(Relaxnews) – Denver’s 2012 SIA Snow Show, which ran January 26-29, brought together snow sports industry reps from around the globe with nearly 20,000 attendees and 900 brands on display. Top trends expected for the 2013 season include a slew of snowboarding freeride gear — such as accessories with tricked-out digital features and waterproof down jackets.
As Munich’s ISPO trade show event just announced, snowboard apparel reflects a “nature-inspired color palette” featuring muted jewel tone accents and menswear fabrics, including plaid, corduroy, and tweed. Also, puffy jackets continue to be a hot item, with new jackets featuring lightweight technical features, including water- and tear-resistant fabrics.
For the family and kid segment, electric pastels for girls and bright patterns for boys will be strong trends next season.
For snowboarders, the latest crop of snowboard bindings are even lighter and feature more responsive materials, plus more rider-engineered designs offer various levels of rider customization.
As rocker innovations continue to make it easier for soft snow skis to float and carve, manufacturers are adding more all-mountain features, such as increased stiffness and more advanced camber-rocker mixes underfoot.
For women, the trend is wider skis — with new technology these skis are becoming easier to use in powder and in hard or variable conditions, according to SIA.
Helmets are another top item for 2013, with manufacturers designing protective gear made from lighter materials with custom fits.