K2 worked with Doug Coombs – the late, great extreme skier, ski mountaineer, and heli-guide – to create the Apache Coomba Alpine Ski. It has been awarded top honours from Powder and Free Skiers magazines. The 102mm waist and Torsion Box construction provide excellent flotation and easy handling for tackling deeps and steeps everywhere. Coombs gave his signature ski a new tip shape and balanced flex pattern for predictability in breakable crust and other less-than-ideal conditions. A progressive side cut ensures the Coomba still has enough power for the groomers or wind pack. Doug Coombs died in La Grave, France, doing what he loved – skiing steeps. K2 gives a percentage of all Apache Coomba sales to his wife and son, and will also donate to the Chad Vanderham Endowment, a non-profit group focused on improving guide education and safety. US$649.95, from www.backcountry.com.