Endeavour this week have released the Addict Limited Edition Camouflage Series, with only 50- 75 boards in each design, available in America and via their online store, it purports to being ‘the most exclusive board on the market this year.’ Utilising Endeavour’s highly successful Paavo series, the limited edition collection will feature work from artists and designers C-Law, She One, Mr. Jago, and Swifty.
It’s hard to find someone who thinks just like you do, but that’s exactly what UNKL found in snowboarding gear company, Defcon. Showing what each company does best, UNKL and Defcon have partnered to release a series of UNKL-inspired snowboarding gloves and a Defconinspired custom SUG vinyl figure.
The criticism that the Boa system doesn’t allow for different tensions over areas of the boot has been addressed and calmly told to bugger off by this new double system, incorporated into Vans’ Fargo Focus. The upper and lower boot can now be independently tightened as desired, with the ankle area being tightened by both to combat heel lift and they’re as joyously easy to get off as ever. Aside from the rather neat snow camo look, these have an updated Quadfit thermal liner, airbag/EVA cushioning and arch support, good footbeds and a middle of the road flex. Good for pretty much everyone who wants to do a bit of everything.
With the Phenom, Smith allowed their designers to push the creative boat into the middle of the river of rad. Uncompromising in its design, this goggle combines superior technology and maximum customisation into what they claim is their best fitting goggle ever. The tough spherical Carbonic-X lens protects your eyes, and your vision is kept fog-free thanks to the combined efforts of the anti fog coating, Vaporator technology and adjustable lens vents. Outrigger wings articulate to comfortably fit any face – or helmet – and you can customise ’til your heart’s content with the Hop Up kits (extra) and the interchangeable straps (included). Add a trick custom-painted frame and you have a happy, happy place for your eyes to live while on the mountain.
A board for everyone and anyone who remembers that when you break it all down, snowboarding is supposed to be fun. And that’s the Mini’s one goal: fun. Easy to ride, easy to chuck about – easy, easy, easy. Could this be the perfect board for skate inspired jibbery? Certainly it wouldn’t be much use on a powder day or hitting mega kickers, but as a second board for a fun day in the park or playing around on the mountain, the Mini could be just the ticket. Small, yet perfectly formed. Like those fun sized Snickers you get at Christmas. Or Kylie.
Packed with features, the high-end Centroid merges style, comfort and technical prowess into one all-conquering package. If to cap or not to cap is your question, fear not, you can have it both ways with the Centroid’s toe strap; and as for the ankle strap, well, it’s as comfortable and secure as a padded cell. And you have the advantage of not having to be mad to get in these. Quite the opposite, actually. The J.I.B. highback works in together with the straps and ramped gas pedals to give speedy response yet also allow a fair deal of tweak for getting your bone on. The baseplate is fully also cushioned to take the sting out of nails landings, all of which add up to make the Centroid a good choice for the savvy rider.
Rising from 800m to 3300m high, Les Arcs/Bourg St Maurice is located at the heart of the Haute Tarentaise valley and boasts one of the biggest snowboarding domains in Europe. This resort was one of the first to back snowboarding with the famous Apocalypse videos filmed there in 1983 and 1985, setting the scene for the adventures of a group of skiers, monoskiers, telemarkers and whose hero was the pioneering French snowboarder Régis Rolland on a swallowtail snowboard.
Outerwear with a distinctive street styling has become increasingly popular of late. After all, us snowboarders usually wanna look more like badass homeboys than bearded mountaineers. The L1 Generals pant (and whole range, come to mention it) lives by this philosophy, with its baggy jeaned steeze disguising on-the-hill functionality: 10k waterproof/breathable fabric, an array of pockets, inner and outer leg vents and the clever pass pocket with glove stash flap serve to make your shredding happy, whilst the cut and look ensure your steeze is tight.
Yep, that’s right. The Triumph jacket is back for its second season and rightly so. The perfect jacket for cold weather riding, the Triumph is that breed of down jacket that has a fully waterproof exterior (20k/10k), taped seams, fixed down-filled hood… lock, stock, the bleedin’ lot. A bunch of pockets and vents are dotted all over the place and are easily accessible to the gloved hand, which really helps on those frigid mid-winter pow pow missions. It’s comfy, tough as heck and, surprisingly for a down jacket, not that bulky. Hell, wear it in springtime and shed a few kilos at the same time…
The mack-daddy boot from Burton, the SL-9 sets the benchmark for high-end performance. A bit of nuclear orange sole cushioning holds one of the biggest airbags seen to date so landing impact is reduced. Burton’s Speed Zone lacing is present here, as is an asymmetrical articulating cuff and Powershell reinforcement to give you optimised energy transfer and perfect board control. These shred sneakers are light, as comfortable as hell and would be well worth a nosey for all the discerning freestylists out there.
What do you, as a snowboarder, think when you hear the name Sölden? The Base summer park and summer camp will come to your mind, certainly. And then perhaps you’ve heard rumours of those super big mountains: nothing but sick freeriding, the winter Base on Giggijoch, and the Sodom and Gomorrah style of the parties there. Well, the rumours are all true! Sölden is big, really big.
Riders who don’t know who Peetu Piiroinen is certainly will do in couple of years. Peetu is one of best snowboarders that I know and is not only developing rapidly in snowboarding but also as a person. He’s a guy who can have fun riding no matter what condition the kicker or pipe is in. That’s why is so cool to ride with him.
The Oxbow technical range, LFX (Last Frontier Explorer), is dedicated to free riding and the free style experience. Oxbow’s top riders have been brought in to help design each piece, so that every single detail is tailored to ensure the ultimate comfort when in use.
Skate shoe supremos DVS have just released a new Snow Series line of sneakers for winter 0607 that look the business. DVS are well-known for their skate shoes, but with this new line they offer up all the skate shoe steeze with a construction focused on more wintery locales.
Top-of-the-line board from Flow, featuring all the sintered, Structurned, quadraixial glassed, carbon reinforced, lightweighted response you’d expect at such a level. Built to grab all terrain riding firmly by the horns, the directional twin shaped Infinite is the preferred ride of Miikka Hast and Ryan Paris, and is assembled around Flow’s Whiskey X design. This is four connected titanium alloy energy plates sat on the wood core that directs riders’ energy precisely where it’s needed whilst still allowing torsional flex beneath the feet. The result? Superb turn initiation and banging edge hold in all conditions. For aggressive riders wanting the world on a stick, the Infinite would surely suffice.
Steve Gruber is addicted to many things: Austria, the Ästhetiker crew, surfing, Cuba Libre, skateboarding and, of late, motocross. But his favourite drug, snowboarding, is not a recent addiction. One of the most popular and consistent riders talks to Onboard about his experiences over the last 15 years, why he occasionally feels old and what Cuba Libre has to do with his signature model.
Handplants are fun, stylish if done well and will get you chicks. Or guys. Former Swedish team coach Andreas Aavik talks you through three different variations as performed by Swiss stylemaster Markus Keller – also known as our favourite rider at the Olympics, bar when Shaun White tweaked that frontside 5.
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