So we tapped into 21st century biotechnology to design our algal composite—a completely new material derived from a unique strain of microalgae. All so we could use it to build a better ski.
Of course, a new material doesn’t make a great ski on its own. Our algal composite is more than a simple swap-in-swap-out-replacement, but rather, a way to improve performance characteristics when integrated into the ski. And in this ski, we considered every detail.
At the heart of the Intention 110 is our bio-based algal composite, constructed using oil derived from a unique strain of microalgae we identified to have greater performance characteristics over existing materials offerings.
Our core is engineered to reduce weight, improve torsional stiffness for better edge hold, and provide a damp, stable ride feel for versatile backcountry performance. We laminate the algal composite alongside strips of lightweight aspen and paulownia to add a lively, responsive feel.
Inside the Intention 110 is a bio-based resin that takes the place of a traditional petroleum-based resin system. Additionally, the raw materials going into the epoxy resins and hardeners we use are either co-products or waste products of other industrially important processes.
After developing and testing the ski in a variety of cambers, and rocker shapes, we opted to offer the Intention 110 in two profiles:
The Camber version offers gentle rocker lines that allow the ski to plane easily over soft snow, with a touch of positive camber underfoot for increased edge hold for carving up firm snow or groomers. This is the more traditionally shaped version of the Intention 110—offering an intuitive, familiar, and versatile ride across the entire mountain.
The Reverse Camber takes a more progressive approach to ski shape. The Reverse Camber version follows the same initial rocker lines as its sibling, but remains flat underfoot, allowing it to easily pivot, surf, and slash its way through fresh snow. Designed for backcountry skiers that want the ultimate in playful, off piste charging, this ski is our ode to the perfect line.
Leaving no detail up to chance means also thinking about the way we bring the ski to you. And for us, that means delivering cutting edge innovation in the most convenient, personalized, and hassle-free way we can.
Your pair of Intention 110s will ship in its own reusable Dakine x WNDR travel bag via UPS Carbon Neutral shipping straight from our Design Lab in Salt Lake City. We provide complete accessories for all your backcountry needs, like Friends of WNDR-approved Black Diamond climbing skins pre-cut to your skis, and a variety of Marker alpine and touring bindings, which we mount to your provided boot sole length for free.