Andorran bike brand, Commencal, had a surprise launch last night. Not another bike, not even another bike related product but a range of Skis! Yup, those, things that people strap to their feet and hit the slopes on in winter.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little out of my depth writing about skis. I’ve never tried skiing and I don’t pretend to know anything about them, so I’m relying heavily on the Commencal website for details and keeping my fingers crossed that a reader with Ski knowledge can jump into the comments below and tell us their thoughts.
What I do know is that Commencal hasn’t just gone to some no-name factory and plastered some generic Skis with their own designs and branding, but has actually teamed up with Ski brand FACTION. FACTION is a ski manufacturer based in Europe that was set up by a group of English, American, Australians and Canadians back in 2006 who wanted to produce quality skis at good pricing that needed very little maintenance.
With help from FACTION, Commencal has released 2 levels of ski to suit two different types of skier. The META ski is aimed at people who are looking for a versatile and comfortable ski for groomed pistes, while the SUPREME ski is for big mountain skiers, the type of person who likes to hit freeride lines at full tilt.
META skis cost from 599 Euros without bindings in sizes 170 – 190 and are made from a combination of a Poplar/Ash core and flax fibre layers. The more extreme SUPREME skis are priced from 649 euros and get a construction of Paulownia/Poplar and FACTION Fusion Light, sandwiched by two layers of Titanal, for a rigid ski.
Along with skis and skis + bindings, the online Commencal Store has also been updated to include matching Commencal SUPREME and META poles costing 39.90 Euros a pair.
Commencal has this to say about their new FACTION Ski collab:
Before we start, let’s make one thing clear… We are a bike brand through and through!
But we also live in the mountains and when we can’t ride bikes all winter because of the snow, we use them for another adrenalin filled sport. What better way to honour this way of life and compliment our range of bikes with a choice of skis! The COMMENCAL x FACTION Friendship is born.
FACTION has long been a reputable ski brand who have a similar ethos to ourselves. We love to be out on the hill and in the woods whatever the weather, but we must also be able to rely on our equipment. Now we know that we can spend more time worrying about how steep that couloir is rather than whether our equipment will cope. (Just like Candide Thovex!)
Of course, the META and SUPREME play their part! Our META all-mountain ski is designed to go anywhere, carve up anything in it’s path but also float nicely on those fresh days. The SUPREME is made for ultimate performance in the deep stuff; stiffer, stronger, faster. Hit those drops you’ve been eyeing up for ages…
The spirit is totally in-keeping with our bikes and with FACTION we carry that spirit through to these winter playground essentials!
Obviously now Commencal has released skis, we’re all now wondering when a Commencal snowboard will go on sale, or perhaps even a Commencal Ski-Doo?