Volkl MantraIt is safe to say that getting brand new gear at the beginning of the season never gets old. My new Mantra’s arrived today! They’re fat and shapely, have a bad-ass sword on then, and they’re brand spanking new. But the best part (I hope) is yet to come….

I have a pair of Marker Jester bindings on order — these are the first bindings truly designed for fat skis. Up until now, you’d just add a pair of wide brakes to a traditional binding and call it good. The Jester is actually a wider binding, covering more of the width of a fat ski. It’s designed to give you Marker Jester Bindingmore control over your skis, by distributing your weight over the entire width of the ski, rather than just in the middle. I’ll give the report here as soon as we get some snow. In the meantime, I’m manifesting it as the best ski setup of my life.