SIA SHOW, DENVER, CO – Kirk Langford will look you in the eye and say “these are the best skis I’ve ever been on.”
Langford, who spent about three decades as a Marker and Nordica exec, joined up with David Goode a year go and got right to work in Goode’s Ogden, Utah, factory. Besides producing 27 new models of the composite pole that put Goode on the ski map, Langford led a ski renaissance that has 20 new Goode skis (encompassing seven shapes and molds) gracing the walls of their booth here at the Show.
Working in tandem with Goode, Langford says he soon realized that carbon fiber opens a new realm of possibilities as the perfect high-performance material for ski construction. After all, would you be using a tennis racquet or a golf club shaft that isn’t made of carbon fiber?
The team developed a simple rocker glossary: slight, rising and strong, along with traditional camber. With waist widths ranging from 74mm up to a hefty 128mm, key models include the Beyond (82mm), Impact (88mm), and the Fire (98mm). A traditional woodmetal- laminate kind of guy, Langford admits he’s even starting to convert to fatter skis like the strong-rockered 126mm-waisted Rahu. The Goode catalogue includes a host of women’s specific models—carbon is ideal for a female’s needs—and even randonee and backcountry.
“I’m skiing better than I ever have,” says Langford of his conversion to carbon fiber—and the opportunity to test skis with company colleagues just a halfhour drive away at Snowbasin. He says working with David Goode, who has an impressive engineering background, revolutionized ski poles and then went on to become a legend for his water ski designs, is a good fit.
- by Andy Bigford, Ski Show Daily