19/11/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 117, November 2010
For many, doing whatever, whenever is of utmost importance. You wanna rip the park, and also chuck roo-roos and session backcountry booters, but who can afford two sets of gear? Unless your view is blinked, go all mountain and lap it all up.
The Black Snowboard of Death
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Combined Camber – Regular Between Feet
This year’s BS of D marks 10 years of Capita’s alldevouring presence in the market. The dark and mystical images apparently represent the power of death waiting to be let loose with the birth of this board. There’s positive camber between the feet to maximise the effective edge for high-speed control while the reverse camber at the nose and tail gives fl oat in powder. A board that’ll do what it’s told, unlike the metal-head thrashers that ride it.
Andreas Wiig 3rd Edition.
Wiig’s third boot model is lighter and softer than its older brothers, which will count whether you’re back lipping boxes, or poking out 7s in the backcountry. The new QuadFit X thermal liner keeps your wee toes warm in the cold days of January, and the anti-odour liners will keep your feet smellin’ sweet when you’re hiking couloirs in spring.
Coal love this year’s beanie so much, they put their name on it. They also put a bobble on top, which instantly makes it double rad. Your head’s a fire. Stoke the fire, chuck some Coal on it.
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Combined Cambers – Regular between feet
Prior make their decks in Whistler and use local people as the artists and inspiration for their board graphics. Unlike this year’s Olympic superpipe, these guys will not disappoint. Their new Hybrid Rocker gives a regular camber between the feet as well as a rocker at the nose and tail, allowing the rider to fl oat in powder even when riding switch and also provides easy butter and pressing powers. The deep-ish sidecut also gives added response and manoeuvrability through trees.
NX Five Orange
Head have gone super simplistic with the NX 5, but haven’t compromised durability or strength for tackling any terrain. The Auto Open system completely releases both straps resulting in the easiest possible exit strategy with regular 2-straps and they’ve engineered the toe strap to sit either over the toe or higher up the foot and also made it so you don’t even need a tool to adjust these lightweight bad boys. Pick ’em up for a baw hair under two ton and shred everything the mountain has to offer.
Last season’s Crepel jacket was one of the most popular and instantly recognisable jackets of the year, and his new offering has followed the same path to greatness. Though its waterproofness wouldn’t endure a water jib sesh or a two-day dumpatron BC hike, the Frenchman’s jacket will keep you plenty warm and dry on any kind of regular mission. It’s got all the usual gadgets as well: removable hood, hand warmer pockets, media, ski pass and key pockets, vents – the lot. It comes in two different pastel varieties, as well as our favourite version displayed here. If you don’t want to splash the cash, then check out the BLAG section for your chance to win it.
Gretchen Bleiler Stockholm
Last season’s US X-Games superpipe winner Gretchen Bleiler has been wearing Oakley eyewear for a decade now, so they must be doing a good job at allowing her to see in all conditions. The lens has F3 anti-fog technology; this combined with tions. a triple-layer polar fl eece foam for added comfort and minimal sweat meets the function test while the sophisticated style of the goggles meets every girl’s fashion needs.
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This bananarifi c GNU board caters for all – from park rats, to powder junkies right the way through to those who love a skateboard feel under their feet. The Magne-Traction brings epic edge hold thanks to the seven contact points to focus your power – detune for jibbing and you’ll still be grinning on hardpack. Perfect for fl oating in powder and easier than taking a pensioners’ pension to press on, the Riders Choice also has a double-sintered base – yes, that’s right, double – meaning this board is tough through and through.
9. Nike 6.0
The 6.0 lot at Nike have brought a funkyzeit line to the outerwear market in both the femmes and hommes sections this year and the Kesak is a darn fi ne example of their ladies’ retro offering. Ventilation zips under the arm help prevent overheating and the external pockets are big enough to carry anything a lady may need on the hill. The jacket’s just the job for all but the most savage weather conditions plus it’ll keep the ladies looking neat at afterski to boot.
DX Pirates Goggles
Like a well-timed orgy, Dragon and the Pirates have come together to give us a new piece of eyewear for the season. Dragon have combined some tasty Pirate graphics with their anti-fog system which lasts twice as long before fogging than any of its competitors. They basically dip their lenses in special Dragon super anti-fog formula that will leave you vapour free no matter what you get up to. And look epic and are comfy as hell too.
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Think Thank superstar Johnny Miller’s been hyping this board up big time, he says it’s for beginners right the way through to the likes of him. That’s pretty darned versatile. Wherever you want to go on the mountain, the Novus will take you there with its directional twin tip and the sintered base and IsoTEC wood core will give you a solid ride that can take hits in the park and still cruise at speed.
These all mountain freestyle bindings are fully loaded with tech to rock and pop your world. First up there’s the Wedgie 2.5 footplate which raises the outside of each foot by 2.5 degrees to realign the rider’s knee over the foot, resulting in a more comfortable feel over the board and producing bigger ollies while the ThignGrip3D toe strap makes for better grip and boot fi t. Finally, the new Stealth highbacks are made from thinner materials than last season, which maximize the side-to-side fl ex. Strap on for a super-techy way to see every aspect of the mountain.
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New Polish outfit Contract have been attracting a lot of attention for their high-end decks thanks to their bizarrelooking Snake Transition technology. The snake system is a 3D corrugated area between the bindings that adds torsional stiffness (without making it too solid lengthways
for freestyle or pow) and bites into the snow for epic grip – even when icy – while also making it harder to catch an edge. Plus there’s a huge 12m sidecut on the Swell that helps when straight-lining kickers and carving in powder. Fun yet solid and responsive, it’ll show you a fun time from pow to park.
Whether street jibbing at night or hitting the park during the day, the Darko is sure to stand out from the crowd. K2’s Harshmellow technology helps to absorb shock while increasing board feel. There’s a basic lace on the boot, tie this up in the morning and use the Boa Conda liner lacing system to tighten single handedly as you go throughout the day. K2’s thermo-formable fi t liners are lightweight and fl exible; this year new internal and external tech to keep your foot in position has been added to allow you ultimate comfort across the whole mountain.
Gigi managed to fi nd some time in his packed schedule to pick up a pen with the guys from Volcom and sketch out this year’s jacket. It features the trademark Gigi pinks, greens and black as well as a heap of other features to keep you warm and dry. Fully taped seems, 20K waterproof and breathability as well as a connectable powder skirt jacket-to-pant option which will let you slash the BC like Gigi without leaking. A whole load of stash pockets, and Lycra hand gators are a present from Gigi to you.