September Time Machine

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1974

SKIS: Trends for the season move away from technology and move toward what the ski model can do for a particular skier type. Rather than simply offering racing and non-racing skis (with a handful of specialty powder skis), line ups now included GLM, shorts, high-performance semi-shorts and freestyle models.
BOOTS: Big news was the retreat from stiffer boots; easier forward flex was the name of the game along with higher backs, closer fit and forward lean.
BINDINGS: Increased anti-shock, greater anti friction and improved reliability.

1984

SKIS: Larger offering of high-performance skis, improved base materials, an emphasis on vibration absorption and more high speed skis (last year Super G was introduced)
BOOTS: Rear entry comes on strong, even though the demand by consumers wasn’t overwhelming; racing models enter the scene like the Salomon SX91 Equipe .
BINDINGS: More rugged, easier and of course, safer. Additionally, most manufacturers reduced complexity – concentrating on 1 or 2 designs with models for different skiers with those designs. Ess begins its first full season and unconventional models are limited to Spademan.

1994

SKIS: Kneissl Ergo and the Big Foot, Tyrolia Skis, K2 GS Race, Rossignol 7Xk, Kastle Speedmachine, Volkl P10s and Fischer RC4s.
BOOTS: Tecnica TNTs and Rossignol Courses, Nordica Syntech, Lange XRs, Salomon SX95-SX45s and Tyrolia boots.
BINDINGS: Simplified – Ess, Geze, Look, Marker, Salomon and Tyrolia.

2004

SKIS: Supercarvers, Head Monsters and Chips, Bogner skis, Salomon Pocket Rockets, Volkl Gotomas, Rossignol Bandits and the Head Mad Trix Mojo.

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