preview

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Can You Feel It?


 

Maybe you’ve noticed the slightest nip in the morning air, or those longer summer evenings slowly being cut short. Or maybe, it’s never left your mind, perpetually spinning and building upon itself. Wherever your head may be, there is one thing for certain: ski season is just around the corner.

And as the days grow shorter, and the anticipation builds, it’s time to get geared up for the upcoming season. So we decided there’s no time like the present to get a product preview of some key forthcoming products for the 2017/2018 season.

First Chair Series

 

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The First Chair Series returns yet again for the aggressive all-mountain skier looking for a snug, performance fit. With three flex options — 10, 8, and 6 — there’s a customizable boot just for you. And this year, we’ve got a couple of rad colorways: from the FC 10s swirl, to the FC 8 Carolina Blue or the understated FC 6, you’ll be able to get a boot that performs — and looks pretty darn good while doing it.

 

Descendant Series

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With an updated anchor system, the Descendant Series returns as the definitive performance-driven wide boot series in skiing. Slide into the bright D8 for hard-charging, all-day comfort. Or, maybe if you want a bit more give on those icy east coast landings, drop in on the Descendant 6.

 

LTD BOOTS

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Dang, look at those all white joints! The B&E LTD Pro is the most stylish boot on the hill; but would you expect anything else from Henrik Harlaut and Phil Casabon? These two prolific skiers ooze style both on the hill and off. So it’s only natural that the boots that bear their name follow suit. Check out the custom liner detailing.

 

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The Tom Wallisch Pro LTD boots have been loud and in-your-face for many years, but this year, Tom wanted to tone it down a bit. So with an all black exterior with a camo liner for a subtle accent, the Tom Wallisch Pro offers that undercover crusher appeal that you’ve been looking for all of these years.

 

Looking Forward

But that’s not all. We’ve got a whole host of boots on the docket. In the next coming weeks, you’ll get a chance to see the whole line, dive deeper into the tech, and find the perfect Full Tilt for you. The design impulse remains the same — we hold true to 3 Piece Shell — but we’ve never been ones to sit idly by. Check back soon for the new website. But until then…

Know Your Dealer III: Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop

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Just outside of the Twin Cities, Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop has been a staple of the Midwest skiing community for years; and for good reason. The Midwest is stacked with small feeder hills, each one breeding a new generation of die hard skiers — both in the park, and otherwise.

And Pinewskis has been one of the go-to Full Tilt Dealers, outfitting park skiers and all-mountain cruisers alike. We sat down with Aaron Hunter, longtime shop employee and Windells Demo Center Manager, to talk about what makes Minnesota so special.


 

 

Shop Profile

Name: Aaron Hunter

Position: Manager, Buyer, Tech

Shop: Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop

Website/Social: www.pinewskis.com/ @pinewskis

Location: Anoka, MN

Years in Business: Since 1987 — 30 Years this November

Years Carrying Full Tilt: Seven Years

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             David Duea, Pinewskis Shop Rider

Which Full Tilt Boots Do Well? The Descendant 4 does really well, as do the Classic and the Dropkick. We see a lot of younger, park-oriented kids looking for an affordable boot that doesn’t slack from a performance perspective.

What is the Scene like in Minnesota? The ski seen is spread all around the state, on hills that vary from 100 vertical feet to 1,000. We have everything from hyper-focused slalom skiers, to die-hard park rats, and quite a few recreationalists, as well. We get a bit of everything, but quite a few are first time buyers. It’s exciting to help people pick out their first setups.

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Cayden Wood, Pinewskis Shop Rider, tosses a flip out of a wallride

Most Rewarding Part of Working in the Shop? The most rewarding aspect of working in a shop is when someone recognizes me on the hill and comes over to thank me for helping them get into the right equipment. Hearing things like, “these are the best I’ve ever ridden, I’m glad I listened to you!” really makes my day.: You can literally take hundreds and hundreds of park laps in one night, because just about every park has a rope tow. You can progress really quickly. Aside from that, the scene is so friendly and inclusive. The Minnesota Nice is a real thing.