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29 June 2011

Carrie's blog: Gearing up for another season

Carrie Hainge tries out next season's Salomon and Bonfire kit and reveals what's hot and worth talking about

Carrie's blog: Gearing up for another season

Today I made my way up to The Snow Centre indoor slope at Hemel Hempstead with Ski Club PR Manager Vicky Norman for a morning trying out the latest ski and snowboard equipment and clothing from Salomon and Bonfire.

When it comes to Salomon hardware, there’s no ignoring the new BBR ski with its tip inspired by a surfboard, rocker shape for powder skiing and narrow base underfoot to allow for carving on piste. I tried out a pair and they didn't disappoint; they glided effortlessly on The Snow Centre slope and were easy to turn.

So what type of skier is the BBR aimed at? Well, with two models, the more flexible 7.9 and tougher 8.9, anyone from an intermediate to a powder hound will feel the benefit of the wide tip and narrow base. The BBR can be pre-ordered from Snow+Rock before its global release this September at £400 for the 7.9 and £500 for the 8.9 and will also be available soon at Ellis Brigham.

The Enduro range (which replaces the Tornado range) was something I sadly didn't get to try as the skis had been eagerly snapped up by other testers. Watch out for the Enduro this season though, it’s a key all-mountain ski that offers both good on-piste skiing and an easy ride through the powder.

I did get to try Salomon’s latest addition to the ski accessories market – goggles. The new line offers three key features – the XTEND frame concept (a larger lens with 20% more vision), a Thermo Control System (to stop fogging) and a custom frame. I could certainly see that little bit more and with fresh designs and a clean look, Salomon has entered a good offering into the goggles arena.

Bonfire "Oh Yeah" snowboardClothing-wise, next season’s Salomon ski kit is bright and colourful whereas the Bonfire snowboarding range has gone for more earthy colours. Having said that, the Bonfire men's Sitka jacket is a bright two-tone jacket with large pockets at the front – channelling a bit of an 80s style!

Bonfire’s women’s 'Oh Yeah' snowboard, as tested by Vicky, has some strong graphics, reminiscent of the 3D look. “It offers really striking graphics and for entry level boarders is a great snowboard to progress easily with” said Vicky.

So some great kit from Salomon and Bonfire for next season; trying it all out at The Snow Centre has really made me look forward to the winter ahead. Don’t forget to use your Ellis Brigham 10% voucher and online discount if you’re a member to snap up some new kit for less and keep visiting our discounts section for other ways to save on Salomon and Bonfire kit.

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