This month’s Rig pinup is none other than Ride snowboard’s Marco Feichtner. Last season he was undoubtedly one of the most covered riders from Austria, laying down banging tricks in both print and film. This season he will be delivering much of the same, so be sure not to miss his part in the new Pirates flick. So here is Marco to give you a quick guide around his essential riding gubbins.
Sponsors? Ride, Deeluxe, 686, Spy, Level, Reef, Himaya, Silvretta Nova, Sajas
If you had space for only one board to take on a trip, which would it be? For sure the DH because I can ride it in every terrain! Or do you mean surf, skate or snowboard? Then I choose the snowboard! (The Ride DH is masterful piece of freestyle hardwear and includes Ride’s patented Slimewalls that absorb shocks and protect your edges against damage. Sizes: 151, 155, 157, 159)
Do you usually change your board length for different conditions, and if so, what is your park board and pow machine? I try to use only one because I like to get to 100% used to it and I hate to fix different boards!
What is your stance? +12° front, –12° back, and 59cm wide
What is so rad about riding for Ride? I like the company because it’s a core brand and I like the people behind it! For me the important thing is that they let me do what I like to do and there is no stress at all!
Which bindings do you rock? I like to ride the EX binding, because for my riding it is the best binding in the line! (The EX binding offers all-purpose midflex for the advancing intermediate rider, and new Control Footbed for enhanced support for comfort and control. They are available in Black, Sand/Black and Orange Tang Chrome)
And do you ride with your front strap on your toes or bridging your foot? How do you find this helps your riding? I like to ride with the straps over the toes because I think I have a better feeling on my board!
What are your chosen boots? And do you crank up your laces or ride with them pretty loose? Boots are so important for me. I have had to ride soft boots but I also rode super stiff ones. I had to find a mid range and I like to ride the ID boot! About the laces, I like to have a good heel hold in my boot as far as laces go. I hate it when I am swimming in my boots!
What pants and jacket are you sporting? And are there any special features in them that particularly turn you on? I am riding the Smarty line from 686! I choose that stuff because they fit perfectly, they are water resistant, the colors are good for shooting… there is not more to say!
Do you layer up with technical base layers and all that jazz or just wear a hoody and not give a damn that cotton stays wet? I like to ride with technical underwear. I don't like to be wet. Normally, I use the technical underwear and a long sleeve.
Do you wear protection such as helmet and or pads when snowboarding? I rode with protection for a couple of years but I stopped riding with protection last year! Maybe it’s super stupid but I had a good feeling last year without protection! Let me explain: when I am under control in the air, if I had a protection it wouldn’t matter if I land on the board or if I slam. It changed my riding a lot without protection because now if I am under control in the air, I have to land on the board – it’s a stupid thinking but for me it’s good. If it’s icy and I have to ride I try to use protection!
How many pairs of goggle lenses do you go through in a season? And what are your frames of choice? Normaly I ride the Soldier or the Omega goggle, and I need a lot of lenses!
What one thing do you really hate as far as clothing or steeze goes for snowboarders? For me it doesn't matter what kind of style the people are going for – I only hate posers!