January 29th, 2020, GOLDEN, COLO — Icelantic Skis announces today at Outdoor Retailer the launch of their new Pro Collab skis, the Saba Pro and Nia Pro. The Saba and Nia were designed as a collaborative effort with all of Icelantic’s athletes from around the world. Icelantic’s athletes were enabled with full creative control when designing the shape, flex, artwork, and construction.
Icelantic athlete Julian Carr, who helped develop the Men’s Saba Pro says “We all found common ground in producing what we all feel like is one of the most amazing freeride skis to enter the market. Very proud to be a part of the development of the Icelantic Saba Pro.”
The Saba and Nia feature Icelantic’s NEW Reflective Rocker profile, a full rocker profile that mirrors the sidecut radius, creating a ski that is both playful and surfy while skiing flat, while still allowing the skier to engage the entire edge. Designed with a long, gradual rocker profile and a balanced flex, the Saba and Nia are stiff enough to minimize chatter while providing the skier a solid platform to stomp landings without wheeling out.
Saba translates to the number seven in the Swahili language, and Nia represents one of the seven sacred principles for collaboration—both were conceptualized from the creative minds of the athletes.
Athlete Amy David, part of the female team developing the Nia Pro states, “The experience being part of the team collaborating to create a hard charging women's freeride ski has been spot on with the meaning of the name, Nia—to bring the community back to its traditional greatness.”
The athletes worked closely with Icelantic Co-Founder and artist Travis Parr to develop the artwork on the skis.
The Saba and Nia will be available to the public at Icelantic retailers and online at www.icelanticskis.com starting August 2020. Icelantic can be found at Outdoor Retailers Booth #38025-UL.
Icelantic Skis is a ski company based out of Golden Colorado that manufactures and produces all of their products in the United States. They utilize the highest quality materials and work with only the best manufacturers who mastered their craft and take pride in everything they do. Icelantic’s mission is to inspire people to get outside, unplug, and Return To Nature. More information can be found here: https://www.icelanticskis.com/
Born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado, Travis Parr grew up calling the mountains his home. He studied at the Laguna School of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California and returned to Colorado after graduation to help start Icelantic Skis. Since day one of Icelantic, Parr has created and designed all original artwork that is displayed on the skis. Parr currently resides in Laguna, CA where he continues to create the artwork for Icelantic Skis year after year. https://www.parrstudios.net/
Amy grew up in rural Pinedale, Wyoming and fell in love with the outdoors through science, skiing, and raising animals. Her wild-west thirst for adventure and adrenaline has fueled a professional skiing career from big mountain to the backcountry. After several years as an on-camera announcer for the US Freeride World Tour events, she won 3rd place in her first competition in Verbier, Switzerland. Simultaneously, she is utilizing her degrees in psychology, communication, and outdoor education to direct a women’s backcountry retreat program leading people from all walks of life on multi-day backpacking and backcountry ski excursions. She is a guide for Sawtooth Mountain Guides and is in the process of earning a Ski Guide certification from the American Mountain Guides Association and manages the media for the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center non-profit. On every adventure, Amy creates multi-media content with the goal to inspire through action.
Widely recognized for the biggest airs in skiing, Julian Carr has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, developing a reputation not only for big airs, but for all around skiing. He's received a 'Photo of the Year' award from Powder Magazine, won the prestigious Sickbird Award on the Freeskiing World Tour, X-Games GOLD Medalist, & he holds two world records in cliff height. Julian serves as an ambassador for Protect Our Winters (POW), Climate Reality Project, & board member of Lands Conservation Foundation. He's the founder of Discrete Clothing. Most recently, Julian founded a mountain running series, the Cirque Series, which is in its fourth season. http://juliancarr.squarespace.com/