24/02/2011 | by Tom Copsey
Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 120, February 2011
1. Lib Tech
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Designed by the likes of Eric Jackson and Sammy Leubke, you know this will be primed to sink its Magne-Tractioned fangs into pow and park with equal bloodlust. With Lib’s ‘C2 Power Banana’ combined base profi le you can expect the funtimes of banana with the pop of camber with a twin shape meaning you can attack all terrain regular or switch with no worries. Fast, stable, poppy, stompy? If this is what you’re after have a gander at the TRS.
When you see many Nitro team dudes killing it, chances are they’ll be on this. Built to be lightweight, highperformance and able to take freestyle to any terrain, but affordable at the same time, it’s the perfect choice for shreds wanting to rip it without maxing out the Visa. Directional twin shape means it’ll work stepping up switch in the park or stomping in to pow, the Powercore will launch you easily onto rails and the sidecut’s tuned perfectly to help spin off kickers and prevent hooked landings. There’s also a version using Nitro’s blended Gullwing camber, and a wide version too for 10 bob more.
Wolle Nyvelt is a guy who knows a thing or two about shredding. Countless killer parts with Absinthe, mag interviews and a TWS Rider of the Year award mean it’s unsurprising that he’s a dab hand at helping Billabong to create a kick ass pro model jacket. With Wolle’s fully taped 10k waterproof/breathable fabric you’ll be protected from the elements and he’s opted to add in 60/80g of poly insulation for those bitter days sat on the chair. With vents to cool you down, a bunch of pockets, a pow skirt and an eye-popping design all at a solid price, this is one dope package.
Fountain i. Wmns
With ‘intellifi bres’ that alter their stiffness according to how hard you ride, you’ll benefi t from an easy time when cruising but you know that when you push it the Fountain will cope with your more full-on attacks. The true twin shape means it’s perfect for girls looking to up their freestyle game, along with the poppy carbon stringers that not only mean you’ll launch off kickers and onto rails with ease, the board will feel super lively too. Finished off with an easy to maintain, speedy base, this is a killer option for progressive female freestylers.
If you’ve not seen Torstein’s sterling contender for movie part of the year, put the mag down and get yourself a copy of Standard’s The Storming. When you’ve seen it you’ll know the Hestra is what Torstein takes to the BC for his switch back 10s and double cork insanity. You wanna be like him, we get it, so just buy it. Ok, bit more guff… 15/15k keeps the crap out so you can concentrate on your style, 30g insulation keeps you toasty when you’re chillin’, and the jacket has a long waist to help you bag that Horgmo hang-dog steeze.
The Aura made waves when it dropped last season and now it’s built on that solid foundation to make itself even more awesome for year 2. With its forgiving fl ex, lightweight construction and sneaker-like sole, it’s a good choice for women wanting that skate shoe look and feel when they take on the mountain. New for this year is the Double Boa lacing, allowing you to fi ne-tune your dialled in fi t, a new ankle harness to lock you in tight, and an articulating cuff for more flexible freedom than ever.
A firm favourite of the Völkl crew, the Squad Prime comes packed with Triple Premium Carbon to have you sending it and the Horror Shock Absorber is Chuck Norris tough while adding stability. It’s all about high-end freestyle, this shred sword, so its twin tip shape and stiffer flex will have savvy riders owning the park and pipe, and it’ll also perform awesomely when taking it for a spin across the whole mountain. As if this wasn’t enough, you can choose between regular and reverse cambers depending on your taste.
8. Nike 6.0
No matter what language you say ‘cheers’ in, the Proost jacket will keep you warm before the booze takes hold. It’s not just good for afterski sessions either, the fully taped 10/10 fabric covering the 75% down fi lling keeps the snow where it should be and there’s a bunch of other features
that make it perfect for frigid days on the hill. From the lined scuba hood, to the cuffs with Lycra gaiters, to the vents, pockets and snowskirt, everything’s designed for ease of use with gloves on – or when drunk – and being from Nike’s Considered line means you get all this highperformance with low environmental impact.
We showed you the new, slimmed down ‘Pure’ version of this bad boy a few months back, but for those who like it more fl arey here’s the regular ID2 gog. It features all the same revolutionary anti-fogging, über-comfy face fi tting of the ID2 Pure, but with a larger external frame so you can be frontin’ more steeze. These shown are inspired by the artwork of team rider Lukas Goller so get these looking after your face marbles ASAP.
€ from 169.00
This blunted twin is all about merging art, technology and design to create the perfect technical freestyle package. Delivering a loose yet responsive ride thanks to the asymmetrical Omega sidecut (deeper on the heelside), mellow fl ex and lively regular camber you can be sure that tackling minishred jibs or pro line wedges will be equally awesome. Under the hood there’s Artec’s top-end UltraTec wood core with CarboTech Lite contruction to keep your ride light and poppy, and with the TriTec sidewalls and a hyper fast AlphaTec base if you’re after a top-end freestyler you should check out the Figment.
Is it called so because you’ll look so smoking that randoms will want to have away with you? Could be, as it’s certainly eye-catching and you know the Nikita style will have you looking like a robofox, but forget hookups: you want to be getting ill on the hill. And the Bodysnatcher is sure keep you shred happy thanks to its 10/10k critically taped fabric with all the goodness you need to have a good day on the mountain – wicking liner, pit vents, removable pow skirt with zip-to-pant interface, Lycra gaiters and all the pockets you could want.
Skulls, they’re just rad ain’t they. And these ones on this here Destroyer even have holes in ‘em where some mental’s cracked them open with a hammer. But the gnarl goes deeper than the topsheet – heavy hitting park rats will be amped on the carbon-powered Booter Boosters which crank up the board’s pop, while the core’s tip and tail have been shaved down to save weight and improve spinability without sacrificing strength and durability. The Destroyer’s mid-flex is tuned to give you a forgiving ride but with enough power to step it up when you wanna send it, and the sintered base will have you hitting the sweet spots with no problems.
After a binder that will take a licking, keep on ticking, and deliver the kind of performance the 100-day-a year-plus rider demands? Check out the Force. Coming with a lifetime warranty on the baseplate it’ll stand up to whatever abuse you throw its way, and speaking from experience we can tell you the straps are super comfy and lock you down like a limpet. There’s also enough response for hanging onto icy pipe walls, yet enough flex to get your Ingemar on. Check em.
An ‘all-mountain freestyle board’ is all well and good, but if you’re solely setting your sights on chucking house-sized roosters, slashing through secret tree runs and riding lines, a pow-specifi c shred stick should be on your list. They don’t come much fi ner than Prior’s Khyber, with its reverse camber, tapered tail, generous sidecut and wide nose providing awesome fl oat and manoeuvrability on dump days. It’ll get the job done on harpack too so if you steer clear of the park check this surfy mother out. Also available in regular camber.
We’ve heard that the ‘little black number’ is something all girls want to whip out every once in a while, and Oxbow’s Rene taps into this sweeping man-mind generalisation of ours but adds some bang in the process. Look closer and there’s a fi ne embroidery designs all over it to give it some pop, but it’s not all about subtle styling: it’s designed with a shred-friendly cut, there’s a removable hood and powder skirt, vents, Lycra cuffs and three inner pockets, plus the 10K fabric, taped seams and waterproof zips will keep you sealed in from the elements like a parrot with clipped wings.