These handcrafted high-performance skis are the first result of the cooperation between the sports car company from Stuttgart and the Austrian sporting goods manufacturer HEAD. Giant slalom-inspired racers and all-mountain skis that rely on completely independent constructions are now available at shop.porsche.com as well as sporting goods retailers.
“I looked forward to this test weekend as the start of a new World Cup season at the time,” says Porsche brand ambassador Aksel Lund Svindal. The former ski racer played an important role in the development of skis. “Reporters and customers were on our skis and flying in no time, which was really nice to see,” says Svindal. “And that immediate feedback is very valuable and directly carries over to further product development.”
As part of ‘SnowTime’, Svindal was also invited to the expert conference on Saturday evening at Kaprun Castle. Speaking with Austrian sports presenter Stefan Steinacher, the double Olympic champion and five-time world champion looked back on the ups and downs of his career. He also spoke about the cooperation between Porsche and HEAD as well as his role as a Porsche brand ambassador.
For downhill and off-piste: Innovative ski models from Porsche and Head
The numbers in the model designations Porsche 7 Series and Porsche 8 Series indicate the width of the skis in the middle: 70 and 88 millimeters respectively. This number is important for the characteristics of the ski, and the designers have incorporated the measurement as a typographical element.
In contrasting red or yellow colors, the numbers give a sporty purist look to predominantly white or black skis that are inspired by motorsport designs. The structure of the two high-performance skis bears the name “Graphene World Cup Sandwich Cap Construction”. Layers of carbon and titanium reinforce the wood core. Another layer is made of graphene. This material is not only very thin and light, it is 300 times stronger than steel.
The skis incorporate the EMC (Energy Management Circuit), an innovative ski damping system. Ceramic piezo elements are incorporated in the front and back of the ski, which convert kinetic energy into electrical energy. This is used to absorb negative vibrations to make the ski much smoother and more stable. In addition, the ski adapts better and faster to the terrain. This allows you to ski at the highest level even on long days. Both ski models use Protector PR 13 GW for attachment to the “Superflex PR Base high” carbon plate. FHR (Full Heel Release) technology reduces stress on the knee during forward and backward falls as the heel can be released both horizontally and vertically. Both models come with a Porsche ski bag.
As giant slalom racers, the Porsche Series 7 is stable, fast and dynamic. It is designed to be used on prepared tracks, like a sports car on a circuit. Here are the main specs:
- Ski length: 156, 163, 170 and 177 centimeters
- Ray1: 13.1 meters
- Shaping (tip/middle/end): 124/70/109 millimeters
- lester2: 4,420 grams
- Color: white/red/black
- Recommended retail price: €1,5003
The Porsche Series 8 is an all-mountain ski for a comfortable off-piste ride. It easily masters all snow conditions. Key data:
- Ski length: 163, 170 and 177 centimeters
- Ray1: 13.5 meters
- Shaping (tip/middle/end): 130/88/124 millimeters
- lester2: 4,530 grams
- Colour: black/yellow/anthracite
- Recommended retail price: €1,5003
Unmistakable look from head to toe
In addition to the two ski models, Porsche and HEAD offer a collection of accessories and clothing. In addition to their looks, their low weight and aerodynamic grip are among the strong points of the carbon ski poles (in eight lengths from 105 to 140 centimeters; 140 EUR1). The Porsche Radar 5K Photo Mips visor helmet is full of high-tech (450 EUR3) that promises crystal-clear vision. For better contrast and brighter colors, its visor incorporates 5K lens technology which has been co-developed and extensively tested by HEAD’s world cup and freeski team. It is designed to improve safety and performance on and off the slopes.
The men’s ski jacket (available in six sizes from S to XXL; 800 EUR3) and ski pants (same sizes; 500 EUR3) with sustainably produced down and ‘PrimaLoft Black Eco’ filling will keep you warm. They are also wind and water resistant thanks to the IAM membrane. Intelligent climate management transports perspiration to the surface to allow cooling. The lightly padded mid-layer jacket in a cool biker style (same sizes; 250 EUR3) provides an extra layer of warmth. The design of the collection in red, white and black reflects the colors of the skis. The clothes are made in Europe.
1 For a ski length of 170 centimeters
2 Without binding, for a ski length of 170 centimeters
3 Recommended retail prices for Germany incl. 19% VAT